May the 4th Be With You – Happy Star Wars Day!
Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is home to Hollywood Studios where you can celebrate the entire Star Wars galaxy within one magical park. Here is an overview of all that they have to offer that will delight any die-hard fanatic of the legendary films.
After the sun sets, the magic of the franchise extends skyward for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. This incredible fireworks display will transport you to a galaxy far, far away with iconic music from the series, pyrotechnics, video projections, lightsaber lasers, and the famous characters from Star Wars. You’ll feel like you are reliving scenes from inside the popular saga. Watch a dazzling array of colors fill the night sky during a legendary space battle which is the most elaborate show of its kind in Hollywood Studios history. Keep in mind that you can also enjoy the fireworks show from a reserved VIP viewing area and partake in themed desserts and drinks for an additional fee.
Hollywood Studios is also home to a brand new, live-action stage show featuring all your favorite characters. In Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away on Hollywood Boulevard, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, BB-8, Kylo Ren, plus more featured players from Rouge One combine to reenact pivotal scenes from the films. You can catch this exciting performance daily starting at 11:30am.
Do you have a little Jedi that wants to learn to use the force? You’ll want to head to the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost as soon as Hollywood Studios opens. Here you can register them for a spot in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple at Echo Lake. This one-of-a-kind experience is for kids between the ages of 4 & 12 and availability is limited. They will master skills to defeat Darth Vadar during a lightsaber showdown.
Star Wars Launch Bay is a special new attraction where you can totally geek out on all things from this legendary movie series. Explore movie props, models, costumes, and artifacts from all the films, including Rogue One plus, you'll also have the chance to meet Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and others so keep your camera handy. In the Launch Bay Theater, you can watch a continuously running film that gives you a behind the scenes look on the ever expanding franchise as well as interviews with the directors, writers, and producers. Don’t forget to bring some cash so you can take home exclusive souvenirs from Launch Bay Cargo after your visit.
If the older kids and adults are craving a more thrilling attraction, they will enjoy Star Tours – The Adventures Continues. This is a 3D motion simulated journey into the Star Wars Galaxy that you must be 40 inches or taller to ride. While queuing up, you’ll pass Ewok cottages, AT-ATs, R2-D2, and C-3PO who is your pilot on this wild ride through space while dodging Imperial forces. When your flight comes to an end you will disembark into Tatooine Traders retail store where you can build your own lightsaber or droid or pick up some super neat Star Wars Mickey Ears.
For all the Star Wars newbies out there, you might want to stop in to watch Star Wars: Path of the Jedi to get up to speed on what has happened in the galaxy thus far. This 10-minute film is a quick “CliffsNotes” overview of the Jedi journey. You’ll get to see a compilation of notable moments from the franchise plus some hints at what is to come next in the saga.
Do you crave an all-access, ultimate, VIP Star Wars experience unlike any other? The Star Wars Guided Tour is all that and more! It combines ALL of the attractions mentioned above with extra special perks and treats. A reserved viewing area awaits you for the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show where you will indulge in yummy themed desserts while you watch. The 7-hour guided journey will also include a Star Wars dinner at Backlot Express.
The combination of real-life secret mission plus an iPhone/Android app to guide your way, the Star Wars Rebels Adventure makes you feel like you are on a quest straight from the films. This interactive adventure is fun for the whole family or group and it kicks off with an Imperial recruitment banner draped across your hotel room door. Once inside, you’ll find all the tools needed to carry out your tasks like, an Imperial Security Satchel, Rebel Diversion Tattoos, Rebel Data Card Lanyard, lightsaber, and journal for crucial notes in order to complete the mission, plus much more. It is imperative that you experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continues to collect all relevant data needed to unlock your mystery box containing the medal of honor just like the one in Star Wars: A New Hope that is waiting for you back in your hotel room.
Whether you're a first-time visitor, or you've been here many times before, Hollywood Studios is always an exciting destination. Check with your local AAA Travel branch for available deals and packages to suit any Star Wars lover. Our AAA Travel experts are ready to customize your Disney itinerary from start to finish so you can relax and enjoy your visit. Call 1-800-444-8691 and start making your plans today.