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New Star Wars Nighttime Spectacular Announced, Set to Make Theme Park History

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

If there’s one word you could use to describe Star Wars – from the films and the excitement that surrounds them, to the loyal fandom – that word just might be “epic.” It also describes the exciting new offerings that are heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this spring.

Today, we’re happy to share that plans are currently in the works for a new Star Wars stage show and procession, as well as a nighttime spectacular so elaborate it’s set to make Disney’s Hollywood Studios history. Like I said, epic.

The Force will officially awaken at the park April 4, with the debut of the brand new Star Wars stage show, “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away.” The new show will play out iconic moments from the film saga on Center Stage (in front of the Chinese Theater), and will feature appearances from Star Wars characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul.

Also starting April 4, Captain Phasma will begin leading a platoon of First Order stormtroopers on a march from Star Wars Launch Bay to Center Stage multiple times each day.

New Star Wars Nighttime Spectacular Announced, Set to Make Theme Park History

And starting this summer, fans won’t want to miss the grand debut of a new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.” This new nightly show is the next generation of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. The show will combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations. The show will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating massive lightsabers in the sky. This new show will be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And don’t forget about the other recent Star Wars additions that have debuted at the park. The Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction now features new characters and planets from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. Star Wars Launch Bay offers families an up-close look at replica props, models, costumes and more from the films, plus the chance to encounter with someone from Rebel Alliance or the Dark Side. And young Padawans can put their bravery to the test at Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which now features the character of the Seventh Sister from the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels.

Which of these new Star Wars offerings are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments section below.


  • Hi, I’ll be visiting from Australia this November and I was wondering if the show and the fireworks will still be on. I hope so! I’m a huge Disney and Star Wars fan and would love to see both the show and the fireworks. Very excited about my trip.

  • FYI for those wanting to see it all: We were there during the crowded Christmas week, saw the second Fantasmic show, and were easily able to get good viewing locations for Symphony in the Sky. Can’t wait to go back and see the new show! Be aware that they shut down a large portion of the park for fire safety during the fireworks. Yay for a more permanent “kiss good night” from Hollywood Studios!

  • Great news, but releasing this information without a date for the start of the new fireworks is kind of silly. Half of the comments are asking for a start date. Hard to plan a vacation when all the details are not released.

  • Going In September with my partner! Want to see this so bad!!!

  • Hi we are from the uk and are coming out to Orlando for 2 weeks on June the 16th does anybody know if there are any starwars weekends this year because we are hearing conflicting rumours and are not sure what to believe

  • We are coming end of November. Will this still be going on? Hope so my son is a big Star Wars fan.

  • I would love for my son to see this. He has Autism and he lives and breathes Star Wars and Disney. He would love everything about this. *sigh*

  • Any word on a fireworks show like this at Disneyland?

  • We need dates!!! A group of us were just there in January, saw this, and we must go back! And preferably before the heat hits… we loved the current Star Wars fireworks, this sounds just spectacular! Just need to know when it will start! Or at least when you will announce when it will start so we can check back and plot- I mean plan…

  • YES! This sounds awesome. We were there two weeks ago and LOVED the Star Wars fireworks and this sounds like a huge step up. Guess we’ll need to head back for this!

  • My husband is a huge Star Wars fan. We will be there April 3-10. Will the Star Wars dessert party be available then or does it end in March?

  • Jennifer, do you know if the “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far, Away” show will be Fastpass+ entertainment? I’m going to be there for Dark Side Half Marathon weekend April 14-17, and while I’m the height of a Wookie, I have a parent who is more petite Princess Leia height hence we don’t object to using a Fastpass to get seats.

  • Is this only for the summer or will it be continuing for the remainder of the year?

  • Oh, I could just cry. This is exactly what my son had been asking for, and we are checking OUT April 3rd. Why can’t they start it on April 2nd??? With three sisters, he is “princess-ed” out. Hopefully this will stay around for a long time, and he can enjoy it next year.

  • Are there any special events planned for May 4th at Hollywood Studios?

  • Do you think this may start as early as May 4th? It would be neat to see because Symphony in the skies end on April 30th.

  • I am travelling April 30th. Will this be in the Disney App soon so I can work it into my plans? Currently the Disney Experience website only shows the Symphony in the Stars.

  • Will these fireworks and procession be coming to Disneyland/DCA?

  • Do you know if a Star Wars Character meal will be offered?

  • This all sounds AMAZING!!! I have three boys who LOVE Star Wars!! When will the Nighttime Spectacular debut? And, what is this desert party people are mentioning above?!

  • For those asking… The current Star Wars fireworks show generates enough smoke they could easily do lasers and there is a stage there now. It is normally at the end of the night while fantasmic is roughly 2 hours before closing.

  • We are going to Hollywood Studios on April 5 2016. (we’ve never been there) Is there anything that we need to do in advance in order to enjoy this show? Will this show occur everyday?

    • Fireworks will be nightly at the park. 🙂

  • Do you know when rivers of light will start

  • Does this replace Fantasmic? Are dinner packages available for this? Or fast passes?

    • It does NOT replace Fantasmic! They are located in different sections of the park.

  • I hope there will be a dessert party option like with the old show. We’re going in June, were totally sold on the idea, then sad to find out they weren’t offering it when we’re going. Now we know why!

    • Stay tuned! We hope to have more to share soon.

  • Any word on if the current fireworks will run through the opening of these new ones? If not, do you have a date the current ones would end?

  • This will be a permanent addition? Or just will run for few months or until Star Wars Land is complete?

  • April 4th is my birthday and we just got our annual passes last week for the first time. I’m so excited for the new shows! The kids and I will DEFINITELY be there for the premiere.

    • We hope you have a blast!

  • As great as this sounds, doesn’t putting a stage in front of GMR defeat the purpose of an unobstructed view (the reason for taking the Sorcerer’s Hat down)?

    • The stage is already up and is extremely low to the ground.

  • I can’t wait for all of them!!!! best day Ever!!! Will this all be in place in August?

  • Will any of these new offerings be a limited run? Or will it continue until the end of the year at least?

  • I hope that one of the versions of the Star Wars fireworks will be happening for the weekend of the runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Challenge weekend in April! I doubt if they will have the new one up, but please keep the other one until after this weekend! Right now I only see it on the schedule through March.

  • Will they still be doing the Star Wars fireworks at Hollywood studios I will be there on March 26th

  • So excited about captain plasma leading the storm troopers. They are by far my daughters favorite characters.

    • I hope she loves it!

  • Symphony in the stars is planned until april 30 but this bew show is for summer … Any fireworks in the plan for may ?

  • Quick question, despite that amazing announcement: Will Fantasmic! run normally, regardless of this new firework show or what?

    • Yes. They are located in two entirely separate parts of the park (probably a 10 min walk from one to the other).

  • We are set to be there on April 4th. How will this work with the Fantasmic show. Will we have time after Fantasmic to make it over to see the show. Maybe we should skip Fantasmic just to get good seat???

  • Awesome news!! When will the SUMMER fireworks start?? I will be there MAY 15 for 10 days!

    • Stay tuned. We hope to have more to share soon!

  • I love all the Star Wars additions to the park. I really hope the new fireworks display will be going when we visit in May!

  • We’ll be there this August for our 20th anniversary! The fireworks show looks awesome! Can’t wait to add this to our itinerary! Will it be a fastpass attraction?

  • Will the dessert party be extended with the new show? We are going in May and was hoping to do something extra that is Star Wars themed.

    • We hope to have an update soon! – Jenn

  • Bigger than fantasmic? And they are having it in front of the Chinese Theatre?doesn’t seem like there is that much space for everyone to watch there. Maybe with Mickey’s hat gone there is?

  • Why does Disney World get all the cool Star Wars stuff?!

  • Very exciting!! A couple of questions will Capt. Phasma and Stormtroopers be stopping for pictures or just patrolling. And will there be any extension on the Dessert Party for these new offerings?

  • Any word on when these fireworks will start? It says summer but not sure when that is and want to plan to come

    • As soon as I have an exact date to share, I’ll let you know! – Jenn

  • All I can say is OMG! This is the GREATEST NEWS EVER!!!!

    • I’m happy you’re excited, Michael! – Jenn

  • Is there a date a bit more specific than “this summer” for the new fireworks show? My family is planning a trip for May/June and we would like to plan for this if it will be going live by then. Thanks!

  • Will there be a Star Wars Firework show on May the 4th? I’m traveling from Maine and it’s the only day I’ll be at Hollywood Studios…was really hopeful to see Symphony of the Stars or a special Star Wars Fireworks show.

  • Do we know if the star wars fireworks will continue until the new fireworks show is ready in summer ??

  • Any idea when the new fireworks show will debut? Early/late summer?

    • As soon as I know, you’ll know! – Jenn

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