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That’s right! For a measly 12,200 points on DisneyMovieInsiders.com you can get a pair of tickets to The Rise of Skywalker world premiere in Hollywood on December 16th as week as attendance to the After Party! This is actually an INCREDIBLE deal and it’s pretty easy to come up with that many points if you know where to look. Not sure how many of these are available, but I’m sure they’ll go fast. Still can’t get our movie posters from them though 🙁

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Rise Of The Resistance Sneak Preview

Disney invited a few people to check out the brand new “Rise of the Resistance” ride at Galaxy’s Edge (Walt Disney World). YouTube Channel Ordinary Adventures captured their tour on video. And while not the whole ride could be filmed, the 20 minute video will show you most of the ride, including highlights from the part that is set on the First Order Star Destroyer. Click through for the video and a few more details!

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Rise of the Resistance Star Destroyer Hangar Bay

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Today Only: Save $10 Off Of An Annual Subscription On Disney+

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Disney+ is running a Cyber Monday special: Save $10 off of an annual subscription. Pick up the full year for $59.99. If you’ve been holding out, this might be a good time to save a little off of your first year. 

 

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Disney+ Now Available In Australia And New Zealand

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If any of our readers hail from Down Under, it looks like Australia and New Zealand can now sign up for Disney+. Click here to start your free trial!

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Whether you plan on signing up long term or not, don’t forget you can try for free for 7 days. If you time it right, that can get you 3 episodes of The Mandalorian, and a look at the Star Wars movies in 4K. Also, make sure to stop by and check out our full review of the first episode right here and leave your thoughts on the new series in the comments section of the review. 

There’s certainly enough content live right now worthy of a free trial!

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Try Disney+ For Free For Seven Days

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Still on the fence about signing up for the new streaming service? Take advantage of the 7-day trial and watch the first 2 episodes of The Mandalorian for free. Click here for their welcome page and get started!

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Welcome To The World Of 4K Star Wars!

That’s right! After all the rumors of 4k versions of the entire saga coming for quite some time now, Disney+ shows up and says “SURPRISE!” The entire Star Wars saga (minus Solo and The Last Jedi which are licensed out currently) are available in 4k and also apparently with Dolby Atmos. I know where I’ll be for the next 24 hours, how about you? Now, we can only hold out hope that when they come to Blu-Ray we get our fabled theatrical releases as well. You can sign up for a free trial and see the first two episodes of The Mandalorian if you are still on the fence. 

You can sign up for a free trial of Disney+ right here!

P.S. Despite being scheduled for a 9 am EST release, The Mandalorian is live and we’ll have reviews coming!

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Disney Droid Factory BB-H19 IN STOCK!

The Droid Factory BB-H19 figure is IN STOCK if you need it. Special thanks to Mark for the alert!

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Disney Droid Factory Holiday BB-19H Figure Revealed!

Our friends at Jedi Business have revealed the new Disney Parks exclusive Droid Factory BB-19H figure. Check it out!

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New "The Mandalorian" Character Posters Revealed!

Check out these new character posters for The Mandalorian that was shared on the Star Wars official facebook. We can see The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, Greef Carga, IG-11 and Kuiil. We’re getting so close and if you’re not quite sold, we’ll be doing reviews of each episode so you can check it out and those who watched can have a discussion. Disney+ begins streaming The Mandalorian on November 12th! Click each one to get a closer look.

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We’ve come across information about the Disney Droid Factory Build A Droid attraction. Apparently, protocol droids may have not gone over as well as the astromech droids, and at the moment, there are no plans to add more protocol droids into the line. In fact, the Droid Factory protocol droids will be going away soon. The estimate is that the theme parks have a couple of months yet before the stock sells through. Rumored but not wholly confirmed is the idea that Disney Parks will return the popular astromech droids with a whole new collection shortly. It also unconfirmed if future collections will fall under the Droid Depot banner moving forward, but I imagine that’s a given at this point. If we learn more, we’ll be sure to share it with you. Check out the entire collection RIGHT HERE in our Research Droids Reviews.

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shopDisney.com Triple Force Friday Deals

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If you do any shopping at shopDisney.com, make sure to pick up a free Exclusive Lithograph Set with a $20 Star Wars Purchase. Available starting October 4th with a Limited Quantity available. Also, get free shipping with code SHIPMAGIC

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President Of Disney Parks West Leaves Company

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story yesterday: Catherine Powell, who oversaw Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World and Disneyland, is leaving the company, her position will be eliminated altogether and her staff will now report directly to Bob Chapek, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products. The Hollywood Reporter article implies that Howell’s departure may have something to do with the drop in theme park attendance, following the opening of Galaxy’s Edge. Click through for some more details!

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Walt Disney World – Source: Bryan Perri, Instagram

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Last Chance To Get Disney+ for 33% Off The Normal Price

If you plan on signing up for Disney+ when it launches this November then you might want to take advantage of their Disney+ Founders Circle offer. Sign up for a 3-year plan and get 33% off. That works out to about $4 per month. Click here for details! I did this a few days ago and it worked great. Just give them a day or two to email you the offer. Supposedly, today is the last day to sign up to receive the offer. 

Update: Just to be clear, you only need to have at the very least, the free general D23 membership to get this offer. 

From the D23 Facebook page: D23 members are invited to be part of the Disney+ Founders Circle and save $23 per year on a 3-year Disney+ subscription (that’s 33% off the standard annual price).

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Galaxy's Edge Opening Today In Orlando

Last night saw the dedication ceremony for Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. And today the park is officially opening to the public. So people on the east coast now have a chance to check out Galaxy’s Edge as well!
It remains to be seen if the Walt Disney World addition will attract more visitors than the counterpart in Anaheim. Also, just like in Anaheim, the Rise of the Resistance ride is not ready for prime time yet. The ride will be opened in early December, until then the only ride will be Smuggler’s Run.
You can watch the dedication from last night on the Disney Parks YouTube channel by clicking on the photo below. You also get to see one scrapped feature of Galaxy’s Egde in action: remote controlled droids. On stage you can see R2-D2, BB-8, Hondo Ohnaka, Vi Moradi (that character on the right, featured in the Black Spire novel) and the Disney Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products, Bob Chapek.

Will you visit Galaxy’s Edge in Florida?

Galaxy's Edge Orlando Dedication Ceremony

Click to watch the video (20 mins) – it contains a lot of promotion however

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Disney Droid Factory R5-B0019 Available At ShopDisney.com

You can now pick up this year’s Halloween-themed R5-B0019 Droid Factory figure at ShopDisney.com. Thanks to all those who wrote in to let us know!

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TARGET And Disney Store Join Forces This October

Here is an interesting development. Disney and Target announce 25 Disney shops coming to Target stores in October, in addition to a new website. USA Today has the full story. Special thanks to JTA reader Ruari W. for the alert!

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Learn What Was Cut From Galaxy's Edge

In yesterday’s article you learned that Galaxy’s Edge was originally meant to feature the Lucas era, but that was changed about a year into the development phase, when Bob Iger said Star Wars land needs to be about the new content. But this is not where the changes stopped. A lot of things were planned for Galaxy’s Edge that were cut as late as 2018, and once you find out what the cut content was about you have to wonder if removing the features was the right decision. So click through to learn what other features and attractions Galaxy’s Edge was supposed to have!

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Now this is somewhat of a surprise. Former Disney Imagineer J Daniel Jenkins was interviewed for the Dreamfinders podcast and revealed that Galaxy’s Edge was originally supposed to be about the Original Trilogy, featuring one or two planets from those movies. But then all things changed when Bob Iger saw dailies for The Force Awakens and decided that the new Star Wars land must be about the new trilogy and feature the newly created Disney content. Click through for more info!

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Pricing For A Stay At The Upcoming Star Wars Hotel Leaked

Website WDNT, which reports on all things Disney theme parks in the US, revealed pricing for a stay at the upcoming Star Wars hotel in Florida. According to the article a stay at the Star Wars hotel is meant to resemble an immersive trip on a space ship, so think of the Star Wars hotel less as a hotel and more like a cruise ship, complete with a view into space from your own cabin and high-end dining in the evening. For this all windows will be virtual reality displays. A unique bus shuttle that completey shields you from the real world, and which is meant to resemble a space capsule / shuttle, will transfer guests from the “hotel” to  Galaxy’s Edge, the bus, too, will not have windows, but displays, similar to the Hogwarts Express at Universal, so you can completely immerse yourself in Star Wars and pretend you are no longer on Earth.
However, since this experience is not a hotel like any other, you have to book at least for 3 days / 2 nights. Single nights will not be available. But this all inclusive trip (you don’t need to pay extra for dining and beverages) doesn’t come cheap. According to WDNT’s sources price for one person starts at $3,300 for the 3 day / 2 night trip. If you max out cabin capacity with 5 passengers it makes the stay more affordable, price per person comes down to $1,440 then. So if you plan on traveling to a galaxy far, far away, it’s best to ask some friends as well to come along. A more expensive first class cabin will also be available, but pricing for it is unknown. Head over to WDNT to read more about the hotel and to check out a lot more concept art and photos. This experience will certainly be very unique. However, you have to be patient, it may still take several months or even a few years until the hotel is finished. It’s still under construction.

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Each cabin will have its own view into space

 

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Review: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - Disneyland - Theme Parks

We had the chance to check out Galaxy’s Edge for ourselves last week. Click through for our non-biased review and experience of the new Star Wars land. If you’ve been, we’d love to hear your experience too in the comments! All-and-all, it was a fun experience and I’m looking forward to going again in the future. 

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The Russo Brothers joke on the latest episode of the Star Wars Show that Kevin Feige  “ended up buying like half of them just so they would make it so he could have one of them himself!” This part of the conversation starts around the 8:20 mark. Check it out!

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Galaxy's Edge "Action Skit" In Need Of Some Fine Tuning?

Our good friends at Rebel Force Radio has posted an action skit from Galaxy’s Edge. Wo. Watch it and see what you think it’s missing. There’s no action, no relevant dialogue, no explosions, and no duels just to name a few things. They got to spice this up a bit, no? Let us know in the comments.

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Disney Quarterly Report

What exactly is going on at Disneyland Anaheim and Galaxy’s Edge? We talked about an alleged lack of visitors to the theme park before, when several YouTube videos were released that showed a surprising lack of people in the park. Some commenters here on JTA pointed out how the YouTube videos were taken early in the morning, when the park is more empty than later in the day. But on Twitter several people also pointed out how empty both Galaxy’s Edge and Disneyland Anaheim seem to be this summer, and one mother of a theme park employee even posted that Disney is cutting down working hours for some employees, due to a lack of visitors.
But now AZ Central has posted a story on their website using aerial photos of company Nearmap. The photos were taken on July 4th and show Galaxy’s Edge from above, with individual people clearly visible. And the park is more or less empty. These photos were not taken early in the morning, but in the afternoon, as you can tell by the shadows. Click through for more info!

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Galaxy’s Edge on July 4th – Click for larger version!

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