Central Florida is probably the best place (in this galaxy) to celebrate Star Wars Day. From the annual celebrations to the attractions open all year round, the iconic film franchise has had an undeniable impact on the local theme parks.
LEGO Star Wars Days ( May 5 – 6, 12 – 13, and 19 – 20)
The festivities kicked off on May 4th with the opening of the LEGO Star Wars “The Force Awakens’ Miniland display, a sprawling recreation of memorable moment from Episode VII made from thousands of LEGO bricks, lights, sound effects, and animation. Then starting May 5th, each Saturday and Sunday through May 20th will be full of exclusive LEGO Star Wars activities, like meet and greets with LEGO Darth Vader and hands-on LEGO Star Wars building activities.There will also be a brand new meet and greet opportunity with a character from The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights
Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a biannual celebration held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The upcoming after hours party for Star Wars super fans is May 27 from 7 PM – 12 AM. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costumes for a night of exclusive character appearances, discussion panels, and more! You’ll find Stormtroopers on patrol outside of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, AWR Troopers roaming around Animation Courtyard, and BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, and Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay. You may also witness the Imperial March; a dramatic battalion march down Hollywood Boulevard led by Darth Vader.
New to the event this month is Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, a panel discussion that takes guests behind the scenes of the new Star Wars land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. The sneak peak session will take place multiple times throughout the night at the Epic Theater. Stay tuned to the Tickets2You blog for more inside scoop on this event in the next few weeks!
Star Wars Convention
The Orange County Convention Center has been hosting the annual Star Wars Celebration for 13 years. The convention, typically four days long, is full of star studded panels, exhibits, contests, and other super fan activities. Famous faces from the film franchise and people who work behind-the-scenes regularly attend the yearly event. Unfortunately, the next Star Wars Celebration is skipping a year and will return to Orlando in 2019.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID
Disney Springs welcomed a new Star Wars virtual reality experience at the VOID Experience Center, located inside Once Upon A Toy Shop, in December 2017. Based on a collaboration between Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and the VOID, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire is a hyper reality experience that totally immerses guests into the Star Wars universe. Teams of four can walk freely throughout the multi-sensory experience as undercover Stormtroopers to gather vital intelligence to help the rebellion. The VOID Center is made up of physical sets and interactive effects that combines advanced technology, illusion and virtual reality to take guests to a whole other world. You must be at least 10 years old to try the hyper reality adventure and guests under 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Within the next year Star Wars enthusiasts will be able to completely immerse themselves in the world of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but for now there are still many ways to experience The Force at Hollywood Studios.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Star Tours is a 3D motion simulator ride that takes you flying through space on a Star Wars inspired adventure. Riders can climb aboard a Starspeeder 1000 and journey through the galaxy, coming in contact with characters like Kylo Ren, Boba Fett or Darth Vader along the way. The attraction uses state-of-the-art technology to take guests on a tour of famous Star Wars settings like the forest moon of Endor, Crait, the oceans of Naboo and inside the Death Star. Guests must be 40 inches or taller to ride.
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Star Wars comes to life on stage during A Galaxy Far, Far Away. Infamous characters like Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, BB-8 and Darth Maul reenact iconic movie scenes at the Chinese Theater every hour from 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
In the evenings, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is swapped for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, a state of the art show complete with lasers, projections, and pyrotechnics. The show’s story is told through famous scenes from the Star Wars saga projected on the side of the Chinese Theater, accompanied by music from the famed composed John Williams, lasers and fireworks.
Take the evening celebrations up a notch by attending the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. Pregame the fireworks show with Darth Vader cupcakes and other themed sweet treats before heading to a reserved viewing area to get an amazing view of the night time spectacular. The party, which costs $79 for adults and $45 for kids ages 3-9, includes specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a special Star Wars souvenir for each guest to take home.
Star Wars Guided Tour
Combine all the Star Wars fun that Disney’s Hollywood Studios has to offer by taking the park’s Star Wars Guided Tour. For $92.95 per person you can get VIP access to all things Star Wars, including a screening of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, reserved viewing of Star Wars stage shows, meet and greets with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, and more. The all-day tour also features a tour of replica props, models, concept art and movie artifacts at the Star Wars Launch Bay, enjoy a meal inspired by Star Wars at Backlot Express, and skip the line to ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Take home a personalized souvenir at the end of the day to memorialize the day fit for a Jedi.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Jedi Training at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a great way for young Jedi hopefuls to learn how to use The Force and sharpen their lightsaber skills under the instruction of Jedi Masters. The 20 minute training sessions are held in “secret” at ancient Jedi Temples, until the temple opens up and trainees have to put their new skills to the test by facing off with infamous Star Wars villains.
Jedis-in-training must be between 4 and 12 years old to participate. Registration begins at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost (between the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the 50s Prime Time Cafe) when the park opens daily. Availability is limited, so training opportunities are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple shows typically run twice every hour from 9:40 AM – 6:40 PM, at 10 minutes and 40 minutes after the hour.
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