“The Force… it’s calling to you.”
Beginning January 5, 2016, a new celebration of the Star Wars film franchise will kick off at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Season of the Force!
Now, some new components will actually be added to the park starting December 1, 2015, such as scene enhancements to the Star Tours attraction, and a new version of the Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple. The brand new Star Wars Launch Bay will also debut in Animation Courtyard, which will include character meet-and-greets, interactive video games, and opportunities to check out memorabilia and replicas of Star Wars artifacts. Oh, and some merchandise may be up for grabs, too ;).
Guests will even have a chance to check out The Cantina in the Launch Bay (not the be confused with the The Cantina restaurant that will open in the Studios when Star Wars Land opens). According to Disney, “This setting, inspired by the unsavory ‘hives of scum and villainy’ in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess table. Holochess is a game seen in Star Wars.” (<— Ha ha ha ha!!!)
After the new year, however, the Force will be felt all around the Studios, with the official launch of Season of the Force in full… which will include Star Wars-themed food! Specialty items will be available in various areas around the park. A BB-8 Lemon and Buttercream Cupcake, Blue Milk Panna Cotta, Padawan Limeade, and a Han Solo Kid’s meal with a souvenir bucket are all anticipated.
Also starting January 5th, some evenings will feature “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks display set to — of course — the epic music of Star Wars. Soon, guests will be able to purchase admission to a Premium Package Dessert Party accompanying the fireworks. While full details have not yet been released (we’ll keep you posted when they do), we know the package will include themed desserts and specialty drinks as well as a souvenir stein featuring everyone’s favorite Wookie, Chewbacca.
All this, mind you, under the eyes of First Order Stormtroopers that will be on watch around the park. They’ll be on the hunt to find members of the Resistance, so be sure to choose your side before your next visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2016!
Are you looking forward to the Season of the Force? Please let us know with a comment!