Building A Droid and Droid Depot at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Preview

We can all hear the beep-beep-boop sounds in our heads when we think of the infamous BB-8. But, what if those sounds were even closer? What if you could choose the beeps and the boops and build it from the bottom up? Looks like the Droid Depot is here to fulfill your wildest dreams of droid-building and imaginative creation.

BRIGHT SUNS! We are VERY excited to share with you the first blog in our countdown to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opening August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. And we know, you’re probably wondering “The first blog? How much could there be to talk about?”

A lot, fellow readers. This remarkable land has many sights to see and MANY things to do, just like our first topic of many, the Droid Depot!

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Entering the Droid Depot

Droid parts, ASSEMBLE! Journey into Black Spire Outpost where you will find the assembly location. Here, you can immerse yourself into the world of many kinds of droids, droid parts, droid accessories, and just about anything droid-related.

From the moment you walk in, make sure you watch your step because there may be a fellow droid making his way around the depot! When we entered, we were greeted by this little guy and we couldn’t get enough of him.

Looking around the depot, we noticed much detail that was put into it. From the conveyor belt at the back of location to the droid parts hanging from the ceiling, the theming is genuinely “out of this world”.

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Building Your Droid

If you’re looking to create your own droid from scratch, this conveyor belt will be at your service! For $99.99, you can experience what it’s like to build your newest robotic friend. This includes the droid build, carrier box, and Bluetooth® technology. Carry your droid around the park to watch it interact with elements in Batuu!*

When deciding to create your droid, you are presented with two options being either the R-Series Astromech or the BB-Series Astromech. If we personally had to pick, it would definitely be the BB-Series with the Imperial Body and Imperial Dome. But, that’s the magic of creating your own! You can choose from 7 different body types and 10 different dome’s. And, if you’re sticking to the R-Series, yours will come with legs! Droid-Depot-Menu.jpg

Each series comes in a variety of colors which you will find on the conveyor belt (colors subject to availability). Once you choose your parts from the belt, now it’s time to build! Walk up to the building station and be greeted by one of the cast members of Batuu, where you will then begin the assembly process of your droid!

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It’s a fairly simple step-by-step process as you can see with the instruction above, and if you ever need help, someone is always close by to assist! After putting your droid together, you’re finally ready to bring it to life.

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When you’re ready to activate, you will place your droid into the activation station either to the left or right of your instruction board (in our case from this photo, it is the left). It only takes a moment to watch each level light up and entirely activate your very own droid. Your new friend is complete and ready to take home!

Droid Sounds and Accessories

However, let’s say you’re one to accessorize. After you finish your droid, it’s time to take a look around the walls to add some touches to your creation. One of the MOST essential add-ons in our opinion is the personality chips. Located by the conveyor belts, these chips are what will give your droid a bit of character and those beep-boop’s we talked about earlier! We caught a quick clip of what each sound effect sounds like based on color and how much personality it can add to your droid.

You can also further decorate your droid with plenty of other body add-ons and decals. Here’s a preview of some choices available, and we promise there’s plenty more to choose from once you’re inside of the store yourself!

And there you have it! Droid, complete. Experience, worth every penny. We loved the atmosphere and the concept behind creating your own droid, and we definitely plan on returning in the future to create our own. But for now, we will reminisce on what we saw and what we learned. Now for you all, it’s time to prepare for your future build. How you will make the droid your own? We can’t wait for everyone to experience this journey!

Til The Spire!

That’s all (for now) for day 1 of our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge countdown! Keep an eye out as tomorrow (August 21), we will give you the inside scoop on our visit to Oga’s Cantina and the Milk Stand.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will make its long-awaited grand opening on August 29th, 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Make sure you’re prepared for your galactic getaway to Batuu by booking your galactic stay and purchasing your Disney Theme Park tickets today!

Until tomorrow, Til the Spire, and have a Magical day!

 

-CHECK OUT THE NEXT BLOG, WE VISIT OGA’S CANTINA AND TASTE BLUE AND GREEN MILK, HERE

 

 

*Experience may require a reservation. Droid parts and accessories subject to availability.  Prices subject to change. View more information and FAQ here

Let’s Boo This! Get Ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2019

 

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It’s hard to believe that Halloween is less than 90 days away, but for those of you who CANNOT wait any longer, the Magic Kingdom® Park is here to help. On select nights from August 16 – November 1, 2019, get ready to boo your way through Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

Set your sights on the friendliest frights this Halloween season with spells from the Sanderson Sisters, lurking pirates, and an all-new fireworks display from your favorite skeleton. The yearly tradition is bringing back its fan favorites, however, you will be in for some new boo’s around the park. Trick or treating is a must, and getting decorated in your favorite costume is essential. But, what other fun things will be happening on these all-hallows-nights?

Keep reading to find out what you’re in for at this exciting nighttime spectacular.

SPOOK-tacular Shows

Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular

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The Sanderson Sisters are BACK, and they are ready to put a spell on you at their Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular show! Meet the three witches and plenty of other villains, like Dr. Faciliar, Maleficent, and Oogie Boogie, just to name a few. Fall under the spell of the on-stage entertainment.

And we promise, you didn’t drink a potion, this show is just THAT alluring.

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Get ready for the NEW fireworks spectacular, exclusive to the event! Watch the sky light up as your friendly skeleton, Jack Skellington, hosts the show.

Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy have been spirited away to a mysterious haunted house. What they may encounter is a mystery,  but expect a sinister gathering of familiar villains during the performance.

Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade

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There are spirits, villains, and other frightening spooks haunting Main Street U.S.A® at Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. This spellbinding parade will include a visit from the spectral Bride, the haunting Hitchhiking Ghosts, and many other frightful friends. You do not want to miss this exclusive parade, we promise you that!

Halloween-Themed Rides

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor®

Cackle your way into Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor® this year with the all-new attraction segment! Gather around and interact with your favorite monsters as they learn about the traditions of Halloween. It will surely be a ghoulish time.

Mad Tea Party

“We’re all mad here”, especially during Halloween! Hop into your teacup for the Mad Tea Party, and you’ll be in for exciting spin through special lighting and music effects, exclusively designed for the nighttime event.

Space Mountain®

Zoom through complete darkness as a new, “hard-rockin'” soundtrack blasts at this wild indoor coaster! Space Mountain® will also be themed for the select-night events, giving thrill-seekers an eerie adventure of a star-less galaxy.

Pirates of the Caribbean®

Beware of what may be lurking around the corner, you may bump into a pirate, or two. These live pirates will be searching for their treasure as you cruise through in your boat. Look out for some possible scares and some skeletons here and there, you’re in for quite the adventure!

 

Trick-Or-TREAT Your Tummy!

Of course, your night isn’t complete without a treat bucket full of your favorite goodies! Travel around the different lands throughout the park and build your own yummy collection.

However, if you’re ready to feast your fangs into more than just the candy, try out one of the exciting, themed dessert parties! There are two to choose from that offer stunning views of Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular (which can be found here and here).

If you’re looking to dine with a certain villain, the infamous Cruella De Vil has ghoulish dishes and mouth-watering desserts that will enhance your evening of scares and sweets! It’s a dinner party that will be a must-visit for guests!

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The Spooky Evenings Are Quickly Approaching…..

And we promise that they will be worth attending. Admission for this separately-ticketed event is available now, so get yours while you can! Space for each select night is limited, so we suggest planning out your trip in advance!

If you’re needing a place to stay for your next spooky visit, check out our Magical Vacation Homes and book your perfect vacation villa today!

Until next time, have a magical day (and a frightful night)!

 

 

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Universal Orlando Reveals NEW “Universal’s Epic Universe” Theme Park Plans

The fourth gate is here, and it’s expected to be the most EPIC expansion in Universal Parks & Resorts HISTORY!

 

 

The news was announced this morning at Universal Orlando’s press conference, introducing Universal’s Epic Universe to the media. The new addition will include the theme park as well as shops, an entertainment district, and a hotel. According to Universal Orlando, it will be “the most immersive and innovative park we’ve ever created”.

What We Know So Far

Orlando has not seen a new full-fledged theme park since 1999 when Universal’s Island’s of Adventure made its debut. Theme parks take YEARS to create, and that is almost a given considering how long it takes to build a single ride. However, we may not have to wait as long as normal. Land for the expansion has already been cleared as of 2018, which means we are that much closer to construction.

We’re still unsure of land details, but we have our guesses for what may make the cut. Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts, and How to Train Your Dragon are all fan-favorite contenders. We have our hearts set on Nintendo and we have faith that the final lands will be fantastic.

Tom Williams, chairman, and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts also noted that “a Universe is bigger than a World”, hinting toward competing parks. This leaves us with HIGH expectations for something grand.

We studied the map layout of the current parks and the new park plans. By the looks of it, the new area should be larger than all of the Universal Orlando® Resort.

In other words, this may actually live up to the “Universe” references just from size alone!

Location Details

The 750-acre site will be located just 12 minutes away from the current Universal Orlando theme parks and hotels. Traveling between the current theme parks to the new park area will be improved with the current Kirkman Road extension. There are also plans for train construction aimed to have train travel from the Orange County Convention Center-area to South Florida. This will offer an easier way to visit the park.

Due to the expansion, Orlando will be able to create 14 thousand new jobs in this central location. This is a great economy booster for the area and, once completed, will offer a base rate of $15 an hour to employees. It is aimed to also boost tourism in the “theme park capital of the world”.

The Best is Yet to Come…

We cannot wait to see what this expansion has in store and when it will open. We will keep you updated on all of the latest news from Universal Orlando® Resort! You can view this morning’s full press conference here.

Until then, if you’re looking to book a vacation for any of the area’s current theme parks, make sure to check out some of our Magical Vacation Homes!

We’ll see you in the next blog post. Have a MAGICAL day!

 

Disney H2O Glow Nights – The Ultimate Pool Party of 2019

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The sun may be setting at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, but that doesn’t mean its time to say goodbye! From select nights until August 24, 2019, you can splash your way into Disney H2O Glow Nights — the ULTIMATE pool party of 2019! Celebrate the summer with all of your favorite pals from Toy Story 4 and zoom through the wait-free slides for a fun-filled evening!

We were able to attend the festivity recently and got the first-hand experience on what Disney H2O Glow Nights has to offer! If you are wondering if this is something that you and your family would love, we’re going to give you the inside scoop on some of the highlights that make this party one to attend.

 

1- Toy Story 4 Character Greetings

Now, your night can begin in all sorts of ways. Jump into the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool to test the waters with each passing wave. Begin your evening with a relaxing trip around Castaway Creek. The choice is yours, however, we think visiting some of the coolest toys out there should be first and foremost!

Begin the evening with exciting photo-op sessions featuring the pals of Disney Pixar‘s Toy Story 4. For example, pose with your favorite duo, Woody and Jessie, or travel to infinity and BEYOND in your photo with Buzz Lightyear! Capture the best memories before you even splash into the water!

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2- Food and Beverage Offerings

We know, we know, it’s probably best to eat AFTER hitting the water, but we were SO excited to order that we couldn’t wait any longer! Toy Story-inspired food and beverage can be found across Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and we could not get enough of it during our visit! There’s a variety of options, ranging from plant-based meals to stunning Toy Story inspired beverages! Also, make sure to peak at the register stands if you go. Extra specialty drinks will be advertised there and they ARE worth trying!

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You can find a wide selection of options at Leaning Palms, Typhoon Tilly’s, Happy Landings Ice Cream and Let’s Go Slurpin’. These offerings are available for a limited time, so be sure to try as much as you can!

 

3- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Wait-Free Attractions

It’s time! Get ready for nearly WAIT-FREE lines on your most-loved attractions! Because there are fewer crowds at the events, you get more time to hop from slide to slide all night long. We did not have our camera on us for this one, but every slide we went on had only a FIVE MINUTE WAIT! How awesome is that?

And, if timed properly, you may get to ride everything before the night ends!

 

4- Disney H2O Glow Nights Dance Party

And do not forget, it’s not a party without a DJ. Head over to the Surf Pool Beach and dance the night away to some of the hottest jams. This, to be honest, can be done before, during or after everything else! Since it is a central location, you’re bound to walk through it to and from your destinations throughout Typhoon Lagoon. We snapped some photos of this during the start of sunset, however, at night is when it comes to LIFE. Keep an eye out for the neon lights and projections once the sun goes down. It will be the most fun beach party of the summer!

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We also LOVED seeing the infamous Rex decorated in his best party gear for the evening! Those who love fun backdrops, make sure to snap a photo in front of him to show the world what a blast Disney H2O Glow Nights can be!

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There’s still time to purchase your special event tickets! Click here and choose the Get Tickets tab on the top right corner of the screen, followed by Special Events Tickets. After that, get ready for one of your most fun nights of the summer!

Needing a place to stay before you head off to the water park? Check out our Magical Vacation Homes and make this trip the most magical of them all!

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Until the next blog post, LATER FISHES, and have a magical day!

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𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘴: Galaxy’s Edge — The Two-Month Countdown (and what to Expect)

Disclaimer: Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not available at opening and will open later in the year.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios® is set to open on August 29, 2019, and we have been anxiously awaiting the big day! The two-month countdown is on, and here is what to expect.

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Attractions

Get ready to journey through the galaxy on board the fastest ship with Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Based on what we have seen in the California attraction, it’s expected to be a six-person ride, consisting of two pilots, two gunners, and two flight engineers. Depending on which role you are granted will determine how you’ll control the ship inside of the cockpit. If you are the type who enjoys the element of surprise, we won’t spoil too much for you. You can check out more information on the attraction here.

We are still waiting for the announcement of the official opening date for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which, is expected to open later this year.

Attire

Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars characters may be a plan of yours, however, if you are an adult, consider “bounding”! Guests older than 14 are not permitted to dress up in any costume-like gear at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, however, you CAN dress up in outfits inspired by Star Wars, hence where the bounding comes into play.

Food, Beverage, Merchandise!

DON’T FORGET! You will have plenty, and we mean PLENTY of options to choose from in regard to food, beverage, and merchandise! You can learn more about your choices under The Best in Galactic Dining and Beloved Batuu Beverages and Bites here! If you are looking to bring home a souvenir or two, you can learn about merchandise locations under Black Spire Outpost ShopsChoose Your Side, and Treasures for Travelers Big and Small here!

 

Limited Access

Due to the demand for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, access to the entrance of it may be limited. Many factors will determine any restrictions or unavailability and there is no guarantee that passholders will be granted entrance. Keep this in mind when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios®.

Extra Magic Hours and Disney FastPass+

For those of you who have the option to utilize Extra Magic Hours, you are in luck. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge WILL be part of the Extra Magic Hours for Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, however, the Disney FastPass+ service will NOT include anything of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at this time. 

 

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The countdown is nearing its end and we cannot wait to see what the second location of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has in store for us! Make sure to purchase your Disney Theme Park tickets here and book your next Magical Vacation Home in time for the grand opening! 

 

Until the next blog post, have a Magical day!

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Disclaimer: Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences are subject to capacity. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not available at opening and will open later in the year.

 

Island H2O Live! Kissimmee, Florida’s Newest Water Park!

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Island H2O Live!, Kissimmee, Florida’s newest water park is FINALLY open. With its official grand opening today, June 21, it offers single-day tickets and discounted annual passes (until June 23). Right now is the perfect time to attend the Margaritaville Resort extension!

A Social Media Hot Spot

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Themeing plays a crucial role throughout the park. If you are active on social media, terms like follow, hashtag and meme are common. When you come to this park, pay close attention to the names used! You may see some familiar internet words at this new social media hot spot.

Something for Everybody!

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This exciting new park features something for everybody, like eight water slides, two kiddie areas, a 21+ pool and more! The park also offers three food locations ranging from drinks to a full meal to keep your energy high.

Private Hangout Cabanas

You are also able to rent a choice of three different cabanas. Starting at $99.99, your family can enjoy their own private hangout spot. Included, for example, are amenities like water bottles, seating for at least six, a refrigerator, charging stations and other awesome perks. Each cabana offers different options, so make sure to check out which one is best for you.

The Smart Band

A new concept that is becoming popular throughout parks has landed here at Island H2O Live! This park will also feature a wearable band, called The Smart Band. This waterproof band will link to your Island H2O Live! phone app to show you wait times, set up parental controls, and soon, reserve ride time slots.

 

Now is the Time to Go!

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Island H2O Live! will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (hours subject to change). If you’re ready to splash into the summer, this brand new park may be the place for your family.

Looking to book a stay somewhere for your future trip to the waterpark? Make sure to check out our Magical Vacation Homes and make this summer the best one yet!

 

 

 

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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What’s New At 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘵 𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘯𝘦𝘺 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥® Resort: Rainbow Disney Collection 2019

Celebrating Pride month just became extra colorful! Get ready to pridefully parade the colors of the rainbow throughout Walt Disney World® Resort. With the branded merchandise that has FINALLY hit the shelves, Disney-goers can do just that.

You can now showcase the beauty of Pride through MagicBands, Mickey plushes and more with the new, 2019 Rainbow Disney Collection. This assortment of gear celebrates the love and diversity across the globe through its endless merchandise options available online and at Walt Disney World® Resort.

Rainbow Disney Collection Merch Galore!

We recently checked out the new merchandise at Disney Springs® to show some of what you may find on your next trip to the most magical place on Earth, and my oh MY, we could not get ENOUGH of what the mouse has to offer!

Rainbow Disney Collection Minnie Mouse Ear Headband

Another BEAUTIFUL pair of Minnie Mouse ears headbands have arrived, sporting all colors of the rainbow on its lollipop-like bow (at least that’s what it reminds us of). rainbowears-edit

Mickey Mouse Rainbow Standing Pin

A collectible pin is also here to add to your ever-growing lanyard.

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Rainbow Disney Collection – Alex and Ani

For the many Alex and Ani fans out there, have no fear, your next bangles are here! Whether you’re feeling silver or leaning toward rose gold, you will still have pride in wearing whichever one you choose.

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Rainbow Disney Collection T-Shirts for Adults

A variety of t-shirts have also been introduced to the line, featuring simple designs that beautifully communicate the message behind the tee.

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Tumbler

So, you can’t necessarily wear your pride gear all of the time, but you still want to show it off. No worries, the collection offers this ADORABLE tumbler, perfect for any work desk or gym trip!

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse MagicBand 2

Walt Disney World® Annual Passholder maybe? MagicBand collector possibly? Well, no matter the case, the MagicBand assortment has expanded with a new addition to the family. You can find this little guy at various Walt Disney World® Resort locations.

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Ears Baseball Cap for Adults

It is absolutely ESSENTIAL to shield your skin from the Florida sun rays! Pridefully protect your face with baseball caps! This one in particular definitely makes a statement. Whether you’re going for a subtle or stand-out look, there are options that will have you covered (literally).

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Rainbow Disney Collection Mickey Mouse Light-Up Necklace

To end off the day, make sure to light up your evening with this magical Mickey Mouse necklace!

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Support the Cause

Best of all, Walt Disney World® Resort kept in mind the message behind the rainbow. Until June 30, 2019, 10 percent of the collection proceeds will be donated to GLSEN, an education organization working to create inclusion and safety amongst K-12 students in the LGBTQ community.

Keep in mind that there is still time to book your pride-filled trip to Walt Disney World® Resort! After gearing up in pride merch, book your Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Park Tickets here! Make sure to check out our available Magical Vacation Homes and see what we have to offer for your next magical getaway. Most importantly, happy Pride and make sure to spread the love!

 

 

Until next time, have a Magical day!

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