With the opening of the highly anticipated addition to Disneyland Resort, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, just days away, Disney Parks has completed its annual Disney Days roadshow across the east coast.
In Sydney, the event was held at the Powerhouse Museum, which is holding the cool Star Wars Identities exhibition that features loads of Star Wars film paraphernalia and even costumes from the original films.
While there were updates on all things Disney, the focus of the roadshow was naturally on the new Star Wars park at California’s Disneyland, which opens on 31 May.
The first ride to open at Galaxy’s Edge will be Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, which Walt Disney Parks & Resorts national sales manager Australia and NZ Michael Cassis said puts park-goers “literally in control of the fastest hunk o’ junk in the galaxy”, with one’s success or failure in the mission even changing the course of the experience as you go.
Another ride that will open later in the year, called Rise of the Resistance, was described as the most ambitious and epic experience Disney has created.
At the park, guests will also be able to construct their own droids and light sabers as well as try unique food and beverage offerings, such as blue and green milks featured in the Star Wars films.
About the only question mark of Galaxy’s Edge, described by Cassis as “the most technologically advanced and immersive park we’ve ever created”, will be how it copes with the predicted huge demand. But Disney is confident the system it has in place from 24 June, which involves virtual boarding passes that ping guests, will work well.
According to Cassis, the three things agents need to know about Disneyland Resort are that there’s always something new at the park, guests should stay a minimum three to five days (or even take advantage of a the 10-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Pass only available through Australian and NZ wholesalers), and be aware of the Max Pass, which allows guests to book fast passes once they’ve arrived at the resort and includes a Photo Pass service.
Disney is also offering Aussie and Kiwi trade 15 spots on a mega-fam to the new park. The mini-incentive for the first spot ends midnight tonight (Friday). For a chance to win the second spot, agents need only sell and log at least one qualifying Virgin Australia and/or Delta Air Lines return airfare ex Australia or NZ to the US into the www.journeytogalaxysedge.com.au incentive between 25 May and 7 June.
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