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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Debut New Star Wars Experiences in December

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

You heard about it first during the 2015 D23 EXPO, and now we’re excited to share more details. Very soon, guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.


Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, we’ll make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force. Here’s a sneak peek of where the Starspeeder 1000 will be taking us.

We also have new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


  • I am sorry to hear Star Wars weekends has ended .My family and I have been coming to Star Wars weekends almost every year since 2001.We enjoyed the Star Wars music,the Star Wars parade, exclusive Star Wars weekends merchandise,and especially meeting the celebrities from our favorite movies . James Arnold Taylor did a great job as the host .I hope Disney will reconsider its decision as Star Wars weekends was always the highlight of our Disney experience .

  • I also feel a disturbance in the force. Have been going to Star Wars Weekend since it started, taking my Grandson who was 5 at the time. Was making reservations for this May an found out no Star Wars Weekend. I think this event would have added to the excitement of the new Star Wars Experience that will be opening. Must go into hiding I must.

  • why? I’m Floridian and have been driving to Orlando with my husband and son for Star Wars Weekends for years! who would think to cancel these in 2016 of all times!

  • I am shocked to learn about the cancelation of Star Wars weekends. My husband and I stumbled upon it during our honeymoon and we vowed we would take the kids. We are finally going and now I find its not even gonna happen! I understand not doing it because of the new park expansion but why couldn’t it happen this year one last time since the Star Wars land is under construction? Surely they could have done it for one more year then announced that it will be the last year for it because of the expansion.

  • We are very disappointed with Disney’s decision to cancel Star Wars weekends. My daughter and I have made the trip annually the past four years and we were looking forward to meeting the new actors and characters this year from both Rebels and The Force Awakens. Since Disney made no announcement of the weekends returning next year, I am afraid we have to assume they won’t and we won’t see the star wars parade or meet the actors at the park again. Very disappointing.

  • I feel a weakening in the Force. 🙁

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