Thursday August 29, 2019 starts an exciting chapter at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The world-renowned and celebrated Walt Disney World Resort made headlines on Wednesday, announcing the historic opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; a revolutionary storytelling experience amidst exuberant fireworks. The outstanding ceremony kicked off with the presence of chairman Bob Chapek while flanked by prominent Star Wars characters. With just under a day to open, the public is already sensing a whole new world of entertainment.
The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will propel a new journey,setting a distinct benchmark in the history of immersive storytelling. You can create your own experiences as you immerse yourself deeply into developing your one-of-a-kind Star Warsstory. Besides your story creation activities, an extensive variety of scrumptious food and refreshing beverages make a wholesome entertainment package worth reliving. The Blue Milk and Green Milk is something not to be missed while at the studio.
This expansive 14-acre themed land is also dotted with a fascinating line of commercial outlets to lure guests with an iconic collection of gifts, souvenirs, collectibles and themed memorabilia.Check out the Astromancy droids that interact with other elements to enhance the adventurous experience. Apart from customization options for these characters, guests can take back droid-themed apparel and toys.
If lifelike adventure at the studio is not enough, more adventure awaits guests with a workshop enabling customization in a mystical setting. You get a more civilised age experience where you can create your own lightsabres.
Visit Den of Antiquities to grab fascinating selections of the rarest and mysterious items covering various Star Wars galaxy eras.
This technology-driven, advanced portion of land takes guests on an expedition of a lifetime with something unique in every corner and every experience. A whale of time awaits visitors when they come across iconic Star Wars characters. The planet of Batuu is a remote spot in the studio that houses the sights and sounds never witnessed before.
What you get to witness in the most exhilarating attractions is, everything takes place in real time. You get a chance to dive into the most exuberant series of actions in Millennium Falcon. Come December, guests can get their hands on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Gear up to immerse yourself in a never-before battle and the first ever experience that leaves your wondering if its fantasy or reality.
Lucasfilm Ltd. is the mastermind behind the Star Wars franchise and a global leader in digital entertainment production. The latest development at the ground-breaking land expansion in Walt Disney World Resort is the powerful collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd.
The thrilling journey date back to 1987 when Star Wars Tours attraction first launched at Disneyland Park in California. Since the conception of the idea and its successful implementation, these two world leaders have joined hands to bring creative storytelling and larger-than-life entertainment production to consumers fingertips.
A piece of History
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is one-of-a-kind entertainment space to integrate with Play Disney Parks mobile app. Interactive adventures and exuberant experiences lighting up the surroundings are the unique features of the app. You can create your own Star Wars Datapad when you get down to play Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in the app.
The app empowers users to engage themselves completely with the land to discover hidden secrets.
Oil rises on positive forecasts, slow U.S. output restart
By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Tuesday, underpinned by the likely easing of COVID-19 lockdowns around the world, positive economic forecasts and lower output as U.S. supplies were slow to return after a deep freeze in Texas shut down crude production.
Brent crude was up 36 cents, or 0.5%, at $65.60 a barrel by 1212 GMT, and U.S. crude rose 39 cents, or 0.6%, to $62.09 a barrel.
Both contracts rose more than $1 earlier in the session.
“Vaccine news is helping oil, as the likely removal of mobility restrictions over the coming months on the back of vaccine rollouts should further boost the oil demand and price recovery,” said UBS oil analyst Giovanni Staunovo.
Commerzbank analyst Eugen Weinberg said optimistic oil price forecasts issued by leading U.S. brokers had also contributed to the latest upswing in prices.
Goldman Sachs expects Brent prices to reach $70 per barrel in the second quarter from the $60 it predicted previously, and $75 in the third quarter from $65 forecast earlier.
Morgan Stanley expects Brent crude to climb to $70 in the third quarter.
“New COVID-19 cases are falling fast globally, mobility statistics are bottoming out and are starting to improve, and in non-OECD countries, refineries are already running as hard as before COVID-19,” Morgan Stanley said in a note.
Bank of America said Brent prices could temporarily spike to $70 per barrel in the second quarter.
Disruptions in Texas caused by last week’s winter storm also supported oil prices. Some U.S. shale producers forecast lower oil output in the first quarter.
Stockpiles of U.S. crude oil and refined products likely declined last week, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.
A weaker dollar also provided some support to oil as crude prices tend to move inversely to the U.S. currency.
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin in London, additional reporting by Jessica Jaganathan in Singapore; editing by David Evans and John Stonestreet)
UK-Japan trade deal settled nerves for Japanese firms, Honda executive says
LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s trade deal with Japan settled the nerves of a lot of Japanese businesses in the United Kingdom and gives them confidence about their future prospects there, a senior Honda executive said on Tuesday.
Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, has since the 1980s made the United Kingdom its favoured European destination for investment, with the likes of Nissan, Toyota and Honda using the country as a launchpad into Europe.
But Britain’s shock 2016 decision to leave the European Union had prompted Japan to express unusually strong public concerns. Their companies and investors warned that a disorderly exit from the EU would force them to rethink their four-decade bet on Britain.
“We welcome very much the Japanese trade agreement which as a Japanese businesses was very welcomed,” Ian Howells, senior vice president at Honda Motor Europe, told a parliamentary committee.
“On the point around confidence, that certainly amongst my peers in Japanese companies was very much welcomed, and probably settled a lot of nerves in terms of their trading prospects in the UK going forward.”
Britain and Japan formally signed a trade agreement in October, marking Britain’s first big post-Brexit deal on trade. It has also made a formal request to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Japan is also a member.
(Reporting by Kate Holton)
UK retailers see sharp fall in sales and mounting job losses, CBI says
LONDON (Reuters) – British retail sales fell in the year to February as stores cut jobs at a rapid rate, with only supermarkets reporting any growth during the latest COVID-19 lockdown, a survey showed on Thursday.
The Confederation of British Industry’s gauge of retail sales stood at -45, up only slightly from January’s eight-month low of -50. The measure points to falling sales and is below the consensus forecast of -38 in a Reuters poll of economists.
Retailers’ expectations for March – when non-essential shops will remain closed to the public as part of lockdown measures – fell to -62, the lowest since the series began in 1983.
In another sign of a changing consumer habits during lockdown, the survey’s gauge of internet retail sales hit a new record high.
“With lockdown measures still in place, trading conditions remain extremely difficult for retailers,” said Ben Jones, principal economist at the CBI.
“Record growth in internet shopping suggests that retailers’ investments in on-line platforms and click-and-collect services may be paying off, but the re-opening of the sector can’t come soon enough to protect jobs and breathe life back into the sector.”
Job losses among retailers accelerated according to a quarterly question in the survey. For the distribution sector as a whole, which includes wholesalers and car dealers, employment fell at a record rate, the CBI survey showed.
(Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken)
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