Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Premiere Event Tomorrow to be Held at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

The trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut during ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” tomorrow, Oct. 9, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago, which starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT. And today we’re excited to invite you to be among the first to see this new trailer at the place where Star Wars lives – the Disneyland Resort!

Join your fellow Star Wars fans at the Downtown Disney District tomorrow, Oct. 9, to watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer on a giant screen outside AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres. The fun begins at 5 p.m., with a live DJ, trivia and giveaways – all counting down to the trailer premiere. Following the trailer premiere, Star Wars: The Last Jedi tickets will be on sale online and at the AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theatres box office.

Disneyland Resort is your destination to experience your Star Wars favorites. Board a Starspeeder 1000 and explore the galaxy in the immersive adventure, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; encounter some of your favorite characters and more at the Star Wars Launch Bay interactive experience; and bring your young Padawans to test their skills at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

If you can’t make it to this special premiere party, tune in to ESPN to watch the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer during “Monday Night Football,” and be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters December 15.

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Star Wars: Secrets of The Empire Hyper-Reality Experience Coming Disney Springs and Disneyland’s Downtown Disney

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID today announced a new hyper-reality experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, which promises to plunge fans into the Star Wars universe. Created by ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, in collaboration with THE VOID, it will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience, including interaction with friends, fans, and Star Wars characters.

“At THE VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at THE VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of THE VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.

“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLAB. “Through our collaboration with THE VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.”

From StarWars.com

Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort Closing Three Popular Stores

According to a Disneyland Resort spokesperson Build-A-Bear Workshop, Chapel Hats and Ridemakerz will be closing soon in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort.

According to Disney the three neighboring shops are closing to make room for more dining facilities in the area.

The shops are popular, and not being closed due to poor performance issues, officials said.

Disney has said there currently is no space to relocate the shops, but if a situation arose showing where they could be put, it would be evaluated.

Disneyland Resort Announces Details of Egg-stravaganza as Fun Scavenger Hunt Returns in April

Springtime is just around the corner, which means the return of the beloved Egg-stravaganza to Disneyland Resort. This fun, egg-themed scavenger hunt will take place from April 1-16, 2017, at Disneyland park, Disney California Adventure park, and Downtown Disney District. I recently “hopped” over to special event merchandiser Linda Votaw to discover what makes this activity popular with guests.

Egg-stravaganza Details Hatched as Fun Scavenger Hunt Returns to Disneyland Resort in April

“This is the fifth year we’ve offered the Egg-stravaganza at the Disneyland Resort,” explained Linda. “I believe our guests love it as spring is a wonderful season to visit. This activity is easy to do, and it’s something the whole family can enjoy. Even if you have been to Disneyland Resort many times, this scavenger hunt gives guests an opportunity to explore the theme parks and Downtown Disney District in a new way.”

To participate, pick up a map and stickers for $5.99 (plus tax) at select merchandise locations throughout Disneyland Resort. Search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney and Pixar characters. Record your discoveries by placing the corresponding sticker on the themed Egg-stravaganza map to represent that location.

Egg-stravaganza Details Hatched as Fun Scavenger Hunt Returns to Disneyland Resort in April

Whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a redemption location for a surprise. Redemption locations include the following merchandise shops: Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park; Disney Showcase in Disneyland park; World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney District.

For guests visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, don’t forget the Egg-stravaganza is currently taking place at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival through May 29, 2017.

Purchasing limits will apply, while supplies last. Please note that no discounts apply and separate admission is required to enter Disney theme parks. The experience is subject to restrictions and may change without notice.

Disneyland Resort Announces Splitsville for Downtown Disney in Late 2017

Splitsville Luxury Lanes, which has pioneered a fun and inventive new approach to bowling as a social experience for all ages, will roll into the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort in late 2017.

The first Splitsville in California will offer a unique combination of dining, bowling and live entertainment with 600 restaurant seats, a large outdoor patio overlooking the Downtown Disney District, two full-service bars and 20 luxury bowling lanes. You’ll want to visit, even if you don’t plan to bowl!

Set to begin construction soon adjacent to Tortilla Jo’s, Splitsville will have a dramatic, mid-century-inspired design. The menu by James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman will include fresh-rolled sushi, gourmet appetizers, hand-cut steaks, and if you can spare it, alley classics like burgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-tossed pizzas.

There’s always plenty to do and enjoy at the Downtown Disney District and, with Splitsville on its way, there will be even more to bowl you over!

Ray-Ban Sunglasses Featuring Mickey Mouse Debut for the Holidays

At Disney Springs, it’s not hard to find an array of merchandise with a hint of Disney-inspired magic. Cool branded T-shirts at UNIQLO. Gorgeous baubles with castles and characters at PANDORA. Fantasy-filled footwear at havaianas. Basically every item at World of Disney. The list goes on … and next week, it grows even longer when limited-edition Ray-Ban sunglasses featuring Mickey Mouse arrive at select locations throughout Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, including Disney Springs.

For this release, the classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer design has been updated with a classic Mickey Mouse print on the outside of the temples and a “limited edition” engraving on the inside. These are truly the perfect gift for the fashionable Disney fan (or Ray-Ban lover!) on your holiday shopping list.

As Sunglass Hut is the official sunglass retailer of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, the new product will be available at the following locations, while supplies last, starting on December 8, 2016:

Walt Disney World Resort:
  • Disney Springs – Sunglass Icon; West Side
  • Disney Springs – APEX by Sunglass Hut; The Landing
  • Magic Kingdom Park – Island Supply; Adventureland
Disneyland Resort:
  • Downtown Disney District – Sunglass Icon and kiosk
  • Disney California Adventure park – Sunglass Icon kiosk

Ready to purchase? The retail price is $190 plus tax with a purchase limit of two pairs per guest. Though no discounts are offered on this item due to limited availability, anyone who scores a pair will likely be the envy of many. (I got my first pair of Ray-Bans three years ago, and even without the cool Mickey design, I’m still getting compliments!)

Disneyland Resort Moves Security Checkpoint for Downtown Disney

Disney is moving one of its security checkpoints so that Downtown Disney is pulled inside its secured area.

The move was expected to be completed by year’s end.

“We are moving the location of our bag-check and metal detectors to the point where guests enter our property through Downtown Disney and the Mickey & Friends parking structure,” a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman said.

Guests would be checked as soon as they left the Mickey & Friends parking structure before boarding the tram toward Downtown Disney.

Two other checkpoints are set to be added: one of them will be between ESPN Zone and Rainforest Cafe and the other between ESPN Zone and Earl of Sandwich restaurant. Officials said these would likely service guests coming from the hotels.

Officials hope the change will make it easier for guests: They could leave Disneyland or Disney California Adventure for Downtown Disney, a shopping and restaurant district, and return to one of the parks without going through a checkpoint for a second time.

Guests can already pass from one park to the other without going through a checkpoint.

The checkpoint on the east side of the parks, near the Harbor Boulevard entrance, is not moving for now.

Originally posted by Alma Fausto in the Orange County Register

New Shopping Experiences on Their Way to the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort This Fall

Downtown Disney regulars and newcomers alike have plenty to look forward to as the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort welcomes two new shopping locations opening later this fall.

Whether you’re looking to start your own PANDORA Jewelry collection or adding to your current series, Downtown Disney District soon will have a new shopping destination for you. Famous for its beauty and style, PANDORA will offer elegant, hand-finished jewelry in sterling silver and 14k gold with genuine gemstones, cultured pearls, Murano glass and cubic zirconia stones. Designed to inspire embracing the self-creator within, PANDORA Jewelry allows guests to explore and craft their unique personal story.

Sammy Duvall’s Curl Surf, also opening late fall 2016, is all about celebrating the surf lifestyle, culture and fashion. The store will feature top surf brands, including Hurley, Roxy, Billabong, Nixon, Duvin and Quiksilver, footwear by TOMS, Reef and Vans, and a large selection of Oakley, Ray-Ban and Nixon watches. If you’re a surfer of a fan of surf, Curl Surf has everything you need in the way of apparel and accessories.

Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort Welcomes New Executive Chef

Catal Restaurant has long been a favorite among discriminating diners – locals and visitors alike – in Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort. Now, Catal Restaurant is announcing the addition of Timothy McDowell, a native Californian with nearly a decade of culinary experience, as executive chef.

Tim comes from a large family of cooks. He has developed menus, overseen kitchens and prepared food at such prominent culinary establishments as The Cheesecake Factory, Wolfgang Puck Catering and the University of Southern California, where he directed all culinary operations. In Tempe, Ariz., he was executive chef at the iconic Monti’s La Casa Vieja. While serving in the United States Navy, he became executive culinary specialist for multiple admirals of the Pacific Fleet.

Having grown up in California, Tim is excited to be working with amazing California produce and local products as he brings his culinary skill to the upscale American-Mediterranean fare at Catal Restaurant.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Coming to Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort

The queen of cupcakes is headed to the Disneyland Resort.

Candace Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and a Food Network celebrity, is bringing her bakery to Downtown Disney. The cupcake shop is replacing the Something Silver retail shop in November.

This is the second Sprinkles Cupcakes on Disney property. In May, a Sprinkles opened at Disney World’s downtown equivalent, Disney Springs, in Orlando.

“We are thrilled to partner with Disney on both coasts. Launching Sprinkles in Downtown Disney was a natural fit for us when deciding where to expand our California presence,” Nelson said in a statement released Monday morning. “With its widespread appeal to vacationers and locals, Downtown Disney is an ideal spot for everyone with a sweet tooth to converge.”

The shop will serve the same menu of scratch-made gourmet cupcakes and cookies found in the chain’s Corona del Mar store, which opened in 2006. Though its ice cream will not be sold at Downtown Disney, a Sprinkles representative said the brand hopes to take advantage of its location by serving some Disneyland-inspired treats.

“At the time of opening, we will not have Disney-themed cupcakes, but we hope to bring this option to our customers in the future,” a Sprinkles representative told the Register in an email.

Sprinkles Cupcakes is considered a pioneer in specialty desserts – responsible for an explosion of haute cupcake shops that opened across Southern California before the Great Recession hit.

Nelson, an investment banker turned baker, opened the first Sprinkles in 2005 in Beverly Hills. She sold 200 cupcakes in two hours on opening day. That number eventually jumped to 1,000 a day once word spread that celebrities such as Tyra Banks and Barbra Streisand were devotees.

Sprinkles has 20 locations nationwide and a mobile cupcake truck. It sells its cupcake mixes at more than 250 Williams-Sonoma stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, it made more headlines when it debuted a string of “ATM” cupcake dispensers and premium ice cream shops. One of its ATMs recently opened on the USC campus.

Sprinkles’ second shop at Corona del Mar Plaza offers ice cream and is slated to get an ATM dispenser, a company representative said.

The Anaheim store hours will be Sunday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

In recent years, the mix of stores and dining options have changed at Downtown Disney. In 2014, Starbucks opened a cafe. Earlier this month, Disney announced plans to raze the 17,000-square-foot-plus House of Blues building. The concert venue, which closed earlier this year, is reopening at the nearby GardenWalk mall.

From Mark Eades and the Orange County Register