Planet Name Revealed for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Visitors to Hollywood Studios today and in particular guests on Star Tours – The Adventures Continues were in for a whole new experience. As brave visitors boarded Starspeeders they embarked on a ‘thrilling new journey’ to the edges of space which found them making an unexpected landing on a planet in the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy. This is a planet already known to C-3P0 and now to us as ‘Batuu.’

This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers travelling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.

The Creative Executive, Scott Trowbridge has said “I look forward to sharing more updates from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we further explore the stories and adventures you’ll be invited to discover when our new lands open in 2019.” Hopefully this means we will get some more information soon!

What do you think of the name Batuu? I’m going with the pronunciation of ‘Bat-ooooooooooo’ 😉

Smiles Included

Abby

Star Wars Galactic Nights – December 16th 2017

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More Celebs, Projections and More Announced have been announced for Star Wars Galactic Nights

So it’s nearly a month until the new Star Wars film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ AND the return of Star Wars Galactic Nights event at Hollywood Studios.

Disney have announced some more updates to this years event;

One of this years guests, Warwick Davis has been a part of the Lucasfilm family and loved by all Star Wars fans since he started out as Wicket the Ewok in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ He also recently played Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will also appear in this years Star Wars: The Last Jedi and next years Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Star Wars: Galactic Destinations is a must see on the Sunset Boulevard area of Hollywood Studios. The exterior of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will be transformed into various, stunning locations from all across the galaxy using state of the art projections. You will be able to see your favourite film moments come to life with special effects, lighting and of course the ‘stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all evening long.’

Actor David Collins will also appear at this years event to host a special “Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” panel discussion alongside members of the Lucasfilm and Imagineering teams. The panel will give you a insight in to the making of  the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands and also a sneak peek into the progress of the lands which are currently under construction at Hollywood Studios.

Every year, most of us here at OAT towers will go and watch the new Star Wars film together – it’s a bit of a tradition. This year at Hollywood Studios to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, different park attractions will debut new touches inspired by the film on the release night. You will be able to see these at Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

Previously announced Star Wars events include:

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show, which will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga; park-wide photo ops, including three new backdrops inspired by Star WarsRebels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; encounters with Star Warscharacters; specialty food and beverage and merchandise, and much more. Guests are also welcome to dress in their favorite Star Wars attire. Attendees can also enjoy little-to-no wait-times at some of the park’s most iconic attractions.

Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight.

Smiles Included

Abby

Celebrate the New Year at Walt Disney World!

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If you’re lucky enough to be saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 in the happiest place on earth then you really will be spoilt for choice! There will be plenty of special events happening all around the resort  so no matter where you are you’ll be sure to have a blast. Disney Have just released information that will really tickle your tastebuds.. Take a look below to see some of the locations you may want to book in for New Years Eve!!

Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort 

“Join Mickey, Minnie and friends for a family-friendly barbecue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort as they celebrate the new year at Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ. During this special finger-licking, foot-stomping barbeque event, you’ll feast on mouth-watering items such as Bacon Jam Burger Sliders grilled on site, Wagon Wheel Mac’n’Cheese for the kiddos, and Mini S’mores served in Mason Jars!

In addition to this all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread, you’ll get to enjoy the sounds of a live bluegrass band and a DJ. After dinner, cowpokes can mosey on over to the dance floor for line dancing led by Disney Friends! Then get ready to count down to midnight and watch the world-famous Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from a special viewing area.”

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience – Disney’s Contemporary Resort;

Calling all fine-dining aficionados: prepare to pamper your palate at an event you’ll remember for years to come! Ring in the new year in style with Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Dining Experience inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

When you arrive at the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful French Quarter-inspired décor and an array of stations that will immerse your senses in unique and extraordinary flavors, such as smoked salmon mousse cones and oyster beignets fried right before your eyes. Then, when dinner time finally approaches, you’ll be guided to a premier dining destination for the main course of the night where you’ll be welcomed by art-adorned walls with visions of New Orleans. Take in the rich scents and vibrant flavors as you enjoy herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish étouffé, Black Angus beef, braised short ribs and roast filet of beef with truffled celery root silk, all while enjoying the authentic sounds of a live jazz band. At the evening’s end, a spirited vocalist will join the band and bring the classic sounds of Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” by legendary composer Randy Newman to life. Soon after, you’ll be ushered to a private viewing area near the Porte Cochére, for champagne and the unforgettable sights of the world-famous Magic Kingdom Park fireworks to ring in the new year!

From beginning to end, this event is a beautiful way to welcome 2018 and it’s sure to be a night you’ll remember. Reserve your seats for this once-in-a-lifetime event today! Down in New Orleans – A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience will take place on December 31, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and will feature restaurant-style reserved seating.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Atlantic Dance Hall – Disney’s BoardWalk

“Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk invites you to ring in the new year with rockin’ music, tasty treats, high spirits and an enchanting dash of Disney magic. Dance the night away while you enjoy tasty treats such as soft pretzels, churros, and other sweet and salty snacks. In addition, you can celebrate the new year with complimentary party hats and horns, a view of the sensational Epcot fireworks, and a champagne toast at midnight.”

Doors open at 9 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter. 

Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea – Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

“Kick off the new year at Flying Fish with Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. Starting at 7 p.m., come enjoy a cocktail hour with scrumptious hor d’Oeurves and a gorgeous and delectable seafood display! Then take your seat for a spectacular family-style dinner spread with sustainable seafood offerings and accompaniments. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary character artist drawing throughout the night and the opportunity to dance all night long to the tunes of a live 3-piece jazz band, and at midnight, toast to the new year with champagne and a midnight celebration! Guests of this exclusive event will also have the opportunity to hop on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall to enjoy the Epcot fireworks and midnight festivities.”

Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter.

Mmmmm now i’m hungry!

Smiles Included

Abby

 

Disney are Celebrating Mickey Mouse’s Birthday on November 18

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Now here’s one for your diaries.. The Big Cheese, Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his 89th birthday on Saturday the 18th November (doesn’t seem to age does he, wonder what skincare regime he uses) and wants as many people as possible to celebrate with him. You will be able to join in on the fun at all of the Disney parks around the world!

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will be celebrating with very special  “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons, a Sorcerer Mickey Cake and lots more merchandise. Guests will also be able to sing and dance along with “Happy Birthday” during Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!, Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland and performances by the Dapper Dans. Also, no birthday party would be complete without photo props. These props will be available at all four of the parks for guests to capture this special occasion. Another birthday surprise is that everyone who collects their photos at the parks will receive a folder with a commemorative sticker, how lovely. 😀

Disneyland Resort will host a celebration procession for Mickey Mouse, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band. It will start at “it’s a small world” pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square. There will be plenty of chances to sing “Happy Birthday” along the way.

Disneyland Paris will also hold celebrations in Main Street, U.S.A. Be prepared to celebrate Mickey’s birthday just before “Disney Magic on Parade,” as well as during the Lucky Nugget Saloon show at Disneyland park and in “Mickey and the Magician” at Walt Disney Studios park.

Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland will be able to pick up a special Mickey Birthday pin and a special edition Times Guide in honour of everyone’s favourite mouse. At Shanghai Disney Resort  and Tokyo Disney Resort, guests will have the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” and join in lots of special photo opportunities.

Leading up to his big day, Mickey Mouse will take off to exciting destinations such as Japan, Canada, China, England, Chile and the United States. He will share magical moments along the way.  He will then bring a few more surprises when he visits the Good Morning America studios in New York City on November 15.

We’d love you see all of your favourite Mickey Mouse moments, photos and memories. Here’s my personal favourite when Mickey and Minnie surprised us at breakfast on my recent SuperFAM trip to Orlando!

Smiles Included

Abby

Disney Release First Look at Woodys Lunchbox in Toy Story Land

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We are all understandably, super excited about the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios in the summer of 2018 and Disney have just released a look in to a new area planned for Toy Story Land called Woody’s Lunchbox.

We’ve already seen some cool imagery and videos for 2 of the attractions coming to Toy Story Land – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers and now we’re getting a closer look at one of the food stops. Toy Story Land will see visitors shrink to the size of a toy to explore the land that has been made by Andy in his backyard. Within the backyard you will find Woody’s Lunchbox where Andy has used his own lunch box and flask to build a walk-up quick service window to serve yummy food and drink.

From the picture above you’ll be able to spot lots of Andy’s favourite toys and items from his lunch. If you look close enough you will be able to see a green army man keeping a look out for Andy’s return. I love how from the images that they have been releasing that you can really see how immersive it is going to be and how guests are going to feel like little toys within the land.

Disney have hinted that a menu of the items Woody’s Lunchbox will be serving is going to be released in the next few months so stay tuned.

Smiles Included..

Abby

Top 5 Orlando Holiday Reveals

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Now i’m definitely not a blubber but holiday reveal videos make me do that thing where  your eyes get wet when you’re happy? Weird I know..

Holidays to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, are nothing less than a huge deal and seeing your kids faces when you tell them that this year they’re lucky enough to be  going to Orlando must be second to none. Recently, keeping the holiday a secret for as long as possible and then filming the reaction of your littleun’s when you tell them is becoming more and more popular and I love it (although it does make me pretty jealous 🙁 )

The creativity of some families is amazing so i’ve been scouring the internet to put together my top 5 Orlando holiday reveal videos. Personally, my favourite type of reveal videos are treasure hunt ones.

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As i’ve previously mentioned, my favourite reveal idea is to do a treasure hunt around the house and this one is Disney themed.. even better 😀

 

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This one is soooo cute and I love the idea of the t-shirts, how grateful the kids are is very sweet.

 

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‘BUT WE HAVEN’T PACKED!!!’

 

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The suitcase races at the beginning of this one made me laugh, also love the Universal props for a brill Universal reveal.

 

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The little girls reaction at the end of this one is just brilliant.

I couldn’t think of a better surprise to receive than being told that i’m going on holiday to Orlando (Gavin should have done a video of when I was told I would be going on the Super FAM trip this year 😉 )

If you’ve got any funny, adorable or emotional reveal videos or ideas send them in to us i’d love to see!!

Smiles Included

Abby

The Guardians of the Galaxy Ride at Epcot will be a coaster

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*me dancing* that’s the dance I do whenever a park confirms an actual coaster and not a 3d ride is being built. So thanks to Disney I was able to brush off the old dancing shoes and celebrate.

Yesterday at the EPCOT 35 media event Vice President of Epcot, Melissa Valiquette, confirmed that the Guardians of the Galaxy ride will indeed be a coaster making it the first in the parks history.

Theming on this coaster will be key to Disney’s plans to create a storyverse at each of its park, according to the source of all knowledge, the internet, the GOTG coaster will load guests in the former Universe of Energy attraction, launching guests through a tunnel into a 10-story tall show building.

The coaster will reportedly be a first of its kind ride system, but all parks claim this and at the moment we’re not really sure what this means. More info to follow…

However, WE’RE GETTING A NEW COASTER…. YEY!!!

Smiles included…

Jamie

Grand Avenue – The Third New Land Coming to Hollywood Studios this Autumn!

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There is so much going on in regards to new Disney attractions and lands that I can’t keep up! Today i’m focused on Hollywood Studios. Two of the main additions heading to Hollywood Studios are going to be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land but today Disney have announced some information on another part of the park which is going to be transformed.

Muppets Courtyard and part of the former Streets of America, is being re-imagined by the Walt Disney Imagineers to become a new area called Grand Avenue.

Grand Avenue will be inspired by the unique culture of downtown Los Angeles,  where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will get to see “merchants” appear in the area, such as music shops, loft apartments, a tailor and more. Disney say that each window on the street will feature ‘charming displays’. It seems as though these will be fake storefronts that guests won’t be able to enter but will add loads of atmosphere and ‘feels’ to the area.

The current Muppets Courtyard is set to become Grand Park ‘an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mana Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.’  If you are visiting Hollywood Studios in the near future you will already be able to see some changes such as the Muppets Theatre being renamed to the ‘Grand Arts Theatre.’  Don’t worry though – All the favourites such as Kermit and Miss Piggy continue to be stars in the Muppet*Vision 3D show!

More Details On Grand Avenue, Coming Soon To Disney’s Hollywood Studios More Details On Grand Avenue, Coming Soon To Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. If you’re feeling peckish, try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.”

BaseLine Tap House is something me and Teresa spoke about a few weeks ago on our all girl Facebook Live. The new corner pub will feature Californian beers and wines along with a selection of small bites (and lots of cheese!!) The pictures above are making me seriously hungry!

Grand Avenue will be opening to guests this Autumn, not too far away at all! I for one cannot wait as it sounds right up my street (or avenue should I say 😉 )

Smiles Included,

Abby

Disney Confirm Special Character Event For World Photo Day

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As everyone knows August 19th is World Photo Day…(I didn’t know either) and to mark this Disney will be putting on some extra special photo opportunities at their parks and Disney Springs.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Character Experiences:

Meeko joins Pocahontas at Character Landing on Discovery Island
Timon joins Rafiki at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Princess Atta joins Flik at Discovery Island near Creature Comforts

Photo opportunities:

Dream Big Princess photo backdrop before the park entrance (daylight hours only)
Jungle Book Magic Shot near Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Visit the PhotoPass photographer in DinoLand U.S.A. from 9-10 p.m. to have magical Mickey light effects added to your photo (example below)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Character Experiences:

The Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Maleficent, and Cruella de Vil will meet with guests at Sunset Showcase. This opportunity will be available from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Photo opportunities:

Dream Big Princess photo backdrop outside the Theater of the Stars (daylight hours only)
Poison Apple Magic Shot on Sunset Boulevard
Fisheye lens in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard area

Epcot

Character Experiences:

Genie will join Princess Jasmine in the Morocco Pavilion
Mushu will join Mulan in the China Pavilion

Photo opportunities:

Dream Big Princess photo backdrop near Epcot Character Spot (daylight hours only)
Baymax Animated Magic Shot with the PhotoPass photographer located near Mouse Gear and the Fountain of Nations
Fisheye lens near the fountain close to the entrance to Spaceship Earth

Magic Kingdom Park

Character Experiences:

Dopey joins Snow White at Town Square Courtyard
Captain Hook joins Peter Pan in Fantasyland

Photo opportunities:

Dream Big Princess photo backdrop in Fantasyland (daylight hours only)
Cinderella’s Coach in Fantasyland
“Tangled” light painting photo opportunity near Ariel’s Grotto (available after dark)
Mickey Mouse Magic Shot on the bridge near Fairytale Garden
Main Street Vehicle near the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor (available in the morning and early afternoon)

Disney Springs

Photo opportunities:

Dream Big Princess photo backdrop next to the Marketplace Stage
Fairy Wings Magic Shot from the PhotoPass photographer roaming around the Marketplace near Tren-D (available from 1-10:30 p.m.)
You can also visit the Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs to enjoy special $99.95 plus shipping pricing on a Personalized Storybook now through August 20!

We’re hearing that memory maker will allow you to not only take advantage but keep the photos and of course Orlando AttractionTickets Disney tickets come with Memory Maker free of charge.

smiles included…

Jamie

 

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to open at Disney Springs

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It’s like Disney have finally turned on the Star Wars tap, following on from all the great information released by Disney at D23 including Star Wars: Galaxy Edge and the proposed hotel experience Disney have today confirmed that they’ll be opening a hyper-reality experience at Disney Springs.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will plunge guests directly into the iconic Star Wars galaxy. Visitors will move freely throughout the untethered, social and multi-sensory experience in a way that allows them to interact and engage with friends, family and Star Wars characters. This ground-breaking experience will open to the public at a new VOID Experience Centre at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season.

This first-of-its kind Star Wars experience is being produced by the world-class teams at Lucasfilm and ILMxLAB in collaboration with the team at The VOID. Soon you’ll have the opportunity to step beyond reality into a galaxy far, far away!

Here’s what Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at The VOID had to say about it;

At The VOID, we combine the magic of illusion, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds. A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of The VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.

Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLab, said;

At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories. Through our collaboration with The VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.

And to round it off Cliff Plumer, CEO of The VOID said;

“Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire marks an important milestone in the continued expansion of The VOID, which also joined the 2017 Disney Accelerator earlier this year. Through the power of The VOID, guests can now experience the magic of Star Wars first-hand.

When we hear more about details and an opening date we’ll let you know.

Smiles included…

Jamie