With The Force Awakens continuously backing the money truck into Disney’s Uncle Srooge-esque Money Bin, Hollywood Studios has just announced some changes and additions coming to their daily entertainment beginning on April 4th.
A new stage show titled “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” will take place on the stage in front of the Great Movie Ride (which is now home to the nightly dance party). Reenacting the iconic moments from the franchise, the show will be bolstered with appearances from Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren.
Joining the First Order Stormtroopers who patrol the grounds in front of the Star Wars Launch Bay will be Captain Phasma, who will lead the troops around multiple times daily.
Also getting a little bit of a plussing and a new title will be the nightly themed fireworks show. Rebranded “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular”, the nighttime show will use projection technology similar to Magic Kingdoms “Celebrate The Magic”, making the facade of The Great Movie Ride the screen on which the show plays out.
Disney’s dedication to the Star Wars franchise shouldn’t come as a surprise, as they seem to be learning from what happened with Frozen two years ago. People are responding to the film and want these experiences, and while Frozen took it’s time to roll out Disney now knows they need to strike while the iron is still hot.
We still don’t have a time table for the construction changes that will be hitting the park hard, but it looks like Disney is still trying to make Hollywood Studios a destination as half of the park will be shutdown to make way for the much anticipated Toy Story and Star Wars Lands. Personally during this time I can see the Studios becoming more of a half day park, with people splitting their time between Animal Kingdom during the day and Hollywood at night for the shows (I’m also suspecting we’ll see a little bit of a drop in Toy Story Midway Mania’s standby time as the park traffic slows).
But for Star Wars fans, it does seem as though the Force is with us.