Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Ride Star Wars : Rise of the Resistance With Full Ride POV Videos as well as of Queue Decor, Pre-Show, and more!

That's it, Galaxy's Edge Star Wars : Rise of the Resistance, the most awaited ride of the year, had its Grand Opening at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios and we have great videos of the full ride as well as of the queue decor and pre-show! Don't miss also the other D&M article with ALL Star Wars Rise of the Resistance official pictures in High-Def Wallpaper Size HERE.

Let's start by the beginning, i.e the Grand Opening with Bob Chapek, a cast of Resistance soldiers as well as two X-Wing fighters flying above Galaxy's Edge. As usual the ceremony was not too long and ended by a fireworks. The flying X-Wings drones looked awesome in the night, it's just a pity that they were afraid to have them flying over the guests and back. They wanted probably to avoid that one of the  X-Wings drones fell on the VIP and medias guests in case of technical problem, and of eventual lawsuits. I can understand but, still, it's a pity they didn't had the guts to do it - except if the wind conditions last night would have make the overhead flight too dangerous.

Anyway, the attraction looks absolutely fantastic, and let's start by the dedication ceremony below, which starts at 3.00 Min.

Now, on with the show BUT as you know the full attraction has different parts, and no video shows the full experience perfectly from start to the end. So, if you want to see it the best way, follow my advice. and watch the videos in the order below.

EDITING: Thanks to Attractions Magazine we have now an excellent video showing all in one the full attraction experience of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The only thing missing, that you don't see is the Audio-Animatronics of Finn which was off-frame but you can see them in the others excellent videos posted below.

This next video below filmed by Undercover Tourist is quite a good one and it will show you the entrance queue decor, the pre-show, the part in the troop transport vehicle, the arrival on the Star Destroyer and the jail sequence. It stops just before boarding the ride vehicle. Then, jump to the next video below.

Now, here are two videos of the part in the ride vehicle. Why? Because guests don't see the same thing during some scenes, depending if the ride vehicle moves on the left or on the right. Also, in the scene with the AT&T Walkers there is an Audio-Animatronic of Finn. Depending if you're on the left or on the right you won't see him at the same place. Also what you see during your escape at the end of the ride in the escape pod is not totally the same, so keep your eyes open!

The first POV video below was filmed by Mouse Steps and shows what guests see when the vehicle move on the left, and goes till the end of the ride.

The second POV video below was filmed by Laughing Place and shows what guests experience when the vehicle move on the right, and goes till the end of the ride.

Now, there is more for those who wish with two excellent videos filmed by Attractions Magazine and the first one below which will show you only the Pre-Show, before boarding the troop transport vehicle.

This next video also filmed by Attractions Magazine shows the next scene, from the moment you get out of the pre-show and board inside the troop transport vehicle. The reason why you should see that part again is because there is two point of views inside. The one in the front shows two Audio-Animatronics and the one of Mon Calamari is incredible. They used for him the same principle than for the R2D2 Animatronic as the pilot of the Starspeeder is Star Tours, i.e Mon Calamari is sit on a revolving chair, but here the Animatronic is even more impressive, not to mention that he talks and moves during several minutes. The other point of view inside is looking at the back where you can see what happens and the view of the outside through a rear window. Most of the others videos uploaded on Youtube shows only the front view with the AAs but this one will show you the two point of views, one after the other, which is great.

If you've watched all the videos i think you will agree with me that WDI Imagineer sdid an awesome job on this attraction, which will be a classic from day one!

Picture: copyright Disney

ALL Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Official Pictures High-Def Wallpaper Size and Full Official Press Release

Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance had its Grand Opening, here are all Disney's official pictures, plus two more screen captures from a video, and they're all here in high-def "wallpaper size" 4000px large for your computer screen if you wish! Make sure to click on each of them to get them in big size. And scroll down this article as you have Disney's official press release for Rise of the Resistance after the pictures!

Also: don't miss the latest article with videos of the full Rise of the Resistance ride, with ride POV videos, pre-show and queue decor videos, and much more! It's right HERE.

And now here is Disney's official press release for Rise of the Resistance, with attraction facts!

Opening Dec. 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Park in California, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sets a new standard for what a Disney theme park experience can be, as guests become heroes of the Resistance in a climactic battle with the First Order. In one of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced attractions ever created for a Disney park, guests launch into space aboard a transport shuttle, only to be captured by a Star Destroyer and pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren as they frantically search for a way to escape the clutches of the First Order.

This new attraction inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge draws guests into a sprawling Star Wars narrative that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, as jaw-dropping sights brimming with vivid detail create surprises around every turn. In one of the longest Disney attraction experiences ever, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance delivers thrilling action driven by cutting-edge technology and innovative design that gives guests the feeling of stepping inside a Star Wars film.

Join the Resistance

Guests exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge find the Resistance’s temporary encampment in the forested area along the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost on Batuu.

The gateway to the encampment is marked by a large turret. From there, a pathway leads deeper into the forest toward towering cliffs and the crumbling remains of an ancient civilization. Guests weave through low stone walls, timeworn pillars and tight corridors as they progress farther into the base, hearing military communications chatter along the way.

In a makeshift briefing room, Rey – a hero of the cause – appears via holo-transmission alongside dutiful droid BB-8 to welcome the new Resistance recruits. She shares a plan to reunite with General Leia Organa at an off-planet location that must be kept secret from the First Order.

Guests then board a nearby Intersystem Transport Ship (I-TS) and have to make their rendezvous quickly to avoid a First Order Star Destroyer on its way to Batuu. They should have a bad feeling about this …

An All-Encompassing Attraction Experience

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance throws out the rulebook for traditional attraction design, eschewing and/or blending industry notions such as “queue,” “preshow” and “ride” to create a seamless, holistic experience full of rich details and breathtaking excitement on a cinematic scale.

When guests board the I-TS, they’ll feel as if they’re lifting off the surface of Batuu and blasting into space alongside Poe Dameron in his signature black-painted X-wing starfighter, Black One.

Before the I-TS can make the jump to lightspeed, it’s caught in the tractor beam of a Star Destroyer and pulled into a massive hangar bay.

Guests make their escape from the Star Destroyer aboard eight-passenger First Order Fleet Transports piloted by reprogrammed R5-series astromech droids.

The attraction features grand set pieces – including the hangar bay that is filled with 50 menacing stormtroopers and a docked TIE fighter. At various points, guests dodge blaster bolts from stormtroopers and AT-AT walkers, scurry past huge turbolaser cannons, and stumble into the Star Destroyer’s bridge.

Throughout their journey, guests are hunted by Kylo Ren, who uses the Force in an attempt to pry from their minds the location of General Organa’s secret base. Guests feel Ren’s tremendous malevolent power as they narrowly avoid his attacks.

Authentically Star Wars

Actors from the current Star Wars film trilogy reprise their roles for new scenes and dialogue in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, including Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux). Many scenes were filmed at the same time “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” were in production.

Poe Dameron’s X-wing is one of several vehicles from the Star Wars galaxy appearing in the attraction.

Disney cast members adopt personalities of First Order and Resistance troops throughout the attraction to further deepen the immersive experience for guests.

Walt Disney Imagineering worked hand in hand with Lucasfilm in writing the attraction’s script, ensuring characters and storylines were properly integrated into the broader Star Wars.

The attraction introduces a new featured character: Lieutenant Bek is a Mon Calamari Resistance officer who helps guide the Resistance recruits through their harrowing journey.

Cutting-Edge Technology Powers Immersive Storytelling

Walt Disney Imagineering combined multiple ride systems to tell the story of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. In one sequence, a new simulator experience gives the sensation of falling from space to crash land on Batuu.

The trackless ride vehicles in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are some of the most advanced ever used in a Disney attraction, with a sleek, low profile and the ability to move in all directions.

Disney A-1000 Audio-Animatronics figures appearing in the attraction provide a deep level of immersive storytelling through their lifelike and dynamic movements.

To fully realize this Star Wars story, Imagineers created thousands of special effects, from slashing lightsabers and whizzing blaster bolts to exploding walls and massive star fields – just to name a few.

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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Will Open March 4, 2020 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios !

As it is often the case during a media event with hundred of invited medias, Disney released new renderings on others things coming next year at Disney's Hollywood Studios, starting by this new poster for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and this one announces the date of the attraction opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: it will be March 4, 2020, in just four months from now!

Also released, this artwork below about the opening in 2020 in Toy Story Land of the new Roundup Rodeo BBQ table-service restaurant, in which guests will be immersed with toy pals in the western atmosphere of Woody’s Roundup, providing a fun, family-friendly dining experience for Toy Story Land.

With the opening of Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance ride, DIsney couldn't miss this media event to announce again the Star Wars Hotel also called Galactic Starcruises which will open in 2021. Below, a new rendering of the entrance and one of the Galactic Starcruiser.

Always about the Star Wars Hotel, this other new rendering below shows the shuttle that will transport the hotel guests between Batuu / Galaxy's Edge and the Galactic Starcruiser / Star Wars Hotel.

Last but not least, a first picture showing the inside of Remy's Ratatouille Adventure opening Summer 2020 at Epcot World Showcase France pavilion has been released! Those who know the ride at DLP WDS will spot some differences in the set below, specially on the left side.

Don't forget to join the Grand Opening of the Rose of teh Resistance ride, you can watch it LIVE at 7pm EST ( 1am Paris time ) on the video in the article below!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Watch LIVE the Grand Opening Ceremony of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Rise of the Resistance Ride Today at 7 pm EST

It's the big day for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Rise of the Resistance ride with the Grand Opening happening tonight and Disney Parks will livestream the dedication ceremony at Disney's Hollywood Studios today December 4th at 7pm EST in Orlando ( around 1am Paris time ).

You'll be able to follow it on this Yotube video below or if it doesn't work jump HERE.

In the meantime, to keep you waiting until 6.55pm, here are some latest pictures of the ride entrance and the platform from where opening speech will happen. Also, i 've just been told an interesting fun fact: there is 36 ride vehicles in Rise of the Resistance. We can expect to have the first videos of the ride either later tonight U.S time, or tomorrow evening the latest as the ride open tomorrow Dec 5 for all WDW Guests.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Discover LucasPort, the Other Disneyland "Star Wars Land" Project That You've Never Heard About !

In three days from now Galaxy's Edge Rise of the Resistance, the most awaited ride of the year, will open at WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios, bringing a final grand opening to this Star Wars land. But what you most probably don't know is that more than 30 years ago WDI Imagineers envisioned another kind of "Star Wars land". It would have been called "LucasPort" - of course in tribute to Georges Lucas - and D&M unveil the project and tell you all about it thanks to great artworks which will be on sale on Dec 7 in the Van Eaton Galleries auction, see the auction catalog HERE.

This “LucasPort” project was a project that WDI Imagineer Tony Baxter and his team of Imagineers were developing for Disneyland's Tomorrowland. This was before WDI hit upon using a simulator for Star Tours. The LucasPort project was designed as a Tomorrowland update or replacement, and there was a lot of discussion on the name LucasPort vs the more generic “VenturePort.

Above and below: Disneyland LucasPort crystal shape building. Disneyland People Mover and Monorail would have gone through or around it.

The crystal centerpiece you can see on the rendering would have replaced Disneyland's Carousel of Progress / Innoventions building. Inside LucasPort guests would have chosen different paths leading to the attractions.

Among the attractions to be included in this LucasPort were an amazing Star Wars roller coaster - more about it in a minute - but also Alien Encounter, which was originally designed for Disneyland! Alien Encounter was created for this LucasPort project, and the lead designer was Imagineer Gill Kepler. Disneyland Rocket Jets would be relocated inside the crystal LucasPort building.

Disneyland guests would have met their favorite Star Wars characters.

Two blueprints of LucasPort. The crystal building is at the center, and note behind it and on the right the show buildings circled in yellow, red and blue that would have host the attractions.

A cross section view of LucasPort crystal show building, with its different levels.

The model of LucasPort, with LucasPort show building on the top center, Space Mountain on the right, Tomorrowland entrance on the bottom and Autopia and the Submarine rides on the left.

Others model pictures shows that a new and more futuristic load building would have been built for Disneyland's Submarine ride. Also note the Monorail coming in and out of the main show building.

Two more pictures of the model showing the crystal shape show building. Note the “VenturePort” sign at the entrance.

LucasPort would also include an incredible Star Wars themed roller coaster, which was the big attraction... but too big! The design of the coaster included a launch from Dagobah in a scene featuring Yoda and Obi Wan Kenobi. The coaster train was dispatched from a huge "swamp like” room that was in fact an elevator - like Haunted Mansion ) and Yoda and the complete Dagobah swamp set was lowered to make it appear that "the force was strong" with the guests as the rocket sled appeared to levitate high above the swamp.

The coaster had 3 guests choice points where you could choose to dog fight or flee ( a coaster ride with loops or a smooth flight ). Below, the rocket of the LucasPort Star Wars coaster ready to be launched in a galaxy far far away.

During their ride in the Star Wars roller coaster rocket, guests would have gone through Dagobah, encounter Stormtroopers, circled AT&T Walkers, face a fight between Darth Vader and a Jedi ( or may be the Emperor ), go though meteorites, get close to the Death Star and even escape its explosion!

Unfortunately this branching ride ate up tons of space and the project proved impractical when WDI Imagineers saw how big a structure would be needed to house 6 track segments that went their separate ways, then had to reconverge. Also, the decision points required too much guest interface time and immediate computation had to be safe and practical, a difficult problem to solve back in that time. Star Tours solved that dilemma and fit nicely into the former Adventure Through Inner Space building.

When the concept grew beyond the scope of Tomorrowland, it was proposed as part of a large second gate project using the more generic “VenturePort” theme. Lucas projects would become a land of VenturePort along with a Figment and Dreamfinder Imagination land, a Jules Verne area, Indiana Jones Adventures and a Future Technology area. VenturePort was a theme park with the crystal VenturePort structure being the portal to the various lands, including the Star Wars area. Imagineers John Stone and Sam McKim worked on many of those concept paintings. The unique aspects of the Ventureport concept was that the attractions were accessed via the large crystal centerpiece, like an airport. The attractions might have been behind a berm or actually on land blocks away, with a transport system used to get there.

The LucasPort concept was not ever a part of the WESTCOT project. It was a part of the VenturePort theme park concept, which was a different one that we may talk about someday. WESTCOT was like EPCOT with highly themed living experiences added to each of “The Four Corners of the World” so you could live a life you couldn't find anywhere else per Walt's original EPCOT wishes.

VenturePort and WESTCOT were two different projects. Although the name “VenturePort" was such a great word that Imagineers considered naming WESTCOT Future World attraction building "Ventureport” - but that had nothing to do with the other theme park concept titled Ventureport. ( VenturePort did become the name of the center area in Disney Quest ).

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