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VIDEO: Tour Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Taking Control of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park

Beginning today at Disneyland Park you can climb aboard the Millennium Falcon and settle into the cockpit to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Park. Let’s take a closer look….

As a reminder, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open Aug. 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.*

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*Reservations required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23 at Disneyland Park in California. Theme parks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.

Make the Jump to Lightspeed in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars:  Galaxy’s Edge at  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

On the heels of its Aug. 29, 2019 grand opening, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives you the chance this fall to live your own Star Wars story.

While visiting the land, you can stop for a drink at Oga’s Cantina or discover rare artifacts at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, among other immersive experiences. T

he groundbreaking attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run gives Guests control of the iconic spacecraft as the ship hurtles through space on a smuggling mission.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity.

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Important News Regarding Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

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According to the Walt Disney World Resort, capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences will be limited after it opens on August 29, 2019. Access to the Park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.

Disney Hints at Star Wars Hotel Location

Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Disney has not yet announced where the new Star Wars hotel will be located other than it’s “under development.” We know that it is going to be somewhere near World Drive and on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We also know that Disney plans to build it near Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to “allow the experience to be seamlessly connected.”

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

The Star Wars hotel will be different from other Disney resorts in that families will board a starship that will take them to their destination. While onboard, Star Wars characters will appear, stories will unfold for them, and views outside the “windows” will have views of space. 

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Guests who plan a multi-night stay can participate as a resident of the Galaxy and even dress in Star Wars traditional garb. 

Stay tuned for more information. 

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

New Details on Star Wars Hotel - Walt Disney World

Last summer, Disney announced plans for an immersive Star Wars-inspired resort to be built at Walt Disney World Resort. Now, more details on what this thrilling new resort, which will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be like.

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, Guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space.

The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

Stay tuned for future updates!

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Behind the Scenes: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Walt Disney Imagineering recently shared a behind-the-scenes look of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge currently being created for Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's a quick summary of the tour: 

Guests will be able to fly the Millennium Falcon at Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests will be able to fly the Millennium Falcon at Walt Disney World Resort.

 
The name of the planet in Walt Disney World's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening is Batuu - a planet on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

The name of the planet in Walt Disney World's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening is Batuu - a planet on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

 

A fleet of full-size X-wing starfighters are being built. 

 

Inside the Millennium Falcon - coming 2019 to Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Retail space will offer toys that appear to be handcrafted by local artisans. 

 

 

 Galaxy's Edge will take visitors into a large-scale hangar of a Str Destroyer.

 Galaxy's Edge will take visitors into a large-scale hangar of a Str Destroyer.

Disney's Star Wars Resort at Walt Disney World

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, just confirmed that a Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.

According to Bob, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

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Special Star Wars Event Coming to Walt Disney World

Star Wars fans take note! 7 p.m.–midnight on April 14, you could experience the power of the Force in a brand-new way during Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

During this first-of-its-kind Hollywood-inspired event, you can celebrate with an entire universe of unique entertainment, favorite attractions and Star Wars Characters. Special Guest Vanessa Marshall (the voice of Hera Syndulla from Star Wars Rebels), will even be on hand to host Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show and take you behind the scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Of course, there will be plenty of surprises in store as well.

Tickets are $129 plus tax per adult (10+) and $124 plus tax per child (3–9).

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  • The official debut of BB-8 Catch BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay as he makes his Character Encounter debut.
  • Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt Collect Star Wars-themed pieces to reveal a surprise!
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Watch the night sky come to life with thrilling fireworks.

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New Star Wars Entertainment Now Available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is now open in theaters! And, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort has several exciting offerings.

First, AWR Troopers from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a new scene in the park’s existing “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show. AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor, and serve as the bodyguards and enforcers of Director Krennic of the AWR division of the Empire.

The park’s Star Wars Launch Bay was also updated with new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” including a Shoretrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. Making-of footage has also been added to the behind-the-scenes film in Launch Bay Theater.

And beginning Dec. 16, 2016, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to the park. The show will join the nightly holiday “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park now through Dec. 31, 2016.

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This New Tour is A Must-Do for Star Wars Fans!

Darren Wittko - Specializes in Disney Destinations with Magical Vacations Travel. He is rated a "Best of the Best" Disney Travel Agent by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

This New Tour is A Must-Do for Star Wars Fans!

UPDATE: I'm hearing that tours are selling out quickly.

A new Star Wars Guided Tour is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting Jan. 2, 2017. And reservations are open now!

This brand-new, seven-hour tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” guide and will include: reserved viewing for “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,”; a journey on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (for Guests age 4-12); a guided exploration and character greetings at Star Wars Launch Bay; dinner at a quick-service restaurant featuring Star Wars-themed items; the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party; fireworks viewing and more.

The tour costs $129 per person (tax & gratuity included), Tours will be offered Mondays and Saturdays.

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Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side  & Dark Side Challenge: Register now to earn one of the medals, coming April 20-23, 2017, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

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Update: Stars Wars Land At Night

Today I'm excited to share a new image from Walt Disney Imagineering that shows just how amazing the Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort will look once the sun goes down. 

As you can see, the land will take on a whole new dimension after dark and feature adventures and surprises around each corner. If you look close, the image reveals a peek at what you'll discover in this all-new land, including one of the signature attractions that lets you take the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

I'm also excited to share that Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teams are currently in production to add an exciting new mission to the Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction, based on elements from Star Wars Episode VIII.

Stay tuned to Save At WDW  for more updates on the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Walt Disney World Resort.

Darren Wittko - Specializes in Disney Destinations with Magical Vacations Travel. He is rated aBest of the Best Disney Travel Agent by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

 

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

STAR WARS: A GALACTIC SPECTACULAR DESSERT PARTY AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

After enjoying an assortment of sweets — including themed cupcakes, cookies and brownies and a selection of savory snacks including cheese and flatbread and dip (as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) — you'll be escorted to a VIP viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

Dessert party check-in takes place in front of Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check in begins at 7:30 p.m., and Guests can enter the party at 8:15 p.m.

The cost for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is $69 for adults, $39 for children age 3-9. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to attend, and is not included in the price of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.

Darren Wittko - Specializes in Disney Destinations with Magical Vacations Travel

New Star Wars Fireworks Spectacular Coming in June

This new nighttime show, which will be the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history, will begin nightly performances on June 17, 2016. This elaborate show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the park’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. And the show, which will feature music from throughout the film franchise, will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.

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New Star Wars Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World Summer 2016

New Star Wars Attractions Coming to Walt Disney World Summer 2016

There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting this June, fans won’t want to miss the grand debut of a new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.” This new nightly show is the next generation of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. It will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations.

This new show will be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Darren Wittko - Specializes in Disney Destinations with Magical Vacations Travel. He is rated a Best of the Best Disney Travel Agent by readers of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

 

Star Wars Day at Sea

Returning in early 2017, Disney Cruise Line Guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during Star Wars Day at Sea.

New Star Wars Experience Coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2017

New Star Wars Experience Coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2017

Throughout the day, Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike can enjoy the immersive and intergalactic entertainment, including a deck party and fireworks display, exclusive event merchandise, and specialty Star Wars-themed food and beverage items.

Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy will also be onboard for interactions, photos and also may be seen patrolling the decks. And, in “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple,” Force-sensitive children learn the ways of the Jedi and use their new-found skill in a final face off with Darth Vader.

Star Wars Day at Sea will be on Disney Fantasy seven-night cruises sailing from Port Canaveral on Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8 and 15, 2017.

Departing Jan. 7, 21; Feb. 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1 and 15, 2017, the western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Departing Jan. 14, 28; Feb. 11, 25; March 11, 25; and April 8, 2017, the eastern Caribbean itinerary includes Tortola, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay.


Update: Star Wars Land at Disney Parks

Exciting details about the Star Wars-themed lands planned for the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts were shared on the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” special that recently aired on ABC.

Walt Disney Imagineering has joined forces with the imagination of Lucasfilm to bring this galaxy to life, and the illustrations shared during the TV special show the epic scale of these lands

 

NEW DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR  STAR WARS -THEMED LANDS FOR  DISNEY PARKS

NEW DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR STAR WARS-THEMED LANDS FOR DISNEY PARKS

Soon you'll be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.

And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.

At 14 acres each, these richly detailed lands promise to immerse you in the Star Wars galaxy as never before, allowing you to create your own adventure.

Stay tuned to Save at WDW for more details about all the excitement coming to Disney Parks, the place where Star Wars lives.

Darren is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and Specializes in Disney Destinations withMagical Vacations TravelFor discounts, offers, ways to save money, visit SaveAtWDW.com

 


Major Star Wars Events Coming This Spring to Walt Disney World

EPIC FIREWORKS AND PROJECTION SHOW, LIVE ONSTAGE ENTERTAINMENT AND STORMTROOPER MARCHES JOIN FORCE-FILLED LINEUP AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

EPIC FIREWORKS AND PROJECTION SHOW, LIVE ONSTAGE ENTERTAINMENT AND STORMTROOPER MARCHES JOIN FORCE-FILLED LINEUP AT DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Following the extraordinary popularity of Star Wars: The Force AwakensWalt Disney World Resort is unveiling even more Star Wars-themed entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting this spring – including one of the most elaborate fireworks and projection shows in the park’s history.

Just in time for spring, that “galaxy far, far away’’ will be closer than ever with the April 4, 2016 arrival of the new Star Wars live entertainment experience Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. This new stage show celebrates iconic moments from the Star Wars saga with live vignettes featuring popular Star Wars characters, such as Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul. The show will take place multiple times each day at the Center Stage area near The Great Movie Ride.  

Also starting April 4th, Captain Phasma will lead a squad of First Order stormtroopers as they march in formation from Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage area in an intimidating demonstration of the First Order’s indomitable strength.

And, starting this summer, you won’t want to miss the next generation of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. This blockbuster nightly show, unprecedented in Disney’s Hollywood Studios history, will light up the sky with Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, light projections and other special effects combined with Star Wars-themed music, iconic characters and scenes from throughout the saga.

Darren is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and Specializes in Disney Destinations withMagical Vacations TravelFor discounts, offers, ways to save money, visit SaveAtWDW.com

Star Wars Villain Kylo Ren Coming to Walt Disney World

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become a global phenomenon, and soon you'll be able to interact with one of the film’s most intriguing new characters, Kylo Ren at the Walt Disney World Resort.

 

Kylo Ren is on his way to Walt Disney World Resort

Kylo Ren is on his way to Walt Disney World Resort

Every day you can step into exciting Star Wars experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay, where you'll come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga. Soon, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will transport you to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

As seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

Star Wars Launch Bay was designed to showcase a variety of Star Wars characters over time. In addition to Kylo Ren, you may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

The portal from Star Wars Launch Bay to Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer opens in February at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

Darren Wittko is the creator of Save at Walt Disney World and a Disney Destinations Specialist at Magical Vacations Travel. Voted "best of the best Disney travel agent"  by readers of the 2015 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. He is also the creator of The Best of Walt Disney World blog.