From the studio that brought you “The Avengers” comes a new team. They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, and they’re the crew at the epicenter of one of this summer’s biggest movie events. Starting July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming to Disney Parks with an exclusive sneak peek, offering guests an extended look at the film before it opens in theaters.
At Disneyland park in California, you can catch this limited time intergalactic preview in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where Captain EO is typically shown. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.
For those of you visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you’ll be able to experience the cosmic adventure of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios presented in spectacular RealD 3D, a new dimension of entertainment.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe.
“Guardians of the Galaxy,” releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.
The Marketplace Co-Op is now officially open in Downtown Disney Marketplace at Walt Disney World Resort. First announced in November 2013 on the Disney Parks Blog, this new merchandise destination will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products.
Located next to Tren-D, Marketplace Co-Op will offer six different boutiques containing a variety of unique, authentic and original merchandise developed especially for Disney Parks, including the following:
- Beautifully Disney – A beauty destination for women, featuring make-up, fragrances and beauty accessories.
- Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.
- D-Tech on Demand – A place to personalize and customize your own electronic accessories.
- The Trophy Room – Vintage-inspired lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.
- Disney Centerpiece – Home product for guests that want a splash of Disney in their room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.
- Zoey and Pickles – A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.
Today, Disney is also launching an online version of the Marketplace Co-Op via the Disney Parks online store at DisneyStore.com/MarketplaceCoOp. This online boutique will contain select items from Cherry Tree Lane, Disney Centerpiece and Beautifully Disney.
Womp rats, you’ve been warned. Luke is in town.
Actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed farmboy-turned-galactic-hero Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga, makes his debut appearance at Star Wars Weekends today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He is scheduled to appear today, tomorrow and Sunday.
Activities where guests can see the acclaimed actor include the “Legends of the Force” motorcade and a star conversation about his career and role in the original Star Wars trilogy. To enable more guests to see and hear this special edition talk show, entitled “A Conversation with Mark Hamill,” the Star Wars Weekends event team has made arrangements for a simulcast at various locations throughout the park. Be sure to ask a cast member when you arrive for viewing locations.
We caught up with Mark at the theme park while he was doing final walk-throughs with the Disney Parks Entertainment team. After posing for a few photos with Jedi Mickey Mouse, he spoke with us about the Star Warslegacy, his childhood visits to Disneyland and what makes Star Wars fans special to him.
The massively popular Disney Villains will be taking center stage for a special hard-ticketed event later this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Sources have heard that ‘Villains Unleashed’ will take place on August 23 2014, with ticket sales beginning this week. Keep a heads up for Disney to announce more details over the next few days.
During Limited Time Magic last year the Studios ran a test version of elements of the event with the ‘Unleash the Villains’ event. Expect special entertainment, food, and more.
Disney is adding more hard tickets events across all the parks, with Disney’s Animal Kingdom debuting ‘Harambe Nights’ this weekend, the evening ‘After Hours Wind Down’ at Epcot, joining the Halloween and Christmas Party nights at the Magic Kingdom.
Mary Poppins had its practically perfect premiere on August 27, 1964, and D23 is celebrating 50 supercalifragilisticexpialidocious years since its debut with a celebration at the place it was made: The Walt Disney Studios! Dressing up is encouraged, whether you’re a sooty chimney sweep, a rosy-cheeked nanny, or even a dancing penguin!
It’s a jolly holiday with a screening, rarely seen footage, a Walt Disney Archives exhibit, and an exclusive pin!
$30 per person. Tickets available Wednesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. PT, check here for link.
Screening begins at 2 p.m., please arrive at the Walt Disney Studios to check in no earlier than 1 p.m.
D23-Exclusive Commemorative Gift
To commemorate the occasion, every guest will receive an exclusive pin(left). Inspired by part of the pass guests received at theMary Poppins premiere, this pin was created just for this celebration and will not be sold in stores.
Walt Disney Archives Exhibition
The Archives will also curate a special exhibit featuring pieces from the film. Guests will enjoy a screening of Mary Poppins in the historic Walt Disney Studios Theater, plus rarely seen footage of the film’s Hollywood premiere and video captured behind the scenes of the production.
NOTE: Members may reserve a ticket for themselves and one (1) guest. D23 Members will be required to provide their membership number when reserving tickets. Tickets may be picked up only with a valid photo ID AND D23 MEMBERSHIP CARD. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card may not be admitted to the event. Ticketed members who do not attend the event forfeit their place as well as all experiences, benefits, and gifts associated with the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice. There are no cancellations or refunds, and tickets are not transferable.
The Sounds Like Summer concert series will return to Epcot with Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles kicking off this year’s lineup on June 8.
Here’s a look at this year’s schedule (entertainment subject to change without notice).
- June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
- June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
- June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
- June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
- July 6 to 12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
- July 13 to 19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
- July 20 to 26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2
Show times are 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. Concerts are included with Epcot admission.
Ever since it was announced, we’ve just referred to it it “Avatar Land” but, at a recent Q&A, James Cameron told audiences what the official name of the newest addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be. “It’s going to be called, I believe, Pandora: The Land of Avatar.”
Cameron also discussed some of the technical advances Disney Imagineers are making in the park, particularly with the animatronic Na’vi.
Cameron spoke about the park at the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex Film Festivalon Saturday May 31. He said Imagineers were looking into doing something olfactory in the park to simulate the experience of being in a rain forest, then added the following.
“It’s going to have floating mountains. It’s pretty cool. I’ve seen the model and the design work the Imagineering people have done is spectacular. They’ve got a quarter inch to the foot scale model of the whole park and I’ve looked at all the sight lines…it’s not a park, it’s a land within the park but a land is not just a ride. There will be several rides and a number of other attractions. It’s really just a place you’re gonna wanna go and hang out. It’s gonna be gorgeous. Of course it’s gonna be gorgeous at night and they’re using every new trick, every new bit of technology that they’ve created.
The animatronics for the Na’vi characters are gonna be fantastic. For example, their early animatronics would use 12 axis of motion and I think the most they’ve ever done was 32 axis recently. I think they’re up to 64 just in the face of the Na’vi characters. So it’s gonna be remarkable. They really see it as a major, major attraction.”
Of course, until Disney makes it official, it’s impossible to say this is the 100% final name of the Land but, this seems pretty solid, considering the source.
Pandora The Land of Avatar is scheduled to open at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida in 2017, which will be between the release of Avatar 2 and Avatar 3. Construction began earlier this year.