Theme Park Bits: DCA Updates, Disney World Holiday Plans, and More

/Film | 6/7/2019 | Josh Spiegel
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

A redesign may be coming to Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land.

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Meet the lead of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Get ready for the holidays at Walt Disney World this year.

And more!

This will be accompanied by an update to the Sunset Showcase Theater, which now houses Mickey’s PhilharMagic, with a new LED marquee meant to reference theater marquees of the 1930s. That update would be an intriguing revision to Hollywood Land, which has hovered between being excellently themed and somewhat poorly defined in the last few years. Here’s hoping the changes are for the better.

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In case you didn’t know, there’s a brand-new section of theme-park at Disneyland, titled Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The new area is not technically complete — one of two attractions remains under construction — but even now, much of its theming is impressive down to the level of detail of the cast members themselves. As this article explores, a lot of the charm of the new area is interactive, such as the author’s encounters with Vi Moradi, an ostensible protagonist of the new land based on a character from a recent in-universe Star Wars novel. The interactivity of Galaxy’s Edge is approaching Westworld-level similarities, but it’s pretty impressive to see how cast members have to really immerse themselves into a part. It’s the Method school of acting come to life.

For the rest of the column today, let’s think about a cooler time of year. Yes, it’s early June, but what if you could transport your mind to the holidays? That’s what Walt Disney World is already doing, having announced some of its holiday plans earlier this week. Each of the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort will have some special theming, from new and updated shows (about which more below)...
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