It’s hard to believe, but in just the past six months, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has transformed into a Star Wars fan’s paradise. Late last year the park opened the new Launch Bay attraction, debuted a new, nightly fireworks show, brought a number of new scenes to Star Tours, and even installed a new Path of the Jedi recap film at the ABC SoundStage theater. Early 2016 also brought new Star Wars changes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as a new version of the Jedi Training Academy was introduced earlier this year and Darth Vader was swapped out for Kylo Renr as a new meet and greet character at the aforementioned Launch Bay.
However, if you though that the Star Wars mania was going to stop there, it looks like you may have miscalculated, as Disney has unveiled a whole bunch of new events and shows inspired by Star Wars that are coming to the park later this year!
1. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular to debut this summer
Though the current nightly fireworks show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Symphony in the Sky has won rave reviews from guests (and has only been around for a few months), it looks like this show will be replaced this summer by the all-new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular nightly spectacular.
This ambitious new show will be the most technical nighttime spectacular to ever be performed at Walt Disney World, and will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and high-definition video projections to create a truly immersive experience for Star Wars fans to enjoy.
Interestingly, this new show looks like it will feature a lot of the technology found in the Disneyland Forever show, using high-definition projection to turn the Great Movie Ride show building (as well as other nearby structures) into some of the most memorable locations from the Star Wars films, including the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations.
In addition to the projection elements, the show will also use spotlights and fire effects to create massive, glowing lightsabers in the sky (reminicent of what Disney California Adventure tried to create during the Star Wars section of World of Color: Celebrate last year).
Perhaps best of all, this new show will utilize the park’s new offsite fireworks launch area (which you can see above on the left), which means that guests won’t have to worry any more about parts of the park being closed off every evening before and during the fireworks show. Though this means that the actual pyrotechnic component of the show will likely be off to the side a little bit (as you can see in the concept art), with all the projections and light effects, this probably won’t impact the overall show quality too negatively.
Of course, this also means that the days are numbered for the current Star Wars: Symphony in the Sky show. The current park calendar shows Symphony in the Sky being performed at least through April, but with a “summer 2016” premiere window for Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, we can’t imagine the current show lasting much longer, so if you want to see this particular show one more time, you'll want to get out to the park soon!