Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here Are This Week’s Theme Park Highlights:
- Patient, we were ... and now, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney World is officially open! If you'll be hopping to Black Spire Outpost soon and want to know more about entry procedures, or just want to read more about all of the out-of-this-world fun the land has to offer, be sure to check out our full guide to Batuu!
- Of course, the galactic celebrations are in full swing at Walt Disney World Resort! From the Galaxy's Edge dedication ceremony to special foodie offerings, Star Wars has toadally taken over Walt Disney World Resort property (and you won't find us complaining!). Grab goodies such as a Chewbacca cupcake at Pop Century Resort, Millennium Falcon Chocolate Pop at the Ganachery at Disney Springs or the Dole whip-inspired Yoda Cone at Pineapple Lanai at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. And there's plenty to go around at Disney's Hollywood Studios, too, including Darth Vader waffles at Hollywood and Vine, Galactic Funnel Cake at Epic Eats and the return of the Lightsaber Churros. These celebratory treats are only around for a limited time, so make sure to hop to it!
- Still hungry? Perfect! Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival also kicked off this week, leaving plenty of delicious options to go around. We've got the full scoop on this year's marketplaces, merchandise and tips to make the best of this fest. (Epcot is going to have the hoppiest tummies around!)
- Last week, we were so eager to hear all of the ribbeting news coming out of D23 Expo, and we were not disappointed! We learned the full names for (and some additional details about) the immersive Star Wars hotel and the Tron coaster: Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser and Tron Lightcycle Run. Among other big announcements, Disneyland will be getting an all-new parade called "Magic Happens" in spring 2020. And how do we even begin to sum up all of the frogtastic changes coming to Epcot?! From new Mary Poppins and Moana-inspired attractions, to a revamped park layout featuring educational "neighborhoods," plus a brand- new nighttime spectacular, we've pulled all of the exciting Epcot news together here.
- This week, Disney also released a sneak peek of the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction, opening Dec. 5, 2019, at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland park. The advanced, immersive attraction will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and is one of the largest attractions to date ... housing two full-size AT-AT Walkers and a Star Destroyer hangar bay. Leaping lily pads!
- Pencils? Check. Hand sanitizer? Check. SeaWorld passes? SeaWorld Orlando is offering free, unlimited admission for Florida teachers for the entire year! The offer is good for all K-12 public school teachers, state certified preschool, day care and home-school teachers and college professors. Woohoo!
- For the fifth year in a row, Universal's Islands of Adventure was named Top Amusement Park in the world from TripAdvisor travelers ... and Universal Studios Florida was not far behind at #3! Congratulations, Universal Orlando! At least there's lots of awesome options to stay busy while we wait for Universal's Epic Universe to open!
- The fifth Disney Cruise Line ship has a name: the Disney Wish, complete with Rapunzel herself on the back, will be setting sail in Jan. 2022. Disney also announced an all-new island destination in The Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera at a place called Lighthouse Point. Imagineer Joe Rohde embarked on an in-depth cultural tour of The Bahamas to create a destination that is heavily involved with local conservation efforts and uniquely Bahamian, while also filled with Disney magic. Lighthouse Point will be completed in 2023.
That’s it for the theme park news this week! Have a great weekend.