Take a Look Inside Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Park

Disney Parks, YouTube
Disney Parks, YouTube

On Christmas Day, Disney Parks gave Star Wars fans the best possible present by releasing a new trailer for its forthcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge amusement park. As Engadget reports, the amusement park will be opening at Disneyland in Anaheim, California in summer 2019 and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in the fall.

The trailer, which was uploaded to YouTube, offers a glimpse of two of the main attractions. Guests will have the chance to pilot the "the fastest ship in the galaxy" on a simulator ride called "Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run," according to Scott Trowbridge, creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering.

And that's just the warm-up. "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance" will be "the biggest and most immersive Disney Parks attraction ever," according to Disney Parks. Details are still scant, but the company revealed that riders will be pitted against the First Order and will even come face to face with Kylo Ren.

The trailer also lets you hear part of John Williams's new score, which was written specifically for the ride. Visitors to the park will find themselves on the Planet Batuu in a village called Black Spire, which is a remote trading outpost in the middle of a forest, according to The Verge.

"It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time to actually be standing there amongst the buildings, amongst the ships, and have this feeling that it is all real that has been brought to life and it is right there in front of you," Carrie Beck, vice president of the Lucasfilm Story Group, said of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. "It's overwhelming."

[h/t Engadget]

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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Getty Images

The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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