Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek this morning revealed the names of the two new attractions in the new Star Wars Galaxy's Edge lands, along with a bunch of other Disneyland and Walt Disney World news, at D23's Destination D event at the Disney's Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World.
The Millennium Falcon ride will be called Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run. Riders will be able to play one of three roles in flying the Falcon on the ride. Hondo Ohnaka and Chewbacca have "borrowed" the Falcon for your adventure, which makes you the smuggler on this run.
If you download and opt into tracking on the Play Disney Parks app, your performance on the ride will influence interactions in the rest of Galaxy's Edge, Chapek said.
The Star Destroyer ride will be called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Chapek called this "the most immersive ride we've ever built." You are part of the Resistance, but captured and taken prisoner on a Star Destroyer, where you will fight the First Order to escape.
Chapek shared some video shot inside the motion base ride.
In addition, Academy Award winning composer John Williams has composed new original music for the land.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will open in Summer 2019 at Disneyland and in Fall at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
Also at Disneyland, the resort will celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday with "Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration," which kicks off in January. As part of the celebration, Mickey's Soundsational Parade will return on January 25, featuring an all-new Mickey Mouse float leading the way.
On January 18, Mickey's Mix Magic will debut — a nighttime show featuring lasers, projection mapping and fireworks (on select evenings), all celebrating Mickey's 90 years. The celebration also will include special food and merchandise offerings at the resort.
Back at Walt Disney World, Chapek also revealed some new looks at the upcoming Star Wars hotel, which we detailed for you earlier this week. Once inside the entry, visitors will board a shuttle that will take them to the luxury space ship upon which they will take their cruise.
New look at Star Wars hotel pic.twitter.com/jpE4acnDCu— Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) November 17, 2018
Elsewhere at Walt Disney World, Mickey Mouse helped Chapek show off the first official look at a gondola for the new Disney Skyliner system, which will start running this fall.
Chapek also announced that the name for the installation of Walt Disney Studios Paris' Ratatouille ride in Epcot's France pavilion will be Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. In addition, the O Canada! attraction will be getting a new film, in addition to the previously announced new film for the China pavilion.
Epcot also will add a Beauty and the Beast singalong show that will play in rotation with Impressions de France in the France pavilion theater. Finally for Epcot, Chapek showed some early concept video for the IllumiNations replacement coming in 2020, which featured songs from Disney's animated films as well as what looked like animation projections on water screens on the World Showcase lagoon.
Concept video still for new IllumiNations pic.twitter.com/qTYlHEmbU6— Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) November 17, 2018
After the current show closes after next summer, Epcot will show a limited-run "Epcot Forever" show on the lagoon, featuring classic Epcot attraction songs. The changes, which also include the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster opening in time for Disney World's 50th anniversary in 2021, are designed to make Epcot "more timeless, relevant and Disney," Chapek said.
At Disney Hollywood's Studios, Chapek said that Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway "is about one year away." Also, a new nighttime show, Wonderful World of Animation, will premiere on the Chinese Theater facade this May, to celebrate the park's 30th anniversary. Chapek also announced that the name for the new hotel coming on the old River Country site on Bay Lake will be called Reflections: A Disney's Lakeside Lodge.Tweet
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