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

Disney Reveal More Star Wars Land Details

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So just before the Easter break Universal and SeaWorld both revealed massive news regarding their parks. SeaWorld Orlando announced a new ride and confirmed the opening date of Kraken Unleashed not to be outdone Universal gave us an early Christmas present in the form of Harry Potter and hinted at more Potter news to come! But all was quiet on the Disney front… until now.

Disney Imagineers got together at this weekends Celebration of Star Wars event to tell us a little more about the land set to open in 2019.

They confirmed that the Planet the land will be based does not feature in any of the movies but can be found on the edge of the Unknown Regions. They also gave us a little back story confirming that the remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

Disney weren’t finished with a video and a back story they had more to share. Scott Trowbridge, Creative Director stated that visitors would be able to take control of the Millennium Falcon and interestingly the choices they make during this could effect the way characters in the Land react to them, almost like the old pick your adventure style books.

It sounds like we’re going to get an immersive story unique to guests that follows them around the Land, you’ll be part of the Star Wars Universe and each attraction will just add to your overall continuous experience.

Disney Imagineer Asa Kalama added;

There are going to be a ton of opportunities to help out and support the Resistance, lots of smugglers and bounty hunters who are looking for a little bit of help and might be willing to offer you up a side job, and for those of you who are interested in supporting The First Order, that will absolutely be an opportunity as well

Its was also mentioned that the Land would have its own unique sensory experience including smells and tastes including “Blue Milk”  (Bantha Milk).

We’re so excited for more information and we’re expecting more this July at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Disney Reveals Star Wars Construction Update

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When Disney reveals Star Wars information a siren goes off here at OAT towers similar to using the Bat Signal and we all rush head first to the nearest computer to bath in its glory… and today is one of those days.

Scheduled to open in 2019 Disney World have already broken ground on the much anticipated land.

Instead of using one of the known planets in the Star Wars galaxy guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.

Disney are also creating two new signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customised secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

We’ve also heard that Disney are working on creating droids that guests can interact with, these droids will be built using new AI technology that also allow them to learn as they go!!

How amazing is Star Wars at Disney going to be?

Smiles included…

Jamie

Yes! BB-8 Will Make His Character Greating Debut This Spring

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The second most popular droid in the entire Galaxy (far, far away) will be making his debut this Spring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. BB-8 the standout Droid  from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s  Star Wars Launch Bay.

Visitors are already able to meet Star War’s characters like Kylo Ren and Chewbacca and the rolling droid will be a welcomed addition. Star Wars Launch Bay not only offers character greetings but also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Here’s what Disney say about Star Wars Launch Bay;

Star Wars Launch Bay is just one experience that has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the delight of Star Wars fans over the past two years: “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show features characters from around the Star Wars galaxy; while the guest-favorite “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nighttime spectacular lights up the park each night. Guests age 4-12 can also become Jedi recruits and put their skills to the test in an unforgettable battle against villains like Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. And just a few months ago, the park’s Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction began offering guests randomized destinations, making different planetary destinations possible for every galactic journey.

The addition of additional Star Wars IP to the Disney parks is just another step to cementing their position as market leader in Florida. My kids would lose their minds if they got to meet BB-8… and probably me too!

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Confirm Star Wars Land Date

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Yesterday at Disney’s usual earnings call Bob Iger Chairman and CEO dropped some major news! Not only did he confirm that Pandora – The World of Avatar would be opening in May of this year but also sent the nerds in to a frenzy by adding a sprinkle of Star Wars info.

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Bob confirmed that lands at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios would open in 2019!!! Considering Disney only broke ground in April 2016 a 2019 opening date seems really optimistic.

Disney’s Star Wars lands represent the companies largest-ever, single-themed land expansions. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

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For me I’m excited about taking the controls of the Millennium Falcon as one of their signature attractions suggests.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Top Secrets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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We’re half way through our Disney secrets and we’re heading over to Hollywood Studios to see what we can find out. Disney are working on a lot of new attractions at Hollywood Studios so let’s just take a quick look at what is still there at the moment and what we know about it.

Making our way down Hollywood Boulevard, if you look up at the windows you will see some initials stencilled in but can you work out who’s initials they are?

The Great Movie Ride vehicles have specific number plates ‘021-429’. This resembles the Valentines Day Massacre which happened February 14th 1929.

Over by Echo Lake there’s lots to look out for on Star Tours including the silhouette of Jar Jar Binks wearing his own set of Mickey ears!

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Muppets Courtyard is quite a small part of the park but still nonetheless a great part of it too! When you enter the Muppets 3D after the turnstiles you’ll see a door mat. Why not lift it up and see what’s underneath…? Don’t forget to look at all the graffiti on the walls!

Pixar Place has a very distinctive entrance wall but what you might not realise is this is an exact replica of the entrance to Pixar in California. All of the brickwork has been replicated perfectly.

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Sunset Boulevard is my personal favourite part of Hollywood Studios as it is home to Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which are my 2 favourite attractions in the park. On Rock n’ Roller Coaster you might notice that each limousine has it’s own number plate. There are also safety signs around that form into a guitar which is allegedly a tribute to Elvis.

The Twilight Tower of Terror previews old fashioned scenes from the twilight saga on the screens. If you look closely at the little girl, you will see she appears several times holding a Mickey mouse doll.

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It is truly amazing how much detail Disney put into everything they do. Something that can seem like a minor detail about nothing to us, could mean something major to the imagineers at Disney.

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Disney unveil new Star Wars ‘Death Star’ at Epcot

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Spaceship Earth at Disney’s Epcot was transformed into the Death Star last night. This comes from a meetup with the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which will make it’s debut on the 16th December. Some announcements were made at the event with the help of Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Galen Erso in the film.

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So what exactly did Disney announce last night? Mainly based on the Star Wars inspired land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. More characters and scenes will appear in the parks everyday line up in addition to the land that is currently being built.

Also announced was that Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular that was debuted earlier this year, will be joining their new nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam from the 16th December through to the 31st by being projected onto the park’s Chinese Theater.

By the middle of the month, Star Tours – The Adventurers Continue will return for it’s first destination with Jakku to continue the promotion of last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story will be promoted by Disney at Star Wars Launch Bay with new props and models from the film. Some troopers from the film will also be appearing in the daytime show, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.

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Last but not least, Disney announced plans for a Star Wars-themed Guided Tour of Disney’s Hollywood Studios including a spot of Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple show for the children. The tour will also include a ride on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a guided tour of the Launch Bay, lunch with Star Wars-themed eats and reserved viewing for the Galactic Spectacular show.

Seems to me like Disney are taking full advantage of Star Wars and I don’t blame them!

Smiles included…

Louise

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Disney Announce Opening Dates

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Today Disney treated us to a few dates for our diaries. So lets get stuck in.

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Possibly the most exciting being confirmation that the Disney Frozen attraction at Epcot will officially open on the 21st June.

Frozen ever after, is a boat ride around Arendelle, guests will see the Summer Snow Day celebration, Troll Valley, North Mountain, Elsa’s Ice Palace and other sights.

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Soarin’

I like this one, Disney will be bringing Soarin’ back for a limited time to give it a proper send off. From May 27th until June 26th visitors at Epcot will be able to ride the original version before its updated to Soarin’ Around the World.

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Disney also confirmed that the new fireworks show ‘Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular’  will debut on June 17 at Hollywood Studios. This night time spectacular will be the most elaborate fireworks display in the park’s history.

Disney state that the show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections upon various building in the park. Proposed scenes include the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations.

The show which will be put to music from the film franchise will feature a tower of fire and spotlight beams which will create the image of a lightsaber in the sky.

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Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is a stage show at Cinderella Castle, it will debut at Magic Kingdom on June 17th!

In “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have been preparing to host a joyous festival and have ventured far and wide to invite friends from other lands to join their celebration. From the Land of the Bewitching Bayous, Goofy has invited Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. From the Land of the Enchanted Woods, Donald Duck brings some new friends he met at the Snuggly Duckling, and Daisy introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Finally, Mickey shares a surprise with Minnie, as he has traveled to the Land of the Mystic Mountains to invite Olaf, Anna and Elsa, who contributes a blast of her icy magic. It all culminates in a grand dance, as the Merry Makers invite all their special guests to join in the fun on this special day in Magic Kingdom Park!

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Which of these are you most excited about visiting? The Star Wars fireworks displays looks amazing, I can’t wait to see this.

You can purchase Disney Passes from Orlando Attraction Tickets from as little as £154.00 (2 Day Child ticket).

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Bob Iger Drops Some Star Wars, Epcot And Magic Updates

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On Thursday Disney CEO Bob Iger gave shareholders a glimpse into what their working on. He covered Star Wars, Epcot and the future of My Magic+.

During the shareholder meeting Mr Iger confirmed that ground would be broken on Disney’s most exciting project, Star Wars, next month. Still no official launch date but an estimate of 2018 might be pretty close to the mark.

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Visitors to Disney’s Hollywood Studios may have already noticed that the clearing of the space required for the new land started last year with the closing of several attractions.

Iger was also asked about any plans for Epcot which some have said has been slightly neglected over the years, although Epcot will be gaining the new Frozen attraction, Frozen Ever After and new technology for Soarin’. Iger confirmed that Disney were planning a long term strategy for Epcot and stated;

There’s lots of great work going its to that thinking, but there’s nothing to announce as of right now

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Disney spent an absolute fortune on My Magic Plus  but the parks are now reaping the rewards of the new technology with in park spending up and the access to additional visitor data which until this technology was introduced Disney could only speculate on. Iger confirmed its success and also stated that they were looking into ways to expand the technology and offer more for mobile users…

mymagic-If the last 5 years have been dominated by Universal (Harry Potter, Transformer’s, King Kong) it does appear that the mouse has taken off its gloves… and that means “Yey” for all of us.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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