New Star Wars Adventures at Walt Disney World

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New Star Wars Adventures at Walt Disney World
Last night was the Live Stream of Walt Disney World transforming the iconic Spaceship Earth in the Death Star for the launch of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story movie coming out December 16th, 2016. It was truly a sight to see and I wish they did it on a regular basis because I am slightly obsessed with Star Wars and well I could stand there and look at this all night! 

Cast Member – Ma’am, the park is closing now. We need you to start heading towards to the gates. 

Me – *waves hand in front of cast member* These are not the tourists you’re looking for, move along.

To celebrate the upcoming release of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," the iconic Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World Resort transforms into the dreaded Death Star from Star Wars. The spectacular moment took place Dec. 5, 2016, and included the announcement of new Star Wars experiences coming to Walt Disney World this month and throughout 2017. Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Galen Erso in "Rogue One," made a jump to hyperspace, arriving just in time for the special event. (Kent Phillips/Walt Disney Co.)
To celebrate the upcoming release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the iconic Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World Resort transforms into the dreaded Death Star from Star Wars. The spectacular moment took place Dec. 5, 2016, and included the announcement of new Star Wars experiences coming to Walt Disney World this month and throughout 2017. Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Galen Erso in “Rogue One,” made a jump to hyperspace, arriving just in time for the special event. (Kent Phillips/Walt Disney Co.)
During the live stream they announced a bunch of great new things coming to Disney Parks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios to be exact. Beginning mid-December. 

Premiering this Month

  • Star Wars Launch Bay – a multi-sensory space celebrating all things Star Wars – is now updated with authentic replicas from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” joining other Star Wars memorabilia in the preview gallery. Making-of footage from “Rogue One” has been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.2016-05-07_033507968_1e2f8_ios
  • In the popular daytime stage show “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show Dec. 16. Performances daily.
    Starting Dec. 16, guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be able to see AWR Troopers from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" when they join the popular daytime stage show "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away." Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly-placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire. A new Troopers sequence will join the show, which runs daily at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
    Courtesy of Disney Parks
  • The fan favorite nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through Dec. 31. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.img_3077
  • Starting mid-December, randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours – the Adventures Continue, the popular attraction that uses motion simulator-based technology. Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.

New in 2017
For the ultimate fan comes the ultimate tour. An all-new Star Wars guided tour is a seven-hour immersion in all the park’s current Star Wars experiences. Here’s what it includes:snab9620

  • A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide
  • Priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
  • An in-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
  • A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, as well as reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
    Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens starting December 2015. During the opening months, all guests who ride Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force when guests will travel to the new destination. Disney's Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.(Disney)
    Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens starting December 2015. During the opening months, all guests who ride Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force when guests will travel to the new destination. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.(Disney)

Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Priced at $129 per person, tours begin Jan. 2 and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations for January tours can be made soon.

This latest flight of additions celebrating the Star Wars saga continues to elevate the Star Wars presence at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Entire Star Wars-themed lands are now under construction at the theme park and at Disneyland Park in California.

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks)
Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks  (Disney Parks)
I’m impatiently waiting for all the Star Wars goodness! 

 

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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