We visited the Magic Kingdom in anticipation of all that is Star Wars! If you are a fan of Star Wars or Disneyland, you might already be aware that Star Wars Land is currently being built at the Magic Kingdom! Although the official date for the grand opening will be sometime in 2019, we have a rundown of what you can expect!
Star Wars Land will be 14 acres in size and will replace the Big Thunder Ranch area of the park. For those of you who remember, this is the area of Disneyland that included a petting zoo, restaurant, and walk through area with a realistic log cabin.
Concept art for the park shows a full-sized Millennium Falcon and one new attraction will actually allow riders to control this ship. Another ride will place guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. A fan favorite will be a version of the cantina seen in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, Bob Chapek, said that Star Wars Land “will introduce you to a Star Wars planet you’ve never seen before-a gateway planet located on the outer rim, full of places and characters familiar and not so familiar.” And Disney CEO, Bob Iger, went on to further describe this new planet by saying it will be “occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens, and droids…the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology.”
As there are still a few years before Star Wars Land opens, we know we have to be patient. But we just can’t! Thank our lucky Star Wars stars that Disney offered the VIVA GLAM team a sneak peek of what they have already done that is Star Wars themed in the park!
Star Tours has long been a fan favorite ever since it opened in 1987. Now, this 3D motion simulator attraction has been revamped into Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Guests blast off in a Starspeeder 1000 into the Star Wars universe! C3PO is your guide on this fast-paced ride that you’ll want to go on again and again!
Hyperspace Mountain was formerly known as Space Mountain. First off, there is a pre-safety video featuring Admiral Gial Ackbar from Return of the Jedi. Pretty cool! On this indoor roller coaster, you dart through hyperspace while listening to John William’s Star Wars soundtrack! That epic track alone makes the entire experience more intense and exhilarating. Still, this high-speed race over planet Jakku will leave you breathless and thrilled! Our advice is to sit front row in your “reconnaissance vessel” to experience all that this ride has to offer!
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi is a 10-minute montage movie featuring highlights from the Star Wars Saga. It was interesting to see poignant moments that you might have forgotten and to compare both the youthful versions of Han Solo and Princess Leia to their older counterparts. The film is also enhanced by lighting and wind effects and seats that move!
The Launch Bay
In true Disney fashion, The Launch Bay is executed with precise craftsmanship. Immediately upon entering you feel as if you have walked into a Star Wars museum. Here, you can spend literally hours, or for some, probably an entire day perusing through movie props, photos, videos, and much more! The Launch Bay is located in the former Innoventions building. And LOL, when Innoventions closed, it signaled to many Disney and Star Wars fans that the rumors of an upcoming Star Wars Land just might be true! … haha, they are!
Along the Aisles
Stormtroopers were out patrolling the premises and held us at blaster rifle-point for photos ops. Afterward, we got to see the delightful Behold Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. This fun stage show encourages youngsters to interact with costumed characters. With light sabers in tow, they defeat the forces of The Dark Side! We’ve never seen so many kids have such a great time!
Munchies, Meals, & More
Hunger sets in a few times throughout a day at Disneyland. There are now Star Wars themed meals at both the Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port and The Galactic Grill. However, with many of the VIVA GLAM team being either vegan or vegetarian, we opted for The Carnation Café that is located on Main Street.
They have the “Chef’s Vegan Burger” that is a house-made bean and vegetable patty with tomatoes, lettuce, pickled red onions, and a vegan chipotle mayonnaise on a wheat roll, served with a side of french fries. It was easy to see why its reputation preceded it, and even the non-vegans found it delicious and completely satisfying!
Jose, one of the chef’s at The Carnation Café, came out to greet us. He told us that Disney is getting more requests each day for plant-based options in the park, and they are interested in implementing more vegan and vegetarian options to their menus. In fact, they are currently contemplating offering vegan ice cream!
In addition to The Carnation Café, there are other vegan and vegetarian options throughout Disneyland. One tasty frozen treat that we had to try was The Dole Whip located in Adventureland. This pineapple soft serve is sold only at Disneyland and is an ideal dessert for guests seeking non-dairy options in the park. Either way, it is clearly a favorite for guests of all dietary preferences!
Another fan favorite is the fried green tomato sandwich located at the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country. This vegetarian sandwich is made with a crispy fried green tomato, Havarti cheese, remoulade sauce and jicama-mango slaw. This is all served on a multi-grain roll with a side of refreshing watermelon salad! Needless to say, there are great options for cruelty-free dining at Disneyland and we look forward to the continued menu expansion throughout all of their parks.
Getting the Goods & a Good Night
On the way out of the park, we had to stop in The Star Trader souvenir shop! If you are a Star Wars fan, this is the place for you! With both Disneyland and Star Wars merchandise, collectibles and hard-to-find items call for you, seemingly by name! The apparel designs are adorable, practical, and some are even downright gorgeous. Our team members Angelica and Caitlin Kazepis couldn’t help themselves and left with hats and Star Wars Mickey Mouse ears that lit up!
We left the park past dark, exhausted and satisfied having seen just a glimpse of what this new land will become. Most of fell soundly asleep in the car dreaming of Wookies, Ewoks, Droids, and The Millennium Falcon. Who could ask for anything more?
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