Well Star Wars fans, the excitement you have all been waiting for – Disney released additional details about the updates to Star Wars experiences. There is some bad news and some good news.
The bad news is what I have been fearing for the last several weeks – the cancellation of Star Wars weekends. This HUGELY popular weekends in May and June are no longer. It sounds like forever, but I can’t quite tell. I’m sure the Star Wars/Disney community is in a bit of an uproar as news starts to trickle out. I do have some clients that are quite disappointed with the news! Their marketing team is spinning it that the updates to the HUGE Star Wars land breaking ground in 2016 will allow to be immersed in the Star Wars experience every day instead of just a few times each year!
The good news? LOTS OF IT! A few highlights:
- New experiences will open as early as December 1, 2015 which is a bit ahead of their original timetable
- Star Wars launch bay will open which is behind the scenes at the new Star Wars film as well as meet and greet opportunities. Right now, the announced meets will be with Darth Vader and Chewbacca. If this is on your must do list, arrive early as they will be hugely popular!
- There will be an update to the Star Tours attraction which will give you an experience similar to the new film. More from Disney Parks Blog
- Jedi Training is getting a revamp at the expense of my poor October and November guests! This experience will open in early December and it sounds like a huge upgrade in terms of location and experience. They added a villain from the Disney XD series as well to keep it interesting for even the young Star Wars fan!
- Ground-breaking for the new monstrous update to Star Wars land will happen in early 2016. I’d expect the full project to take 2-3 years if not even more (thinking about the start to finish experience of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. As projects were completed, Disney did open pieces at a time, and I’m hoping this will be the case for this new area of Hollywood Studios!
For full updates on all things new Star Wars, check out Disney Parks Blog! I’m excited for the future of the park. It’s going to become a hugely popular park likely doubling the number of attractions currently available (not including live shows of course).
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