Set Course for a Space Vacation
Disney Parks announce Star Wars projects around the world.
During a recent visit with France’s President Macron in Paris, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced a $2.47 billion investment in Disneyland Paris that will include a brand-new Star Wars area, set to be built alongside a huge Marvel superhero experience and a new attraction based on the hit animation Frozen (2013), which will be opening in phases from 2021. Meanwhile, in an event at Disney’s D23 Expo Japan 2018, Bob Chapek— the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts—was on hand to reveal further exciting details about the Star Warsthemed hotel planned for Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. Chapek announced that the hotel will connect seamlessly with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new land opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year, D A The Watchlist ILM takes YouTubers behind the magic head of February’s Academy Awards, renowned effects house Industrial Light & Magic (a nominee for the hotly-contested 2018 VFX Oscar, for their work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi) released a quartet of video shorts on its YouTube channel, peeling back the digital layers on some of the movie’s most striking effects sequences. These fast-paced featurettes, released under the banner Behind the Magic, lift the lid on the Battle of Crait, The Hanger, Bombing Run, and Creating Supreme Leader Snoke. Watch them all by searching ILMVisualFX on YouTube. offering a totally immersive, 24-7 experience of life in a galaxy far, far away. The adventure begins the moment guests arrive at the hotel, the interior of which will replicate a starship in breathtaking detail, from guest quarters to a stunning bridge area (as seen in the above concept art). An opening date for the hotel is yet to be confirmed, so watch this space.