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Rise Of The Resistance Gets Opening Dates & 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 July 8-14, 2019:

1. Rise of The Resistance Will Open…

Disney finally announced opening dates for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the second attraction that will open at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

  • Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World: Dec. 5, 2019
  • Disneyland Park: Jan. 17, 2020

2. The NBA Store Is Open

The NBA Store located next to the new NBA Experience (opening Aug. 12) in Disney Springs is open. You can check it out on the West Side, across from the House of Blues.

3. Blizzard Beach Closing For Long Refurbishment

As confirmed by WDWMagic.com, Disney’s Blizzard Beach will close for refurbishment on Sept. 8, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2020. It will reopen on Jan. 5, 2020. The water park typically closes in the winter for refurbishment, but this time it’s extended.

4. The Red Car Trolley News Boys Show Is Ending

The Orange County Register reported on July 11 that the Red Car Trolley News Boys show at Disney California Adventure will end on July 23.  According to a statement given to the publication by park officials: “Based on viewership trends and the needs of our business, we have closed the show.”

5. New 30th Anniversary ‘The Little Mermaid’ Collection

A 30th anniversary Little Mermaid collection featuring a new Minnie ear headband is now available at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. You can also find the merchandise on shopDisney.com. Currently, only the ears are available for purchase online, but other items are coming.

6. Everyone Can Experience “Halloween Screams” 

For the first time in about 10 years, anyone visiting Disneyland Park on select nights will be able to see Halloween Screams, the spooky nighttime fireworks spectacular and projection show. Previously, those with tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party, which isn’t happening this year, only had access to the show. A new party called the Oogie Boogie Bash will debut at DCA this year. Disneyland’s Halloween season runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31, 2019.

7. A New Limited-Time Parade Coming To Disneyland

A new parade is coming to Disneyland Park. Mickey and Friends Band-Tastic Cavalcade  will run from July 18 through Aug. 1 along the parade route twice a day. Mickey Mouse, friends, and other rare characters are said to appear. And remember: Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is ending on July 17 and the Main Street Electrical Parade is returning on Aug. 2 through Sept. 30.

8. The Gran Destino Tower Finally Opens

The new Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World is officially open. Click here to see photos. The addition looks absolutely stunning.

9. Enjoy Goofy’s Candy Co. In A Whole New Way

Goofy’s Candy Co. in Disney Springs is now serving made-to-order cotton candy all year long. The summer flavors include, Sweet Mesquite, Root Beer, Sour Apple, Strawberry Banana, Key Lime. There are also holiday flavors on the menu.

10. Be Sure To Visit GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill 

FYI: The GCH Craftsman Bar & Grill is now open at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in Disneyland. Remember, White Water Snacks was renamed GCH Craftsman Grill, but still has the same menu. As for GCH Craftsman Bar, it’s only available to resort guests with a designated wristband.

11. New Year’s Eve Event For DVC Members

Disney Vacation Club Members can enjoy a special New Year’s Eve at Topolino’s: Flavors of the Riviera, which sits atop the new Disney’s Riviera Resort. The event, “Mezzanotte at Topolino’s: An Italian Masquerade,” costs $550 (includes tax and gratuity). European-inspired buffets, food stations, and more will be featured. Members can make bookings on July 16 and the general public can begin booking on July 18.

12. Wine & Dine Half Marathon Medals

The 2019 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend medals were released. You can check them out here.

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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