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Disneyland Receives Permits To Launch Marvel Themed Land

The Marvel-themed land based on Marvel comics and movies is planned to open next year and Disneyland has already received a handful of permits for its construction approved by the city of Anaheim. Some of the projects include a bathroom overhaul, a retail outlet, a microbrewery, a character meet-and-greet area, plus improvements to behind-the-scenes buildings.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the construction permits assess the value of all of this action-packed work at more than $14 million. Reportedly, one of the permits, approved Wednesday, allows for a 2,071-square-foot merchandise outlet, with three attached canopies.

At Disneyland Resort, the new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park. This new land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, in the adjacent space that was occupied by Bug’s Land.

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D23 Expo Announces Lineup For This Year’s Presentations

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club has announced the lineup of the most highly anticipated presentations at D23 Expo 2019, August 23–25. The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will kick off the Expo on Friday morning, August 23. Later that same day, Disney+ will showcase its exciting slate of original films and series coming to the streaming service, set to launch in the U.S. on November 12. On Saturday morning, The Walt Disney Studios will give fans a sneak peek at their collection of world-class film labels, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm. And on Sunday morning, fans will get a preview of what’s in store at Disney Parks during a presentation hosted by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek.

These Expo favorites will take place in “Hall D23,” the 6,800-seat venue located in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. The schedule of Hall D23 Events and Presentations is as follows (all events subject to change and additional events to be announced in the coming weeks):

The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 23. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer.

On Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ will give guests a first look at some of its original content including Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and many more during this star-studded presentation.

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. Fans will see what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and get a peek at the exciting slate of live-action projects, from Disney to Marvel Studios to Star Wars. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!

On Sunday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m., step into the magical world of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe, including more about the transformational plans for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $77 for a one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit D23Expo.com.

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Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Thought of Everything Including This Cool Gift Card

Every detail was painstakingly considered when opening the expansive new Star War’s: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland including the design of their gift card.

No paper or plastic gift card would do, instead the theme park opted for hexagonal metal in the form of Batuuan Spira, the ancient currency of the Black Spire Outpost.

The minimum amount that can be loaded on the chip on the card is $100. From dining, shopping and beyond, the unique gift card/souvenir can be used at Disney destinations in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Available for purchase at the Droid Depot.

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First Guests Land At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge In Disneyland Park

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opened for Disneyland park guests on May 31! This historic opening is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park.

Guests became part of the Star Wars story as they visited a galaxy far, far away. They tasted delectable food and beverage creations, encountered aliens, droids and other inhabitants, discovered an intriguing collection of merchant shops and took the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Disney Parks Blog was on the remote planet of Batuu to catch the excitement as the first guests explored Black Spire Outpost!

Experience the epic Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for yourself, now open at Disneyland park in California and opening August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Reservations are required to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park between May 31 and June 23. Guests visiting during this time will need valid theme park admission and a reservation to enter the new land. After June 23, reservations will no longer be required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Watch The Replay of The Opening Ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort 

At more than 14 acres, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest single-themed land in Disney Parks history, packed with immersive storytelling that allows you to live your own Star Wars adventure. 

Get ready to be transported to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, on a journey to Batuu, the newest location in a story that began in 1977 with the first Star Wars film. You will become part of the story as you sample galactic food and beverages, enter an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

The epic new land opens May 31 at Disneyland park in California and you can watch the historic dedication of the new park below.

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What Food & Merchandise Will You Be Able To Purchase At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,  the largest single-themed land expansion at both Disneyland park will open this summer and there will be several locations in the land to purchase food and souvenirs.

Let’s take a look at what’s coming:

Concept art for Oga’s Cantina

Left to right, non-alcoholic drinks: Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession provision, and Cliff Dweller

From left to right, alcoholic beverages: The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun

From left to right: Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor and the Black Spire Brew

Oga’s Cantina: will serve a variety of beverages such as the non-alcoholic Tatooine Sunset, a reddish pink, is tea-based and smooth. Moof Juice, a pinkish fruit juice, is cool and refreshing. Oga’s Obsession falls somewhere between beverage and snack, and tastes the most other-worldly; contained in what looks like a petri dish, you scoop your serving, and the garnish pops in your mouth.

The alcoholic selections are sometimes frothy, sometimes steamy, and sometimes delightfully bubbly, like The Fuzzy Tauntaun, The Bespin Fizz, and The Outer Rim. The Bloody Rancor, of course, comes with an edible bone. A selection of beers are on the way; one of the options we sampled was very hoppy, with hints of citrus and a little bitter.

The Braised Shaak Roast features beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale and mushrooms

The Fried Endorian Tip-Yip

Oven-roasted Tip Yip features roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing

Ithorian Garden Loaf is a plant-based “meatloaf” dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables and mushroom sauce

Smoked Kaadu Ribs features smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw

Oven-roasted Burra Fish features Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing

Yobshrimp Noodle Salad is a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp

Felucian Garden Spread

Left to right, non-alcoholic beverages: the Phattro and Moof Juice

Raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard 

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.” Among the offerings are Fried Endorian Tip-Yip (rectangle shaped fried chicken) and Kaadu Ribs (smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw), Felucian Garden Spread (a plant-based kefta “meatball” dish with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread).

Left to right: Meiloorun Juice, Turkey Jerky, and Ronto Wrap

Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Menu items include turkey jerky, and the signature Ronto Wrap, a handheld sandwich, filled with Portuguese sausage, roasted pork, and a cabbage slaw on top, all in a grilled pita. It’s finished with a spicy “clutch sauce,” named for Darth Vader’s Force grip, which activates on the sides of your throat.

Blue Milk and Green Milk

Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.

The Outpost Mix

Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn)

Coca Cola Products

For those looking to purchase in-story Star Wars merchandise and rare finds from across the galaxy, you need to look no further than our many different Outpost stores and market stalls.

Concept art of Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, home of rare Jedi artifacts and more

Guests will find rare and unique items at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, including Jedi artifacts

Holocrons are ancient repositories of wisdom. Jedi and Sith used them to record their teachings for future generations seeking to understand the mysteries of the Force.Kyber crystals can unlock additional content in both the Jedi and Sith Holocrons.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities will offer rare and unique items, including relics left behind by the Sith

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras.

Concept art of Savi’s Workshop

Aspiring Jedi can build their own lightsabers

Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.

Concept art of the Droid Depot

Guests can visit the Droid Depot to build their own custom R- and BB-series droids

At the Droid Depot, guests can choose from an assortment of droids, apparel and other droid-inspired products

Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.

Guests wanting to showcase their allegiance to the First Order will be able to choose among the gear and supplies that the 709th Legion brought with them to First Order Cargo

First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.

Guests wanting to showcase their loyalty to the Resistance will find gear, badges and more at Resistance Supply

Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.

There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:

An assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, and musical instruments

Toydarian Toymaker (toys)

Creatures of the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns, and more

Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)

Guests will be able to mix and match clothing to create their own galactic style

Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)
The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)

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Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and BD Wong Reprise Roles In Jurassic World – The Ride At Universal Studios Hollywood

Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong will reprise their roles as Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Dr. Henry Wu, bringing their characters from the silver screen to Jurassic World – The Ride, opening this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood

As part of original content created exclusively for the new ride, Owen, Claire and Dr. Wu will shed light on their interactions with the dinosaurs along with facts and information about the imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, Jurassic World, on the day the Indominus rex escapes.

More details were also shared about how Universal plans on bringing the Mosasaurus to life. This will be the first time that fans will have the chance to see the Mosasaurus up close, immersed within her massive Aquarium Observatory.  Appearing to span over 60 feet in length and tipping the scales at over 30K pounds through stunning state-of-the-art visual effects – the Mosasaurus will move throughout her glass enclosure, filled with the equivalent of 3.5 million gallons of water.

Universal Creative collaborated with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to bring the Mosasaurus to life and to capture the realism of her underwater environment using a combination of spectacular visual effects and cutting-edge technologies, including the use of motion parallax, a technique that shifts the guest’s perspective of the Mosasaurus as she moves throughout the tank. The team also employed a series of lighting enhancements allowing the aquarium to intuitively shift from day to night, as well as visual changes to the environment during inclement weather, thus creating a variety of visual scenarios guests can experience based on when they experience the ride.

The state-of-the-art attraction will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Jurassic World – featuring additional new dinosaurs from the film. Currently, the ride’s aesthetics is being worked on to fit the blue & silver from the Jurassic World films – moving away from the original film’s red and yellow. A fresh, new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic pillars illuminated with billowing flames will support a prominent “Jurassic World” marquee logo.

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Disney Parks Live To Stream The Dedication Ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge On May 29

In just days, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will welcome its first guests at the Disneyland Resort! And to celebrate, the Disney Parks Blog will be hosting a special #DisneyParksLIVE stream presented by AT&T covering the dedication ceremony of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort on May 29.

Join the Disney Parks Blog on May 29 at 8:20 p.m. PDT | 11:20 p.m. EDT for a first look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and to see the historic dedication moment from Disneyland Resort in California.

Special coverage will also be featured on Disney Parks Blog Facebook and @DisneyParks Twitter channels during the ceremony.

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Celebrate 50 Years of The Haunted Mansion ‘Retirement Unliving’ At Disneyland Park

One of our most beloved Disneyland Resort attractions, Haunted Mansion, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To celebrate, Disneyland is  throwing an “under the hill” soiree.

In August, choose to attend one of the “The Haunted Mansion: Celebrating 50 Years of Retirement Unliving” events. These after-hours events at Disneyland park are filled with chills, thrills and frightful fun. Unearth commemorative anniversary merchandise items, delight in spirited sips and bites, enjoy special entertainment, character encounters, photo ops, and access to several west-side park attractions, plus a few supernatural surprises. 

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID. 

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT.  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets HERE.

Here are the event highlights:

– Gather for a 13th Hour Celebration Kick-off moment along the Rivers of America. Madame Leota will make a special appearance to conjure up the ensuing party festivities, lovingly referred to as a “Swinging Wake.” Other supernatural surprises include a lively cavalcade of musicians, dancers and performers from beyond the grave.
– Re-create hauntingly fun moments and scenes from the attraction against themed backdrops. You’ll also receive unlimited digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the event.
– Enjoy event-themed food and beverages, in addition to other unique menu items available for purchase at select park locations.
– Mix and mingle with some of our dearly departed souls and otherworldly characters from the Haunted Mansion.
– Pay homage to 50 phenomenal years through themed décor as 999 tenants anxiously await their newest arrivals.
– Enjoy after-hours access to select attractions in New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Frontierland and Adventureland. Note: Select attractions will close early during the event.
– See and be seen while wearing attire inspired by your favorite happy haunts! Plus, limited-time Snapchat filters and event hashtags are great for pics posted on your social media feeds.
– Get your first look at all of the Estate Merchandise that has been conjured up for the event. You won’t believe your eyes. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the items we were able to dig up:

Event Ticket Tip: When purchasing the event ticket, you will be allowed to purchase one (1) ticket per person, per event date, per transaction. You might wonder why, and it is due to the merchandise offerings that will be released in conjunction with the event which requires each ticketed event guest to have a unique registration ID. 

A limited quantity of tickets for both event nights will be available beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. PT.  Learn more about the event, details and pricing, including how to purchase tickets HERE.

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Building Batuu: Savi’s Workshop Lets You Handbuild Your Own Customized Lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

For those travelers to Black Spire Outpost who feel a stronger connection with the Force, you are not alone.  To find like-minded others, make your way to Savi’s Scrapyard. Those who have felt the call can seek out the hidden workshop and arrange an appointment to meet with the Gatherers – a group of men and women who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of the Force and the ancient ways of the Jedi. The Gatherers guide those who seek their assistance in creating their own unique customized lightsaber.

The Gatherers have amassed a great collection of stories, kyber crystals, and other saber parts from around the galaxy. As “keepers of the Force,” they have passed down their knowledge from generation to generation, striving to keep the flame of hope alive. Savi was one of the original Gatherers and a friend to Lor San Tekka (whom we met briefly at the beginning of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”). Like Lor, Savi was a believer in the ideals of the Jedi Order and helped to pass on his knowledge of Jedi lore. He created a salvage business as a front to hide his clandestine mission of guiding the next generation of Force wielders and helping them create their unique lightsabers.

Those ready to learn this knowledge will find a symbol displayed on the front of the workshop indicating that they are in the correct location and they must give the secret phrase to the Gatherers to enter inside. Once inside the workshop, the Builders will be surrounded by various odds and ends, pieces and objects. These pieces become key elements in the building and refinement of their lightsabers. At the center of the room is the Builder’s Table, a large oval-shaped table assembled from ancient pieces salvaged from across the galaxy that can accommodate up to 14 builders at a time to choose their crystal and craft their lightsaber. 

There are four themes of lightsabers that guests can build:

Peace and Justice: Salvaged from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships, these lightsaber pieces were created for Force wielders of the Republic era. The simple designs reflect the commitment to the devout life of those whom they were created by – the Jedi Order – the once guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy.

Power and Control: Reclaimed from the ashes of the rumored Sith homeworld and abandoned Sith temples, these lightsaber pieces were originally forged by the Sith of their time. Characterized by sharp and strong forms, these pieces showcase the brutality and relentlessness of the Sith’s insatiable desire for power and control.

Elemental Nature: As we have been told, The Force is an energy field created by all living things; it surrounds us, penetrates us and binds the galaxy together. These lightsaber pieces are born of that same Force. They are as unique as the user and as the elements of nature: the wood from a Brylark tree, a bone of the Cartusion whale or even a tooth from a Rancor.

Protection and Defense: Cultivated from a time forgotten, these earliest lightsaber pieces contain designs and inscriptions that are shrouded in mystery. Believed to be created for protection and defense, conferring anonymity and symbolizing emotional detachment, a lightsaber made from these pieces reconnects the user with the most ancient wellspring of the Force.

Are you feeling the call of the Force? Will you answer it? What kind of lightsaber do you think will call to you?

If you are planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort between May 31 (opening day) and June 23, 2019, a reservation and theme park admission are required. After June 23, 2019, reservations will not be required for visits to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and access to Disneyland park, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experiences will be subject to capacity.

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