TV Review / Recap: “Willow” Establishes Its World and Characters Before a Cliffhanger Reveal in Episode 1 – “The Gales”

I have a confession to make as Laughing Place’s certified Lucasfilm fanatic: I’ve never been the biggest fan of the movie Willow. In the summer of 1988 I was old enough (eight, to be exact) to see the Ron Howard-directed fantasy romp in the theater, but it didn’t stick with me the way other big-budget […]

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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Ride Vehicles Being Changed, Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner Comments on Chapek, Walt Disney World Railroad Could Reopen Before Christmas, & More: Daily Recap (11/29/22)

We bring you a lot of stories every single day. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. So in case you missed anything from our feed, we have rounded up all our stories in one place to get the news at a glance. Here is your Daily Recap for Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

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New Trailer for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water, Disney CEO Iger says Apple Takeover Is Just ‘Speculation’ – Disney Entertainment News Today 11/29

That’s it for today; we hope you enjoyed this Daily Recap. Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 11/27/22 (New Ahsoka Tano Ear Headband, Kermit Loungefly Backpack, TRON Lightcycle Run Testing, & More)

Seasons greetings! The holidays are in full swing at Walt Disney World. We’re out and about at Magic Kingdom, and excited for you to follow along in today’s photo report. We’ll be finding new Loungeflys, new ear headbands, and more. Let’s get going.

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A quick wave to all our friends!

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Inside the Emporium, we found a precious new kids Christmas cooking apron.

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Embrace the powers of Ahsoka Tano! New Ahsoka Tano ear headbands are stocked at the Emporium. We first found these at Disneyland. They can come home with you for $29.99.

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Across Main Street, U.S.A., we saw the perfect Loungefly backpack to match the Ahsoka Tano ear headband. You can find this new “Star Wars” themed Loungefly at Uptown Jewelers for $75.

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Kermit is featured on another new Loungefly, also found at Uptown Jewelers.

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It’s time to check on our favorite construction project, TRON Lightcycle / Run. We didn’t notice any work being done on the landscapes, or surrounding areas.

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They were testing the coaster, which always a thrill to see. It’s rumored to open in early April.

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Today’s moment of zen is brought to you by Prince Eric’s castle.

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“The Santa Clauses” is now streaming on Disney+, and we found a small ornament inspired by the show at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

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We popped over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort to check out some of their Christmas decorations.

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This Christmas tree is ginormous! She does look a little tilted.

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The lobby has a few strands of garland and a few wreaths hanging on the more bare walls.

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Don’t forget about the giant 50th Anniversary gingerbread castle on the 4th floor. We’re stopping here to grab some cookies. Thanks for following along today, and we’ll see ya real soon!

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New Kermit the Frog Loungefly Backpack Arrives at Walt Disney World

Muppet fans rejoice! Kermit the Frog has hopped into Walt Disney World this week and brought his banjo with him! We found him on this new Kermit the Frog Loungefly backpack at Uptown Jewelers in the Magic Kingdom.

Kermit the Frog Loungefly Backpack – $75

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The front pouch features Kermit playfully strumming his signature banjo as he sits on a stump surrounded by lily pads, flowers, and butterflies.

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The backpack is ivory with green piping and straps. The pattern all over features Kermit doing various activities such as riding a bike, lounging, and playing the banjo.

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The interior lining has a black background and features pictures of Kermit’s face, flowers, and butterflies.

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It may not be easy being green, but people will be green with envy when you add this new Kermit the Frog Loungefly backpack to your collection. Are you planning on purchasing this new backpack? Let us know in the comments below!

Check out other Loungefly backpacks we’ve found around Walt Disney World lately:

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“Willow” Q&A Suggests Possibilities For Future Of Disney+ Series

A special Q&A Panel celebrating the upcoming Disney+ series, Willow, suggested that not only could there be a potential for a second season of the series, but the possibility of an actor returning from the original film. What’s Happening: In a recent Q&A at held at the historic El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood celebrating the new […]

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Floral Peach Spirit Jersey Now Available at Walt Disney World

Even though winter may be just around the corner, this cozy floral peach Spirit Jersey with flowers and butterflies will uplift your spirits until spring arrives.

Walt Disney World Spirit Jersey for Adults – Peach – $89.99

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This beautiful soft pink spirit jersey is a medium-weight fabric made from 100% cotton. It has an embroidered “D” on the upper left chest and “Est. 1971” underneath. Beautiful embroidered flowers and butterflies cascade down both sleeves.

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On closer inspection, we can see intricately detailed embroidered pink and yellow flowers with soft green leaves running down the sleeve.

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The pink and white embroidered “D”, taken from the original Walt Disney World logo, sits on the upper left chest. “Est. 1971,” embroidered in pink is found below.

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“Walt Disney World logo” – embroidered in pink and white – stretches across the back.

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The jersey has dropped shoulders, a pieced yoke, a ribbed crew neck and cuffs, and a shirttail hem.

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A blue woven Spirit Jersey label at found on the side hem.

Not only did we find this spirit jersey available for sale at shopDisney.com, but they also have a Disneyland version available.

Is this pink spirit jersey a “must-have” for you or someone special? Let us know in the comments below.

Check out some of the other spirit jerseys available at Walt Disney World:

New Elsa Youth Spirit Jersey by Brittney Lee at Walt Disney World

New Tie-Dye Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Spirit Jersey at EPCOT

Bundle Up for Winter With Three New Holiday Spirit Jerseys at Walt Disney World

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Disney Reportedly Paid Less Than 3% Value for Unfinished ‘Global Dream’ Cruise Ship

About two weeks ago, we reported Disney had purchased a massive 19-deck cruise ship called Global Dream, which remained unfinished at the time. Now we’ve learned Disney paid a comparably paltry sum for the massive ship.

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According to the German business news site Capital, Disney reportedly paid only $41 million for the still-unfinished Global Dream ship, which was around 75% finished while construction was underway at MV Werften in Wismar, Germany. The shipyard, owned by the ship’s former owner Genting Hong Kong, had gone into administration following its parent company’s bankruptcy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Dream was originally estimated to cost around $1.8 billion to construct, leaving Disney with significant financial room to improve the ship while still coming in under cost for a new ship. At a $41 million cost, that’s just over two percent of the original ship’s estimated cost.

Disney is expected to work with their typical shipbuilder Meyer-Werft, who will temporarily take over operations of the former MV Werften shipyard in Wismar to complete and outfit the new ship before its new owner ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems takes over the yard in 2025.

Disney is expected to spend another $1 billion in converting and finishing the ship according to Capital, although new SEC filings state “total costs are anticipated to be less than our recent fleet additions,” also noting the cost of the ship was “not material.”

Disney Cruise Line noted the “acquisition of a partially completed ship that will bring the magic of a Disney Cruise Line vacation to new global destinations” at the time of purchase. It will “feature innovative Disney experiences along with the dazzling entertainment, world-class dining, and legendary guest service that set Disney Cruise Line apart.”

The ship is expected to have its maiden voyage in 2025 with a passenger capacity of approximately 6,000. It will be renamed, likely in line with the other Disney Cruise Line ship names (such as Disney Magic, Disney Wish, and Disney Dream).

Are you excited to see a surprise eighth ship added to the Disney Cruise Line family? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Droid Depot Tumbler & Plenty of Apparel Land at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland

If you are looking for a holiday present for the Star Wars fan in your universe, Droid Depot in Disneyland Park might be a good place for you to shop. Not only can you construct your own droid there, the merchandise offered for Star Wars droid fans covers many varieties of droids. Let us take a glance at some newer items in this store.

Protocol Droid Hoodie ($64.99)

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This zipper style hoodie shows a droid on the front on one side with a pocket on the other side. We find a small insignia of “Industrial Automation” towards the top of the hoodie.

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The back features Aurebesh, the language from the Star Wars franchise, reading “astromech.” In addition, a large clue in the middle row alerts all guests to the reason the droid type shown on the front looks familiar to them.

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C1 Series Droid Youth Shirt ($34.99)

If looking for a gift for someone wearing a youth size shirt, this C1 Series Droid shirt might fit the bill.

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This pocket t-shirt has a C1 series logo on the front in the bottom corner. While in the top area of the, a C1 Droid comically looks to be leaving the pocket on this shirt to go get some work done.

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On the back, we see a colorful Aurebesh text with a shadow effect reading “Astromech.” When paying for premium t-shirts, it is nice to have a design on the front and the back.

BB-8 Youth Hoodie – $49.99

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This hoodie is blue and white, with a BB unit pictured across the front. It has an orange pocket beneath “8 BB Series Astromech.”

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The hoodie reads “astromech” in orange Aurebesh.

Droids Youth Tee – $34.99

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This blue tee features R2-D2, Chopper, BB-8, a pit droid, a mouse droid, and a GNK (Gonk) droid.

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Chopper and the Gonk droid are on gridded patches.

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Lifting them reveals some extra art.

Youth Pit Droid Shirt – $39.99

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This black and white long-sleeve shirt features a blue pocket with a pit droid sticking out from the top.

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A Droid Depot patch is sewn on near the bottom.

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The back side features a number of droids like BB-8, R2-D2, and the pit droid stacked on top of each other.

Droid Friends Youth Sweater – $39.99

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The sweater is black and white with blue gridded forearms.

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R2-D2 Youth Pullover – $49.99

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This pullover sweatshirt is white with dark blue sections, inspired by the coloring of R2-D2.

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“Industrial Automaton” is on the pocket.

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A diagram of an R2 unit is on the back.

Droids Ball Cap – $29.99

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The front of this cap is blue, and “Astromech” is in white, gray, blue, and orange Aurebesh letters.

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The back is white with holes.

BB-8 Youth Crop Top – $34.99

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The blue crop top reads “BB8 Industrial Automaton” next to a pocket with a BB diagram popping out.

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It has an elastic waist. The Aurebesh reads “Astromech.”

IG-11 Adult T-Shirt – $39.99

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This light blue tee highlights the iconic IG-11 assassin droid from “The Mandalorian.”

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The statistics on the side note he was reprogrammed to be a nurse droid for Grogu, as happened in season 1.

Youth B1 Battle Droid Pullover Hoodie – $44.99

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This light blue hoodie has a black-and-white Separatist Battle Droid on the front along with “B1 Battle Droid”. It reads “Baktoid Combat Automata” on the left breast, presumably the in-universe manufacturer.

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There’s some rather unique velcro-button hybrids as well.

IG-88 Bounty Hunter Sweater – $49.99

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All in grey this time, we see the IG-88 Bounty Hunter droids from Holowan Laboratories. These droids were initially created to be assassins, although one in particular became a feared bounty hunter during the Original Trilogy era.

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The sleeve pocket bears the Droid Depot logo.

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His statistics are printed on the arm.

Youth Droideka T-Shirt – $29.99

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This youth tee has a diagonally-cut white and grey coloring.

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“Droideka” and its statistics are listed on the upper left chest.

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On the lower right, we see a black-and-white depiction of a Droideka along with labels on its features.

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The back has the same color scheme, with “Colicoid Creation Nest” written on the upper back.

BB-8 Tee – $36.99

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The BB-8 shirt for adults is entirely dark blue, with a small white image of BB-8 on the chest.

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“Industrial Automaton” is below him and “BB8” is next to him.

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Just like the others, “Astromech” is on the back in Aurebesh.

R2-D2 Pullover Sweatshirt – $59.99

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This sweatshirt has a drawstring cowl neck.

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“R2 R-Series Astromech Droid” and “Industrial Automaton” are on the left breast. “Astromech” is once again repeated in Aurebesh down the front.

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An R2 diagram is on the back.

IG-11 Bounty Hunter Open Edition Pin – $12.99

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This open edition pin highlights IG-11, the bounty hunter-turned nurse droid from “The Mandalorian”. The design is primarily orange.

R2 Series Open Edition Pin – $12.99

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This pin features R2-series droids, most iconic for being the series R2-D2 comes from. The pin is on a red background, with R2-D2 at the center and the Droid Depot logo below.

Droids Tumbler with Straw – $24.99

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This tumbler is clear, with a white grid pattern and several droids stacked on top of each other on one side.

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The sculpted straw holder on the lid is R2-D2 surrounded by other droid heads.

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It includes a translucent yellow straw and a teal-green lid.

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The cup is 780 ml / 26 oz.

We found all of these new items at Droid Depot in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, so set your coordinates to Batuu to pick up the latest in droid apparel! And let us know which of these you’ll add to your wardrobe in the comments below.

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D23 Gold Members Can Attend Opening Night of Mickey Mouse One: Walt’s Plane at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Join D23: The Official Disney Fan Club in celebrating Walt Disney’s birthday with the induction of his plane into the Palm Springs Air Museum on December 5th, 2022. What’s Happening: After an amazing preview of the plane at D23 Expo, Mickey Mouse One has made its long-term home at the Palm Springs Air Museum. This commemorative […]

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