Disney News & Listener Questions from 8/7/2016 – Episode 12

In this week’s episode, for August 7, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

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Show Notes
PizzeRizzo Opening This Fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
My Disney Experience App Getting a Navigation Feature
Disney World Announced New Water Ride “Miss Fortune Falls”
“Frozen: A Musical Spectacular” Coming to Disney Cruise Line
Disneyland Confirms All Three Nighttime Spectaculars Are Closing…Even Paint the Night
New Details of Star Wars Land at Disneyland
Disneyland Announced Week Long Photopass Services
Guardians of the Galaxy Themed Ride to Replace Tower of Terror at Disneyland

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New Details Released for Star Wars Land at Disneyland Park

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The Disney Parks Blog has just released a new piece of concept art regarding the under construction Star Wars Land at Disneyland Park. The concept art is absolutely stunning and if you view the larger version of the picture by clicking on it you can see the detail is amazing. Here is the full article from the Disney Parks Blog:

In April, we celebrated the official groundbreaking of Star Wars-themed lands coming toDisneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and beginning today, Disneyland park guests can get a glimpse of this exciting and immersive experience. A new image has been unveiled on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland – one of the entry points to this never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy – revealing more about what guests will find in this all-new land.

Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

The 14-acre land will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort.

Let us know your thoughts on this new concept art by commenting below.

Star Wars Fireworks Dessert Party Moved to a New Location

Star Wars Launch Bay (CC)Disney has recently announced that the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party is changing locations beginning today, July 10, 2016. The location of the dessert party will now be taking place at the Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios. The dessert party is currently available for booking through August, but future dates will most likely be released at some point.

There will be a check in area at the entrance to the Launch Bay area for guests with reservations to the dessert party. The Launch Bay is going to remain open to other park guests, but there will be a reserved section inside for the dessert party. Inside the Launch Bay party guests will be able to see exhibits, take part in character meet and greets, as well as visit the rest of the experiences in the area. The desserts will include both R2-D2 and Darth Vadar cupcakes, other Star Wars themed desserts, as well as flatbreads and dips. Finally, guests will receive a souvenir Chewbacca stein.

Once the dessert party is over guests will be taken from the Launch Bay to the private viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.

The cost of the party is $69 for adults ages 10 and up and $39 for children under 10.

Star Wars Land Concept Art Released

This past Sunday evening during the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland at 60” event on ABC Disney announced several new details as well as pieces of concept are for the new Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland in California and Hollywood Studios in Florida.

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Harrison Ford, one of the stars of the Star Wars movies, presented the segment that simply referred to this project as the “Star Wars Experience”. During the presentation guests saw artwork of the Millennium Falcon attractions which it appears will actually give guests control of the infamous ship.

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Another part of the presentation look at a new ride that is going to deal with a battle sequence and some sources are describing this as a dark ride similar to Spiderman at Universal Studios. This ride is thought to center around subject matter from the newest film, The Force Awakens.

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Finally, the video showed images of a walk through Millennium Falcon, the Cantina, a street market, and a sit down “dinner club” dining experience.

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Let us know your thoughts on these new details by commenting below.

Symphony In the Stars Dessert Party Comes to Hollywood Studios

Guests that will be visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios now have the opportunity to make reservations for the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party that takes place during the Symphony in the Stars Fireworks each night. This special event is scheduled to run through March 19, but don’t be surprised to see that date extended if the event goes well. This event will allow guests to take advantage of a wide selection of desserts while watching the Star Wars themed Symphony in the Stars Fireworks. The menu even includes Darth Vader and Droid special cupcakes as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost of the party is $69 per adult and $39 per child. Guests can book on the Disney World Dining website.

Symphony in the Stars Fireworks to Start December 18

Disney has announced the the Star Wars themed, Symphony in the Stars fireworks show will begin running on December 18 and continue nightly. This show has been used during Star Wars Weekends in the past and includes a stunning display of fireworks set to a Star Wars theme. This is in many peoples opinion the best true fireworks show on property and is one that you should definitely make plans to attend. The show is scheduled to run through the end of the year, but there has been some speculation that it will continue on a more regular basis at Hollywood Studios next year. We will certainly let you know as soon as we here confirmation on this point.

The addition of this nightly show has been added to our Park Hours page. Make sure and visit that page to view the hours of all theme parks each day as well as the time for parades and nighttime spectaculars.

Star Wars Launch Bay Open at Hollywood Studios

Star Wars LogoWith the impending release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disney has opened the newest attraction from this franchise at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars Launch Bay, which is located in Animation Courtyard, is now a place where guests can meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters, visit exhibits relating to the blockbuster movie franchise, and shop for Star Wars merchandise. Once inside guest have the opportunity to head to a “Dark Side” themed area and meet Darth Vader or they can go to the “Rebel Base” and meet Chewbacca. This experience, along with the new menu at Backlot Express, are some of the first of what promises to be other Star Wars themed additions to Disney Hollywood Studios.

Backlot Express Gets a New Menu at Hollywood Studios

The big news this week was the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but one of the less publicized changes was the new menu that was unveiled at Backlot Express. This quick service restaurant sits in a location just next to the Jedi Training Academy stage and Star Tours and this week the menu got an overhaul to include Star Wars themed food. The menu theming includes entrees, desserts, and drinks all in a Star Wars theme.

Topping the list is the Royal Guard Burger, which is being served with barbecued brisket on the top along with Monterrey jack cheese. Another interesting menu item is the Dark Side Chicken & Waffles, which includes waffles in a Darth Vadar design, crispy chicken, BBQ sauce, and maple syrup. The Correllian Spice Fries and the Galactic Chicken Salad round out the entrees.

For the kids the main menu item are the same Dark Side Chicken & Waffles or a standard power pack. For dessert the special item are a few different types of Star Wars themed cupcakes including the Darth Vadar Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake. The final menu addition are some special alcoholic beverages that can be added to your meal or enjoyed alone, these include the Dark Side Red or Blue Harvest.