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Kicking off this year’s Star Wars Celebration event down the street from Disneyland in Anahiem, California was an exciting panel discussion with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Fans in attendance were thrilled to be the first to see the new trailer for Episode VII, which also debuted online along with a live stream of the panel. Watch it below.
The new trailer debuted at the end of the panel, after stars from the film – new and veteran – came out on stage for a group photo and to answer a few questions.
The trailer certainly features some familiar faces and voices, including a notable appearance by Han Solo at the very end. J.J. Abrams called this the “second teaser” for the film, which means there is much more to come.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” soars into theaters on December 18, 2015.
As Star Wars Celebration Anaheim kicked off, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy took the arena stage to reveal new details and images from the upcoming highly anticipated film.
The previously seen desert shots from the trailer were revealed as taking place not on Tatooine, but rather a new planet called Jakku.
Shots of J.J. Abrams interacting with a Stormtrooper and Chewbacca on set were also shown.
Fans became really excited when Abrams and Kennedy discussed the use of physical sets and practical effects. Both were pictured sitting inside the Millennium Falcon.
But the excitement got even bigger as the new BB-8 droid rolled out on stage along with R2-D2, impressed the crowd. Kennedy noted that it was Disney CEO Bob Iger who found the company to produce the BB-8 droid’s new technology to allow it to be puppeteered on set.
Then the new lead cast of actors took the stage, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, to reveal some new details about their characters and interactions. Isaac’s Poe Dameron is an X-Wing pilot that is sent on a mission by “a certain princess.” Boyega refused to commit to being a good guy or bad guy – or even if he is truly a Stormtrooper.
Fans droid builders were hired on “The Force Awakens” to create droids seen in the film, including developing new droid domes to be attached to X-Wing fighters.
After a Q&A session, the crowd was surprised to see the veteran cast take the stage: Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniel (C-3PO), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), along with new Stormtroopers.
Then fans were treated to a new teaser trailer featuring some big surprises!
And that wrapped up this initial panel of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, which will continue through Sunday.
Last year when we got to experience our first Frozen event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney offered a special premium package for those that wanted to enjoy the event in VIP style. This year it will be back for the “Frozen Summer Fun” event starting June 17th to Sept 7th at Hollywood Studios.
The Frozen premium packages include:
*Reserved viewing with some cooling refreshments for the Frozen Royal Welcome parade.
*Reserved seating for one show of the Frozen Sing-Along.
*Frozen fireworks dessert party with lots of sweet treats and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options.
For prices and booking details please visit the Disney Parks Blog
Here are some videos from last years event.
Video: Frozen Royal Welcome parade and sing-along at Walt Disney World
Video: Full Frozen Summer Fun Live stage show with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff at Walt Disney World (minus movie clips)
Video: Full Frozen fireworks show with Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf in Summer Fun event at Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disneyland is one of the most luxurious hotels at Tokyo Disneyland Resort and they have become quite famous for the Disney themed hotel rooms they offer. Their latest offering is the sumptuous Cinderella hotel room, perfect for any princess! Decorated in a Renaissance theme in Cinderella’s signature blue color it hides many delightful details. The bathroom also gets the princess treatment with a wonderful wallpaper featuring the mice from Cinderella.
The Tokyo Disneyland Hotel also offers Beauty and the Beast, Tinker Bell and Alice in Wonderland themed hotel rooms and you will find some newly released images of those hotel rooms below.
Alice in Wonderland hotel room
Beauty and the Beast hotel room
Tinker Bell hotel room
To see more images of the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel rooms, click HERE
During Downtown Disney’s transformation into Disney Springs we have seen many new shops and smaller eateries open in the last couple of weeks. The newly opened The BOATHOUSE, though, is the first major restaurant to open a part of this new and reimagined Downtown Disney. Located in the old stomping grounds of Pleasure Island, now called The Landing, the restaurant takes up a huge corner of the waterfront with 3 dining rooms, a dockside bar, raw bar, gift shop and boat experiences. Built over the water the restaurant features a nautical theme with boats, artwork and decor from the 1930-1950s.
The menu, of course, offers really seafood, with selections changing every day, but also a nice mix of steaks, pasta and lighter fare. Much buzz has been about the $115 Bone Rib Chop and the $100 Anatasia Gold Caviar but don’t worry, less expensive options are also available. The BOATHOUSE also offers a full bar with signature cocktails. Lunch and dinner is served and there are only some small variations on the menu. To see the full menu with prices, click HERE
The BOATHOUSE also offers some other special experiences like the Amphicar rides and the Italian Water Taxi Cruise. The Amphicar rides, which is a mix between a boat and a vintage car, will take you and two guests on a spin on the Downtown Disney lake for $125 per person. The Italian Water Taxi Cruise gives you a little bit more of a luxurious experience withÂ live music, chocolate-covered strawberries and a champagne toast on a 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi for $75 per person.
Trying out The BOATHOUSE for the first time yesterday we were really impressed with the themed decor and the very interesting view of Amphicars gliding around on the water. The food yes is a little pricey, but still very delicious.
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