Top Five Planning Tips for Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Star Wars: Galactic Nights, the one-night event that celebrates everything Star Wars, is set to return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27.

With less than a week to go, we’re happy to share an update on the character greetings, photo ops and other must-dos planned for this year’s event, as well as our Top Five tips on how you can make the most of your Star Wars: Galactic Nights experience.

1. Enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios Early – Although Star Wars: Galactic Nights officially begins at 7 p.m., ticketed guests are welcome to enter the park as early as 4 p.m. Get a head start on the fun and experience some of the park’s top attractions including Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

2. Dress the Part – Guests are encouraged to come dressed in their Star Wars best for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Check out some tips from our Disney Style partners, including an outfit inspired by everyone’s favorite co-pilot Chewbacca. Also, be sure your costume fits within these park guidelines.

3. Get Ready for Special Photo Opportunities – You’ll be able to step into some of the most iconic Star Wars scenes, which you’ll find scattered throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Maybe even coordinate your outfit to match the desert on Tattoine or the island on Ach-To!

The full list for this event will include:

  • Death Star: Emperor’s Throne Room
  • Batuu
  • Jedha: U-Wing and K-2SO
  • Ahch-To: Luke’s Hut
  • Malachor: Sith Temple
  • Jakku: Luggabeast
  • Tatooine: Jabba’s Palace
  • Tatooine: Jundland Wastes

4. Prepare for Epic Character Encounters – Prepare yourself to find allies or encounter those loyal to the Dark Side. The full list of Star Wars characters for this event will include:

  • Darth Vader
  • Chewbacca & Rey
  • Kylo Ren
  • Captain Phasma
  • BB-8
  • Seventh Sister
  • Jawas
  • Tusken Raiders
  • Imperial Stormtroopers
  • AWR Stormtroopers
  • First Order Troopers

5. Experience the Galactic Tasting & Viewing Package – We previously talked about the full list of amazing food and beverage items available during the event, including the Dueling Gazpacho, which was inspired by the famous lightsaber duel between Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Sith Lord Darth Maul. To make the most of the event, consider purchasing the Galactic Tasting Package. With this sampler package, guests can taste a selection of five items – with up to 25 different specialty items and beverages (alcohol included) to choose from. In addition, guests can also use this sampler for any Disney Dining Plan Snack-eligible items throughout the park. This package does not include items served at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and BaseLine Tap House. You can book the Galactic Tasting and Viewing Package online or call 407 WW-DINE (407 939-3463).

To learn more about what to expect at this year’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights, check out the list of blog posts below.

Entertainment is subject to change.


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FINAL WEEK: Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

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The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will be held each day from February 28 – May 28, 2018. The Festival’s 25th anniversary event will feature fan favorites like floral displays, topiaries, weekend concerts and outdoor kitchen tastings.

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Mural Artwork at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort

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Since opening its doors a few months ago, Splitsville Luxury Lanes has welcomed guests to its vibrant venue in the heart of Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Visitors have not only enjoyed Splitsville’s unique combination of dining, drinks, bowling and entertainment, but also its eye-catching artwork!

Custom murals—which take inspiration from its Southern California setting—cover most of the interior walls. The ground floor mural features a picturesque orange grove setting with a larger-than-life “orange” bowling ball. Upstairs, a postcard mural sends greetings from sunny Orange County while another large-scale mural features a California grizzly bear rolling its bowling ball. The murals were hand painted by the late artist and longtime partner of Splitsville, Matt Callahan.

Check out one of the murals being created in the video below!

Splitsville is a lively, comfortable venue for guests of all ages to enjoy. The 40,000-square-foot, two-story venue houses 600 dining seats, two craft cocktail bars, 20 bowling lanes and an outdoor patio with live entertainment 365 days a year! The delicious menu includes sushi, rice bowls, burgers, pizza and more!

Visit Splitsville on your next visit to Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort! For reservations, please visit disneyland.com.


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Mobile Ordering Service Coming to 15 Locations at Disneyland Resort

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As we previously shared, the new mobile ordering service will be available soon to Disneyland Resort guests via the Disneyland App.

This convenient, new feature will be available at six Disneyland park locations – Bengal Barbecue, Galactic Grill, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Jolly Holiday Bakery Café and Red Rose Taverne – and nine Disney California Adventure park locations – Award Wieners, Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, Corn Dog Castle, Flo’s V8 Café, Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf Café, Paradise Garden Grill and Smokejumpers Grill. Order customization will be available directly on the app, including allergy-friendly offerings at select locations.

To use this service, guests can easily download the Disneyland App (or install the latest app update) and follow the prompts to register for an account. Take a look at the video below for more on how the mobile ordering feature works!

This new service is just one more way we’re enhancing the guest experience. Mobile ordering and the recent launch of Disney MaxPass provide convenient options that maximize each visit to the Disneyland Resort with family and friends.


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Limited Release Banshee Celebrates First Anniversary of Pandora – The World of Avatar on May 27

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As day turns to night at Pandora – The World of Avatar, the breathtaking landscape transforms into a bioluminescent wonderland that is truly a sight to see. This brightly glowing forest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s newest land inspired a limited release interactive banshee that flies into The Rookery at Windtraders on May 27.

“The interactive banshees are wildly popular with Guests exploring Pandora,” explained Katie Thompson, Global Merchandise Strategy at Disney Parks Merchandise. “This banshee celebrates the first anniversary of this exotic land at the theme park, and offers guests a unique collectible from their visit.”

Limited Release Banshee from Pandora – The World of Avatar

The bioluminescent landscape-inspired banshee will be packaged with a display perch and a Certificate of Authenticity. It contains authentic sounds and includes three ranges of motion – mouth, head, and wings – that are controlled by hand.

Windtraders currently offers 11 colors of banshees, including one created for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This limited release banshee was inspired by a moss-covered wall found at Pandora that’s become an Instagram sensation.

The interactive banshees were recognized in 2017 by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) as the Judges’ Choice for Games and Merchandise Excellence.

Guests who connect with banshees at The Rookery are encouraged to make a pledge to respect and protect the natural world on Pandora and back home on Earth. Upon seeing other banshee keepers, guests should use the traditional Na’vi phrase of greeting and respect, “Oel Ngati Kameie” (“I See You”).


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‘Let it Go’ on a Disney Cruise to Alaska This Summer, Starting Today from Vancouver

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Greetings from Vancouver! Today aboard the Disney Wonder, we’re kicking off our summer season of cruises to Alaska, already dreaming of the majestic fjords, snow-capped mountains and glaciers we’ll encounter as we navigate the Inside Passage of America’s Last Frontier.

As the school year winds down, it’s likely you and your family are looking for ways to melt the stress away and simply “let it go.” The good news is that if you’re joining us on a cruise to Alaska for your family’s summer vacation, you’re sure to do just that. Here’s how …

Guest Relaxing on the Disney Wonder in Alaska

Put your feet up – What’s the first thing you should do to relieve stress? Relax! And our cruises to Alaska are the perfect, serene setting for rest and rejuvenation. Soak up the scenery from the heated pools and hot tubs, lounge on deck to spot wildlife, get pampered at Senses Spa and Salon, and let us serve you each night with a delicious meal. Take advantage of the ease and convenience of cruising – just unpack and we’ll take care of the rest!

Family on a Port Advernture in Alaska with Disney Cruise Line

Get in on the action – With a little bit of rest comes energy and the desire for adventure. In Alaska, you’ve come to the right place! From glacier trekking or flightseeing to whale watching and dog sledding, our ports of call are brimming with the excitement you’re craving. Even just exploring the historic towns – filled with gold-mining relics and eclectic shopping – your experience in the frontier is sure to be inspiring.

Frozen, A Musical Spectacular aboard the Disney Wonder

Live the Frozen fairytale – Classic and modern Disney stories come to life all throughout the cruise, and on the Disney Wonder, “Frozen” fun abounds. You can actually belt out “Let It Go” with Elsa while watching “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular,” your kids can encounter Anna, Elsa and Olaf in the youth club, and your entire family can enjoy a day in Arendelle when the ship is transformed into a winter wonderland. The day of frozen fun culminates with the extravagant “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends” deck celebration.

Our time in Alaska includes five-, seven- and nine-night cruises, with stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Tracy Arm Fjord, giving your family plenty of opportunities for relaxation, adventure and Disney magic. I hope you can join us this summer or next to experience the grandeur of Alaska firsthand!


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WonderGround Gallery Hosting Ashley Eckstein Book Signing

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On May 25, Ashley Eckstein, the author of “It’s Your Universe” (and formerly the voice of Ahsoka Tano in several Star Wars animated series), will be signing copies of her book at The Disney Dress Shop from 3-5 p.m. and WonderGround Gallery from 6-8 p.m. Illustrator Ashley Taylor will also be joining the signing events.

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Special Olympics USA Games Coming to Central Florida in 2022

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It’s official!

Today, during the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, Special Olympics North America and Special Olympics Florida signed documents to bring the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games to Orlando, held June 5-10, 2022.

Special Olympics serves as the world’s largest sports organization empowering people with intellectual disabilities, and the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Florida, as well as mark the largest humanitarian event in Florida’s history.

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will be comprised of 15 Olympic-style team and individual sports, as well as five potential demonstration sports, and is expected to bring together more than 4,000 elite athletes, 10,000 volunteers, 1,500 coaches and 75,000 fans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosts several other Special Olympics Florida events, including the State Summer Games, the State Fall Classic and the State Golf Championships.

More details on the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games will be released soon!
For more information on upcoming events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, such as the Memorial Day Baseball Classic later this month and the upcoming Jr. NBA World Championship in August, please visit espnwwos.com.


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Sign Up for the Solo: A Star Wars Story Disney Parks Blog Meet-Up at Disney Springs

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As regular readers know, we’re celebrating the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie at this year’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights event on May 27, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Today, the Disney Parks Blog team is offering you an opportunity to begin celebrating early during a special 6 p.m. opening night showing of the film at AMC Disney Springs 24 on May, 24, 2018.

Our Solo: A Star Wars Story meet-up begins at 6 p.m. ET (doors open at 5 p.m.) at AMC Disney Springs 24 at Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, May 24. During the event, you’ll see a special 6 p.m. showing of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the AMC Disney Springs 24.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story, is an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

You can RSVP for the event right now by clicking here. Only one guest per confirmed registrant is permitted. A limited number of attendees may attend the meet-up, so be one of the first to sign up. First come, first served.

Also, here are a few things you should know:

  • All attendees who sign up for the meet-up must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
  • Please arrive early. Seating is first come first seated. No one will be admitted late.
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story is rated PG-13.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the meet-up.
  • If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check-in in advance of the movie time. The confirmation email will include those details.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
  • If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
  • The meet-up is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
  • This post will be updated after capacity has been reached.


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Disney Parks-Specific Merchandise Celebrates Beloved Characters and New Adventures from Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away when Solo: A Star Wars Story flies into U.S. theaters on May 25. Guests visiting Disney Parks will find a dynamic assortment of merchandise inspired by this all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. This film presented an opportunity for the merchandise team to develop a handful of products for Disney Parks.

New Disney Star Wars Merchandise

“Guests of all ages can celebrate beloved characters and new adventures from this highly-anticipated film with a fantastic cross-category assortment of products, several of which were created especially for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts,” explained Cody Hampton, Senior Merchandiser with Merchandise Strategy and New Park Experiences Development.

A Droid Factory action figure set contains astromechs seen in the upcoming motion picture. This set complements the build-your-own-droid experiences currently offered in select Disney Parks’ locations, where guests can mix and match droid parts to create action figures from the 3.75-inch line.

New Star Wars Merchandise, Hats and Tees

From playful graphic T-shirts to a baseball cap, adults and kids will find a galaxy of stylish apparel and accessories featuring characters and images from the film.

New Star Wars Jackets Merchandise

Several products, such as the throwback track-style jackets, were designed for Star Wars-loving couples. They join a mix of other companion-themed merchandise such as hats and T-shirts found only at Disney Parks.

New Star Wars Pins

Guests can make pin trading an adventure during a Disney vacation with new individual pins, pin sets and trading accessories. These must-have, character-inspired designs are easy to display on themed lanyards, hats or jackets.

New Star Wars wearables, MagicBands

Rounding out the Disney Parks-specific collection are two new retail MagicBands to join the lineup of innovative wearables at Walt Disney World Resort. An open edition MagicBand features Han Solo and his mighty future copilot Chewbacca, while a limited release MagicBand includes notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

These items and more are found in select merchandise locations at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Guests may also find select products on ShopDisney.com and the Shop Disney Parks app.

For Guests in Florida, a great way to celebrate a screening of the new film is by attending the Star Wars: Galactic Nights special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios held exclusively on May 27th. Tickets are available now online, or by calling 407-W-DISNEY (407-934-7639) for details and reservations.


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