We’ve known for quite some time that there are some pretty big changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney recently released a statement that some of the cool new Star Wars attractions will be coming as soon as December 1st. This is unsurprising because the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is scheduled to hit the theaters on December 18th.
We’ll be heading down for our family vacation on December 5th so look forward to some reviews and great pictures of the new stuff soon from us here WDW Magical Memories.
Some of the attractions are being re-imagined and some of them are completely new. Here’s the breakdown.
Star Wars Launch Bay
Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in Animation Courtyard and Disney reports that it will be the primary place to immerse yourself in all things Star Wars. At the Launch Bay you will find:
- Launch Bay Cargo where there will be unique items for sale that you cannot find elsewhere
- The Cantina from the notorious Star Wars scene where Luke and Han first met
- Launch Bay Theater which will be showing a short behind the scenes films complete with interviews of the minds behind Star Wars
- A Character Meet & Greet where you will be able to meet Darth Vader and my favorite character, Chewbacca, who I’m told I have a striking resemblance to
The Star Wars Launch Bay sounds like it’s going to be a really cool place to hang out and explore. There will be replicas of large scale stuff used in the Star Wars movies, including some stuff from the upcoming new movie. It also sounds like there will be some new interactive games to check out.
Storm Trooper Patrols
Don’t be too surprised if you start running into Storm Trooper Patrols throughout the park starting soon. They will be on a mission to find members of the resistance and will be interacting with park guests. I hope that I get to interact with them soon.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
This will be an abridged film of Star Wars episodes I – VII in a cinema setting near Echo Lake. This film will cover all six of the current movies from the perspective of Luke Skywalker on his journey to becoming a Jedi Knight. It will culminate into the trailer of the new Star Wars film.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This is a great “ride” and I’ve enjoyed it every time I’ve been on it. The experience is always a little different and now they’re adding more new features to it.
According to Disney there will around 50 different experiences starting on December 1st. This is really exciting and I really can’t wait to see the new experiences.
It’s important to note that you don’t pick your experience. It is random.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
This was formerly known as Jedi Training Academy and is a really great program for kids aged 4 – 12. Man, I wish I was younger because this is a cool program.
In this interactive show, the trainees will go through a Jedi training to see if they have what it takes to become a Jedi Knight. It culminates in a showdown between the trainees and Darth Vader or Darth Maul and maybe some other new villains are coming to it..
We do know that new characters are being added including a new villain to battle from Star Wars Rebels.
A Galactic Spectacular
Hollywood Studios is getting a new nighttime spectacular: Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. This one does not start until January 5th, but if you are familiar with any of Disney’s fireworks displays, you will know that being disappointed by this one is not likely.
We don’t have too many details on it yet but we will be sure to update this post when we do.
I’m excited about the new Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios that are coming soon. And I’m excited that I’ll be able to get to see them in a few weeks. What are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below.