The Force is Strong at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Star Wars Weekends Adds Another Weekend in 2014
In celebration of all-things-Star Wars, the annual Force-filled Star Wars Weekends is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort for an additional weekend in 2014. A 5th weekend will expand the event to every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16-June 15, 2014, giving guests an extra weekend to experience one of the largest Star Wars parades in the world, meet-and-greets with their favorite Star Wars characters and celebrities, the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind Star Wars memoribilia and much more. Also adding to the fun, a gala fireworks show featuring Star Wars music will be presented each evening during this year’s event weekends.
Marketplace Co-Op Opening Soon at Downtown Disney
A new merchandise location, the Marketplace Co-Op, is coming to Downtown Disney Marketplace in spring 2014. The shop will have six boutiques that showcase new and innovative merchandise and will serve as a testing space for new Disney retail concepts, shops and products. When it opens, the Marketplace Co-Op’s six new boutiques will be:
- Beautifully Disney - A beauty destination from women featuring make-up, fragrance and beauty accessories.
- Centerpiece – Home products with a Disney flair that includes room furnishings, textiles and everyday ware.
- Cherry Tree Lane - Accessories for the sophisticated woman with a passion for scarves, shoes, bags and jewelry.
- D-Tech on Demand - A place to personalize and customize electronic accessories.
- The Trophy Room - Vintage-inspired, lifestyle sports apparel and collectibles.
- Zoey and Pickles - A girls’ destination containing the latest trends and glamour for the up-and-coming fashionista.
Part of the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, the Co-Op will occupy the space that formerly housed Team Mickey.
New Food Trucks Open at Downtown Disney
Four new Disney Food Trucks will roll out at Downtown Disney serving delectable bites from around Disney Parks every Wednesday through Sunday. Guests can sample from the many variations on hearty meatballs at Superstar Catering, such as a spinach and feta meatball sandwich or meatball sliders for kids. At Namaste Café, options include tasty butter chicken, tandoori spiced shrimp served with basmati rice, naan and pickled veggies and more. The Fantasy Fare truck lets guests try legendary hand-dipped corndogs from Disneyland Resort, among other dishes. Or, nosh on festival favorites such as lobster rolls or pierogies at World Showcase of Flavors truck. The Disney Food Trucks will be parked at Downtown Disney West Side near Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues.* Prices vary from $8.99 to $16.99. *Note: Actual parking location may vary.
Disney Ships Receive Top Recognition from Cruisers
Disney Cruise Line ships were recently recognized at the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice awards, receiving 29 awards, including 13 number one awards such as Best Overall, Best for Families, Best Dining and Entertainment, Best Service, Best Cabins and Public Rooms for the Disney Fantasy in the Large Ship category. Also, all four Disney ships were ranked among the top cruise ships in the world on the Conde Nast Traveler 2014 Reader’s Choice list, taking home four of the top five spots in the Best Large Cruise Ships category.