Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek is announcing some exciting news this morning from D23 Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse event at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Bob just revealed the names of the two signature attractions set for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens at the Disneyland Resort next summer and at the Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.
Guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. And on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests can join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren himself!
Check out one of the amazing videos shared with Destination D fans:
He also shared a new look at the Star Wars resort that’s currently in development for the Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed the service’s name today during a live audio webcast of Disney’s fiscal full year and fourth quarter 2018 financial results. Disney+ is scheduled to launch in the U.S. in late 2019.
Iger also announced that Lucasfilm is in development on a second Star Wars live-action series for Disney+ that will go into production next year. The series will follow the adventures of Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the formative years of the Rebellion and prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Diego Luna will reprise the role of Andor, which he originated in the 2016 film. “Going back to the Star Wars universe is very special for me,” said Luna. “I have so many memories of the great work we did together and the relationships I made throughout the journey. We have a fantastic adventure ahead of us, and this new exciting format will give us the chance to explore this character more deeply.” The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire. A release date for the series will be announced at a later date.
Disney+ is also assembling a live-action series centered around a fan-favorite character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iger today confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Loki, the god of mischief, to star Tom Hiddleston.
The new projects join an impressive slate of films and series planned for Disney+ that includes new stories set in the worlds of Disney•Pixar’s Monsters Inc. and Disney Channel’s High School Musical, as well as a galaxy far, far away. Earlier this year, Lucasfilm revealed that Emmy®-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau will write and executive produce The Mandalorian for Disney+. The live-action series, which is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order, is currently in production with a lineup of directors that include Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok).
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Star Wars: Path of the Jedi at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now closed and operating as a seasonal attraction. There is no word of a reopening date at this time.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi is for guests who wish to be introduced to (or relive) the adventure and excitement of the Star Wars film franchise. Here, they can view an abridged cinematic reel that reviews Star Wars episodes I-VII.
Episode 58 – Disney News for the Week of 10/7/2018
In Episode 58, Justin and Michelle discuss all of the top news stories for the week of October 7, 2018 including Walt Disney World Resort significantly raises prices on snacks and beverages, we get a first look at the new Snow White character meal coming to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and we have some new details on the Star Wars TV series that’s set to debut on Disney’s new streaming service in 2019.
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More details have emerged for Lucasfilm’s live-action streaming series helmed by Jon Favreau. Production on Star Wars: The Mandalorian has official begun.
According to StarWars.com, this story takes place after the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, when another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The series will be written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated producer and actor Jon Favreau, as previously announced, with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) directing the first episode. Additional episodic directors include Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). It will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney’s new streaming service in 2019. Stay tuned for more updates!