Melinda’s Brew: Orlando-Bound For The Last Jedi

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Two paths. Two possibilities present themselves, each with the promise of immeasurable delights. One path steeped in tradition; one a new and exciting undertaking. Which to choose? Which to choose?

A bit earlier this month, Coffee With Kenobi put forth the inviting temptation to accompany our very own media specialist, Lisa D., to Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the opening showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t hesitate to take CWK up on its very generous offer … but two very important – to me – events stood in the way

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Highlights from Disney’s Media Event for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Galaxy’s Edge, and Galactic Nights

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Disney to the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi at Walt Disney World. Events also included attending a panel discussion for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and the Galactic Nights spectacular held on December 16. I was able to share many of my experiences across Coffee With Kenobi‘s social media accounts, and I hope they were enjoyable! I know I had an amazing time — especially since it was my first time at Disney World! To have my first trip to the Happiest Place on Earth revolve around a new Star Wars movie was pure icing.

Since my postings were spread around a bit, I figured I would gather them up into this one master post for easier access. If you missed out on anything, it should be found here. Of course, nothing beats actually being there, but I hope you get a sense of what a marvelous time can be had when Disney meets Star Wars!

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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Panel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios [Full Video]

As part of the Star Wars: Galactic Nights celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans were treated to updates on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during a panel discussion introduced by Warwick Davis, hosted by David Collins, and featuring guests from Disney Imagineering, Scott Trowbridge, Robin Reardon and Chris Beatty, along with Lucasfilm’s Doug Chiang.

The panel revealed recent drone footage of the progress on Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios, details on the world of Batuu and the real-world inspirations for the design and atmosphere, and what Star Wars fans can look forward to when they venture into this immersive world for the first time in 2019.

For all that and more, check out the full panel video below:

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Star Tours Reveals Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Planet

The planet featured in the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park was revealed today as the latest Star Tours attraction got underway. Here’s the lowdown from the Disney Parks Blog:

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Celebrates Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Milestone

Construction on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge reached a milestone at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this week. As has become tradition, cast members and Imagineers celebrated the occasion by adding their signatures to a support beam. Find out more from Disney Parks Blog below:

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New ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Adventure Coming to Disney Parks

An action sequence based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, announced earlier this year for Star Tours at Disneyland and Disney World, is set to make its debut at Disney Parks starting this November. The adventure will put fans in the middle of an epic battle on Crait, a planet first seen in the teaser for The Last Jedi revealed at Star Wars Celebration.

From the Disney Parks Blog:

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Star Wars Galactic Nights Returns to Disney World This December

If you’ll be in Orlando this December and are looking for a great way to celebrate the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, then you’ll be happy to know that Star Wars Galactic Nights is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The one-night event starts December 16 from 7:00-Midnight and features all sorts of fun activities for Star Wars fans of all ages.

Find out more below:

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Check Out CWK Co-Host Dan Z’s report on the Debut of Star Wars: Galactic Nights

Couldn’t make it to debut of Star Wars: Galactic Nights? No worries, Coffee With Kenobi‘s Dan Z. has you covered. Dan was at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the big event, and he’s written a great piece on StarWars.com. If you weren’t there, you’ll feel like you were. Or, for those who made it, you can relive the memories!

Check out an excerpt below:

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What You Need to Know About Star Wars: Galactic Nights Coming April 14 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galactic Nights makes its debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on April 14 — nicely timed with Star Wars Celebration Orlando — and will include celebrities, special attractions, and more. Vanessa Marshall (Hera, Star Wars Rebels) has been tapped as host for the “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show,” which will take you behind-the-scenes of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A pre-show will be hosted by the hosts of The Star Wars Show, Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni.

There will also be a “Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt” open to guests of all ages, and BB-8 will make his debut at Star Wars Launch Bay.

Disney Parks Blog has compiled a list of what you need to know if you plan on attending.

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BB-8 Will Greet Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Starting This Spring

The Disney Parks Blog announced something very cool this week: This Spring, BB-8 will begin greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You can read the full announcement below:

Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have more Star Wars fun to look forward to this spring when BB-8, the loyal droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters from the Star Wars galaxy who guests regularly encounter at Star Wars Launch Bay. In addition to character greetings, the location also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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