Category Archives: Attraction / Theme Park

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Book Due On April 27

As part of Comic-Con@Home, ABRAMS publishing announced a new book – The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! 

Providing an exclusive look at the visual development behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this large-format book showcases much of the amazing concept art and design that ultimately defined the immersive lands. Featuring never before seen artwork – as well as exclusive interviews about the land’s creation – from artists at Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm and many others, this book offers an inside look at what goes into making an immersive Star Wars destination.

The land’s rich storytelling provided a great opportunity for exclusive commentary from many of the key creative minds involved in bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life. This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process, combined with hundreds of full-color concept artworks, sketches, blueprints, photographs, and more, is what makes this book about dreaming up and creating Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so special.

This book was authored by Amy Ratcliffe, managing editor of Nerdist and author of Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy.

Pre-orders for The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now available from ABRAMS publishing. The book will be released on April 27, 2021.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-Inspired Toys, Clothing, And More Landing At Target

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge fans: set your hyperspace coordinates for Target.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce that new products inspired by Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the popular Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, are coming soon exclusively to Target and Target.com. Starting August 30, look for the Trading Outpost collection in stores and online for toys, collectibles, fashion items, books, and more, all expanding on the stories and excitement of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Get a preview below of six new items, including Hasbro’s highly-detailed Black Series line of figures and Funko’s adorable POP! bobblehead series, heading to our galaxy. Pre-orders are now open on these select products — so punch it!

Funko R5 Unit POP!

Part of the attack on Scarif and the Death Star, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge droid gets the super-cute POP! bobblehead treatment.

Hasbro Smugglers Run Millennium FalconSmugglers Run Millennium Falcon

The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy comes home in 3.75-inch scale based on its appearance at the incredible Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction. This release features both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-inspired and classic radar dish and sounds. (Better not tell Hondo Ohnaka.)

Hyperdrive BB Unit

Happy beeps! This RC-controlled droid toy features expressive lights and sounds. The perfect companion for all your secret missions around the house.

Black Series Captain Cardinal

Loaded with articulation and detail, this stunning figure in Hasbro’s vaunted 6-inch Black Series line brings the First Order captain to life.

The Black Series DJ R-3X

Inspired by the fan-favorite droid spinning tunes in Oga’s Cantina, this DJ R-3X figure was previously available only at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Now everyone can bring the galaxy’s greatest DJ to their toy shelf.

LEGO Resistance I-TS TransportResistance I-TS Transport

Based on the craft created just for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this bricktastic LEGO construction-set take on the Resistance I-TS Transport vehicle includes Lieutenant Bek and Vi Moradi minifigures, plus Astromech Droid and GNK Power Droid LEGO figures.

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Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary Online Merchandise Event

With this online event you can purchase your favorite Disneyland Park 65th Anniversary items on July 14 beginning at 10 a.m. PT, while supplies last, to pick up at the Downtown Disney District from July 23 through 27 or have shipped directly to your home.

Chick HERE for more info.

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Jungle Cruise Skipper Funko Pop! Coming To ShopDisney On July 11

Excursions on the world famous Jungle Cruise will be departing daily from your collection when you add this vinyl figure based on the popular Disneyland attraction. Part of the Pop! Rides Vinyl series, it features the name ”Congo Queen” across the banner on top.

Created especially for Disneyland Resort

– Number 79 in the Pop! Rides Vinyl series
– Fully sculptured vinyl figure
– Comes boxed
– Inspired by the Jungle Cruise attraction at Disneyland
– Part of the Pop! Rides Figure Collection by Funko

Order HERE for $39.99.

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New Adventures With Princess Tiana To Replace Splash Mountain At Disneyland Park & Magic Kingdom Park

Today Disney Parks shared a first glimpse of a project Imagineers have been working on since last year. Splash Mountain – at both Disneyland park in California and Magic Kingdom park in Florida – will soon be completely reimagined. The theme is inspired by an all-time favorite animated Disney film, “The Princess and the Frog.” 

We pick up this story after the final kiss, and join Princess Tiana and Louis on a musical adventure – featuring some of the powerful music from the film – as they prepare for their first-ever Mardi Gras performance.

Tiana is a modern, courageous, and empowered woman, who pursues her dreams and never loses sight of what’s really important. It’s a great story with a strong lead character, set against the backdrop of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. In 1966, Walt himself opened New Orleans Square when it became the first new “land” added to Disneyland park, so it feels natural to link the story and the incredible music of “The Princess and the Frog” to our parks.

The voice of Princess Tiana and Tony Award-winning actress, Anika Noni Rose, shared, “It is really exciting to know that Princess Tiana’s presence in both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom will finally be fully realized! As passionate as I am about what we created, I know the fans are going to be over the moon. The Imagineers are giving us ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Mardi Gras celebration we’ve been waiting for, and I’m here for it!”

The approach to retheming or “plussing” attractions (as Walt Disney referred to it) begins with Imagineers asking the question, how can we build upon or elevate the experience and tell a fresh, relevant story? It’s a continuous process that Imagineers are deeply passionate about. And with this longstanding history of updating attractions and adding new magic, the retheming of Splash Mountain is of particular importance today. The new concept is inclusive – one that all of our guests can connect with and be inspired by, and it speaks to the diversity of the millions of people who visit our parks each year.

Charita Carter, the senior creative producer leading the project at Walt Disney Imagineering shared, “Like Princess Tiana, I believe that courage and love are the key ingredients for wonderful adventures. I am delighted to be a part of bringing this fun-filled experience to our guests.”

For Imagineers, change is rooted in a tradition set by Walt Disney who encouraged new innovations, new ideas, new scenes and current storytelling. And the experiences they create can be enjoyed by guests who visit our parks from all over the world.

As part of the creative development process, conceptual design work is well underway and Imagineers will soon be able to conduct preliminary reviews and develop a timeline for when the transformation can start to take shape. 

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Disneyland Reopening Officially Delayed

Disneyland Resort has officially delayed the reopening dates for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks. According to the official announcement, the State of California will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until after July 4. Because that date is less than two weeks prior to the original proposed reopening date of July 17, Disneyland Resort has made the decision to delay reopening the theme parks so they can do so responsibly. At the time of this announcement, a new reopening date has not yet been announced.

Disney is continuing negotiations with unions that represent Disneyland Resort Cast Members. Downtown Disney will still reopen on July 9.

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Funko Haunted Mansion With Butler Pop! Town

This Funko Haunted Mansion with Butler Pop! Town is a must have for fans of the classic Disneyland attraction. It comes packaged in a window display box. The Butler Pop! Vinyl Figure measures approximately 3 3/4-inches tall.

Arriving September 2020, Pre-order HERE for $29.99.

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Disneyland Resort Proposes Plans To Begin Phased Reopening Beginning July 9

Sixty-five years to the date after the historic opening of Disneyland park, the beloved theme park is planning to open their gates once again on July 17, 2020, welcoming guests back to the Disneyland Resort. 

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products announced proposed plans for a phased reopening of the Disneyland Resort. Pending state and local government approvals, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel plan to reopen on July 23, and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will plan to reopen on July 17. Additionally, Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9.  

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited to comply with governmental requirements and promote physical distancing, the Disneyland Resort will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests, including Annual Passholders, to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. Theme park reservations will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon. At this time, there will also be a temporary pause on new ticket sales and Annual Passport sales and renewals. Additional details will be available soon. Please check disneyland.com for the most current information. 

Once approved, the Disneyland Resort will reopen with enhanced health and safety measures. In addition, a Guest Experience Team will be available throughout the parks and Downtown Disney District to assist guests with questions regarding these new policies.

Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests.

Pending governmental approval, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa are planned to reopen to guests and members starting on July 23. Plans to support physical distancing as well as increased cleaning measures, along with a number of other health and safety protocols, will be implemented as part of the phased reopening of the hotels and the Vacation Club. 

Downtown Disney District will begin reopening on July 9 in line with the state’s reopening guidelines, with its unique variety of shopping and dining experiences, including the flagship World of Disney store. With the health of guests and Disney cast members at the forefront of planning, several operational changes will be implemented based on guidance from health authorities to promote physical distancing and cleanliness throughout the Downtown Disney District.

Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as the Disneyland Resort monitors conditions and receives guidance from health and government authorities.

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Disney Parks Theme Park Edition Monopoly Game

Combine the world’s most popular theme parks with the world’s most popular board game and you’ll have the world’s most fun! This edition features exciting new properties, your favorite attractions, Disney character tokens, and a pop-up Disney castle.

Features:

– Features new properties like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
– Disney Parks attractions including Sleeping Beauty Castle, Space Mountain, – Disney Skyliner, The Haunted Mansion, and more!
– Includes pop-up Fantasyland Castle
– Toontown Houses and Castles replace houses and hotels
– Magic and Fantasy cards replace Chance and Community Chest
– Six brand new tokens
– Includes 60 minute speed play
– For two to six players

Order HERE for $50.

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Funko Reveals New Upcoming Haunted Mansion Funko Pops! 

You may have 999 Funko Pop! figures at home but there’s always room for one more! 

Exclusively made for Disney Parks and shopDisney, you’ll definitely want to make room on your shelves for an all-new Funko Pop! figure featuring the Organist from The Haunted Mansion. 

Additional Funko Pop! figures inspired by The Haunted Mansion are coming soon to shopDisney.com as well, perfect for any grim grinning ghost!

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