It’s the weekly round-up of all the Disney Parks news to come out within the past 7 days! No rumours or hearsay…just good old-fashioned official Disney announcements broken down into bite-sized pieces so you can get all of the important info right at your fingertips. So, without further ado, please enjoy the September 2nd, 2019 edition of New Week, New Dis!
Walt Disney World
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens
On August 29th, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge officially opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Crowds gathered as early as 2am before being ushered into the park after 4am. The land quickly reached capacity, but Disney implemented a Virtual Queue, through the My Disney Experience App. “Boarding Groups” could sign up through the app and would be notified when they were able to head to Batuu.
Currently, there is one entrance to the land, near the Muppet Courtyard. Guests can exit out the way they came, or through the exit into Toy Story Land.
By all accounts, the day was a grand success! Batuu is beautiful and full of surprises hiding around every corner. Stay tuned for our overview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in a few weeks.
New Details for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction
Now that Galaxy’s Edge is open, fans will soon turn their anticipation towards the Phase 2 opening of the Rise of the Resistance attraction on December 5th, 2019.
Disney has revealed more details about what they are calling the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.
In the attraction, guests will join the Resistance and depart Batuu in a transport ship to meet General Leia Organa at a secret rendezvous point. On their way, however, they will be intercepted by the First Order aboard a Star Destroyer.
Guests will see characters like Rey, Poe, Finn, Kylo Ren and General Hux of the First Order along their adventure. They’ll also come face to face with two full-sized AT-AT walkers and a Star Destroyer hangar full of a garrison of Stormtroopers and a TIE fighter.
All of this takes place aboard a trackless ride vehicle that features an onboard droid that reacts to its surroundings. This will combine multiple ride systems to tell the story with Disney revealing that one sequence will give the sensation that guests are falling from space to crash land on Batuu.
It really looks like Rise of the Resistance will live up to our expectations with this being an incredibly immersive and innovative experience that we can’t wait to see!
Photo Ops in Batuu
Disney released a series of examples of the PhotoPass photos you can expect to try in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Pick your favourites and prepare your social media for your trip to the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu.
Food & Wine Opens
This weekend also marked the opening of the International Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2019. All of the sights, sounds and smells have kicked off the signature Fall festival. Look for our review in the coming weeks, or check out our tips for navigating the Festival
Hong Kong Disneyland
Avengers Campus Details
In addition to the announcements at D23, we got confirmation of the details for the Avengers Campus at Hong Kong Disneyland.
First off, there are two main attractions headed for this campus. The first is “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!” where guests will shrink down to the size of an ant on this critical mission alongside the titular heroes.
Secondly, the Iron Man Experience will invite you to become a recruit of Tony Stark and fend off Hydra forces that are attacking Hong Kong.
Along with the Iron Man Experience, the Stark Expo will also give guests the chance to suit up at “Become Iron Man”. More details will come out closer to the opening dates!
Disney Cruise Line
New Ship Name and Port Announced
One of the pieces we weren’t able to cover in our recap of D23, 2019 was the fact that Disney revealed the name of their next cruise ship…the Disney Wish.
The fifth ship in the fleet, the Disney Wish will have a beautiful main atrium and feature Rapunzel on the stern of the ship. The ship is scheduled to set sail in January 2022 and will house 1250 staterooms, making it slightly larger than the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy ships.
Along with the ship, Disney announced a second tropical destination in the Bahamas at the beautiful island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. Construction on the island could begin as early as 2020, with completion estimated for 2022 or 2023 sailings.