New Star Wars-themed Events Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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So, Star Wars….pretty good franchise….am I right? Of course, I’m right! I know that there are those who are anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While you may be waiting a little bit before the land opens, I do have some fun and exciting news to share with you about some new experiences you’ll be able to enjoy starting soon!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is quickly become Star Wars central and beginning on April 4, that fact will be ramped up even more, as new live entertainment will begin.

First, a brand new live stage show will debut called Star Wars: A Galaxy, Far, Far Away. This new show will celebrate all the iconic moments from the Star Wars stories. It will also feature characters from the universe including Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Chewbacca. Guests will be able to experience this show multiple times a day at the Center Stage, found in the main hub of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in front of The Great Movie Ride.

In addition, there will also be a daily processional called the Stormtroopers March. Multiple times a day, Guests will be able to march with Captain Phasma who will lead First Order Stormtroopers from the Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage.

Perhaps the most exciting news though is that beginning this summer, a brand new fireworks spectacular will debut, inspired by the Star Wars saga. This blockbuster new nightly showcase will be unprecedented because it will include not only fireworks, but also lasers, light projections, as well as other special effects. Oh and don’t forget that incredible John Williams score.

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The neat part about this show will be the incredible use of projections which will show up on the Chinese Theatre and other surrounding buildings. Guests will gaze at the twin suns of Tatooine, push through a field of battle droids, navigate through an asteroid field, soar down the trench of the Death Star and deliver the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base. And because everything is better with fire and spotlights, the show, which will unfold through a series of acts, will be punctuated by a tower of fire as well as powerful spotlight beams that create lightsabers in the sky. No date has officially been announced for the most elaborate fireworks show Disney’s Hollywood Studios has ever seen.

Of course, the other recent new Star Wars offerings will continue, including the Star Wars Launch Bay, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, new scenes for Star Tours: The Adventures Contineu, and more.

Let’s just say it…it’s an exciting time to be a Star Wars fan. Don’t you agree?

Rikki Niblett

I am a co-host of the Be Our Guest Podcast and do lots of other fun Disney stuff all around the interwebs! You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @RikkiNibs or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/rikkinibs

11 thoughts on “New Star Wars-themed Events Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • February 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm
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    Can you add these to the shows/attractions on the HS touring plan site? Working on my TP right now for April!!

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    • February 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm
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      We’ll eventually support these new shows within the personalized touring plan software, but we’re unlikely to do so until show times have been announced.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    Great. Just great.
    While the new fireworks show had the advantage of great viewing from many spots, including outside the park, this new replacement will pretty much require viewing from Hollywood Blvd and the central plaza.
    Probably a nice show, but most guests will have little chance to see it. (And many of those that do get into the main viewing area will end up watching it via someone’s iPad screen.)
    And dollars to donuts says that JarJar will be nowhere to be seen.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    I just hope they give us enough time to get from Fantasmic down to a decent viewing area. We shouldn’t have to choose.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    My family has reservations for a Fantasmic! Dinner package (in late June). Will Fantasmic! Be replaced by the new fireworks show? If not, which will go on first?

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    • February 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      The Disney Park Blog comments say that it’s NOT a replacement to Fantasmic. If it’s like the current show though, you may need to choose one or the other in order to get a decent view of the new show.

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  • February 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    I’m sure there’ll be a Dessert Party available to secure a good view! Or maybe even an add on to the Fantasmic Dinner Package?

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  • February 19, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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    Thank you Rikki for the update! We are going on Sat 4/9. Glad to hear about new stuff replacing the closures planned for April 2nd.

    Star Wars: A Galaxy, Far, Far Away stage show and Stormtroopers March will help fill some gaps when they begin April 4th, but there’s no HS fireworks planned for April? The current fireworks are slated to end in March 🙁 And these new AWESOME ones won’t start until summer?

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    • February 20, 2016 at 10:34 am
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      I think the current fireworks are continuing through Spring now. Disney has times for them online and the ability to add them to your plans past March.

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  • February 20, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    Fantasmic is still on our to-do list, and it looks like it just got bumped again! We’ll see how the timing works out, but Star Wars is more important. I’m excited!

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  • February 22, 2016 at 9:21 am
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    Sooooo… Disney removed the giant hat so they could erect a permanent temporary stage that looks worse than the hat?

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