As the world eagerly awaits the new Star Wars Film, “The Force Awakens”, Disney is wasting no time in bringing the movie and the hoopla surrounding it to it’s theme parks. The new attractions and festivities start in December, and we’ll give you the inside scoop in this article.
As you know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. In preparation, beginning on December 1st, Disney will make some additions to Hollywood Studios.
First, in the Animation Courtyard, there will be a new area called Star Wars Launch Bay. In this exhibit, you’ll be able to meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca, see behind-the-scenes information on the movie, and of course see special The Force Awakens exhibits.
Second, there will be showings of a new film entitled “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi”. This is an introductory film into the world of “Star Wars Rebels”, which Disney is obviously looking to continue promoting during this exciting time period.
Third, Star Tours will be getting a temporary overhaul. As you know, Star Tours has a variety of different adventures that you can go on. But for a short time, Disney will make sure that everyone gets to experience some of the new adventures, which will be themed around the upcoming movie. After a few months, they will revert the ride back to a random format, with the new scenes still a part of things.
The final change will be a change in the Jedi Training Academy. This will be renamed “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple”. In this new attraction, youngsters will go to the site of an ancient Jedi temple. There they will face Darth Vader. But a new character will be introduced, named the Seventh Sister. This character is from “Star Wars Rebels”.
Star Wars Weekends Gone?
It has also been announced that there will be no Star Wars Weekends in 2016, and it looks like this will be a permanent move. Let’s face it, this is a move that was bound to happen at some point. With the work on Star Wars Land being started in 2016, Disney is pulling the plug on the weekends. Perhaps Disney just wants guests to get used to the absence of these festivities. It makes sense because soon there will be an entire section of Hollywood Studios. With reports of a Star Wars themed fireworks show, an entire land and with all of the changes taking place December 1st, you’ll be able to get the full Star Wars experience year-round, and not just on specific weekends.
What do you think of these changes!