Opening Season Just Announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

While we are still hard at work creating our largest single-themed land expansions ever, I have some exciting news to share today. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort, when guests will land in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories.

In the meantime, take a look at this incredible sneak peek at these new immersive lands which I’m excited to share here on the Disney Parks Blog for the first time!


Disney announces when Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park expansions will open

Disney has narrowed down the opening dates for their Stars Wars expansions that are being built at both Disneyland and Disney World.

The company announced on their Disney Parks blog that Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disneyland in summer of 2019. The expansion will open at Disney World in late fall 2019.

The exact dates for the opening of both parks will be announced at a later date. They come just a few months before the yet to be named Star Wars Episode 9 is due in theaters on December 20, 2019.

At Disneyland the massive expansion is being built north of Frontierland. At Disney World it is being built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The Disney World expansion is also being accompanied by a Star Wars themed hotel. No opening date for that facility has been announced.

Disney also posted a teaser video for the parks on their YouTube page:

Disney will remove the awful 20-minute ‘Frozen’ short from ‘Coco’ this week

laf’s Frozen Adventure will be put on ice.

Disney has directed theaters running Coco, Pixar’s latest, to remove the deeply unpopular 22-minute Frozenshort that plays in front of each screening. The removal goes into effect on Dec. 8, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to Mashable.

The request from Disney also asks that theaters use the newly freed-up time to hold extra screenings of Cocoeach day.

Pixar movies generally open with a completely unrelated short film, usually running no more than 10 minutes. Olaf changed the game somewhat, between its length and its reliance on a Disney Animation Studios hit (Pixar’s shorts are generally homegrown).

The Frozen short has been especially problematic for a number of reasons. Length is the biggest issue, of course, since the actual movie doesn’t start until 40 minutes after the advertised time, between trailers, ads, and Olaf. That’s a lot of extra sitting around for an audience comprised primarily of kids expecting a story about music and family, set against the backdrop of Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos.

Some have also accused Disney of shameless self-promotion, for swapping in what is seen as an ad for Frozen 2 — which is out in Nov. 2019 — where there would usually be a Pixar creation. As Mashable’s Brittany Levine wrote last week, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure “felt like Disney was spitting in my popcorn for 21 minutes.”

Disney hasn’t yet responded to a request for comment.

Entertainment editor Josh Dickey contributed reporting to this story.

Mom defends herself for breastfeeding at Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A California mom took to Facebook to defend herself after she says she was shamed while breastfeeding her child as she stood in line at Disneyland.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – A California mom took to Facebook to defend herself after she says she was shamed while breastfeeding her child as she stood in line at Disneyland.

The photo was posted to the “Breastfeeding Mama Talk” Facebook group and so far more than 8,000 people have reacted to the photo.

The mother, Brittani Medina, claims she didn’t want to get out of line, so she removed one of her shirts and began to feed her child. That’s when she says a few bystanders criticized her.

California law as well as Arizona both protect breastfeeding in public.


Photo of mom breastfeeding at Disneyland gets support, backlash

A photo of a mother breastfeeding her son at the happiest place on earth has caused some not so happy– and also supportive– reactions.

Brittni Medina of Rancho Cucamonga visited Disneyland in November and later posted a photo to a Breastfeeding Moms Facebook page showing her breastfeeding her 10-month-old son while two women stand in the background, frowning.

Medina says that they were waiting in a long line to get their picture taken and her son got hungry and she didn’t want to wait in another line so she took off her first top and nursed. She says in her Facebook post that two women were making snarky comments so she moved from her spot to catch a picture with them.

Medina wrote in the post, “So we’re pretty comfortable feeding anywhere. Well these ladies were so angry by it my husband just had to take a picture. Peep the haters.”

The post has been shared and commented on more than 1,000 times and the comments on the photo are mostly positive and supportive of Medina.

According to California law, mothers are allowed to breastfeed anywhere in public.

Previous $1 million Powerball winner hits $850 thousand casino jackpot

CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. (KKTV) – One lucky woman from Colorado Springs just hit the jackpot – again.

The woman, identified as Rebecca, won Cripple Creek’s Wildwood Casino’s largest jackpot in the casino’s history. While playing a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine over the weekend, she won a whopping $805,329.80.

Even more impressive, in 2007, she won the $1 million Powerball.

“I guess I’m just a lucky person,” said Rebecca according to a release sent Monday.

Rebecca said she was at the casino celebrating her father’s birthday.

The winner beat out the previous jackpot record for the casino from 2011 of $678,198.

“I’ve been in the gaming industry in this town for 26 years and have never seen a jackpot of this size,” said Wildwood’s director of gaming, Mike Chaput. “What a fun day for all who were involved.”

Beauty and the Beast Premiered Aboard Disney Cruise Line and We Can’t Wait to See It

Get ready, everyone, because it’s time to sail away from this provincial life and find adventure in the great wide somewhere—out in the ocean with Disney Cruise Line aboard the Disney Dream! We were able to see a sneak peek of the brand-new musical production of Beauty of the Beast earlier in the year, but now the tale as old as time has officially taken to the stage. Inspired by the live-action film while still weaving in everything we love about the animated classic, the Disney Cruise Line musical will bring the story to life in the 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theater—combining classic storytelling elements and cutting-edge technology. Our favorite songs that we love to sing along to will be in the show, as well as new costumes and puppetry. The creative team includes director and choreographer Connor Gallagher (Tangled: The Musical) and writer Sara Wordsworth (Frozen, A Musical Spectacular), so it’s bound to be epic! Here are some more details about the show that we’re really looking forward to seeing on stage:

The Set
Drawing inspiration from the live-action film, set designer Jason Sherwood and video designer Aaron Rhyne, who both worked on Disney Cruise Line’s Frozen, A Musical Spectacular, used the scenic motif of a music box to guide audiences through the story. On top of that, the lighting design by four-time Tony Award-nominated Japhy Weideman is sure to make every moment of the musical magical. We’re getting emotional just imagining all this right now.

The Music
Matt Castle and Frank Galgano (Into the Woods) created the arrangements and orchestrations for the musical that we’ll be sure to be humming for days! The production features songs from the original soundtrack by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman—as well as Menken and lyricist Tim Rice’s “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Days in the Sun” from the live-action film. And “Be Our Guest”—perhaps the song we sing along to most passionately—is re-imagined for the stage as a full-fledged multi-course French dinner extraordinaire, complete with choreography and dazzling visual effects. We’ve never been more excited to try the grey stuff!

The Puppets
Costume designer Sarah Cubbage and puppet designer Jeff Conover worked their magic to give life to the enchanted objects, including our fave characters like Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, and Cogsworth. Hearing all this gives us life!

Beauty and the Beast has already debuted on the Disney Dream (which sails three and four-night cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral, Florida). We’re ready to embark on a musical voyage and fall in love with the enchanting fairytale all over again!

Music and lyrics for “Belle (Reprise)” were written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

9 people sick with Legionnaires’ after visiting Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Disneyland has shut down two cooling towers after people who visited the Southern California theme park came down with Legionnaires’ disease.

A dozen cases of the bacterial lung infection were discovered about three weeks ago, the Orange County Health Care Agency announced Friday.

The patients, ranging in age from 52 to 94, lived or had spent time in Anaheim, and nine had visited Disneyland in September. One patient, who hadn’t visited the park, has died, the agency said.

There haven’t been any new cases linked to Anaheim since September, the agency said.

“There is no known ongoing risk associated with this outbreak,” the agency said.

Legionnaires’ disease can be spread through inhaling droplets from contaminated water sources. While many people have no symptoms, it can cause serious pneumonia and prove dangerous to those with lung or immune system problems.

The disease can be treated with antibiotics.

Disneyland was informed of the Anaheim cases on Oct. 27 and after testing found that two cooling towers had elevated levels of Legionella bacteria. The towers were taken out of service Nov. 1, disinfected, went back in operation on Nov. 5 but were shut down again Tuesday and will remain offline until tests confirm they are free from contamination, according to the park and the county health agency.

Cooling towers are evaporative systems that provide cooled water for various uses such as refrigeration but not for drinking water. The towers are not in public areas.

Orange County has had more than 55 reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease this year and the number of cases has increased in recent years both in the county and nationally, according to the health care agency.

Disney World to Extend 60-Day Advance FastPass+ Booking to Guests at Select Non-Disney Hotels

While Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guests (and those at the Swan and Dolphin) have been able to book FastPass + reservations for 60 days prior to their visit, it now seems that Disney will roll-out the same benefit to multiple Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels, including those on Hotel Plaza Boulevard near Disney Springs.

While a complete list is not available as of yet, we know that these non-Disney hotels will be able to offer their guests the 60-day FastPass booking window sometime before the end of 2017. These bookings will still be done through the MyDisneyExperience app, the same way other resort guests make the advance FastPass+ reservations.

We expect every hotel in the Disney Springs Resort Area on Hotel Plaza Boulevard to be included, but there should also be additional Good Neighbor Hotels on the list when announced by Disney.

Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and all other guests with linked tickets receive a 30-day booking window currently.

Walt Disney World Hit By Another MASSIVE MyMagic+ Outage

Though MyMagic+ enjoyed a fairly smooth rollout during its inaugural year, as this service has gotten bigger over the years and as it has begun including new features, it has unfortunately also suffered an increase in the number of technical hiccups and outages over the past few months as well. During these technical glitches, individual features stopped responding or gone offline temporarily, resulting in a few inconveniences for guests, but nothing too major. However, yesterday, Disney suffered a massive outage that saw an extended loss of almost all MyMagic+ functionality, save for guest admission and hotel room entry, which continued to function as usual.

During the almost day-long outage, guests were unable to make FastPass+ reservations, use their existing reservations, or claim dining reservations through the app. In addition, guests trying to make future hotel room reservations, purchase tickets, or use their MagicBands to pay for items (or use Disney Dining Plan credits) in the parks were unable to do so for several hours. Naturally, there was plenty of confusion around the parks, as guests tried to keep to their vacation plans, and Cast Members tried to make as many accommodations as possible.

Though this type of large-scale outage is fairly rare, this isn’t the first time this has happened, and with this type of unplanned downtime on the rise, it is probably a good idea for guests to take some minor precautions during their vacation to prepare for this type of outage in the future.

1. Be prepared with cash and credit

When Disney first designed the MagicBand system, the idea was to make it so on-property guests wouldn’t have to worry about carrying their wallets with them, giving them the freedom to pay for food, merchandise, and anything else inside Walt Disney World’s theme parks with just a tap of their wrist. However, even though this system works perfectly most of the time, incidents like what happened yesterday show that MyMagic+ simply isn’t the foolproof system Disney would probably like it to be, and relying solely on MyMagic+ could end up being an issue if the system goes down. Fortunately, guests who think ahead and keep credit cards or even a small amount of cash on them won’t have to worry about not being able to pay for lunch or purchase that limited-edition souvenir they’ve had your eye on, even if the system goes down.

2. Confirm your dining reservations

When the MyMagic+ system went down yesterday, pre-existing dining reservations that were made via MyMagic+ were completely lost, and guests could not retrieve them via the My Disney Experience app or the Disney website. And although Cast Members are more than happy to help guests recover a lost reservation, it is important to remember that it is up to the guest to contact the restaurant either by phone or in person to re-confirm the reservation time. And if a guest finds that they have missed their reservation time, they will need to discuss the situation with the restaurant, not only so they can potentially reschedule their dining time, but also so that their credit card isn’t charged a “no-show” fee.

3. Make the best of a bad situation

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This might seem obvious, but when MyMagic+ goes down tempers can flare quite easily. Though it might be frustrating to lose plans that have been made days, weeks or months in advance, the fact is that getting mad will not help the situation.

In fact, savvy guests can turn this initially negative situation into something positive, as many guests ended up leaving the theme parks during yesterday’s outage, resulting in abnormally low wait times for attractions like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain. While it is of course a big pain to deal with a MyMagic+ outage on your vacation, if you can stick it out and go with the flow during the outage, you might end up seeing some benefit from this unfortunate situation.

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No matter what your feelings are about the MyMagic+ system as a whole, guests at Walt Disney World have come to rely on this system to get to their favorite attractions. Though one would certainly hope the system doesn’t go down in the future, based on this most recent outage, as well as the volume of outages we’ve seen in the past, it seems no longer a matter of if, but when. However, though there’s nothing guests can do to fix the system, there is plenty they can do to make sure their vacation isn’t ruined by a technical hiccup.


One of the reasons why Disney and fashion work so well together is that each has a magical quality. The timeless Disney stories we all love are filled to the brim with magical moments. Fashion, and in particular, couture gowns, can have an ethereal element to them that sparkles as much as Cinderella’s blue ballgown.

And at the Paolo Sebastian Spring/Summer 2018 show, Australian designer Paul Vasileff combined the magic that we know and love from our favorite Disney stories along with his signature dreamy aesthetic, to create a collection of gowns that you’ll definitely be swooning over.

The show, appropriately titled “Once Upon a Dream,” featured 34 one-of-a-kind dresses inspired by Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and more. We also loved that there were Snow White-inspired gowns, perfectly timed for the film’s 80th anniversary later this year.

Stay tuned to Disney Style, as we’ll have more behind the scenes from the Paolo Sebastian show soon!

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It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about the holidays, and on November 2 the perfect gifting collection launches from premium beauty brand Kiehl’s. We’re even more excited to announce that this charitable collection from Kiehl’s will be starring our beloved Mickey Mouse!


For a little bit of background, Kiehl’s—the 166-year-old cosmetics brand focused on skin, hair, and body care—has released a Limited Edition Charitable Holiday collection for the past nine years. The collection comes curated with must-own care products, and 100 percent of the proceeds, up to $100,000, go to Feeding America—the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. To break it down, purchase of the Disney x Kiehl’s collection will be able to feed about 1.1M families this holiday season. Pretty amazing, right?Since Disney has always been committed to creating healthier generations, and Kiehl’s products make for great gifts to any and everyone, we couldn’t think of a better match for the holidays. Plus, the products are pretty perfectly packaged for any Mickey fan in your life. See for yourself!


The Mickey Mouse Kiehl’s Collection will be available in stores and online November 2!

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