WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE

Over the course of the past week, Disney has dropped tons of details about their new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The land is coming to both Disney World and Disneyland this year. Details about cast member costumes, food and drink offerings, opening dates, and more have been announced. Here is everything we know about whats to come in the new land:

Opening Dates and Details 

  • Galaxy’s Edge is set to open May 21 at Disneyland and August 29 at Disney World.
    • Guests who wish to visit the land in DL between May 21 – June 23 will be required to already have a park ticket and make a no cost reservation in order to control crowds. There is no doubt that the reservations will be hard to come by, as they are limited. Guests staying at any of the three Disneyland resorts during this time frame will have a designated reservation time to visit the land. Guests will only be allotted one reservation per person.
    • Disney World, as of now, will not follow this advanced reservation policy. Capacity will, however, be limited.
  • At the open of both lands, the only attraction that will be open and operating in the land will be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be opening at a date later in the year on both coasts.
    • There will be no Fastpass+ reservation opportunities available at WDW or DL for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run upon opening.
  • Galaxy’s Edge will not be open or available during Extra Magic Hours or Magic Morning at Disneyland. As of right now, WDW plans to keep the land open in Hollywood Studios during Extra Magic Hours upon opening.
  • Below are some concept art photos of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance as provided by D23.

Cast Member Costumes

  • WDW cast members were invited to an exclusive event where they were introduced to the costumes that will be used in the land.
    • There will be unique name tags/badges worn by cast members that are far different than the classic white badges worn by CM’s around the park.
    • The costumes look very layered, heavy, and are created with dark colors. Most costumes include long sleeves and jackets or vests. However, costume ambassadors claim that breathability and the extreme summer temperatures were taken into consideration when creating the costumes.
  • Photo’s of the costumes released by Disney can be found below.

Food and Beverage

  • Food service options in the land will consist of Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters, Milk Stand and Kat Saka’s Kettle. 
    • Oga’s Cantina will be a very immersive dining experience that most guests are looking forward to. The restaurant will serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as meals for both lunch and dinner. This will be the first ever restaurant in Dinseyland park to sell alcoholic beverages.
    • Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo will be another immersive restaurant in the land. This restaurant is described as “fast-casual”, which I’m assuming means a quick-service restaurant. Non-alcoholic beverages as well as lunch and dinner meal options will be served.
    • Ronto Roasters seems to be another quick-service restaurant that will serve barbecue style sandwiches and other finger foods for lunch and dinner.
    • Milk Stand will be a vendor where Disney Imagineers worked hand-in-hand with Lucasfilm to create the iconic blue milk Star Wars drink. The drink will be plant-based to accommodate dietary restrictions. There isn’t much more information on this vendor as of yet.
    • Kat Saka’s Kettle will be a stand in the land where guests can find various flavors of popcorn.
  • No reservations will be taken for any of the dining experiences in the land.
  • The Disney Dining Plan will not be accepted for any food or beverage items at any vendor in the land.
  • Below are some photos of various food and beverage items as provided by D23.

Merchandise

  • There will be plenty immersive merchandise locations in Galaxy’s Edge. Guests will be able to build driods, create lightsabers, and purchase their own Jedi costumes and apparel.
    • Droid Depot will allow guests to create BB-series or R-series droids. The driod’s will be able to interact with elements in the land and respond to guests behaviors. There will also be pre-built droid’s available for purchase.
    • Savi’s Workshop will allow guests to build their own “high quality” lightsaber. Guests will be guided through the process, and will get to chose from a variety of options.
    • Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiques will be a merchandise location where guests can find items from different Star Wars stories. An anamatronic Dok will be at a desk in the merchandise location interacting with the surroundings.
    • The Creature Stall will have various plush creatures available for purchase including  pogs, wampas, and more.
    • Toydarian Toymaker will be another location guests can purchase plush characters from the series as well as wooden and tin toys and instruments.
    • Guests who are a part of the resistance will be able to purchase apparel and accessories from Resistance Supply. 
    • Likewise, if you consider yourself a part of the first order, you will be able to pick up first order apparel and accessories at First Order Cargo.
    • Other apparel and accessories will be available for purchase at Black Spire Outfitters.
  • There has been no word or communication from Disney on whether guests will be able to wear the apparel they purchase from the shops in the land.
  • Everything sold in Galaxy’s Edge was made specifically for the land, therefor will not be available for purchase outside of Galaxy’s Edge.
  • Below are some photos of merchandise that will be available for purchase, as provided by D23.

And there you have it – all we know so far about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! I know personally I am thrilled for this land to open, and I cannot wait to experience it. However, with anticipation and all the hype will come heavy crowds – so, if you plan on visiting the parks to experience this land, be prepared for long waits to just get inside.

Are you excited for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to open in Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Let me know down below! I’ll also leave some newly released concept art from Disney and D23 below. Be sure to subscribe to our blog so you’re notified when we post next. See ya real soon!

 

MY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS – DISNEY!

MY UNPOPULAR OPINIONS – DISNEY!

There’s currently a huge Youtube and blog trend about “my unpopular opinions”. My best friend, Emily, just recently posted one on her Youtube channel which got me thinking about my unpopular opinions! For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to “disneyfy” the popular trend by listing a few of my unpopular Disney opinions. So, here we go!

  1. Dole Whip is gross. Maybe it’s because I don’t like pineapple, but I really do not get the hype. I’d so much rather spend my money on regular soft serve ice cream or a bag of cotton candy.
  2. Children should not be allowed on parent’s shoulders during parades, fireworks, stage shows, etc. I completely get why parents do this. However, if as a society we become kind enough to let small children stand in front of us for parades and shows, or decide to all sit down (like they do in Tokyo Disneyland), then everyone could enjoy each show and this wouldn’t be an issue!
  3. I approve of the ticket price increases. In fact, I think prices should continue to increase or something else should be done to limit the crowds at WDW. Once Galaxy’s Edge opens, it’s going to be beyond unbearable to be in the parks. Ticket increases are the only way, in my opinion, the crowds will lower in size.
  4. Pandora- World of Avatar is overhyped. I mean, it is absolutely beautiful to see and experience. I love watching everything illuminate as it gets darker at night. And, Flight of Passage is truly the best WDW ride thus far. However, it’s still overhyped in my opinion. It’s never been something I’ve gone out of my way to see, or planned my vacation around!
  5. I enjoy the All Star resorts. I think it’s more of a nostalgic thing for me, but I really do enjoy all of the All Star resorts! If you’re heading to WDW on a budget and there is availability, these are a great option. Movies is, in my opinion, the best choice out of the three with Music being my least favorite – but each resort has something for everyone.
  6. There is too much of a Star Wars presence in the parks. I understand the licensing issues between WDW and UO, but I would so much rather see a Marvel presence than Star Wars. I get that Disney is trying to target a whole different audience, and I do love Star Wars, but it’s just too much.
  7. Walt Disney World is superior to Disneyland. Before heading to Disneyland, I always craved visiting and experiencing the land that had so much history behind it. I was captivated knowing that Walt worked hand-in-hand with imagineers to create this land where it all began. When I finally had the chance to go in 2016, I was elated. However, I feel like my entire visit was me saying to myself “Wait – this is it?” The intimacy of the parks might be appealing to most, but I absolutely prefer the grand scale of everything at WDW. Sure, a few of their rides are far better than our versions (specifically Small World, Pirates, and Space Mountain) – but those rides don’t make me love our versions and less. Maybe it’s because WDW is my home park and I’ve created so many magical memories here that I’ll cherish forever. I know very few people agree with my opinion, but I’ll absolutely choose WDW over DL any time!

There you have it! A few of my unpopular Disney opinions. Do you have any unpopular Disney opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of mine? Let me know in the comments below!

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IS WDW STRUGGLING TO FILL ROOMS THIS SUMMER?!

IS WDW STRUGGLING TO FILL ROOMS THIS SUMMER?!

Within the past two weeks (keep in mind – its January), Disney has surprised fans and travel planners by releasing discounts, free dining, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party tickets. Yes – Halloween tickets. Released. In January. The release of these things may not come as a shock to you, but the timing of these releases says a lot. Is Disney struggling to fill guest rooms this summer?

Let’s backtrack for a second and talk about some background information…

Free dining. Disney releases free dining deals every year. Usually, these free dining deals are released around mid-April, when Disney sees where it’s “weak spots” are in reservations. In the past, guests would receive a free Quick-Service Dining Plan or Disney Dining Plan to guests staying in certain resorts. They were also set, in the past, for times during Disney’s slower periods – usually the beginning of the school year, the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving, and early December. To get the free dining package, guests would be required to book a room at rack rate with a ticket package.

Room-only discounts. Also during slower times, Disney would release room-only discounts for Florida residents, Annual Passholders, and other guests planning to visit the resorts. Guests would be able to add on tickets and dining to these discounts, but at full price. These discounts would be for select resorts as well, and would range in percentages based on the resort.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Even though the Halloween party starts ridiculously early (mid-August), Disney would hold off on releasing the dates and tickets for this event until at least March or April. The dates of the party would range from August to October, and vary in price depending on the date as well as the day of the week the party fell on.

Now that we covered some background information, let’s take a closer look at 2019. Last week, I released a blog post about 19 Things Coming to WDW in 2019. The biggest item on that list, and what most people are looking forward to, is the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For those of you living under a rock, this is a Star Wars themed land set to open in Hollywood Studios in “late Fall 2019”.Aside from this much anticipated land opening, Fall 2019 and later in the year will bring many other attractions and openings, which you can read all about here: 19 THINGS COMING TO WDW IN 2019!

Now, you might be asking “How is any of this connected?” or “Why are all of these early releases a big deal?” and I have one theory – Disney is hurting for guests during [what is usually] their busiest time of year.

Now, here are the issues with these early releases.

Free dining 2019. The free dining deal that was released much earlier than it has been in recent years is for stays during summer 2019. As mentioned above, Disney releases free dining deals during their slower periods to try and reign in more guests.

Room-only discounts. Now don’t get me wrong, Disney has released room-only discounts in the summer in previous years. However, the discounts available for resorts during summer 2019 are reaching extremely low prices. So low, in fact, that for a stay at the Grand Floridian mid-June, I found a price for $410/night – that’s over $200 less than rack rate for Disney’s flagship resort.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets. I mean, Halloween party tickets released in January.

So, finally, this brings me to my point. Disney has to be hurting to fill rooms in the summer. The summer used to be one of the worst times to visit the parks due to the extreme heat and the overwhelming crowds. However, it was the best time for families to visit due to summer vacations, so people would go regardless. They would never release crazy room discounts or free dining plans, simply because they didn’t need to. People would come regardless of the deals that were available to them.

In my opinion, it is pretty evident that the future opening of Galaxy’s Edge has a large part in these low crowds. This land has been highly anticipate for years, which makes it no surprise that people seem to be holding out their vacations for “late fall”, which is when the land is expected to open. Pair that opening with the fact that fall is a wonderful time to visit the parks due to the weather, the Food and Wine festival in EPCOT running, and the various holidays and parties that come with them – why not hold out until the fall?

Another factor to these discounts being released, and what I theorize as the possible low bookings in WDW, is Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. Disneyland and WDW are opening identical lands, but Disneyland’s opens in summer 2019. It could be possible that people are heading out west for their summer vacations to experience this land instead of waiting until the fall. Regardless, it still means less bookings here in Florida.

What do you think – Is WDW hurting for bookings in the summer? Free dining deals, extreme room-only discounts, and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party are huge draws for many regulars to the parks, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to me that Disney is pulling out the “big guns” to try and fill rooms. I’ll be interested to see the crowd levels this summer compared to recent years as well as this fall!

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WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR PARK BAG?!

WHAT TO PACK IN YOUR PARK BAG?!

If you read last weeks blog post, 10 ROOKIE MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN VISITING WDW!, you saw that one of the rookie mistakes I mentioned is not bringing a backpack to the parks. Park days can be long and tiring, and it is best to be prepared. Today, I am going to list the things that I feel are most important to pack in your park bag!

First, let’s start with the necessities. These are things that I feel are items you need with you in the parks. Sure, you can purchase these items in the park if you need them, but it’s better if you have them readily available! Here’s a list of ten necessities to pack in your park bag:

  1. Bandaids. Walking over 10 miles a day, you or someone in your party is bound to get blisters. Do yourself a favor and come prepared with a few bandaids!
  2. Ziplock bags. These will be another life savor! I always carry at least one sandwich size and one gallon size ziplock bag in my backpack. If it rains or you choose to go on a ride where you may get wet, you can stick your phones, cameras, and other valuables in these to keep them safe and dry!
  3. Ponchos/Personal Umbrella. Weather can be unpredictable in central Florida. Come prepared with ponchos or an umbrella so you don’t have to find shelter during a downpour.
  4. Necessary medicines. Aside from any medication that are necessary for you to take throughout the day, it is always a good idea to carry Tylenol and Dramamine in case an emergency arises. I usually buy the travel tubes and throw them in my bag to keep handy at all times!
  5. Change of socks. If you wear tennis shoes to the park, always be sure to carry a spare pair of socks. If you get caught in a rainstorm or go on a water ride, your socks are likely to get wet and likely will need to be changed!
  6. Water/Reusable Water Bottle. Water is pretty pricey in the parks, so I am always sure to pack a reusable water bottle or a bottle of water if I have one handy. You can always refill your water bottles at water fountains around the parks, or ask for a cup of ice water from quick service locations.
  7. Snacks. Snacks are another factor that can be pretty expensive in the parks. Pack light snacks such as chips, fruit, or granola bars in your backpack to munch on in-between meals!
  8. Wireless charger. If you want to take photos throughout the day or utilize the My Disney Experience app, your phone is likely to die before the night is over. To avoid this, be sure to pack a pre-charged wireless charger!
  9. Deodorant. Central Florida does get very hot – and humid. You’ll need to freshen up halfway through a park day, and having deodorant in your backpack will be a lifesaver. Seriously, you’ll thank me later.
  10. Tissues. You never know when you’ll need a tissue! Be sure to carry a small travel pack in case of emergency!

Even with all of those items I’ve listed above, there are also a few other items I never head to the park without. Although they aren’t necessities, they are things that I utilize during every visit to the park! Here are a few extra fun items to consider packing in your park bag:

  • Autograph book and pen. I am always sure to bring my autograph book, as I love meeting characters in the parks! Character meet-and-greet’s are unique interactions, and they are best documented with a photo and an autograph.
  • Sunglasses. It’s central Florida, it’s sunny. Enough said!
  • Printed daily itinerary. After making my dining reservations and Fastpass+ selections, I always print my daily itinerary from Disney’s website online. In case my phone dies or something happens, I like having my reservation confirmation numbers with the times and locations on hand.
  • Permanent marker. During every Disney vacation, I would have my top favorite character sign my MagicBand as an extra souvenir. My fiancé does something similar, as he has Pluto sign his Pluto hat whenever we do a meet-and-greet with that character. This is when a permanent marker comes in handy!

There you have it, the items I feel are most important to pack in a park bag! As a side note, I would like to clarify that I am an adult without kids, so if you do have kids your packing list will look a bit different. These are just necessities I find that are useful during each trip I’ve taken to WDW!

I hope you enjoyed todays post! Let me know in the comments what some items are that you feel are necessary to pack in a park bag. Be sure to like this post, and subscribe to my blog to be notified of any new postings! Thanks for reading, I’ll see ya soon! 🙂

WALT DISNEY FROZEN AND BURIED IN PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN?!

WALT DISNEY FROZEN AND BURIED IN PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN?!

In honor of spooky szn, I thought it might be fun to kick off October with a fun Disney conspiracy theory! I have heard several, but this one takes the cake – is Walt Disney’s body frozen and buried in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Carribean?

The answer to this bizzare theory is obviously no, but it’s still a fun theory to talk about. How did this conspiracy get started? And, why the claim that his body is frozen? Let’s look at this story’s history below.

In 1966, Walt’s health was deteriorating at an accelerated rate when doctors found he had a walnut-sized tumor on his lung. Not even two weeks after his diagnosis, Walt passed away. Walt had very specific wishes regarding his funeral and plans for his body after death, which were a large part in where these theories stemmed from.

Walt specifically asked for an intimate ceremony, not a large funeral. Because of his wishes, everything after his passing remained tight-lipped and out of the public’s eye. This left fans around the world speculating what could have happened to his body – where did he wish to be buried? Did he want to be buried at all? Was his wish far more crazy than the usual funeral service?

Being that he died in the 60’s, the idea of being frozen after dying to preserve the body was large in the public eye in general. Fans thought that this idea wasn’t so far fetched for the dreamer himself and that if anyone could do it, it would definitely be Walt.

Once the speculating began, authors and the media ran wild with the idea and published it in books and magazines across the globe. While the idea of his body being buried under POTC was just invented along the way, the writers of these articles and books were so confident in their speculations that they were sure they were stating nothing but facts about Walt’s whereabouts.

Fast forward to present day, 2018. Although the idea of cryogenic freezing is a bit far more advanced than it was in the 60’s, we can all bet that there is no factual information behind this theory. In fact, it is recorded his official burial plot is located at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, not Disneyland or POTC.

Regardless of the truth or not, it’s still a fun little story to tell first time Disney fanatics, testing their gullibility and knowledge of Disney himself. Thanks for reading 🙂 I hope you enjoyed today’s post! Be sure to follow and like this blog. See you next time!