There’s no denying it: Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is slowly becoming Disney’s Star Wars Studios. Classic rides like The Back Lot Tour, attractions like the Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground, and the show Lights, Motors, Action! have all closed down to make way for the 14 acre expansion that will one day be Star Wars Land. And, while I’m completely happy with the Star Wars additions to the park, many are becoming disgruntled over how the park is no longer focusing on the magic of the movies… more like just one movie in particular.
Star Wars has slowly begun to take over the park through the years and especially once Disney acquired the rights to Lucasfilm back in 2012. It all started with a small corner of the park with the store Tatooine Traders and Star Tours. On December 4, 2015, it expanded to the Star Wars Launch Bay that acts as a character meet and greet spot, a killer store, and a museum solely dedicated to the Star Wars saga. On top of that, there are two shows that take over Hollywood Boulevard: Star Wars: a Galaxy Far, Far Away and, of course, the nighttime fireworks show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. But it doesn’t look like Disney is stopping any time soon, despite the fact that Star Wars Land is currently in the works.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights is coming to a galaxy near you sooner than you might think.
This new, specially ticketed after-hour event is coming to Hollywood Studios on April 14, 2017 for what appears to be a one night only event (though the name Galactic Nights makes us hope that this will become more than just a one time event). For $129, you can don your best Star Wars cosplay and spend 7pm-midnight running around Disney’s Hollywood Studios with fellow Star Wars geeks.
Ride Star Tours: The Adventure Continues and see if you’re the rebel spy.
Dance the night away at the Rebel Base in front of the Chinese Theater.
See your favorite Star Wars celebrities in the motorcar parade (Guests haven’t been announced just yet).
Take part in a galactic scavenger hunt throughout the whole park.
And meet your favorites characters from both the films and television shows at random character meet and greet spots all over the park… including BB-8 who is coming to America for the first time since his debut at Hong Kong Disneyland a few weeks ago!
This special event is taking place right in the middle of the Star Wars Celebration being held in Orlando from April 13-16, both of which are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original saga’s premiere. It may not be as grand as Star Wars Weekends was in the past but it’s a nice addition to the park for any Star Wars fan. Here’s hoping that this special event will be extended for more than just a single night to continue the celebration of the incredible story that is Star Wars.
Amanda Woomer-Limpert is the Geekiverse’s Disney expert and an avid Star Wars fan. She has been the rebel spy on Star Tours more times than she can remember.
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