Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is opening in theaters worldwide on December 16th. To celebrate, Spaceship Earth was transformed into the Death Star for a one time special event. This photo here is when it “attacked” and I could hardly keep my cool. I was completely in awe. For those of you who don’t want to miss a beat when it comes to Star Wars offerings at Walt Disney World, check the new and updated offerings below.
Death Star Spaceship Earth
New and Updated Star Wars Offerings at Hollywood Studios December 2016
Star Wars Launch Bay has been updated with replicas from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Making-of footage from Rogue One has been added to the “Meet the Makers” film featured in Star Wars Launch Bay.
In the stage show Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, guests will get a first look at AWR Troopers from Rogue One beginning December 16th. “Outfitted in their specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam, these soldiers serve as bodyguards and enforcers for Director Krennic, a highly placed officer within the Advance Weapons Research (AWR) division of the Empire.”
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16th joining Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! through December 31st. The show will continue to be presented in 2017.
In mid-December randomized tracks will be returning to Star Tours – Instead of each ride experience launching from the planet of Jakku, the attraction will be randomized to both start and end at different locations for every galactic journey. New scenes from “Star Wars: Episode VIII” will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.
New in 2017: Star Wars Guided Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
A seven hour Star Wars tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be available beginning January 2017. It’s $129 per person, tours begin January 2nd and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations for January tours can be made soon. Here’s what it includes:
A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide
Priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Encounter two Star Wars characters (Chewbacca and Kylo Ren) at Star Wars Launch Bay
An in-depth, insider’s tour around Star Wars Launch Bay
Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi”
Enjoy Star Wars-themed menu items during dinner at Backlot Express
A spot in the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party, which includes themed sweets and specialty beverages, and reserved viewing for the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show
Younglings ages 4-12 on the guided tour package can also train in the way of The Force in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Disclosure: I was invited to EPCOT for this event.