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Building Batuu: New Details Released about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
March 04 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the largest single-themed land expansion at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios when they open this summer and fall, respectively. While the land is epic in size, every detail in the land has been designed to have an authentic Star Wars feel. We have previously shared teasers of our two anchor attractions – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, where your Guests will find themselves in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which allows your Guests and their flight crew to take the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy on a special mission. We’ve also previously announced that Oga’s Cantina will be a great place for your Guests to grab a beverage, catch up on the latest gossip while R-3X, formerly the Starspeeder pilot on the original Star Tours, DJ’s a collection of new music.
Today we’d like to introduce a new series called “Building Batuu.” Batuu is the home of Black Spire Outpost, the location your Guests will visit when they arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Over the next several months, we will be sharing more details about this entire new land, the offerings and attractions and how your Guests can live their own Star Wars adventure in a galaxy far, far away.
You can dive deeper into Star Wars storytelling by engaging with the land through the Play Disney Parks app, if you desire a deeper level of immersion. But there is also plenty to see and do (and taste!) throughout Black Spire Outpost that we haven’t previously shared.
While we’re on the subject of taste, there will be several locations in the land to satisfy the appetites of most rogue adventurers:
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.”
Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.
Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.
Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn).
For those looking to purchase in-story Star Wars merchandise and rare finds from across the galaxy, look no further than our many different Outpost stores and market stalls.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras.
Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.
Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.
First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.
Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.
There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:
We look forward to sharing additional details about these and much more through our “Building Batuu” series, with some additional news coming later on some of the food and beverage offerings that will be served in Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and how the Disney Cast Members’ costumes will play a big part in bringing the inhabitants of this outpost to life.
- Toydarian Toymaker (toys)
- Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)
- Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)
- The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)
Universal Orlando Madi Gras. Our fav time of year for music
February 02 2019
Head to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras for 55 Nights of Fun!
It's our favourite time of the year at Universal. Madi Gras. Every night from February 9th through April 4th 2019, Universal Studios transforms into party central. This family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash features non-stop parties, colorful parades, authentic N’awlins food and jazz bands aplenty. To top it all, there are amazing headline acts on select nights.
Head to Universal Orlando Mardi Gras for 55 Nights of Fun!
Every night from February 9th through April 4th 2019, Universal Studios transforms into party central. This family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash features non-stop parties, colorful parades, authentic N’awlins food and jazz bands aplenty. To top it all, there are amazing headline acts on select nights.
2019 Mardi Gras Concert Line Up:
- Saturday February 9 – BUSH
- Saturday February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
- Sunday February 17 – Dan + Shay
- Saturday February 23 – Macklemore
- Saturday March 2 – Sabrina Carpenter
- Saturday March 9 – Becky G
- Sunday March 10 – Sean Paul
- Saturday March 16 – Steve Miller Band
- Sunday March 17 – Ziggy Marley
- Saturday March 23 – NF
- Sunday March 24 – Pitbull
- Saturday March 30 – Bazzi
- Sunday March 31 – To be announced
Sizzling Cajun & Creole Food at Universal Orlando Mardi Gras
The New Orleans French Quarter is the place to get Cajun and Creole food. The whole area is transformed and dedicated to “N’awlins Style Food and Spirits.” Some of the bayou’s best are featured in the French Quarter Courtyard and food is available from 4pm.
Regular favorites will be back, including jambalaya, gumbo and po boys. This year, the culinary team are serving tasting size. You can try new additions like crab etouffee, catfish po boy and king cake.
Follow up with traditional and delicious beignets and wash it all down with a signature Mardi Gras cocktail. This year there’s a brand new Mimosa Bar. You can get caramel apple, raspberry rosemary and mojito mint to name a few.
Or try a signature cocktail. The non alcoholic Bayou Bog Water includes comes served with gummy worms and fish, blueberry boba beads and a lemonade and ginger ale mix. Other cocktail specials include Carnival Cocktail and Ragin’ Rumbalaya. Or mix it up and have the Vicious Voodoo, a combo of them both!
Craft beer flights featuring regional brews from Louisiana are also available.
Contact us now to save on Universal tickets and enjoy the fun of Madi Gras 2019.
Toy Story Land
August 24 2018
We were recently lucky enough to visit the new Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios that opened on June 30th 2018. Almost 3 years after the official announcement of plans to build this great addition to the Attraction world.
Creative Director Roger Gould sets up the park's story.
"So this is Andy's backyard. All the toys are together. He's been playing with everything from building blocks and Lincoln Logs to Tinker Toys and his coaster kit. He's put them all together with his favourite Woody's lunchbox and green army men, and he's having a blast."
As Gould – who oversees all Pixar-related projects in Disney's theme parks – further explains, guests enter this whimsical world as "honorary toys." For fans of Woody, Buzz, and all their plaything pals, this means not just interacting with their favourite characters, but being shrunk down to their size.
The expansion, which takes up 11 acres of Disney's Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida, has been carefully crafted to make visitors feel about the same size as those aforementioned army men.
For accuracy's sake, this means larger toys like Woody and the gang tower over guests as they explore the park. The fan-favourite Woody, who stands at Toy Story Land's entrance, is 20 feet tall, while Slinky Dog serves as a roller-coaster vehicle seating 18 guests. Buzz, Jesse, and Rex also loom large, as does the iconic Pixar bouncy ball, which dwarfs fans. It is great to get a selfie picture and very popular.
Slinky Dog Dash is a great little coaster, and much more intense than we first expected. It’s definitely a notch or two more intense than the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and provides an unexpected amount of airtime. It’s hard to really call this one a “kiddie coaster,” but it’s still very family-friendly. Definitely one of our favourites.
Next we decided to check out Alien Swirling Saucers, where you’ll find Buzz Lightyear. The entrance had the two robot guards from Pizza Planet with the Pizza spears. Very cool. The first queue building is all about Star Command, you’ll also see Buzz’s original box on the top of the building. The Star Command section has large switches and interactive dials that keep you entertained, there’s even a water fountain that looks like large batteries. After that, you enter the Pizza Planet play set area, the Alien Swirling Saucers ride was supposedly bought at Pizza Planet, so there’s lots of pizza décor and alien fun. The ride system is very similar to Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney’s California Adventure, except Alien Swirling Saucer is mostly sheltered from the sun. Both rides sway back and forth around three loops in a figure eight pattern, but Alien Swirling Saucers has two tracks operating at the same time, so more people can ride every hour. There’s a left and right track. Now, we rode the ride in the daytime, but can tell there’s quite a bit of a light show that you will enjoy a night. With the dance party music beat, plenty of dance lights, and black light party hue in the ride, this ride is going to be great at night. But I can say the same with Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster, Toy Story Land in general is going to look really spectactular at night.
For the foodies Woody’s Lunch Box is the option at Toy Story Land and we found it very cool that the ordering windows are Tupperware containers. There are Babybel tables, life-sized cookies, carrots, and celery sticks. It looks like Andy’s lunch box just fell and all the contents conveniently makes for a great eatery. They will be serving breakfast and lunch and have special non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks in this location.
Overall we think it is a great place and going to be a big hit for children and adults.