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‘Star Wars’: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Revealed & Other Disney News This Week

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Every week I gather the latest news from Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and other Disney parks to help you keep up with all of the changes. Here is the most recent Disney news for the week of March 4-March 10, 2019:

Note: This week, there was one MAJOR piece of news announced —  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening dates! Let’s discuss all of the very important details surrounding the land’s debuts at both Disney World and Disneyland.

Most importantly, opening dates:

*Disneyland Park: May 31, 2019
*Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World: Aug. 29, 2019

The land will open in phases due to “tremendous demand”:

*Phase one: You can board the highly-anticipated Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, taste yummy themed-food and beverages, walk through stores to browse merchandise, and more!

*Phase two: Later this year, you’ll finally be able to test the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction.

Disneyland’s location:

*An important detail for anyone visiting the park between May 31 and June 23, 2019: Valid theme park admission is required, in addition to a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, in order to access the land. (Disney will be releasing details later on how to make a reservation and I will be sure to alert you as soon as that information drops.)

*Anyone staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels (Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disneyland Hotel, or Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel) will automatically receive a designated reservation to access Galaxy’s Edge during their stay. FYI: only one reservation per registered guest and, of course, valid theme park admission is required.

*Vacation packages, park tickets, and Disney Resort hotel stays do not guarantee access to the land. For anyone wanting to experience Galaxy’s Edge, access will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.

***IMPORTANT: The above even means those with a designated reservation, including anyone staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, are not guaranteed access to Galaxy’s Edge. According to a recent expired Instagram Story shared by Emily from Magic Kingdom Mamas, a Disneyland Resort hotel Cast Member clarified that if Disneyland park were to reach capacity, guests will not be allowed inside simply because they have a reservation. Those with reservations for the land are encouraged to show up to the park as early as possible (park opening is probably best), because, again, if the park were to reach capacity prior to your reservation and you’re not inside the park yet, there’s a chance you won’t be allowed in and you will miss your chance to view Galaxy’s Edge for the first time.

*Galaxy’s Edge is not included in Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning.

*Initially, you will not be able to use Disney FASTPASS or Disney MaxPass for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Disney World’s location:

*At this time, no reservation will be offered or required to enter the land, but, obviously, valid theme park admission is required to enter Hollywood Studios and to experience the land. Note: Capacity is also limited.

*Galaxy’s Edge will be available during Extra Magic Hours. Those staying at select Disney World resort hotels will be able to spend extra time in the land. More details will be released at a later date regarding the Hollywood Studios location, which I will definitely update you about immediately.

*Initially, you will not be able to use Disney FastPass+ service for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

*Vacation packages, park tickets, and Disney Resort hotel stays do not guarantee access to the land. For anyone wanting to experience Galaxy’s Edge, access will be subject to capacity restraints and other restrictions.

ICYMI: Listed below is other information about the land that you definitely should read about, stat!

*Food and beverage locations
*Food and drink details
*Cast Members costumes
*What the land looks and feels like (certain individuals and media were given a sneak peek!)
*Details about the attractions
*Merchandise

As for the rest of the Disney news this week:

*Disney Performing Arts Conservatory is returning to Disneyland this summer on select dates in July and August for performers ages 14 through 22, where they can “spend five consecutive days finessing their craft with industry-recognized teaching artists.” Click here for more details.

*There are new food items to keep an eye out for at Disney World, Disneyland, and Aulani, including delicious food bowls ranging in all kinds of flavors. There’s also a new Mac & Cheese Truck at Disney Springs that sounds beyond fantastic.

*Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on Disney Cruise Line ships now has a Signature Rapunzel makeover!

*You need to see the menu for Disney Princess Breakfast Adventures, a three-course breakfast at Napa Rose in Grand Californian’s Hotel & Spa at Disneyland. The character breakfast officially begins on Saturday, March 30. You can make reservations here. (Price: $125, minus tax and gratuity, for both adults and children.)

*There are several new occasions coming to Disney parks:
Sweet Sundays and Dinner with the Disney Chefs at the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
-Mickey’s Soundsational Parade Plaza Inn Dining Packages at Disneyland
-2019 Disney Family of Wines Weekend at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
The Wonderful World of Wine at Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

*Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant in Disney Springs. Click the following link for all of the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival details held this year on March 15-17.

*Several new experiences are coming to select Disney World resorts:
Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew at Disney’s Beach Club Resort officially begins on April 28  for ages 4-12 years old who are interested in the “world of pirate feasting and treasure seeking.” Reservations are now open and can be made by calling 407-824-KIDS. It costs $55/child, plus tax.

Mermaid School is available for guests ages 4 and older who want to take an hour-long class and finally become part of Ariel’s world by wearing  a swimmable “tail.” The experience is available on select dates at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Classes cost $50/person, plus tax. Reservations will open mid-March and can be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

New Poolside Cabanas at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts are exclusively available for guests staying at Yacht Club or Beach Club. Half and full day rentals are offered beginning March 17 and can be made by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

New Art Programs are being offered that are led by professional artists at select hotels. The classes range from $35 (plus tax) to $50 (plus tax) per person and are available for anyone 12 and older for most experiences. You can make bookings on select dates by calling 407-WDW-Play. The lineup is as follows:

  • Win, Paint, Show at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Wild About Painting, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Painting on de’ Bayou (adults), Painting by the Lagoon (kids), Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter Resort. (Children’s painting class is for ages 6 and older, costs $30 per person (plus tax), and a parent must chaperone.)
  • Painting in the Vineyard, Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • Canvas and Wine Glass Painting on the Boards, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn

Fishing Excursions on a 21-foot SunTracker pontoon (up to five guests) or a tournament-style NITRO bass-fishing boat (for one or two participants) is now offered for anyone interested in a catch-and-release outing (two or four hours). The excursions operate out of the Magic Kingdom marinas. To book, call 407-WDW-BASS.

That’s it for Disney news from this past week. I’ll continue to collect park updates, so be sure to keep your eyes open for my weekly news post!

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