So much news, merchandise, openings, spectaculars are being announced and thank you so much to Disney for inviting me to a exclusive virtual media event this morning, giving us a “first look” at more new things coming up. No wonder the 50th Anniversary Celebration will be going for 18 months! It will take that long to comprehend all the new touches, openings, merchandise and more!!
I will go over some major points in this blog today and then we will do some feature blogs on specific things that require more attention in the days and weeks to come. Honestly, my brain is already on overload and the celebration has not even officially started yet!
First, there is the new fireworks spectacular debuting tomorrow, October 1st at Magic Kingdom called ‘Disney Enchantment’. I cannot tell you the emotions that were running through my body last night as we watched Happily Ever After together for the last time. This show has meant so much to me, getting me through some very hard times and speaking strength and inspiration into me. It also became a celebration of new and exciting adventures moving forward and although it will always hold a special place in my heart, I am excited to experience the newest show and build new and special memories watching that one. It was announced that Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett (The Imagineering Story; Black Panther) will be narrating the new show. The show, having a special preview tonight on Disney Parks Live, is said to be boasting some major star power. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see it with all of you.
The other major news that I thought was super awesome is the new MagicBand+ coming soon. This week, the company unveiled two new technological achievements destined to carry its theme park and resort guests’ imaginations into the future – the MagicBand+ wearable and the “Hey Disney!” voice assistant. Both cutting-edge innovations will debut in 2022 at Walt Disney World Resort as part of the vacation destination’s 50th anniversary celebration.
These innovations continue to build upon the Disney “theme park metaverse,” where technology
is part of the magic – seamlessly integrating the physical, digital and virtual worlds to help guests navigate Disney properties and platforms. Here, guests immerse themselves in Disney stories, connect with characters they love and share unforgettable experiences with the world,
creating new magic in ways only dreamed of before. MagicBand+ Unlocks New Interactive Experiences at Walt Disney World Resort.
In 2013, Walt Disney World Resort introduced the MagicBand, a revolutionary way to make the guest experience in its theme parks and resorts more convenient and hands-free, including park and guest room entry, retail and dining, Disney PhotoPass and more. The next-generation
MagicBand+ will retain those popular features and add new functionality to unlock experiential moments of magic throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. After a guest enters a theme park, MagicBand+ will come alive at various times with colorchanging
lights, haptic vibrations and gesture recognition, enhancing the environment’s immersive storytelling. The wearable will allow guests to engage with favorite Disney moments in new ways and discover new interactive experiences, including:
• Play like a bounty hunter in a galaxy far, far away and find virtual bounties throughout Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
• Interact with the “Disney Fab 50 Character Collection,” the golden sculptures spread throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks.
• Experience nighttime spectaculars in a new way as they see their bands light up and complement the magic in the skies, including the new “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park.
We also were told about a couple places that are set to open next year. Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will depart for a Galaxy Far, Far Away beginning March 1, 2022. General bookings open Oct. 28, 2021, for an immersive two-night vacation experience inviting Walt Disney World Resort guests to live their own Star Wars adventures in an entirely new way. Some Disney and Star Wars fans, including Disney Vacation Club members, Disney Passholders and Disney Visa Cardmembers, will receive special booking opportunities ahead of the general booking
Star Wars; Galactic Starcruiser:
Now there has been much buzz about this newest resort and honestly, there is a lot to digest here. In my opinion, it is much like booking a cruise and that is what Disney is aiming for as, well, this is a Starcruiser! Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a vacation experience going beyond anything Disney has created before, inviting guests to become the heroes of their own stories during a two-night adventure where they see, feel and live Star Wars. They will travel the galaxy in style aboard the glamorous Halcyon starcruiser, known for its impeccable service and exotic destinations. They will stay in well-appointed cabins, experience exquisite dining and out-of-this-world entertainment, visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and much more. Throughout the voyage, guests’ choices will determine their personal adventures as they interact with characters, crew and other passengers they meet and become part of the action and the broader Star Wars saga. Decisions guests make will affect how their individual stories unfold as they seize control of their destinies – and potentially impact the fate of the galaxy.
For more information and to register for updates, visit www.starwarsgalacticstarcruiser.com.
• The immersive experience features enthralling onboard activities, such as:
Learning the ancient ways of the lightsaber and facing off against a training remote, where guests may discover their own connection with the Force.
o Visiting the starcruiser’s Bridge to learn about its systems and how to operate them, including a chance to try out the ship’s weapons and defense systems – skills that may come in handy during a journey through this adventure-filled galaxy.
• Guests will find refreshment each day in an enticing supper club known as the Crown of Corellia Dining Room. This bright and welcoming hall will offer breakfast and lunch to passengers before transitioning each evening into a lavish multi-course menu of both otherworldly and familiar origins.
o One night’s dinner will feature a live performance from a galactic superstar who can captivate an entire room with the crook of her jewel-encrusted purple Twi’lek finger.
• Stories will continue to play out during a visit to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where guests may experience the land in a new way. They will take special transports from the starcruiser to Black Spire Outpost for their planetside excursion to Batuu, and actions they take while on the planet may then have ramifications when they return to the ship, helping determine how their stories play out.
Fun Facts – Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
• Each viewport in the Halcyon starcruiser – including those in each cabin – has a view of the galaxy beyond, featuring ever-changing vistas as the ship progresses from destination to destination.
• Guests will be able to explore the starcruiser and perhaps discover hidden spaces deep in the mechanics of the ship – perfect for uncovering secrets … or holding clandestine meetings.
• The Crown of Corellia Dining Room is named for Corellia, the planet known galaxy-wide for the shipyards that created not only the Halcyon starcruiser, but also the famed Millennium Falcon.
GARDIANS OF THE GALAXY; COSMIC REWIND
The other long awaited attraction announced to be opening is Guardians of the Galaxy; Cosmic Rewind. Now set to open in 2022 (no specific date given) it is part of the EPCOT transformation, which is encompassed as part of Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a family-friendly adventure, featuring a totally new type of roller coaster experience Disney’s Imagineers have developed just for this attraction – it’s a storycoaster that rotates 360 degrees so you’re always focused on all the action as you help the Guardians save the galaxy. Not only that, but Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will also feature the first reverse launch on a coaster in Disney history and is one of the longest enclosed coasters in the world. It’s a massive experience that will match the scale and adventure of the Guardians of the Galaxy films. I cannot tell you how stoked I am to experience this coaster. It sounds amazing!
In the words of Imagineers Tom Fitzgerald and Scot Drake in “part of the ongoing transformation of EPCOT, we’re infusing this park we love and cherish with more ways to dream, to be inspired and to connect with our world – or other galaxies, in this case. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is going to be a big step in that direction, and we can’t wait for you to experience it.”
There still was no announcement for the opening of Tron and no further information on Genie or Genie+. Let’s face it, we can only handle so much excitement and information at one time!! Be sure and keep checking back here at spokesmayne.co for more updates and information as it comes to us straight from Disney. Also, are you following Spokesmaye on Youtube, Instagram and Facebook? Don’t miss out on any of the excitement and celebration as I will be covering it up close (super zoom) and personal with the Mayne Mafia.
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