Now that the new Star Wars prequels are being released, the timing is right for Disney to do what it does best – build experiences around the movies at their theme parks. And that’s exactly what Disney has planned, with an all- new land being built at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando that will complement many of the new shows and experiences already being rolled out for 2016. Find out what Disney has in store for this whole new world.

Star Wars Land Coming to Disney Hollywood Studios

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Flying standby means my family gets to go to some pretty cool, faraway places. Places as far-flung as Denver to Dubai – which has been the farthest we’ve flown yet all by way of standby passes. But, imagine if you could travel to another planet? In a galaxy far, far away? Disney World is getting ready to make that happen with plans for an all-new Star Wars-themed land – totaling 14 acres in all – at Disney Hollywood Studios.

Already this year, Disney has been rolling out new Star Wars attractions and immersive experiences at Disney Hollywood Studios. Everything is Star Wars, from the all-new Star Wars Launch Bay, the live stage show, “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” to an incredible new nightly fireworks show set to the epic John Williams theme music we all know and love: Symphony in the Stars – A Galactic Spectacular, set to debut in June, 2016, replacing the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. Read more about everything Star Wars for 2016 at Disney Hollywood Studios here and here.

 

 

Star Wars Experiences Coming to Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney has already broken ground and construction is underway for some super exciting immersive experiences, attractions and dining options on an entirely new planet on the outer rim. There you will meet characters both familiar and not so familiar in a “never-before-seen place where you can live your own new Star Wars story,” says Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive with Walt Disney Imagineering.

For all of us big kids who imagined ourselves in these places while playing with our Millenium Falcon and Death Star on the shag carpeting of our parents’ living rooms some 40 years ago, this is a dream come true. We will finally be able to step into this iconic galaxy and experience not only the sights and sounds, but, the smells and tastes too. Imagine drinking some really cool and unique cocktails while interacting with the locals in the Star Wars Cantina; listening to the exotic sounds of the planet’s best entertainers while dining on the planet’s local delicacies at its finest dinner club; shopping for trinkets in an open-air street market run by aliens and droids and offering your kids blue milk with their lunch served to them by a friendly local. This new Star Wars-themed land promises to be a fully immersive experience in every way imaginable.

 

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Soon In A Galaxy Near Yours

Since 1987, Star Tours has been one of Disney World’s most beloved attractions. Now there will soon be two all-new iconic signature attractions that will push the boundaries beyond anything you’ve seen before.

  1. Millenium Falcon: Pilot this beloved ship and fire its laser cannons in an immersive ride that allows you complete control of the ship. This is sure to be one of Disney’s most popular rides to date.
  2. Battle Between the First Order and the Resistance: This experience was described as a battle taken straight out of the new “Star Wars” films where you are transported right into the middle of all the action. Which side will you choose?

For my family, Disney Hollywood Studios has been one of the least favorite parks of all the parks at Walt Disney World since we first starting visiting in 2012. Two of the most exciting rides there – the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock N Roller Coaster – terrify our nine-year-old daughter, who refuses to ride them again after having ridden each once. This limits the amount of rides there are to do at this park with the exception of Toy Story Mania! . The rest of Hollywood Studios is filled with shows and experiences, which, besides the Jedi Training Academy, don’t interest my family all that much. Once this whole new world is built, packed with action, adventure, mystery, drama and of course humor – I can see Disney Hollywood Studios becoming one of my family’s favorite parks of all time. We can’t wait to visit!