ADVERTORIAL • September 2019
If you’ve spotted any large spaceships flying overhead recently, don’t be alarmed; they’re probably on route to planet Earth’s first-ever intergalactic space port, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Ready to be thrilled? We answer four burning questions ahead of your most sensational trip yet
A big deal. Star Wars™ fans have spent the last four years charging their lightsabers and revving their speeder bikes in anticipation for the opening of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida’s 14-acres of immersive, Star Wars™ themed land. This gigantic new spaceport is home to custom shops, diners, cantinas, droid-designing depots, lightsaber workshops and a life-size Millennium Falcon (which you can fly). Whether you’re fighting against the First Order or just a humble ship smuggler passing through, there really is something for everyone. Need to refuel after a trip to hyperspace? Quench your thirst with the technicolour milk, once drunk by Luke Skywalker himself, at the Milk Stand before gobbling up a grilled sausage and roasted pork wrap at Ronto Roasters.
Disney top tip: Download the Play Disney Parks app to interact with your fellow droids and decode the Resistance clues dotted around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge*.
If you can tear yourself away from the Stars Wars™ universe, then Fall into Magic – a series of autumn events, including an exclusive Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with 30 global marketplaces, celebrity chefs and culinary workshops (29 August to 23 November 2019). Also, Mickey’s ‘Not-So-Scary’ Halloween Party, which sees Magic Kingdom Park transformed into a trick-or-treat paradise. If that’s not enough then you can also play around with two hours of exclusive evening access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s also worth considering that Florida’s climate is wonderfully mild at this time of year, so can skip the summer scorch and enjoy time in the Disney outdoors.
Disney top tip: Mickey’s ‘Not-So-Scary’ Halloween Party has a ton of thrilling dining options, but best of all? Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way, where the puppy snatcher herself comes out to play…
If you book between 25 April and 5 November 2019 for arrivals between 1 January-29 March 2020 and 19 April-21 May 2020, you will receive Free Disney Dining and Drinks at selected dining locations for the entirety of your stay. The offer is valid for those staying five nights or more at any Moderate, Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort Hotel; if you’re staying at a Disney Value Resort, you’ll receive a free breakfast as part of the scheme. As for the food itself, there is a gargantuan selection of 100 exciting restaurants. We recommend the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater for a retro burger in an open-top convertible car or, if it’s snacks you’re after, try a Dole Whip; a world-famous pineapple-flavoured soft serve that originated in Disney parks.
Disney top tip: There are limited rooms available at all participating hotels, so be sure to book early.
Disney’s Ultimate Ticket grants unrestricted access to all six amazing parks – that’s four theme parks and two water parks to explore. The ticket also includes early access to Disney FastPass+ (so you can book a spot on your favourite attractions ahead of time) and has a Memory Maker included with every adult ticket, meaning you can enjoy, download and share all the Disney PhotoPass photographer pictures you want during your stay.
Disney top tip: Those staying on site can enjoy 14 days for the price of seven days thanks to Disney’s exclusive ‘14 for 7’ offer.
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*Capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge area and its experiences is subject to availability. Access to the park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year. ©Disney © & ™ Lucasfilm Ltd.