Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

It’s not easy being the captain of the Ghost.

In this exclusive preview (including alternate covers!) from IDW Publishing’s Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Hera comic, coming January 17, Hera and Chopper take the Ghost to the Fekunda Outpost. Unfortunately for our rebel heroes, they have an unexpected Imperial entanglement…

This issue, written by Devin Grayson and illustrated by Eva Widermann, is the third installment in IDW’s special Forces of Destiny mini-series. For more on the comic, check out StarWars.com’s interviews with the creative of teams of Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Leia and Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Rey, and stay tuned for more coverage this month.

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500-Acre Oasis of Disney Magic and Fun Provides Warm Hospitality, Classic Experiences and Unforgettable New Adventures

ANAHEIM, Calif. – On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney opened a groundbreaking new concept in entertainment called Disneyland, with the goal of being a place where adults and children, families and friends of all ages could have fun together. Today, Walt’s dream has evolved into a national treasure.

Through six magical decades, the original 18 attractions that comprised Disneyland Park have grown into the Disneyland Resort – a sprawling 500-acre resort destination featuring two renowned Disney parks, three beautiful hotel properties and the exciting entertainment, dining and retail fun of the Downtown Disney District.

Located in Anaheim, California, approximately 25 miles south of Los Angeles, the Disneyland Resort provides guests from around the world with thrills, fun and unique Disney magic. The Resort features two theme parks, the original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, along with one of the best hotels in Southern California, as named by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. The Disneyland Resort is one of the top-rated family resort destinations in the country, according to many travel surveys.

The resort continues to grow and offer magical experiences for guests. In 2018, Pixar will come to life like never before at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure to celebrate friendship and beyond, with the first-ever Pixar Fest celebration opening April 13 and a new land, Pixar Pier, opening for summer.

Pixar Fest, the biggest theme park celebration of beloved stories and characters from Pixar Animation Studios, will be a must-do experience at the Disneyland Resort. During this limited time event, guests will be among the first to enjoy a new Pixar-themed fireworks spectacular, the return of two favorite parades with new Pixar surprises, new décor, atmosphere entertainment and more.

DISNEYLAND

Renowned as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland is Walt Disney’s original theme park and the centerpiece of the Disneyland Resort. Covering 85-acres, it has grown over the past six decades to include eight themed “lands” including Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Featuring more than 60 adventures and attractions, Disneyland boasts some of the most quintessential Disney theme park experiences in the world including classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, “it’s a small world,” Matterhorn Bobsleds and Indiana Jones Adventure.

With unforgettable seasonal events featuring popular shows and attractions such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, “it’s a small world” Holiday, snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A and “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, Disneyland is an ever-evolving experience. As Walt Disney desired, Disneyland is in constant state of “becoming” with new adventures and attractions always on the drawing board.

In 2006, Pirates of the Caribbean, the classic Disneyland attraction brought to the big screen in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, added new characters (such as Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa) from the blockbuster entertainment franchise.

In June 2007, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage surfaced in Tomorrowland. The underwater adventure features the eight submarines of the fondly remembered “Submarine Voyage” attraction and is inspired by the Disney presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios film, “Finding Nemo.”

In 2013, Disney Princesses began interacting with park guests in the new Fantasy Faire, a royal setting near the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Guests may also see Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters in a dazzling adventure filled with music, fun and special effects at the stage show “Mickey and the Magical Map,” presented daily on the Fantasyland Theatre stage.

In 2011, guests began exploring new adventures – six new destinations in more than 50 different 3D combinations – at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. A thrilling new adventure inspired by the film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” landed at the attraction in 2017. Construction of the new Star Wars-themed land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, began in 2016. The new land will open in 2019 and guests will find themselves in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars journey.

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

Disney California Adventure, located across from Disneyland, offers guests even more fun with some of the most popular attractions and shows at the resort. Through Disney storytelling and imagination, Disney California Adventure invites guests to enjoy the wonder and beauty of California in its themed lands: Hollywood Land, “a bug’s land,” Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier, Grizzly Peak and two additions in 2012: the colorful and welcoming Buena Vista Street marking the entrance to Disney California Adventure, and the spectacular 12-acre Cars Land, inspired by the Radiator Springs setting of the Disney●Pixar movie “Cars.” In 2015, the Condor Flats area was reimagined as Grizzly Peak Airfield, an extension of Grizzly Peak inspired by the lush High Sierras of California.

This summer, the wonderful worlds of Pixar will get a new home at Disney California Adventure Park. The area that is currently Paradise Pier will transform into Pixar Pier, with the thrilling new Incredicoaster, four new imaginative neighborhoods, plus entertainment, themed food and beverage, and merchandise.

In 2017, the thrilling new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! opened in Hollywood Land. This epic new adventure combines a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects, including music inspired by the popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” film soundtrack.

Continuing the growth of Disneyland Resort as a multi-day, world-class vacation destination, Disney Imagineers have brought more of Walt Disney into the 60 acres of Disney California Adventure. The park celebrates the hope and optimism of California that attracted Walt to this land of opportunity in the 1920s. In 2010, the nighttime water spectacular “World of Color” debuted, with a new viewing area along Paradise Bay. In 2011, guests began taking magical journeys on The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. In 2012, Buena Vista Street, inspired by the Los Angeles of the 1920s and ‘30s, began welcoming guests entering Disney California Adventure with the Red Car Trolley and an array of restaurants and shops.

Cars Land, opened in 2012, with its vast Radiator Springs landscape, “road trip”-themed restaurants and shops, and exciting attractions. Today, Cars Land features fan favorites such as the thrilling highway competition of Radiator Springs Racers, the swinging, dancing tractors of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, the tasty “cone-coctions” of Cozy Cone Motel and the delicious house-made pies of Flo’s V8 Cafe. In 2016, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters introduced guests to Luigi’s cousins, miniature Italian roadsters, in a spinning festivity across a trackless “dance floor.”

One of the signature attractions at Disney California Adventure is the recently reimagined Soarin’ Around the World, a breathtaking virtual hang gliding tour over some of the world’s most amazing landmarks and scenic wonders. Another guest favorite is Toy Story Mania!, an attraction that invites guests to enjoy a high-scoring, immersive adventure, entering a wild 4D world of game play. Along with Woody, Buzz and favorite “Toy Story” characters, special effects add a fourth dimension of fun.

Guests at Disney California Adventure experience California-style fun on such attractions as the icy-cold, white-knuckle rafting of the Grizzly River Run. Fun is even found in the smallest of places such as a bug’s land, inspired by the Disney●Pixar film “A Bug’s Life.”

The 2000-seat Hyperion Theater presents the spectacular stage production “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” immersing guests in the world of Arendelle with elaborate costumes and sets, special effects and scenic transformations. In the nearby Disney Animation attraction, Turtle Talk with Crush provides fun for the whole family with some interactive magic.

Guests at Disney California Adventure also may meet Anna and Elsa at “Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome” and encounter their favorite Marvel super heroes including Spider-Man, Captain America and additional characters for a limited time such as Thor and Loki, and Black Panther.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY DISTRICT

Bridging the two theme parks and three hotels is Downtown Disney District, an admission-free entertainment, dining and retail district. The 300,000-plus square-foot Downtown Disney District includes two Starbucks locations, ESPN Zone, Sprinkles, Rainforest Café, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, and more than 20 retail shops including Sephora, PANDORA Jewelry and the LEGO Imagination Center. Guests can also board a Disneyland Monorail for a trip from the high-energy of Downtown Disney to the futuristic landscape of Tomorrowland in Disneyland.

The Downtown Disney District is embarking on an ambitious, promenade-wide transformation in 2018. A recent addition to Downtown Disney is the new, hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The Void transports guests deep into the beloved Star Wars universe allowing them to walk freely and untethered throughout the multi-sensory experience with friends and family. Splitsville Luxury Lanes, a family-friendly restaurant with a unique combination of dining, bowling and live entertainment opens in early 2018. Disney Home will offer fans a variety of Disney-themed home goods. Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer will open its first California location in the heart of Downtown Disney in 2018. Known for its award-winning burgers and signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes, Black Tap will be set in a casual atmosphere reminiscent of a classic American luncheonette, but with a distinctly New York vibe.

DISNEYLAND RESORT HOTELS

The Disneyland Resort is also home to three hotels that are just footsteps away from the thrills of the Disneyland Resort theme parks and the multitude of dining, entertainment and shopping at the Downtown Disney District. As a walking resort with close proximity of all parks and locales, the Disneyland Resort is noted for its convenience and ease of navigation, making it an ideal vacation destination for families with small children.

Designed in California’s renowned Arts and Crafts style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a true testament to Disney’s hospitality and creativity. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was recently refurbished, bringing new magic to the deluxe hotel with completely redesigned guest rooms plus a refreshed lobby, pool area and concierge-level lounge. It was the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening, and elevates the premium guest experience and brings a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style.

The Grand Californian hotel has 948 guest rooms, including 44 guest suites, and 50 two-bedroom equivalent vacation villas. Those vacation villas, which include kitchens, living and dining areas and other home-like amenities, make up the first West Coast appearance of Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s innovative vacation-ownership program.

The hotel also has an array of fine dining including the nationally renowned and award-winning Napa Rose restaurant that provides specialty dining dishes, spectacular views of Disney California Adventure and expert sommeliers to assist in making the perfect selection from one of the finest collections of California wines anywhere in the world. Storyteller’s Cafe is another dining experience within the hotel where kids and adults alike can enjoy a distinct meal with some of Disney’s favorite characters, including Chip & Dale. The Grand Californian also has three pools and the luxurious Mandara Spa.

For more than 50 years, the iconic Disneyland Hotel has provided its guests with a rich tradition of fun and warm hospitality. The award-winning hotel has 973 guest rooms and 72 suites along with an array of fine dining, including the award-winning Steakhouse 55 and Goofy’s Kitchen. A major renovation of Disneyland Hotel was completed in 2012, including updated rooms with new décor and surprises, a cleverly themed new water play area, two swimming pools, the Tangaroa Terrace casual-dining restaurant, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar and re-theming of the hotel’s three guest room towers.

California’s breezy laidback beach lifestyle is in full effect at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Inspired by a beach boardwalk hotel and boasting spectacular views of Disney California Adventure, the hotel has 481 rooms, including 25 suites. For children, the dining highlight at PCH Grill features “Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends,” a character experience.
Guests may relax at the scenic outdoor terrace with its sparkling pool and bubbling spa.

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About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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How to Plan, Stay and Play at the Disneyland Resort

ANAHEIM, Calif.– Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort will enjoy special moments and create unforgettable memories with their friends and families in 2018, including experiencing the first-ever Pixar Fest celebration and opening of a new land, Pixar Pier. Beloved nighttime spectaculars, immersive attractions and entertainment offer countless ways for guests to make the most of their vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. There are plenty of tips for guests as they plan to stay and play at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, the three on-site hotels and Downtown Disney.

PLAN

  • Official Disneyland App – The official Disneyland App offers useful information right at a guest’s fingertips, including attraction wait times, FastPass return times, maps, entertainment guides and other special features. Guests may also use the app to purchase tickets with their mobile device, look for character appearances in the park and find park hours. Details are available here.
  • Disney Vacation Planning DVD – Guests are invited to preview the magical experiences that await their next Disneyland Resort Vacation with a library of informative videos. To order a Disney Vacation Planning DVD, go to www.DisneyPlanning.com.
  • Disneyland Express – Just 30 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and just 15 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA), Disneyland Resort offers the Disneyland Express for easy bus transfer to the resort. Disneyland Resort Express also provides convenient transportation to Anaheim area hotels.
  • Dining Reservations – To make the most of vacation time, guests may make dining reservations in advance at the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Special dining packages offer guests a full-course meal and reserved viewing for the “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland and “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure. “For reservations, guests may call 714-781-DINE or email a date, time and contact information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Guests may also book a table online at Disneyland.com.
  • Social Media – Keep up with the latest updates about the Disneyland Resort at DisneyParksBlog.com, where guests may also get behind-the-scenes looks at the parks, resort hotels and Downtown Disney. For planning tips and fun facts, follow @Disneyland on Twitter. Guests may also engage with Disneyland on Facebook and Instagram.
  • In-Park Social Media – While at the resort, guests may follow @DisneylandToday on Twitter for information about Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the resort hotels with live updates and answers.

STAY

  • Stay in the Magic – Guests discover many special benefits when they stay at one of three Disneyland Resort hotels: the classic Disneyland Hotel and luxurious newly reimagined Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the sunny California beachfront-themed Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
  • Extra Magic Hour – Early Admission to the Parks – Guests staying at any Disneyland Resort hotel may enjoy Extra Magic Hour entry into Disneyland or Disney California Adventure one hour before the parks open to the public. This opportunity is good for the length of a guest’s stay, with designated days for each park. To check availability, daily times and additional information, visit Disneyland.com and click on “Park Hours.” (Valid theme park admission and active hotel room key required.)
  • Grand Hotel Experience –Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa just completed the most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening. Guest rooms have been completely redesigned with a fresh sense of luxury and the pool deck has been refreshed with beautiful, new hardscapes to reinforce the Arts and Crafts style. Guests staying at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa enjoy an exclusive entrance to Disney California Adventure through the hotel. Nearby, guests also enjoy the Downtown Disney District, with its eclectic mix of entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities. The new, elevated experience continues to impress guests and the hotel was named one of the Top Hotels in Southern California in the 30th annual Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.
  • Storybook Vacation – At Disneyland Resort hotels, guests have the opportunity to share a meal and laughs with favorite Disney characters, relax by sparkling pools and enjoy a night on the town complete with dinner at one of several award-winning restaurants.
  • Convenience and Legendary Service – Guests who stay at Disneyland Resort Hotels are treated to exclusive conveniences throughout their stay, including a Key to the Magic card for charging meals and merchandise to the guest room. The Package Express service delivers resort merchandise purchases right to a guest’s hotel. Hotel guests are treated to the legendary Disney guest service throughout their vacation.
  • Multi-generational travel and large parties – Many families enjoy traveling to the Disneyland Resort with family members of multiple generations, or with family reunions. The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort welcome multi-generational travelers and large parties, offering multiple suites at each hotel that sleep parties of six or eight. Some of the suites connect to adjacent suites to accommodate the larger parties.
  • Great Value – Guests can find great value in multiple-day tickets and vacation packages at the Resort hotels, or at nearby Good Neighbor hotels, by purchasing online. The latest special offers are available at Disneyland.com/offers.

PLAY

  • Disney FastPass Service – FastPass allows guests to maximize their time in the park by reserving a specific time window to enjoy their favorite attractions. When guests return during that time, they enjoy a shorter line reserved for FASTPASS holders. Guests are encouraged to pick up FastPass tickets early for favorite attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers.
  • Disney PhotoPass Service – PhotoPass Photographers at character, dining and special locations throughout the park ensure that everyone gets in the photo. Guests may link, view and purchase photos at Disneyland.com or directly from the Disneyland App.
  • Disney MaxPass – Guests will maximize their day with the ability to reserve digital Disney FASTPASS selections right from your mobile device using the Disneyland app while in the parks. Plus, it offers the opportunity to download, save and share Disney PhotoPass photos captured during an entire day. Both services are included for the introductory price of only $10 per ticket and can be purchased through the app.
  • “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” Tour – Guests may follow in the footsteps of the man whose vision and creativity brought Disneyland park to life, Walt Disney. This 3 ½-hour guided tour covers the life of Walt Disney and stories behind the magic of Disneyland. To book this, or other tours offered by Disneyland Resort, call (714) 781-TOUR (8687).
  • Charging Lockers – Guests re-charge their batteries and get back to the fun in no time when using special lockers on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park and Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park that include options for traditional AC outlet or specialized chargers for electronic devices.
  • Parent “Rider Switch” – A theme-park “rider switch” policy gives both parents a chance to enjoy their favorite attractions without double the wait. A parent who waits with a young child while the other parent rides the attraction may board the ride with minimal wait time once the first parent exits. Guests may ask a cast member about this option.
  • Enjoy the shows and entertainment – Oftentimes, children enjoy live entertainment and stage shows for the first time at the Disneyland Resort. Families may choose from multiple shows in the daily Show Entertainment Guide (available at the main entrance gate and at Guest Relations centers). These include parades, character encounters and shows such as “Disney Junior Dance Party!” (Disney California Adventure) and “Mickey and the Magical Map” (Disneyland). Fans of Disney’s global film phenomenon, “Frozen”, will find the dazzling theatrical interpretation “Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater” at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests also may encounter performers and singers as they stroll through the parks, including the Dapper Dans at Disneyland, and Five and Dime at Disney California Adventure.
  • Be amazed by spectacular fireworks – Fireworks illuminate the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle choreographed to timeless music and with surprise appearances by some classic Disney characters. Viewing locations are throughout Disneyland and top spots include: in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, along Main Street, U.S.A., in front of “it’s a small world” in Fantasyland and along the Rivers of America in Frontierland.
  • Character Dining – Character dining is a great way to introduce youngsters to Disney characters. At select locations, a cast of characters will visit guests at their tables. For reservations, call 714-781-DINE. Another tip: Many Disney restaurants offer children’s menus.
  • Healthful Dining Options – While special treats are part of the Disney fun, families can also choose nutritious snacks such as nuts, trail mix and fresh fruit from outdoor carts. Kids meals come with fruit or vegetables on the side, along with juice, water or low-fat milk. Fries and soda are available upon request, at no additional cost. Look for the Mickey Check symbol on menus, indicating the best nutritional choices for children. Additionally, For lifestyle dining options, or for requests from guests with food allergies or intolerances, there are a wide range of choices, from kosher to gluten-friendly and sugar-free.

 

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – From fast-casual fare to haute cuisine, the menu of dining options at the Disneyland Resort offers something for every guest. Here, waffles with the Disney characters are as celebrated as the spectacular creations at Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

The rise in fine dining at the Disneyland Resort is often an unexpected delight. At the hotels, top award winners are Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. A stellar wine program has elevated the quality of dining service throughout the Resort, with trained sommeliers in restaurants including Napa Rose, Steakhouse 55 and Storytellers Cafe at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge at Disney California Adventure Park.

Healthful Initiatives

Even though vacation may be a time for indulgence, Disneyland chefs provide healthful options. For lifestyle dining options, or for requests from guests with food allergies or intolerances, there are a wide range of choices, from kosher to gluten-friendly and sugar-free.

For families, the Mickey Check makes it easy to identify healthier food options in the all of the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, part of an ongoing program that launched in 2006 with nutrition guidelines. Choices that receive the Mickey Check must meet Disney Nutrition Guidelines that limit calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar. For example, Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland Park now offers seared salmon, spaghetti, broccolini and fresh fruit for kids. (Kids’ Complete Meals must be ordered without substitutions and include at least three of the following food groups: fruits and vegetables; low-fat dairy; whole grains; or lean protein, beans, eggs and nuts.)

The Mickey Check also appears on some Disney-licensed food products sold at retail locations, on qualifying recipes at Disney.com and Family.com, and on menus at quick-service restaurants at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World resorts.

Theme Park Eats
At Disney California Adventure, Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge is designed to be one of the premier dining locations at the Disneyland Resort. The cuisine is the star, with artisan ingredients, locally sourced produce, seafood and meats from throughout Southern California.

Also found on Buena Vista Street are three spots for quick bites: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe serving Disney baked goods and Starbucks La Boulange™ pastry items along with Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages; Mortimer’s Market with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks; and Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream.

Cars Land has three spots for guest to fuel up: Flo’s V8 Cafe with an on-stage rotisserie and house-made pies; Cozy Cone Motel with tasty cone-theme treats from churro bites to chili “cone” queso; and Fillmore’s Taste-In with whole and cut fruits, bottled water, juices and soft drinks.

Also at Disney California Adventure, guests can grab a sandwich or sweets at Pacific Wharf Café. Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill offers tacos with steak, pork, or grilled chicken.

Hearty Asian creations are served at Lucky Fortune Cookery, with beef, chicken or tofu with vegetables, rice and your choice of four sauces.

The dining pavilion in Paradise Pier provides plenty of seating and two restaurants. Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta offers something for everyone, from hearty pasta dishes to delicious salads and pizzas with flavors from traditional cheese to vegetarian with roasted seasonal vegetables. Next door, Paradise Garden Grill offers a Mediterranean spin with chicken, beef, vegetable and tofu skewers served with a choice of sauce, including Moroccan chili tomato and tandoori-spiced yogurt. Refreshing Greek salads and a kid’s menu also are available. The menu at Paradise Garden Grill often transforms to reflect seasonal celebrations such as Lunar New Year and holidays.

Corn Dog Castle serves a popular beach snack in two flavors, original and hot-link. Bayside Brews offers domestic and specialty beers on tap for guests 21 years of age and older, along with a selection of non-alcoholic beverages and warm, salted pretzels.

To while away a lunch, dine al fresco at Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery, with a menu of pastas, grilled sandwiches and California wines by the glass. At dinner, the menu adds fettuccine shrimp alfredo, herb-roasted chicken alfredo and braised lamb shank. The      Alfresco Tasting Terrace, on the second floor of the Golden Vine Winery, offers small plates of classic Mediterranean favorites complemented by wines from the “Disney Family of Wines,” a collection whose vintners have a personal connection to the Disney name.

In Disneyland Park, favorite quick bites include Disney baked goods and Starbucks La Boulange™ pastry items along with Starbucks coffee and espresso beverages from Market House on Main Street, U.S.A.; cheddar broccoli soup or clam chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl and shrimp salad from the Harbour Galley in New Orleans Square; sandwiches and sweets from the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street, U.S.A.; easy-to-eat skewer snacks at The Bengal Barbecue and the legendary Dole Whip at the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland; Mickey-shaped beignets from the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square; hot pizza from Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port and a variety of Star Wars-inspired menu items from Galactic Grill in the Tomorrowland Terrace location, both in Tomorrowland.

For a relaxing meal, spots such as Carnation Café on Main Street, U.S.A., serve generous salads and the legendary loaded baked potato soup, along with Walt’s favorite meatloaf and fried chicken. Guests will find lunchtime favorites like fish and chips, chili in a sourdough bread bowl and ice cream sundaes, in an entertaining indoor setting at the The Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. Enchanting Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square, one of the most- requested reservations, offers diners specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and filet mignon.

Cafe Orleans, also in New Orleans Square is the perfect spot to people watch as you grab a bite—fan favorites include the bourbon street chicken and famous Monte Cristo sandwich. Casual, family-friendly eats are on the menu at Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., and River Belle Terrace in New Orleans Square, a table-service location serving up barbecue favorites. For authentic Mexican, Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland dishes up taco and burrito platters, and now serves breakfast. Hungry BearRestaurant, nestled in the shady trees in Critter Country, is a favorite for Disney fans who recommend the burgers and funnel cake.

Dining with Characters
For a leisurely way to enjoy a delicious meal and time with Disney characters as they stop by each table for photos and autographs, make reservations for a Character Dining Experience. These include:

  • Disneyland: Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., daily Minnie & Friends – Breakfast in the
  • At the hotels: Chip ‘n Dale Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe, located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, offers a delicious breakfast buffet, while Goofy and his pals entertain at Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel for daily brunch and At Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Mickey Mouse and friends entertain at the Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends in Disney’s PCH Grill.

Advance Dining Reservations are recommended, and can be made by visiting Disneyland.com/dine or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

Downtown Disney District

Diverse flavors offer a variety of choices for any palate in the Downtown Disney District, from spicy pasta jambalaya and grilled bourbon-glazed salmon at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen to steelhead salmon and suckling pig at Catal Restaurant. The Downtown Disney District is conveniently located just outside the theme parks and near the hotels.

Hearty dishes (and 175 TV screens, including the ones in the restrooms) give ESPN Zone diners plenty of energy for the restaurant’s interactive ESPN Zone Sports Arena. For California-inspired cuisine, take a seat at La Brea Bakery, and try a grilled panini or homemade soup.

For Mexican, it’s Tortilla Jo’s handmade tortillas; for Italian, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria and adjacent Napolini for thin-crust pizzas, pastas, soups and sandwiches. Kids love the tropical storms, waterfalls, aquarium and live parrots at Rainforest Cafe , where guests enjoy choosing from more than 50 varied items on the menu.

The original Starbucks location at the Downtown Disney District brings one of the coffee company’s most engaging experiences to guests with technology and content designed specifically for this store, including an interactive touch screen and 10-foot video installation.  In addition to its regular beverage and food selection, the store offers some of the rarest coffees available. A second Starbucks location at Downtown Disney is located next to Disney Vacation Club near the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland Monorail Station.

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About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year- round.

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Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle Theatre Offer Something for Everyone

ANAHEIM, Calif. Explore seven exciting lands that bring to life Disney stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining. The two most recent additions—Buena Vista Street and the awe-inspiring Cars Land—join the themed lands of Grizzly Peak, Paradise Pier , Pacific Wharf, “a bug’s land” and Hollywood Land. With so much to do day and night, Disney California Adventure Park has something for every member of your family.

In summer 2018, Pixar Pier will open as a new land in Disney California Adventure, featuring four whimsical neighborhoods where guests can step into beloved Disney•Pixar stories. The first neighborhood, inspired by “The Incredibles,” will feature the exciting new Incredicoaster, and others will celebrate themes from Pixar favorites such as “Toy Story” and “Inside Out.”

A recent addition to Disney California Adventure is Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Guests are the protagonists of a rockin’ new adventure as they help rescue a cosmic gang of misfits in this thrilling attraction fueled with high-energy, hilarious action that will be fun for Super Hero fans and those who are discovering this story for the first time.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! entices guests with an original storyline based on “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, comics and animated television series, with a rapid rise into chaotic adventure and surprising visuals. The fast-paced action rocks to the beat of music inspired by the films’ soundtracks, including classic rock and pop music from the ‘60s, ‘70s and early ‘80s. And with multiple ride profiles, guests never know which adventure they’ll get.

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a theatrical adaptation based on Disney’s animated blockbuster film, is performed daily at the Hyperion Theater. This theatrical interpretation for the stage immerses audiences in the beloved world of “Frozen” and takes audiences on the heartwarming journey of Anna and Elsa, with all of the excitement of live theater. The show features elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, and show-stopping production numbers.

Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure Park, added more fun and attractions such as Radiator Springs Racers and the Carthay Circle Theatre in 2012. These exciting lands were part of a five-year expansion that added more Disney and more experiences for guests of the Disneyland Resort, a world-class, family vacation destination with two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

From the thrills of Cars Land to the romance of Buena Vista Street, Disney California Adventure is a testament to what Disney Parks does best – connect guests to the iconic stories, characters and music they love, helping them make shared memories to last a lifetime.

Guests enter Disney California Adventure through another lively and richly detailed land, Buena Vista Street. The themed and designed entrance brings the spirit of Walt Disney into the park as never before, immersing guests in a locale reminiscent of Los Angeles in the 1920s, a time and place full of hope and optimism. With its familiar shop names, period costumes and architecture, Buena Vista Street is inspired by the “city of dreams” Walt Disney found when he arrived by train in California.

The icon of Disney California Adventure, the Carthay Circle Theatre, is a majestic building at the end of Buena Vista Street that recalls, in name and architectural style, the great California movie palace where “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered in 1937. Carthay Circle Theatre, home to the Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, anchors the plaza from which guests set out to experience all the thrills, excitement and wonder of Disney California Adventure. Upstairs, guests enjoy Southern California cuisine and the ambience of a post-gala party at Carthay Circle Restaurant, while the ground floor Carthay Circle Lounge offers appetizers and bar service, along with historic photographs and exhibits.

The Red Car Trolley, based on Los Angeles’ historic Pacific Electric Red Car Line, transports guests from Buena Vista Street down Hollywood Boulevard, to the footsteps of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!. Street characters and entertainers such as the “Red Car Trolley News Boys” and “Five & Dime” add to the lively fun along Buena Vista Street, engaging guests as they step back in time.

The expansion of Disney California Adventure, announced in 2007, has produced a succession of new entertainment and attractions.

  • Toy Story Mania! opened in 2008, inviting guests into an interactive, ride-through, attraction where they enter a 4-D carnival midway hosted by characters from the Disney●Pixar movie “Toy Story.”
  • “World of Color,” the nighttime water spectacular, debuted in 2010 and the popular show has been seen by more than 5 million guests.
  • In 2011, the park reached its next milestone with the premiere of The Little Mermaid
  • ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, a ride-through attraction based on the Disney animated classic movie.
  • Additional highlights include new restaurants such as Paradise Garden Grill and the enhancement and re-theming of such attractions as Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Games of the Boardwalk, Silly Symphony Swings and Goofy’s Sky School.

The transformation of Disneyland Resort, a world-class, multi-day, family vacation destination, began in 2001 with the opening of Disney California Adventure, the Downtown Disney district and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Since then, the Disneyland Resort has continued to grow with the addition of popular attractions and shows such as “Frozen — Live at the Hyperion” and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa was recently refurbished, bringing new magic to the deluxe hotel with completely redesigned guest rooms plus a refreshed lobby, pool area and concierge-level lounge. The most extensive refurbishment since the hotel’s 2001 opening elevates the premium guest experience and brings a contemporary approach to the Arts & Crafts design style.

In 2009, the resort completed a major expansion of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which included the first West Coast destination for Disney Vacation Club.  A magical renovation of the signature Disneyland Hotel was completed in early 2012, including re-imagined guest rooms, a new restaurant and bar, and a new pool with monorail-themed water slides.

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The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and the reimagined Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprised of unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its fun “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visitwww.disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

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“I really feel like I was born to make this game,” says Hana Lee, senior producer on Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion. In fact, she adds, “I was actually born on May the Fourth, Star Wars Day.”

When Lee and her team first saw behind-the-scenes footage of a porg on StarWars.com, she knew the creatures were the perfect fit for a fun, standalone Facebook game. “It goes without saying that porgs are just really adorable,” she says. “And even months before the movie came out, you could see porgs everywhere, on mugs and T-shirts and stuffed animals, so it was pretty natural for us to say, ‘Hey, why don’t we bring the porgs to life in a video-game format?’ And our leadership was so open and great in supporting us and saying, ‘Yeah, you know what? Have fun with it!’” In about nine weeks, the team went from concepting the game and drawing up a design document to testing and polishing the finished product. “It was a very fun and exciting process.”

Lee and the rest of the Porg Invasion team at DCPI devised the game’s core concepts, locked in their design doc, and then collaborated with developer HitPoint Studios to get the project delivered on time. They also worked closely with Lucasfilm’s Douglas Reilly, who served as executive producer on the game and provided valuable feedback regularly throughout the process.

Because of the production timeline — the game launched on December 15 alongside The Last Jedi — much of the initial design work for Porg Invasion had to be done in a single day. “We’re all old Atari-type gamers, and we just love the classic arcade style. So we said, ‘You know what? It’d be fun, and also not intimidating for casual gamers, to introduce what we called whack-a-porg-style game.’ Players manage their time between BB-8 and Chewbacca, and all the while try to whack the porgs [with BB-8’s “Grabber Claw” ability].” (As seen in the Star Wars Blips short, “

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Most of the game’s action centers around Chewie trying to repair the Millennium Falcon and make the jump to hyperspace; the porgs keep getting in his way, so it falls to BB-8 to wrangle them up. Using simple touchscreen controls, players command both the droid and the Wookiee. “We love both casual and ‘hardcore’ games,” Lee says, “but one thing that we really wanted to do was to make it a time-based game, kind of like Diner Dash married to whack-a-mole.” One of the challenges that arose from this inspired scenario, however, was keeping the porgs likable despite being the player’s main nuisance.

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Without access to the completed film, Lee and the rest of the team turned to other The Last Jedi media, like the children’s book Chewie and the Porgs, to gain a deeper understanding of the galaxy’s newest critters. “We just took a piece from everything that was available, and tried to crack the porgs’ personality that way. The whole dynamic between them in the book is that Chewie’s clearly taking care of the porgs, and they’re hanging out, but the porgs can also be a bit of a menace [Laughs].”

The primary goal for Porg Invasion, Lee says, was to make a game that anyone could easily pick up and play, for any length of time — at home, on the subway — on any device. But it’s also got a built-in competitive component, as well. “There’s two modes,” she says. “One is single-player, and you can get the high score, share that, and then invite your friends to challenge and beat you. The second is labeled ‘multiplayer,’ but it’s a team challenge, where you can challenge a group of friends, and whoever scores the highest will be assigned the rank of captain, or lieutenant, depending on how you perform. You can make it really interactive with friends by forming a group and competing against each other — in as big or small a group as you want.”

Porg Invasion is the first Star Wars game her team at DCPI has worked on, but Lee hopes it won’t be the last. The team recently released Disney Magic Timer, an app for kids that incentivizes proper tooth-brushing habits by keeping them company with an augmented-reality version of BB-8.

“We have a plethora of porg puns among our core team, and after a while I think we went a little porg-crazy. We’re big porg fans, so what happened was, little by little, we started accumulating porg merchandise. In our office, we have stuffed animals, mugs, pencil toppers, all these random things we started collecting along the way. We’ve become sort of ‘porg adopters.’ I feel like, in those nine weeks, we went through our own little battle together and survived, and now we have a beautiful and fun game to show for it, so we’re very happy,” she says. “The reception has been really overwhelming. The audience that we were targeting has shown us so much love.”

When she finally saw The Last Jedi in theaters, Lee found a new level of appreciation for the porgs. “I really liked that the porgs were a reprieve from all the serious stuff that’s going on,” she says. “And porgs themselves represent such innocence — the goodness and whimsy of life. Although they are not a big part of the film, I think that they serve the purpose of reminding us of what life is about: there’s fun to be had, and maybe it’s not so serious, after all.”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Porg Invasion is available now to play for free exclusively via the Instant Games platform for Messenger and Facebook News Feed.

Alex Kane is a journalist based in west-central Illinois. He has written for Glixel, Kill Screen, Polygon, the website of Rolling Stone, and other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @alexjkane.

The Last Jedi introduced us to tons of new characters, locations, and technology, but some of the coolest new additions to the galaxy are the ships. Whether you prefer vehicles of the Resistance or the First Order, we’d like to know which is your absolute favorite of the new transports. Have a good reason? Let us know in the comments below why your ride beats out all the rest!

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The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to host basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling and e-sports, and is the only venue of its size in America specifically designed with cheerleading and dance competitions in mind

Lake Buena Vista, FL – As the 20th anniversary celebration of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex continues, Walt Disney World Resort opens a new multi-purpose arena at the complex that includes streamers, a high-energy cheerleading routine featuring Minnie Mouse in her new cheerleader uniform and an official ribbon-cutting moment.

The grand opening ceremony on Jan. 12 will showcase the new multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, which continues the growth and expansion of the 220-acre Disney sports venue, widely regarded as the leading facility for youth sports in America. The launch of the arena – the third indoor competition venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – marks yet another milestone for the Disney sports facility.

The 8,000-seat arena, one of the largest in the nation designed specifically for cheer and dance events, will host a variety of major indoor sports events, ranging from basketball to volleyball to gymnastics to wrestling, and even some e-sports events.

ESPN Wide World of Sports executives and longtime partners from AAU and Varsity will be on hand to officially dedicate the 300,000-square-foot indoor venue, which will host its first event this weekend – the UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship.

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex opened in 1997 and pioneered a new type of sports vacation experience where athletes at all levels and ages can pursue their sports dreams. Over the last two decades, Disney has expanded its sports business with a relentless growth strategy centered on enhancing existing events, developing new and more diverse events such as tournaments, competitions and entertainment and creating additional sports experiences that exceed the expectations of guests in a way that only Disney and ESPN can. 

Event Date: Friday, January 12

 

Where: • The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. Media parking in the first two rows of the main parking lot

 

Time:
  • 3:30 pm – Ribbon-cutting ceremony
  • 3:40 pm – Media interviews and photo ops
  • 4 pm – Media tours of the Arena
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Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader. Jyn Erso versus Director Krennic. Finn versus Captain Phasma. Salacious Crumb versus R2-D2. Finally, there’s a game celebrating the iconic rivalries of a galaxy far, far away. (Well, except that last one.)

Today, Lucasfilm and Disney officially announced Star Wars: Rivals — the first real-time Star Wars competitive action shooter for mobile devices. Highlighting legendary clashes, the character roster is an all-star lineup spanning multiple eras of Star Wars, allowing players to experience the saga’s most famous conflicts. The gameplay is rooted in cover-based PvP skirmishes where players build the ultimate team to challenge opponents in combat arenas. Get a first look in the screenshots below.

Key features include:

Compete in PvP Arenas: Dominate your opponents in this fast-paced PvP shooter as you challenge players cross-platform in real-time combat arenas. Avoid taking damage by strategically utilizing your surroundings, targeting and destroying your enemies with mobile-optimized controls. Swap your Heroes in-and-out during the heat of battle, instantly altering how the game is played.

Build the Ultimate Combat Team: Collect Heroes to assemble the ultimate team and unlock increasingly rare and powerful Heroes as you advance through Arena Leagues. Choose from a cast of legendary Heroes including Princess Leia, Poe Dameron, and Lando Calrissian — each with different roles that you mix and match to gain a tactical advantage.

Confront Your Rivals: Experience iconic rivalries from the Star Wars universe like Han Solo and Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Finn and Captain Phasma, and more. Defeat rivals in combat to gain extra Battle Points and win faster as you ascend the leaderboards.

Master Iconic Weapons and Special Abilities: Rule the playing field with powerful weapons like Chewbacca’s bowcaster, Han Solo’s DL-44 pistol, and Boba Fett’s EE-3 carbine rifle. Master special abilities unique to the Star Wars universe like Darth Vader’s Choke and Admiral Ackbar’s devastating Orbital Strike.

Utilize Faction Bonuses: Form teams of the same faction like the Rebellion, Empire, First Order, and Underworld to gain faction bonuses for increased damage, health regeneration and more.

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Battle in Familiar Star Wars Locations: Use cover, elevation, and destructible environments to your advantage as you take down rivals in PvP arenas across familiar environments that span multiple Star Wars eras including Bespin, Scarif, Jakku, and the Death Star.

Enlist in a Guild: Strategize with guildmates to climb the Arena leaderboards and claim Credits, Data Tapes, and Reward Crates to unlock featured Heroes and level up characters in your roster.

Star Wars: Rivals is available for pre-registration on Google Play now. Players who download from Google Play will get a special bonus: exclusive access to death trooper support units. Available for a limited time at launch, death troopers (Rogue One‘s black-armor clad elite Imperial forces) fight alongside players in PvP skirmishes using advanced weaponry to lay down cover fire. That’s something even Director Krennic would love.

App Store users will get exclusive access to Rebel Special Forces (SpecForces) support units for a limited time when the game launches. The SpecForces are the most elite soldiers the Rebellion has to offer, fighting alongside the players in skirmishes and restoring health on the battlefield.

Prepare to take on your Star Wars rivals…anywhere you go.

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Much to Learn You Still Have is a rundown of trivia and fun facts, both in-universe and behind-the-scenes, about the aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. Whether you’ve never set foot in a cantina or you’re a well-traveled Jedi Master, you’ll find the intel you need.

Canto Bight is an opulent haven for those in the galaxy looking for a good time, but for Star Wars fans who are into aliens, it’s a veritable theme park. The first flyover shot of the casino’s tables introduces us to a plethora of new characters, species, and interesting storylines that you can explore deeper in the Star Wars: Canto Bight collection of novellas. Here are 10 of the aliens you should know that make their debut in the high stakes city of Canto Bight.

1. Slowen Lo

Everyone has a nosy neighbor, and for the entire casino of Canto Bight, that neighbor goes by the name of Slowen Lo. When Finn and Rose make their ungraceful arrival on the city’s shores, Lo is not happy with them. Why? Because he has waterfront property next door and doesn’t care for all the commotion. You might wonder how an average-looking Abednedo can afford such a prime spot, but this guy has a fun backstory. He actually made his fortune selling sculptures made from driftwood, which is undoubtedly a lucrative business in a city where people have more money than they know what to do with. The poor guy’s eyesight began to fail him which could have seriously impacted his art career, but not to worry. All that money can buy an alien some sweet surgically implanted lenses to fix that.

Fun fact #1: The character of Slowen Lo is voiced comically by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. However in early cuts of the film, Rian Johnson gave the character a voice inspired by a laid-back surfer type.

2. Lexo Sooger

The most famous masseuse of Canto Bight, Lexo Sooger is the main character of “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing,” the novella by Rae Carson in Star Wars: Canto Bight. In the story we learn a ton about his species, Dor Namethian, who at first glance resemble a more hunchbacked Kaminoan of Attack of the Clones fame. However through his stories of maneuvering the Canto Bight underground, we learn there is much more to Lexo. For starters, he’s an adopted dad to a young human named Lula, a poor girl abandoned by her family and left to work in the stables. Sooger’s fingers have the ability to vibrate and he has special receptors that can detect lactic acid buildup, both vital perks for a masseuse. That necklace he wears is not purely ornamental, it actually translates so he can communicate with aliens from all over the galaxy. Though the coolest of Sooger’s abilities is a skill in which he can release a pheromone into the bloodstream of other aliens creating a sort of truth-telling serum. This definitely comes in handy when dealing with the shady business he sees each day at Zord’s Bathhouse. Lexo is a very interesting character, and though his appearance in the film was sadly cut (fingers crossed for the deleted scenes!), you can learn even more about him if you read his novella that I can’t recommend enough.

3. Bargwill Tomder

Hitting the Zinbiddle tables isn’t the only way patrons of Canto Bight make their credits. Who could forget the majestic fathiers, the racehorse-inspired creatures that are forced into a sad life of servitude? Their lives certainly aren’t improved by Bargwill Tomder, the surly, whip-toting alien of the Cloddogran species who tends the stables. Tomder is notorious for being quite lazy and relying on the abandoned stable children, or urchins as they are called, to do most of the work with the animals. His appearance is nauseating, with rotting teeth, an oozing complexion and infected nose tendrils all wrapped up in clothes that haven’t been washed in years. Even Lexo Sooger who has massaged some of the most nasty characters of the galaxy claimed Tomder was the most revolting creature he’d ever encountered. But lucky for Lexo, the infections on his face make the oafish boss easy to contaminate with mind-altering pheremones.

4. The Lucky Three

Thodi, Dodi, and Wodi. Three names that sound a little silly though perfectly represent these grinning lizard-like dapper dressers. They get their feature in Star Wars: Canto Bight’s “The Ride” novella by John Jackson Miller, and you can’t help but love them. They’re actually three brothers and their species name, the Suertons, is derived from the Spanish word “suerte” meaning luck. Thodi’s the oldest, followed by the jokester Dodi, and finally the youngest and life of the party, Wodi. The boys have an uncanny ability to subconsciously affect probability, an obvious advantage at the casino tables, though they don’t always win big. Without spoiling their novella, let’s just say they’re a trio of lighthearted gentlemen who spend their days winning, losing, and winning again all while other casino patrons attempt to replicate their bets. If you’re ever trying to locate them at Canto Casino, they’ll be in the middle of a posse of suspicious management and leeching “friends.”

Fun fact #2: You can see the Suerton brothers in the casino flyover shot and two of the three are played by Warwick Davis and his daughter Annabelle.

5. Ubbla Mollbro

One of the more comical bits of the Canto Casino scene occurs when Miss Ubbla Mollbro makes her debut. A Xi’dec opera singer, Ubbla’s body is covered in eggs and swathed in a self-spun chiffon drape that she may be hoping will attract a wealthy mate or hatching partner. Though in addition to her engorged egg sacks (yes, gross, but Visual Dictionary-confirmed) Mollbro has a trusty pet she carries around to the casino. Look closely when she lets out her operatic wail and you can see Ubbla let go of her floating dog like a runaway helium balloon.

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6. The Band

They may not be a single alien, but Canto Casino’s rocking trio definitely deserve our attention. Underground locations like the Mos Eisley cantina, Jabba’s palace, and Maz’s castle in Star Wars past have given us wonderfully catchy tunes to bop along to and these guys don’t disappoint. They’re actually members of the Palandag species, and though we haven’t seen them before we know that they go by the names Jhat, Dhuz, and Hhex and are naturally musically-inclined. Their exolungs make blowing the f’nonc horn a breeze and they even communicate through musical sounds of varying pitches. I personally love their mossy tree trunk-like design, especially their eye sockets at the base of their heads that are easy to miss at first glance. If you’d like to hear what these guys can do, pick up the Star Wars: The Last Jedi soundtrack and give the track “Canto Bight” a listen. The tune is a real toe-tapper and, at around 40 seconds in, you can start to hear some really fun horns that may be of the f’nonc variety.

7. Thamm

If you look around the gambling tables of Canto Casino, chances are you might catch a glimpse of the tiniest of the croupier that goes by the name of Thamm. He might not look like much, but he’s got it where it counts. And by that I mean, he’s a true friend who will console you after you’ve lost all your money and have to shine shoes to get back to your home planet. In addition to his boisterous yet sweet personality, Thamm has a smell to him that puts Canto Bight patrons at ease. What exactly does that little guy smell like? We don’t know for sure but according to Neal Scanlan via notes provided to the Lucasfilm Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo, Thamm is “very flatulent, but his natural gas is rather pleasant and soothing.” He’s also my favorite vest-wearing cutie this side of Crait.

Fun fact #3: The character of Thamm was actually both a puppet and a computer-generated character in the film.

8. Kedpin Shoklop

You may think you need a certain level of class, sophistication, and credits to spend time in the Canto Casino, but that’s not always the case. In Saladen Ahmed’s “Rules of the Game” novella from Star Wars: Canto Bight we get to know a certain alien of the Wermal species, Kedpin Shoklop. Kedpin actually won a trip to Canto Bight from his company Vaportech when they named him “Salesbeing of the Year,” and though he may resemble a chewed piece of gum crossed with a cycloptic pig, he’s the real deal when it comes to friendship. Kedpin’s Wermal species requires him to be moisturized all day, making him tote around vaporizers, humidifiers, and, most importantly, his trusty eye wipes. He’s a really fantastic character, and though his scene was ultimately cut from the film (but also played by Warwick Davis!), Kedpin’s novella was incredibly entertaining and I could only hope to see him pop up somewhere in the future.

9. Baron Yasto Attsmun

The Baron has a rather brief moment in The Last Jedi but he certainly cannot be missed. He’s enjoying a champagne-like beverage on his yacht with Ubialla Gheal, a character featured in Mira Grant’s short story “The Wine in Dreams” and described as “beauty, grace, and charm personified.” His ship is called the Undisputed Victor, and though his flashy possessions may be admirable, his demeanor toward servile beings needs some work. According to the masseuse Lexo Sooger, he never acknowledges the less elite members of Canto Bight society let alone even look them in the eye.

Fun fact #4: Baron Yasto has a speaking line in the film, however it’s an alien language. Or is it? Listen closely and he actually proclaims “Pablo-Rayne-Kiri,” or the names of Lucasfilm Story Group members Pablo Hidalgo, Rayne Roberts, and Kiri Hart. Bonus fun fact: the voice is Rian Johnson.

10. Dobbu Scay

The final alien on this list was one of my favorites in the film, and the behind-the-scenes fun facts make him even more special. If you recall the scene where BB-8 so graciously accepts coins in his body from a bumbling casino patron, you’ll have seen the alien by the name of Dobbu Scay. Though I wish I knew more about his species, his name is an anagram of Star Wars: The Last Jedi editor Bob Ducsay and the voice acting is done by a familiar talent in the Star Wars family. Yep, Dobbu Scay is actually Mark Hamill.

Are there any other aliens you’re dying to know more about? Pick up Pablo Hidalgo’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi — The Visual Dictionary and Star Wars: Canto Bight to dig much deeper into the glamorous world and stumble upon many more fun facts! Did I forget some of your favorites? Let me know who I may have left out in the comments below!

For more on Star Wars: The Last Jedi aliens, Easter eggs, and behind-the-scenes details, check out the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi Secrets Explained special, hosted by Andi Gutierrez!

Sources: Star Wars: Canto Bight, Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, John Jackson Miller, Del Rey, 2017; Star Wars: The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary, Pablo Hidalgo, DK Children, 2017.

Dana Jennings is Lucasfilm’s associate producer for StarWars.com. You may remember her from such polls and quizzes as, “Who Wore it Best?” and “Which Star Wars Character Should You Invite for the Holidays?” When not acting as chairman of the Nien Nunb Appreciation Society, she can be found working hard to make sure The Star Wars Show stays fully operational or dressing up as Kevin the Ewok. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for all these things and more!

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