New Star Wars Experiences Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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A galaxy of new Star Wars experiences is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning mid-December. The announcement -- made today at Walt Disney World Resort -- noted that some of the coming-soon additions are inspired by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" that opens in theaters worldwide on Dec. 16. Guests, including fans of the epic space saga, will find new entertainment, special displays inside Star Wars Launch Bay, a first-ever themed tour and more at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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New Star Wars Experiences Debut in December

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More new Star Wars experiences are coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios early next year, in addition to those that will begin December 1 as announced in last week's AllEars newsletter: Star Wars Launch Bay, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, Path of the Jedi, and an updated Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. Starting January 5, 2016: First Order Stormtroopers will be patrolling the park, interacting with guests as part of their mission to find members of the Resistance The fireworks show called "Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular" will be performed nightly. The show will be set to music from all the movies in the Star Wars saga. Star Wars-inspired food and beverage offerings will be available at various locations inside Disney's Hollywood Studios. Various novelty items and specialty foods, such as Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, BB-8 Lemon and Butter Cream cupcake, as well as a Han Solo Souvenir Kid's Meal served in a Han Solo-themed bucket, will be offered for purchase. In addition, there will soon be a dessert party during the Star Wars-themed fireworks show that will feature themed desserts, specialty drinks and a souvenir Chewbacca stein.
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Star Wars Enhancements, New Experiences Coming Soon to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

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Several Star Wars-related changes have been noted around Disney's Hollywood Studios in the last few weeks: Watto's Grotto, selling a variety of Star Wars-themed merchandise, has opened on the site of the former AFI Showcase, near the Studio Catering Company. Additionally, construction of the new Star Wars Launch Bay in the Animation Courtyard is in progress and is expected to be completed in December.
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Star Tours Midnight Meetup

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Star Tours closed on September 7, 2010 to be converted to what has affectionately been called Star Tours 2.0, or Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. To celebrate its reopening, Disney hosted a midnight meet up on Friday, May 20 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The event was announced on May 5 and you had to RSVP … Continue reading "Star Tours Midnight Meetup"
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Star Wars Weekends 2011

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Star Wars Weekends (SWW) began in 1997. However, the SWW did not become a regular, annual event until 2003. Since then, each year has had exclusive merchandise and a logo, a motorcade and other events. The Weekends feature celebrity guests who are on hand to sign autographs (FastPasses are a MUST if you want an … Continue reading "Star Wars Weekends 2011"
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Star Wars Creator George Lucas and Disney’s Bob Iger Launch Star Tours Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (May 20, 2011) – Star WarsTM creator George Lucas and Disney President and CEO Bob Iger wielded lightsabers amid a legion of stormtroopers Friday to open “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue,” a new 3-D adventure at Walt Disney World Resort. A cast of hundreds of Star Wars characters and performers … Continue reading "Star Wars Creator George Lucas and Disney’s Bob Iger Launch Star Tours Attraction at Walt Disney World Resort"
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Star Tours Soft Opening

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On Monday, May 16, I was lucky enough to be at Studios while they were testing, or soft opening, Star Tours. This was huge for me. I loved the original attraction and it’s among some of my first Disney memories. I won’t spoil anything but I’ll provide some generic details. The new signs look fantastic. … Continue reading "Star Tours Soft Opening"
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