inline imageNew Star Wars experiences are coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning mid December. The announcement made today at Walt Disney World Resort noted that some of the coming additions are inspired by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" that opens in theaters worldwide on 16th Dec.

Premiering this Month

Star Wars Launch Bay - a multi-sensory space celebrating all things Star Wars - is now updated with authentic replicas from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" joining other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. Making-of footage from "Rogue One" has been added to the "Meet the Makers" film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.

In the popular daytime stage show "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away," guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show 16 Dec Performances daily.


The fan favorite nighttime show, "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," will return to Disney's Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join "Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!" as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.

Starting mid-December, randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours - the Adventures Continue, the popular attraction that uses motion simulator-based technology. Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomised to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from "Star Wars: Episode VIII" will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.


New in 2017

For the ultimate fan comes the ultimate tour. An all-new Star Wars guided tour is a seven-hour immersion in all the park's current Star Wars experiences. Here's what it includes:
  • A Star Wars "all-in-the-know" tour guide
  • Priority boarding for Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
  • Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • An in-depth, insider's tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Screening of "Star Wars: Path of the Jedi"
  • Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
  • A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, as well as reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Priced at $129 per person, tours begin 2nd January and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations for January tours can be made soon.

This latest flight of additions celebrating the Star Wars saga continues to elevate the Star Wars presence at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Entire Star Wars-themed lands are now under construction at the theme park and at Disneyland Park in California.

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inline imageThe Holidays are officially in full swing at Universal Orlando Resort. From the heart-warming merriment of Who-ville to the 15th anniversary of Macy's Holiday Parade, there's no place like Universal Orlando for the holidays.

Celebrate Grinchmas with The Grinch and the Whos from Who-ville in "Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular". You can catch performances of this live, musical show multiple times during the day at Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Throughout Seuss Landing, Grinchmas comes to life with caroling Whos, larger than life decorations and encounters with the mean, green one himself.



Over at Universal Studios Florida prepare to marvel at larger than life balloons from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Enjoy them, along with dozens of performers spreading the holiday cheer, in the 15th anniversary Macy's Holiday Parade.

New to this year's parade is the "Virginia" balloon from the famed Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus newspaper editorial of the late 1800s, as well as "Mother Ginger" from The Nutcracker.



Also at Universal Studios Florida, on select nights, listen to some electrifying holiday classics performed by renowned Christmas sensation, Mannheim Steamroller.



Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your loved ones at Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort, daily now through 1st January 2017.

inline imageThe Disney Blog has posted a video showing the making of the new show drone experience at Disney Springs, "Starbright Holidays - An Intel Collaboration" is setting the sky aglow this holiday season twice a night in the West Side of Disney Springs. The first aerial ballet of 300 Intel Shooting Star show drones choreographed to a specially orchestrated medley of classic holiday music with a Disney touch invites guests to wish upon a holiday star at Walt Disney World Resort.

The inspiration behind this new holiday experience: the iconic scene in the Disney animated hit, "Tangled," when the birthday lanterns are released over the kingdom. When Walt Disney Imagineers saw that moment, it sparked that magical, "what if" momentum.

Watch how Imagineers and Walt Disney World Creative Entertainment worked with the experts at Intel to bring this experience to Disney Springs this holiday season.

inline imageImagine the fun of stepping into a larger-than-life Nintendo adventure. Gigantic Piranha Plants spring to life. Question blocks, power-ups and more surround you. And Mario and all his friends are there to pull you into a brand-new world.

You will enter an entire realm filled with iconic Nintendo excitement, gameplay, heroes and villains. And it is coming to three Universal theme parks around the globe.

The creative visionaries behind Nintendo’s legendary worlds and characters are working together with the creative teams behind Universal’s blockbuster theme park attractions. Their goal: to bring the characters, action and adventure of Nintendo video games to life within Universal theme parks. And to do so in new and innovative ways that capture what makes them so special. All of the adventure, fun and whimsy you experience through a screen will now be all around you – in breathtakingly authentic ways.

  • Nintendo-themed areas are coming to Universal Studios Japan, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • These will be expansive, immersive and interactive. They will b· e highly themed and authentic environments filled with multiple attractions, shops and rest· aurants.
  • Guests will feel as if they are playing inside their favorite games – this time in real life.
  • There will be something for everyone – regardless of their age or gaming experience level.
  • Planning and creative work on these areas is well underway; they will open separately over the next several years.

The new themed areas come as the result of a global partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Nintendo – two icons of the entertainment world. Universal theme parks create incredibly popular family entertainment experiences for millions of people based on compelling characters, stories and innovative technology. Nintendo creates remarkable and imaginative games filled with captivating stories and beloved characters.

Each Universal theme park will announce details of its specific Nintendo areas. The first such announcement will come soon.

inline imageDisney Parks Blog has announced that at the D23's Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek gave a construction update on Pandora - The World of Avatar and shared the exciting news that the new land is set to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in summer 2017.

Bob also shared a look at a recent construction milestone - scaffolding has just been removed from the entry bridge into the new land (near Tiffins restaurant), officially connecting the land with the rest of the park.

According to the storyline developed by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lightstorm Entertainment, this bridge was built during a time when a destructive company called the RDA came to Pandora. Now that they're long gone, nature is breaking down evidence of their presence. This bridge will soon serve as an entry into the base camp of Alpha Centauri Expeditions, the eco-tour group that is preparing Pandora for future explorers and adventure seekers.

The story of the bridge is just our first look inside this land, which fulfills the original mission of Disney's Animal Kingdom of being a park that honors animals and natural environments "real, ancient and imagined."

The entire Pandora - The World of Avatar land is set to open in 2017, and will transport guests to a visually stunning world complete with floating mountains and bioluminescent plants. Here, guests will be able to experience two excursions that will truly push adventure to the next level. First, the family friendly Na'vi River Journey will send guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. Their journey will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. And second, the Avatar Flight of Passage excursion will offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora.

what you can expect to see in the land.





inline imageThe Disney Blog has posted about a new MagicBand is coming to the Walt Disney World Resort as part of Disney's continuing push to innovate and personalise guest's vacation experience.

MagicBand 2 was just unveiled by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during a D23's Destination D: Amazing Adventures presentation.

MagicBand 2 will feature a new design for the band itself. While the design helps make MagicBand 2 more versatile and customizable it'll still work like the current MagicBand. You will be able to link My Disney Experience to your MagicBand 2, which can serve as a theme park ticket, access to FastPass+ selections, Disney PhotoPass card as well as a room key for Disney Resort guests.

MagicBand 2 will make its resort-wide debut soon.





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inline imageCelebrate the upcoming release of "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" with a new photo scavenger hunt that takes you throughout The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando Resort.

From cute and cuddly Pygmy Puffs to majestic Hippogriffs, there is an abundance of magical creatures to discover, follow the steps below and join the quest to find them all.

Locate all the magical creatures in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.



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