Mission: SPACE at Epcot closed June 5 for refurbishment and was slated to reopen at the end of this month. It now looks like the refurbishment has been extended, at least through the month of September. We’ll keep you posted when an exact reopening date is announced.
For complete list of current and upcoming refurbishments at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit our refurbishment page.
During a special preview of D23 Expo 2017, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek unveiled a first look at the epic, richly detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands under development at Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. This stunning exhibition, on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion at D23 Expo, is yet another example of the breathtaking new worlds, immersive storytelling and transformational guest experiences that set Disney apart.
“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”
Chapek plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 Presentation on Saturday. The model will remain on display at the pavilion throughout the weekend to give visitors an up-close look at what’s to come on this never-before seen planet. In addition, the pavilion will display models, artwork and media that provide a first-ever look at some of the locations, starships, creatures, and droids that guests will encounter when they visit this new planet.
At D23 Expo 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the Star Wars project to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. The jaw-dropping new lands will open with two anchor attractions – one that gives guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, the Star Wars-themed lands will open in 2019.
A few months ago, there were several reports that Walt Disney World was working on an Uber-like service to transport guests around the resort.
Today, wdwnt.com has shared some new details regarding this service. According to the article, the service will be called “Minnie Vans” and will be launching a test phase in the upcoming weeks at Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resorts as wells as the Boardwalk.
Disney has not made an official announcement regarding this service yet, so the exact cost of this service is unknown.
UNIQLO, the stylish store which offers essentials for men, women, kids and infants, is celebrating their one-year anniversary at Disney Springs with a Japanese Night Market inspired celebration.
Now through July 30, 2017, guests can experience a taste of a traditional Japanese night market, complete with prize-winning games, special photo opportunities, origami and calligraphy classes, and more. This event is a first of its kind at UNIQLO, and special activities run from 7:00pm to 11:00pm daily. Visit UNIQLO’s event page event page for more information.
UNIQLO is located in The Town Center, near The Polite Pig, at Disney Springs.
Tea Traders Café by Joffrey’s at Disney Springs is offering “spiked specialties” during the month of July. These featured drinks, like the Kahlua-Tini and Frozen Cappuccino with Bailey’s, will be discounted between 4:00pm and 7:00pm daily.
Tea Traders Café is located in The Landing across from The Boathouse at Disney Springs.