D23 BRINGS DISNEY MAGIC TO FANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN 2018
The slate of events includes a special birthday celebration for Mickey Mouse, advance movie screenings, exclusive tours, Broadway shows, and a return to Walt’s hometown of Marceline.
BURBANK, Calif. – October 1, 2017 – In 2018, D23: The Official Disney Fan Club brings a new roster of events for fans around the country to enjoy.
DESTINATION D: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICKEY: November 18, 2018, will mark 90 years since Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie at the Colony Theatre in New York City, and D23 is throwing a party at Disney’s Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate. The event will include panels, presentations, an all-new exhibit from the Walt Disney Archives, a pop-up store from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Mickey’s of Glendale, and more. Additional details, including special hotel rates and ticketing information, will be announced in the coming months.
Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Bob Chapek, confirmed today at D23 that there are plans to bring a Star Wars-themed resort to Disney World. Guests will be able to actually live Star Wars in this fully immersive experience, part of Disney’s new “360 vacation concept.”
Planning on running in the Star Wars Half Marathon — The Dark Side this coming weekend? Of course, getting out and being active alongside fellow Star Wars fans is beneficial. However, a big part of the fun is also collecting the commemorative products available for the event, and the items lined up for the 2017 half marathon have been announced.
Find out more from Mary Myers, event product developer, courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog:
Last week, in the midst of everything going on at Star Wars Celebration, Disney Parks announced the new destination for its Star Tours attraction. As seen in the new teaser trailer for The Last Jedi, the new location is the mineral planet of Crait, where you’ll find yourself in the middle of an epic battle between the forces of darkness and light.
The news was revealed by Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) during the Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making panel. You can see video of the revelation below. The announcement comes near the end, after a bit of an oral history of Star Tours.
If you plan to be at one of the Disney parks in the coming months, you’ll want to be on the lookout for unique and exclusive merchandise created by Star Wars fan Cody Hampton.
From the Disney Parks Blog:
“I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was two-years old,” explained Cody. “I feel like I have a dream role at Disney as I collaborate with the Lucasfilm team to create unique merchandise and immersive experiences you can only find at Disney Parks.”
Star Wars Land Coming to Disney Parks in 2019!
Bob Iger, CEO and Chairman of Disney, announced yesterday at the Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call that Star Wars Land is set to open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland in 2019! The Star Wars-themed lands are expected to be the largest of their kind at both parks.
New Her Universe designs and exclusive Star Wars prints available at the WonderGround Gallery
To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars Her Universe skirt and cardigan exclusively at Disney parks, the Ashleys have teamed up with the WonderGround Gallery, Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA and the WonderGround Gallery, Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs Marketplace in Orlando, FL for some very SPECIAL SIGNINGS!
If you find yourself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this June, here’s something to add to your itinerary — especially if you’re a Star Wars fan! Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is set to debut June 17, and it’s an event that is guaranteed to carve its place in the history of Disney/Star Wars attractions.
From the Disney Parks blog:
A Day In The Life – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night Event at Walt Disney World
By Jason Brame
For the first time in forever, Walt Disney World partnered with AMC Theaters to give more than 2000 Star Wars and Disney fans alike the chance to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Opening Night, with a special after party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is our journey…
As announced at D23 Expo earlier this year, attendees at Disney Parks will soon get the chance to experience Star Wars in a whole new way. Starting December 1, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will make the galaxy far, far away a bit more accessible to fans of the Star Wars saga!
You’ll find the latest information from the Disney Parks Blog below: