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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Date and First Look at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Get reacquainted with Maleficent this fall, and check out Arcade Fire’s unique take on a classic Disney tune… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

Breaking Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge News

In case you missed that (ridiculously exciting!!!) disturbance in the Force this week, our good pals over at Disney Parks just announced the official opening date of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts… as well as information on how to plan your very own sojourn to a galaxy far, far away. Check out our rundown of all the latest info right here at

Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
March 10, 2018
D23’s 10-Year FAN-niversary Celebration at The Walt Disney Studios
March 11, 2018
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experiences: A Day at the Studio Lot
March 18, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
March 20, 2018
D23’s Sip and Stroll at Disney California Adventure
April 5, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend–Linda Larkin
April 6, 2018
D23’s Behind-the-Scenes Experience: The Lion King on Broadway
April 6, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – GOLD FAMILY EXCLUSIVE
April 15, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
May 6, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour – Presented by D23
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
March 1-April 23, 2019
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
March 6-June 3, 2019
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Summer 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland Resort
Fall 2019
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort

March 8, 2019
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens in U.S. theaters
March 29, 2019
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters
April 17, 2019
Penguins opens in U.S. theaters
April 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame opens in U.S. theaters
May 24, 2019
Aladdin opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
August 9, 2019
Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters
March 3, 2019
American Idol kicks off second season on ABC (8–10:01 p.m. EST)

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First Look at Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—Coming This October

We’ve got some fantastic info for all you Maleficent fans out there (we’re raising our hands too, which does make it hard to type… but we’ll soldier on): Angela Jolie will return in the iconic role seven months earlier than previously announced!

Yes, Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to the 2014 live-action fantasy told from the perspective of Sleeping Beauty’s archetypal antagonist, will now be casting a spell in theaters beginning October 18 of this year. And along with that bit of fabulous news, we’ve also been gifted a brand-new teaser poster.

We haven’t been told too much about the film as of yet—only that original stars Jolie and Elle Fanning will be joined this time ’round by a few other incredible actors, including Michelle Pfeiffer as Queen Ingreth. So mark those calendars… we’ll be getting reacquainted with Maleficent and Aurora come fall!

Sneak Peek at Disney’s Dumbo with Arcade Fire’s “Baby Mine”

Earlier this week, during the season premiere of ABC’s American Idol, fans were able to “let [their] eyes sparkle and shine” when a brand-new version of “Baby Mine”—the iconic song from Disney’s Dumbo—was previewed as part of a never-before-seen look at Tim Burton’s live-action reimagining of the beloved film. This end-credit version of the tune is from Grammy®-nominated Canadian rockers Arcade Fire, and it’s a fresh take on the Oscar®-winning song from the 1941 animated classic. Check out the trailer, and delight in the poignant lullaby, above.

And here’s a fun tidbit: Arcade Fire’s Win Butler actually has a personal connection to the ’41 film. “There is a scene with a locomotive in the original Dumbo that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s,” Butler recently said. “Every time I saw the film I thought it was him. When we were asked to do the [end credit version of ‘Baby Mine’], I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song… I will forever relate to the song, thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.’”

Plus, just this week, Spirit Airlines unveiled its specially themed Airbus A321, featuring a larger-than-life image of adorable lil’ Dumbo! Spirit and Disney revealed the new plane with a time-lapse video of the decal-wrapping process—check out the clip, above—which took place at Spirit’s state-of-the-art maintenance hangar in Detroit, Michigan.

The Dumbo plane took off on its inaugural journey on Wednesday, March 6, traveling from Detroit Metro Airport to Orlando International Airport; guests adventuring between Detroit, Orlando, San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, and Baltimore/Washington will have the chance to fly with Dumbo on its first three days of service—after which the plane will crisscross the country for two months, celebrating the movie’s big debut.

Look for Dumbo to fly into theaters March 29!

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Women’s Day on Broadway 2019 Announces Starry Lineup

In celebration of International Women’s Day (which is Friday, March 8, by the way), our friends at Disney on Broadway have announced their incredible lineup for the second annual Women’s Day on Broadway—Tuesday, March 12, at the St. James Theatre (home of Disney’s Frozen) in New York City.

Following its launch in 2018, this very special and thought-provoking event aims to engage attendees—of all genders and backgrounds—in a day of open and honest dialogue about gender equality in the theatre industry and beyond. This year’s theme, “Inspiring Changemakers,” will focus the day on people and organizations driving progress within the theatre and entertainment industry, highlighting ways each attendee can become an agent of change in their own community.

Among this year’s amazing participants are director/choreographer Graciela Daniele; actresses Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton) and Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud); songwriter Anaïs Mitchell (the upcoming Broadway musical Hadestown), playwright Theresa Rebeck; and casting director Tara Rubin. Additionally, this year’s event will highlight some of the organizations that are leading the way for gender equality in the arts—including The Actors Fund, BOLD, Girl Be Heard, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Maestra, Open Stages, PAAL, She NYC Arts, The Kilroys, and The WP Theatre.

For more information on this sure-to-be-incredible event, visit

Get Your Groove On with “Mickey’s Mix Magic” at Disneyland Park

Our pals at Disneyland Resort are celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse (and Minnie Mouse) all year long—and as part of their big Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration, Disneyland park just kicked off its groove-tastic “Mickey’s Mix Magic” nightly extravaganza! Take a look at the video, above, for a quick taste of the party’s signature theme, “It’s a Good Time”!

Featuring amazing projections, lighting, lasers, and lots of high-energy music, the all-new “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will make the whole family wanna get up and dance! The colorful scene will be set nightly along Main Street, U.S.A., on the water screens on Rivers of America, and on the façade of it’s a small world—and on select evenings, fantastical fireworks will add a bit more pixie dust to the occasion.

Put on those dancin’ shoes and get to groovin’ the next time you’re at the Disneyland Resort!