(Hands up if you’re Catholic and this *always* comes to mind? Yeah, me too.)
Celebrate, my young Padawans! New Star Wars offerings have landed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, just in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which hits theatres on December 18, 2015. From interactive exhibits to galactic-themed food, discover new and updated Star Wars experiences that bring you closer to the epic saga than ever before.
Now, where do I begin? Grab a “Hoth” chocolate (Get it? Hoth? I kill me!) and settle in, because I’ve been geeking out and can’t wait to share the fan fodder with you!
Star Wars Launch Bay. Also known as the place to be! Get an up-close look at replica props, models, costumes and artifacts from the Star Wars films. It’s like an epic Star Wars museum, and is FREE with park admission! *Happy Dance*
Launch Bay is also home to Launch Bay Theatre. Inside this stellar screening room, you’ll have a chance to watch a short film celebrating the Star Wars saga. (It’s only 10 minutes long, so it’s perfect for little attention spans.) The “behind-the-scenes” movie includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers and other key players responsible for bringing the Star Wars galaxy to life.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Hand down, this is my favourite thrill ride at Walt Disney World. It’s the kind of ride you need to do twice – or like, 20 times – because with 54 different adventures sets, it feels like a brand new attraction each time. And now, you’ll visit an all-new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
Inside Scoop: “During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force.” (Disney Parks Blog)
Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. Gather your favorite Jedi and Jawas to watch a very special fireworks spectacular. Picture it: a breathtaking display of twinkling lights fills the sky, as the thrilling sounds of John Williams’ classic Star Wars themes permeate the air. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!
Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular is presented nightly starting December 18, 2015. The show can be enjoyed throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Tomorrowland Theatre plays host to this dramatic film which compiles the most awesome Star Wars movie moments to tell the tale of the Jedi Order’s fall and return.
It’s like a 10-minute Coles Notes version for all Star Wars movies to date, and you can even schedule a FastPass+ to view it on your own time. Definitely a first-stop if you have a galactic novice in your party! (Although, nothing replaces 14 hours and 44 minutes of Star Wars movie fun.)
Tatooine Traders. Action figures, apparel, gadgets, LEGO kits, books and gifts galore – it’s a young Jedi’s dream! Descend upon this desert dome to procure rare Star Wars memorabilia and create your very own lightsaber or droid.
The exterior of Tatooine Traders is themed to resemble the buildings of Mos Eisley and Mos Espa. Expect to find exclusive The Force Awakens memorabilia in the coming months, including epic souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Of course we have to chat about the Jedi Training Academy! Now called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, the show includes two new showstopping features!
Watch younglings train in the ways of the Force and put their skills to the test to defeat the Dark Side… but move over Vader, there’s a brand new villain in town! The Seventh Sister from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels joins Vader to duel with half the trainees.
But it isn’t over yet… after each trainee has had their turn, the tyrant Darth Maul arrives, wielding his trademark dual-edged lightsaber. He confronts the Jedi Master’s apprentice in a choreographed battle that serves as the show’s new climax. EPIC!
Sounds like a dream come true? Your Star Wars adventure is only just beginning at Walt Disney World Resort… even more is on the horizon! In the coming years, the Star Wars experience at Walt Disney World Resort will make the jump to hyperspace with the addition of a Star Wars-themed Land.
“At 14-acres in size, Star Wars Land will be the largest single-themed expansion ever added to a Disney theme park. The massive new land will transport you to a never-before-seen planet—a remote trading port that acts as one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and stories come to life.”
Whenever you visit, it’s going to be a blast! Click here for more information about Star Wars at Walt Disney World Resort.