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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and The Nutcracker—Plus More in News Briefs

By Karina Schink

So, what’s the news in a galaxy far, far away?… Read more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!

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We’re On Galaxy’s Edge Over This Star Wars News From Disney Parks

Oga Garra, mysterious alien proprietor, is welcoming all pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals, and galactic travelers to her cantina at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in 2019.

At Oga’s Cantina at Black Spire Outpost, the spot where all the local rogues will be hiding out, you’ll have to watch your back (unless you’re strong with the force), because you never know who may be lurking around those dark corners.

After you’ve won another round of sabacc, you can also visit RX-24, Star Tours’ most famous first-time pilot who has, perhaps, found a job he’s a bit better suited for. You can catch this droid you’re looking for as he provides musical entertainment that you can only get at the local intergalactic cantina.

We’re definitely over the moon, Tatooine, and Hoth about all things Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and this is just a taste of everything that’s coming to our galaxy much, much closer to home.

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

D23 and Walt Disney Archives
September 8, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—Presented by D23
September 8, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins at Walt Disney World
September 15, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Mary Poppins on the Lot
October 19, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Ron Logan
October 22, 2018
D23’s Sip and Stroll at Epcot
November 16-18, 2018
Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
August 17, 24, 28, 31
September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park
September 19, 21, 24, 26, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31

Mickey’s Halloween Party at the Disneyland Resort
August 30-November 12, 2018
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
September 7-October 31, 2018
Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort
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

November 2, 2018
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms opens in U.S. theaters
November 21, 2018
Ralph Breaks the Internet opens in U.S. theaters
December 19, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns opens in U.S. theaters
March 8, 2019
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens in U.S. theaters
March 29, 2019
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters
April 19, 2019
Penguins opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
September 7, 2018
Stand Up to Cancer telecast on ABC (8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
September 21, 2018
Elena of Avalor: Song of the Sirenas premieres on Disney Junior (7–8 p.m. EDT/PDT)
November 4, 2018
Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs on ABC (8–10 p.m. EST)

The Legend You Know Has a Dark Side —The Final Trailer for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is here.

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale will be told in an entirely new way this holiday season in the form of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and the latest (and last) trailer just debuted this week!

We follow Clara (Mackenzie Foy) on her quest for a one-of-a-kind key to unlock a box that holds a priceless gift. Along the way she encounters a soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), as well as the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Clara must venture across all four realms to return harmony to the unstable world.

Check out the final trailer for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms above, and get ready to accompany Clara on her adventure when the film opens in U.S. theaters on November 2, 2018.

Black Panther is Pouncing Back on Screen in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest

We’re returning to Wakanda as T’Challa takes center stage in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest. T’Challa must defeat new villains and protect his nation once again, but this time he’s getting a little help from some familiar Avengers.

Tune in on Sunday, September 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD, when T’Challa embarks upon brand-new heroic escapades.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces the Return of Star Wars & Marvel Day at Sea

Some epic adventures await you as Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea return to Disney Cruise Line. Spanning two Disney cruise ships with sailings across the Caribbean and Bahamas, the special itineraries bring that classic Disney magic to your family vacation.

Star Wars Day at Sea brings that galaxy we know and love to the open sea with an experience that’s truly unlike any other. With you, Jedi, Wookiees, droids, Stormtroopers, and more on board, it’s sure to be a special day-long celebration.

Marvel Day at Sea is jam-packed—from the hull to the stern—with the heroic thrills of the Marvel Universe. You’ll want to summon your inner Super Hero during this all-day event, which includes interactions with some of Marvel’s mightiest.

Get ready to jump to light speed or assemble your team for these very special Days at Sea! Visit Disney Cruise Line to learn more or book your vacation.

There’s a New Member of the Herd at Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Meet Aella, the newest addition to the savanna at Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The two-month-old Masai giraffe calf was born on June 29—at five-feet-tall! She’s named after an Amazon warrior, and she’s already proving the name’s a great fit with her brave, bold, and adventurous spirit.

She’s the youngest and smallest giraffe (making her pretty easy to spot), and she’s beginning to explore more and more, venturing a few steps away from her mother, Lily. We’re so excited to see how far she’ll go!

Learn more about Aella and her family here, and officially meet her in her debut video above!

Samsung and Disney Team Up to Create AR Emoji Magic for the Galaxy S9 and S9+

We know you love Disney (we do too!) and that means that you love Disney characters, whether they’re in the park, on film, or on TV! But, now you can experience them in a whole new way: Through augmented reality (AR), your favorite characters will be brought to life as emojis—and you can share them with friends in brand-new exciting ways!

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ users will be able to access classic Disney characters (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who else?) as well as characters from The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Frozen through the AR Emoji mode on their camera.

These AR Emojis use deep learning and facial recognition technology to map more than 100 facial features, producing a 3-D replica that allows you to create fun, customizable messages for your friends—oh boy!

There’s “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” on Disney Junior!

Originally penned for the Carousel of Progress, the Sherman brothers’ classic “There’s a Great, Big Beautiful Tomorrow” was featured back in May on a special episode of Mission Force One. And now, a new music video debuted for this classic tune, featuring clips from the series’ “The Space Station Situation” episode.

Reacquaint yourself with this Sherman classic by watching the video above!

Shanghai Disney Resort is Bringing a “Mouse Party” to the Shanghai Tourism Festival

For the fifth year in a row, Shanghai Disney Resort will participate in the Shanghai Tourism Festival, and this year they’re debuting a brand-new float! “Mouse Party” is a newly designed float that’s led by none other than the mouse, the myth, the legend (and the birthday boy!): Mickey Mouse.

The float, adorned with glowing stars, Mickey-shaped balloons, a huge spinning cake, and an illuminated castle made of party hats will make its debut on Saturday, September 15, at the 2018 Shanghai Tourism Festival’s Grand Opening Parade.

After that, the float will spread its magic a bit further as it crosses the city, bringing the celebration to several areas of Shanghai from September 16 through October 6.