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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 Pixar’s Onward Teaser Trailer

Disney Pixar has released the new Onward teaser trailer for the upcoming animated movie starring the voice cast of Chris Pratt (Avengers: Infinity War), Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water).

Set in a suburban fantasy world, Disney Pixar’s Onward introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. The feature will be directed by Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) and produced by Kori Rae. Scanlon said that Onward was inspired by his own relationship with his brother.

Onward will arrive in theaters on March 6, 2020.

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New Lion King Character Posters Released By Disney

Disney has released 11 new The Lion King character posters for the upcoming film featuring the most classic characters from the timeless story.

Lions rule the African savanna in The Lion King, which welcomes Donald Glover (Atlanta, Solo: A Star Wars Story) as future king Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Dreamgirls, “Lemonade” visual album) as Simba’s friend-turned-love interest Nala, and James Earl Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Field of Dreams) as Simba’s wise and loving father, Mufasa, reprising his iconic performance from Disney’s 1994 animated classic. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Twelve Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) was called on to portray Simba’s villainous uncle Scar, and Alfre Woodard (Juanita, Marvel’s Luke Cage) portrays Simba’s no-nonsense mother, Sarabi. JD McCrary (Tyler Perry’s The Paynes, Vital Signs) fills the shoes of Young Simba, a confident cub who can’t wait to be king, and Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live, Broadway’s “The Lion King”) brings tough cub Young Nala to life.

Every kingdom comes with a trustworthy advisor or two. John Kani (Coriolanus, Captain America: Civil War) was cast as the wise baboon Rafiki, and John Oliver (Last WeekTonight with John Oliver, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) was tapped as hornbill Zazu, Mufasa’s loyal confidant. When Simba goes into exile, he relies on two newfound friends—Seth Rogen (Sausage Party, Neighbors) lends his comedic chops to naïve warthog Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, American Horror Story) joins the cast as know-it-all meerkat Timon.

While most of the animals in the kingdom respect the king, the hyenas have other plans. Florence Kasumba (Emerald City, Black Panther) portrays Shenzi, Eric André (The Eric André Show, Man Seeking Woman) is Azizi, and Keegan-Michael Key (Predator, Friends from College) plays Kamari.

Directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book), Disney’s The Lion King opens in theatres July 19.

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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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Disney Pixar Releases First Look At Onward

Disney Pixar has released the first images of their upcoming film, Onward. The film will star Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.

Set in a suburban fantasy world, the film introduces two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there. “At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” said Director Dan Scanlon. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

In Onward, Pratt will play the “boisterous older brother” character to Holland’s “gawky, more reserved younger sibling.” Louis-Dreyfus will portray the teen characters’ mom.

Onward will be released on March 6, 2020.

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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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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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Watch The Final Toy Story 4 Trailer

Check out the final trailer for Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, as well as two new images from the trailer featuring Woody, Bo Peep and Bonnie’s new friend Forky. 

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. 

The film features the voice talent of Tim Allen, Keegan-Michael Key, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack, Bonnie Hunt, Kristen Schaal, Emily Davis, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Blake Clark, June Squibb, Carl Weathers, Lila Sage, Don Rickles, Jeff Garlin, Maliah Bargas-Good, Jack McGraw, Juliana Hansen, and Estelle Harris.

Directed by Josh Cooley (Riley’s First Date?), and produced by Mark Nielsen (associate producer Inside Out) and Jonas Rivera (Inside Out, Up), Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 ventures to theaters on June 21, 2019.

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Eleven New Disney Legends To Be Honored During D23 Expo In Anaheim On August 23

Robert Downey Jr. and Bette Midler, along with such luminaries as Wing Chao, Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen, and Hans Zimmer, will be honored as Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2019 for their extraordinary contributions to the Disney legacy. Hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the Disney Legends Awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 23, in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center.

“The Disney Legends Award is the highest honor we can bestow; it’s a recognition of talent, a celebration of achievement, and an expression of profound gratitude to the remarkable men and women who have made an indelible mark on our company and our creative legacy,” said Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This year’s honorees have earned a place in our hearts and our history for their significant contributions in film, television, and our theme parks around the world.”

The Disney Legends Awards program is a 32-year tradition of The Walt Disney Company, and the first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. The award ceremony is just one of the dozens of spectacular events Disney fans can enjoy during the three-day D23 Expo.

Click HERE to see the 2019 Disney Legends Award honorees.

Honorees receive a two-foot-tall bronze Disney Legends sculpture that signifies the imagination, creativity, and magic they have brought to the Company. Disney Legends Award recipients will also participate in a handprint ceremony at the end of the event, and their bronzed prints will be displayed in the Disney Legends Plaza at the Company’s Burbank headquarters.

Admission to the ceremony will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is included in the price of a ticket to D23 Expo 2019.

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