Back at the D23 Expo, after the paradigm-shifting announcement that a new, 14-acre Star Wars-themed land would be coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, it was revealed that a series of smaller (but equally awesome) Star Wars experiences would be coming to both parks much, much sooner than the massive Star Wars-themed land. Now, details have emerged as to what be coming (and when) and it’s enough to blast our excitement into another galaxy altogether.
In Disneyland (details for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version will be released shortly), Season of the Force will begin on November 16. This is huge (and very exciting) news, as the D23 Expo presentation made it seem like it would be after the first of the year. And what makes up the Season of the Force? Well, let’s break it down for you (all details come courtesy of our friends at the Disney Parks Blog).
Star Wars Launch Bay
So the Star Wars Launch Bay will take up the bottom level of the former Innoventions building and will be a wholly immersive experience where guests will be able to interact with their favorite characters, check out exclusive props from the films, and get access to never-before-seen material. (If you’re curious, the top floor will later be dedicated to an expanded Marvel experience.) There are unique character experiences, where you can get your photo with a hero from the Light Side (Chewbacca!) or Dark Side (Darth Vader!) in a highly themed environment. There are also a series of galleries: in the Dark Side Gallery, you can look at famous Sith lightsabers and stormtrooper armor; the Light Side Gallery has Rebel fighter helmets and Jedi lightsabers; the Preview Gallery features props from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens; and finally, the Starship Gallery has models of famous starships and their pilots from throughout the Star Wars saga. But that’s not all! There’s the Star Wars Game Center, where guests can play the latest Star Wars-related games, including Disney Infinity 3.0 featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
The newly expanded Jedi Training experience (opening slightly later than everything else, sometime in December) will feature characters and a new villain from Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
When Star Tours returned after a lengthy refurbishment as Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, it featured a number of improvements, including 3D digital projection and in-vehicle effects, but what made it so special was the unpredictability of the attraction. Instead of a single voyage, it featured a combination of two destinations, seemingly randomly chosen, offering up an endless amount of experiences. And come Season of the Force, a new scene will be inserted into Star Tours, this one based on a sequence from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Aw yes.
There will also be a number of limited edition experiences:
This is a reimagined version of the classic Space Mountain attraction. In this new version guests will join an X-Wing starfighter battle.
New Film at Tomorrowland Theater
There will be a new film experience in the Tomorrowland Theater, former home to Captain EO, Magical Journeys, and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (as well as a number of nifty previews for current Disney movies like Tomorrowland). It will be focused on iconic Star Wars moments from throughout the series and probably make the wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that much harder.
While the exact details of the exclusive food offerings have yet to be revealed, we’re crossing our fingers for some blue milk and Bantha burgers.