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Disney has officially broken ground on its 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
This announcement this morning was accompanied by a playful 360-degree photo of the Disneyland construction site that reveals BB-8, R2-D2, Stormtroopers, Imperial walkers, TIE Fighters, X-wings and more.
The enormous ceremonial switch was thrown Tuesday at Walt Disney World for a 22-acre solar farm near Epcot Center that just happens to be shaped like Mickey Mouse’s head.
As the Tampa Bay Times points out, the array actually began generating power last month, but nothing’s really official until somebody flips that oversize switch.
ThinkGeek is releasing an R2-D2-inspired desk lamp — clearly the greatest use for the galaxy’s favorite astromech droid to date.
The lamp comes with a detailed paint job, using Artoo’s dome head as the design for the shade. It comes with a 60-inch cord — including an inline power switch — and uses 40-watt bulbs.
This time, however, Elizabeth’s Belle is no longer a Jedi but rather a gold-clad Mandalorian bounty hunter sent to track down a certain Wookiee — a certain really tall Wookiee. “The bounty said to KILL THE BEAST,” she writes, “but I had other plans …”
Following months of rumors and leaks, LEGO has at long last unveiled its first wave of Disney minifigures, which comes rolling into select retailers in May.
Priced at $3.99 each, the first collection of 18 minifigures features: Disney icons Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck; classic 1950s characters Alice and the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Captain Hook from Peter Pan and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty; modern classics Ariel and Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Genie from Aladdin and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch; and Pixar favorites Mr. Incredible and Syndrome from The Incredibles and Buzz Lightyear and Alien from Pizza Planet from Toy Story.
As if the long-planned opening of the 962-acre Shanghai Disney Resort on June 16 isn’t excitement enough, LEGO has announced it will launch the world’s largest LEGO store there, on the same day.
Measuring more than 10,700 square feet, the store will be located in Disneytown, the new shopping, dining and entertainment district just Disneyland. The flagship store will feature indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as large-scale LEGO models, including a replica of the Oriental Pearl Tower.
Disney Cruise Line will once again set sail for a galaxy far, far away next year with the return of Star Wars Day at Sea.
This time around, the celebration will expand to not only include the seven-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Disney Fantasy, but also the seven-night Eastern Caribbean sailings. In all, there will be 15 Star Wars Day at Sea sailings in 2017.
Passings | Irving Fine, cousin of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and founder of the Siegel and Shuster Society, passed away March 11 at his home in suburban Cleveland. He was 87. Fine, whose late brother introduced Siegel to Joe Shuster in the 1930s, made preserving and promoting Superman’s ties to Cleveland a priority: During his tenure as co-chairman of the Siegel and Shuster Society, Ohio introduced a Superman-themed license plate, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport installed a Superman Welcome Center, and Siegel’s childhood home was restored. Michael Sangiacomo notes that Fine also played a key role in the plans for a monument to Superman and his creators, set to be unveiled in 2018 near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Marvel’s First Avenger will return next month to Disneyland, just in time for the opening of Captain America: Civil War.
Captain America left the Anaheim, California, resort in October to make room for Spider-Man in Tomorrowland’s newly renovated Super Hero HQ, which houses “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” and “Iron Man Tech Presented by Star Industries.”
Disney will break ground in April on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland.
CEO Bob Iger made the announcement last week during the company’s annual shareholders meeting, mere days after Disney unveiled new concept art for what’s been characterized as its “largest single-theme land expansion ever.”
To help promote its adorable Star Wars Tsum Tsum line, Disney has released an equally cute retelling of A New Hope using only the little stuffed toys and simple animation.
Clocking in at just two minutes, it’s a playful highlight reel that skips over the iconic cantina scene — not only is it (probably) too violent, but there’s no Obi-Wan Kenobi or Greedo Tsum Tsum — but makes the Battle of Yavin a lot of fun. Well, maybe not for those unfortunate Tsum Tsums on the Death Star …
Disney has partnered with Loungefly for a new line of bags and wallets that incorporate several of their iconic characters into fashion-forward designs. Everyone from Ariel to Cinderella pop up in these designs, which vary from focusing solely on the iconic characters to incorporating them into more complex patterns. Yep, that’s Stitch popping up behind some pineapples! The prices on these items run from $38-$70, so you won’t have to be Scrooge McDuck-level rich to get your hands on these.
After dazzling us last fall with show-stopping, if largely impractical, shoes inspired by Star Wars, Irregular Choice is back with an equally impressive collection based on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
Officially licensed, the limited-edition line features a mix of flats and heels depicting Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. As with the Star Wars collection, the Alice in Wonderland shoes boast some incredible heels. However, even the more practical Cheshire Cat flats include a whimsical surprise: a little pink tail.
Update (7:30 a.m.): Disney Parks has released hi-res versions of three of the concept illustrations unveiled Sunday. We’ve updated images where appropriate.
During an ABC special Sunday night celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first theme park, Disney unveiled new concept art of details for its “Star Wars Experience” theme lands, under construction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
“Star Wars is, for lack of a better word, awesome,” franchise veteran Harrison Ford said during the presentation. “I’m so blessed that I had an opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations, and soon you will be able to do that as well — not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home.”
Katie Cook’s (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”) latest project aims to teach children the alphabet using the way of The Force. By associating every letter with a different “Star Wars” character, the book — titled “Star Wars: ABC-3PO,” and written by Calliope Glass and Caitlin Kennedy — journeys through A to Z of the galaxy far, far away, so kids can learn about the characters and discover the alphabet while they’re at it.
Speaking to StarWars.com about the book, Cook discussed how the idea came about — revealing that it sprung from her popular ABC poster, which debuted at Star Wars Celebration last year: “Mike [Siglain, creative director of publishing at Lucasfilm], who is working on it, really liked the ABC poster that I did for Star Wars Celebration and he had an idea. He really wanted to make a kids book that was more memorable than just, you know, the stock art photos, things like that. And he brought up all of these great kids books, kind of from the ’80s, with these really charming illustrations that really stick with you; the books you want to give to your kid because you really remember loving them as a kid yourself.”