During Star Wars Celebration 2017 at Orange County Convention Center in April, Disney took the opportunity to time the event with a special evening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galactic Nights turned Disney’s Hollywood Studios into a giant Star Wars party full of costumed characters, photo opps, themed food and drinks, event-exclusive merchandise, a presentation on the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park expansion, and a massive fireworks display to round out the event.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights sold out in April and so Disney announced in September that they’re doing it again December 16, 2017, from 7:00 PM to midnight, timed alongside the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters worldwide. But this time, it’s going to be even better.
We visited Disney World last week to check out the new Star Tours additions featuring content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi and from the upcoming Galaxy’s Edge park expansion (which is being built for both California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World). It was revealed to us here that that Galaxy’s Edge exists on a planet named Batuu, an in-canon location that we’ll learn more about at Galactic Nights next month.
There’s to attending Galactic Nights than celebrating Episode VIII in style since as a limited time, one-night-only event there will be “little to no wait on attractions,” even the mega popular Toy Story, Star Tours and Tower of Terror rides. “You can literally ride these attractions all night long,” says Michael Roddy, Show Director for Disney Parks Live Entertainment.
Attending the event will a few Disney celebrities including David Collins (LucasArts veteran and host of multiple Star Wars Celebrations) who will host a special “Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” panel discussion going behind-the-scenes of Galaxy’s Edge and what the planet Batuu means. This presentation will include members of the Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm team:
- Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering
- Robin Reardon, Executive Creative Producer at Walt Disney Imagineering
- Chris Beatty, Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering
- Doug Chiang, VP/Creative Director at Lucasfilm, who worked as a design illustrator on the Star Wars prequels, Rogue One, and The Force Awakens.
And last but not least, the legendary Warwick Davis will be at the event as well, perhaps as the biggest Star Wars fan of us all, and will bring with him “surprising announcements.”
New Star Wars: Galactic Nights Content
At Star Wars Galaxy Nights, the Tower of Terror will get an “awesome, awesome projection show” called Star Wars: Galactic Destinations. It’ll feature high-def imagery of locations the entire Star Wars saga (with strong hints of new stuff from Star Wars 8!), building and advancing the technology used for Disney’s Christmas projection shows.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will also be added into almost all of the Star Wars stuff at the park. New content will be in the Galactic Spectacular night show, in Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away live stage show, and alongside other surprises that the Disney Parks bosses aren’t ready to reveal.
There’s also the scavenger hunt taking place during Galactic Nights that celebrates the entire saga (The Last Jedi included). Using unique photo opps where actual locations from Star Wars will be built around the park, some even featuring characters. Among these you’ll see the Seventh Sister from Star Wars Rebels and be able to step into Luke Skywalker’s hut from Ahch-to, the planet Luke is discovered on at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Similar to April’s Galactic Nights event, each one of these photo opp locations will allow attendees to collect a sticker referencing that location. And if it’s anything like last time, those stickers will come into play for something special during the end-of-the-night show so you’ll want to collect them all!
Other highlights from things you’ll see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Galactic Nights include a bunch of fun character encounters and a full-size Rancor, in addition to a few returning favorites like K-2SO from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. There will be Stormtroopers and Ewoks everywhere and some special appearances just for the night, like Darth Vader who will participate in the Imperial March.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights will take place on December 16, 2017, from 7:00 PM to midnight. Tickets are available for $124 per child and $129 per adult (plus tax). More info and tickets can be found here.
About Star Wars: Galactic Nights
Experience a Hollywood-style party where Guests of all ages—from all around the galaxy—can come together and celebrate the Greatest Saga Ever Told…
No matter your age, put on your finest Star Wars-themed costumes and attire, and walk the red carpet toward an intergalactic introduction—followed by a whole universe of event entertainment and interactive fun, from a park-wide scavenger hunt to Star Wars Character encounters and more.
Blast off to space as Saga-themed projections shoot across Grauman’s Chinese Theatre—a recreation of the very venue where the first film premiered in 1977. Plus all throughout the event, you can enjoy many of your favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions with little to no wait time!
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