D23: Disney Announces Official Name for Star Wars Lands at the Parks

Model of Star Wars Themed Land at Walt Disney World Revealed at D23

Earlier this week, we showed you the model for the upcoming Star Wars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and now we have the official name.

It will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, according to Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, who revealed the name at this weekend’s D23 Expo. The Disneyland version will go by the same name.

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Model of Star Wars Themed Land at Walt Disney World Revealed at D23 2017

Model of Star Wars Themed Land at Walt Disney World Revealed at D23

D23, the big Disney-produced fan convention, has just kicked off with a bang this weekend with the reveal of a model of the upcoming Star Wars-themed lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Courtesy of Lucasfilm and Disney, we have these first images of that model for you to enjoy:

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Florida Frogs to Compete Against St. Lucie Mets feat Tim Tebow July 21-24 in Kissimmee

Florida Frogs to Compete Against St. Lucie Mets feat Tim Tebow July 21-24 in Kissimmee

The Florida Fire Frogs welcome former University of Florida alum Tim Tebow and the St. Lucie Mets to town for a four-game series at Osceola County Stadium, July 21-24.

There will also be special event nights coinciding with these games:

Star Wars Night” presented by 103.1 The Wolf will take place on Saturday, July 22. Fire Frogs players will wear “Death Star” themed jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game. Proceeds of the auction will benefit the Special Olympics, and more.

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Star Wars Celebration to Bring The Force to Orlando April 13-16, 2017 #SWCO

Star Wars Celebration to Bring The Force to Orlando April 13-16, 2017

Star Wars Celebration touches on everything connected with that galaxy far, far away, and in 2017, it returns to Orlando the weekend of April 13-16.

This official Lucasfilm event offers the largest Star Wars parties, and features appearances by cast and crew celebrities, fans, costumes, music, live entertainment, autographs, collectibles, and panels.

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MegaCon Orlando Returns May 26-29, 2016

MegaCon Orlando Returns May 26-29, 2016

MegaCon returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Memorial Weekend, May 26-29, 2016.

This four-day fest features celebrities from the worlds of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comics. Fans can meet their favorites, get autographs and photos, view Q&A panels, and more.

Among the guests scheduled to appear are:

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New Star Wars Experiences to Open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in December 2015

A Star Wars-themed land at Walt Disney World is still a few years away, but there are a few new Star Wars experiences that will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in December.

Star Wars Experiences to Open at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

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Star Wars Land Announced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios at #D23 EXPO 2015

Yesterday (August 15) at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced that a Star Wars-themed land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars Land Announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

The expansion will cover 14 acres, and will add two signature attractions. One of those will put guests behind the controls of the Millenium Falcon itself. Oh yeah, I can’t wait for that one.

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Walt Disney World To Debut Two Limited Time Star Wars Themed Dining Experiences on May 4, 2014

Just in time for this year’s Star Wars Weekends, Walt Disney World will be debuting two limited-time Star Wars themed dining experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney characters as Star Wars charactersBeginning May 4 – or as known in the Star War universe, Star Wars Day – guests will be able to partake in both breakfast and dinner with Disney characters dressed up in their best Star Wars garb.

Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast” will be held at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. The screen, which normally shows classic drive-in trailers and ads, will show clips from the Star Wars saga as guests dine on breakfast. There will be characters present during the meal.

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May the 4th Be With You at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 4, 2013

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May 4th is an unofficial Star Wars day, in which fans salute you with the greeting, “May the 4th Be With You.” It’s a play on “May the Force Be With You.”

Well, this May 4th, Walt Disney World will be having a Limited Time Magic event that will be celebrating all things Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

You can meet Star Wars characters and have pictures taken with them, train to be a Jedi with your kids (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis), dance to galactic beats at the Star Wars dance party, and enjoy a DJ-ed dance party with a special Star Wars fireworks at night from Hollywood Blvd.

There will also be special edition pins and tees, with messages like “May the Fourth Be with You” and “Revenge of the Fifth,” for purchase.

This will be a nice warm-up for Star Wars Weekends, which start just a few weeks later on May 17th.

All “May the 4th Be With You” events are included in regular park admission.

Orlando Science Center Brings in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Actress Ashley Eckstein on March 23

03-22-2013-ashley-in-star-wars-exhibit-miniStar Wars fans can meet actress Ashley Eckstein at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

An alumna of Orlando Repertory Theater, Eckstein is known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

She will be appearing at the OSC from 10am to 5pm, as part of the final days of the popular exhibit Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, which ends April 7. Eckstein will participate in question-and-answer panels, autograph sessions and photo ops throughout the day.

Admission to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is $27 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 3-11), and includes all regular exhibits and films at the OSC.

For more information on the event, please call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org.

Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination Coming to Orlando Science Center in October 2012

This is a good year for Star Wars fans in Central Florida. So far, we’ve had Star Wars Weekends at Disney, the huge Star Wars Celebration VI convention, and even the annual Galactic Encounter Day at the Orlando History Center.

Han Solo and Chewbacca costumes

Now the Orlando Science Center brings the innovative exhibition “Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination” to town for a limited engagement, beginning on October 13, 2012.

Developed by the Museum of Science Boston, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., and presented by Bose Corporation©, the 10,000 square-foot exhibit explores the fantasy technologies depicted in the Star Wars films. It also shows the real science behind them, and the current research that may someday lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the film series.

This exhibition is the first to display costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies. The exhibit includes extensive video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and hands-on components, including two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test their own speeders and robots.

Admission to Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination is $27 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 3-11). Tickets include access to “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” and all four floors of exhibits, giant screen films and live presentations. Science Center members see “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” for $12 for adults and $9 for youth.

Actor Daniel Logan, who portrayed the young Boba Fett in the Star Wars prequels, will be on hand to kick off opening weekend. He will be appearing both October 13 and 14, participating in autograph and photo sessions, as well as a Q&A panel, each day.

“Star Wars®: Where Science Meets Imagination” will be at the OSC until April 7, 2013.

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[Photos © 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.]

Galactic Encounter Day Brings the Force to the Orlando History Center September 15

If you didn’t get enough Star Wars at the convention here in Orlando, last month, then the Force will be with you this month at the Orlando History Center.

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“Galactic Encounter Day” takes place on Saturday, September 15, 2012, from 10:30am to 3pm.

As with years past, the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist will march through Heritage Square downtown, beginning at 11am. The parade is free to watch, but I suggest lining up early, as a lot of people show up for this.

After, the History Center will continue the fun with opportunities to build your own light saber; enjoy “Blue Milk,” “Wookie Cookies,” and “Yoda Juice”; and work alongside a LEGO® Master Builder to construct a foot-tall R2-D2 model.

There will also be photo opportunities with Star Wars characters.

Galactic Encounter Day activities are included with general admission to the History Center. Adults are $9, seniors and military are $7, and ages 5-12 are $6.

For more information, visit thehistorycenter.org.

The Orlando History Center is located downtown at 65 E. Central Blvd. Phone is 407-836-8500.

[Image courtesy of the Orlando History Center]

Legoland Florida Confirms Star Wars Addition

Yesterday, we reported on a teaser video sent out by Legoland Florida regarding an upcoming expansion.

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We speculated it would be an addition of a Star Wars area to the Miniland section of the park.

This morning, Legoland Florida confirmed this, as they announced they were expanding the park to include a Star Wars Miniland.

During the morning announcement, Legoland Florida GM Adrian Jones revealed a massive Millennium Falcon replica, as well a a life-sized Darth Maul.

The Star Wars Miniland will be crafted from 1.5 million Lego bricks and it will become the eighth interactive area in the park’s Miniland USA attraction. This area features Lego recreations of famous American cities, like New York and San Francisco.

Legoland Florida says it expects to open the expansion in November 2012.

[Photo courtesy of Legoland Florida]

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