Question: Is Disney still doing Star Wars Weekends?
Answer: Sadly not. Disney officially announced at the 2015 D23 Expo that Star War Weekends would be discontinued to make way for all the new Disney attractions being added as part of Disney World’s Star War Land expansion.
However, fear not Star Wars fans, those planning a visit to Walt Disney World this 2016 will still have a plethora of Star Wars themed attractions, shows and exhibitions to choose from including:
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple– Young padawans can learn some valuable lightsaber skills while squaring off against the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels as well as Darth Vader.
Symphony in the Stars – Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars themed fireworks will be back bigger and better than ever as part of Disney’s Awaken Summer event this 2016. With Gruaman’s Chinese Theater as the backdrop, this updated evening display will feature projections that will transport visitors to much-loved Disney landscapes like Tatooine or the trench of the Death Star. Rumor has it that huge fire-towers coupled with spotlights will also combine to create giant lightsabers in the night sky. The scene will continue to be set to John Williams’ amazing Star Wars score also featuring music from The Force Awakens.
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away – This live show happening at select times throughout the day features some of your favorite Star Wars characters including BB-8, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul as they recreate scenes from Star Wars films both new and old.
Star Tours – The Adventure Continues – This Hollywood Studios headline attraction is better than ever as it now includes some of your favorite characters from The Force Awakens. Guests take their very own tour of the galaxy aboard a Starspeeder 1000.
Star Wars Launch Bay – A must-do for Star Wars fans of all ages, visitors will enjoy immersive Star Wars themed exhibits and get a close-up view of Star Wars props, models and costumes. Guests will also be able to check-out a full-sized replica of Rey’s speeder as well as the Mos Eisley cantina.
Meet your favorite Star Wars Characters – Fans have the unique opportunity to meet and have pictures taken with the illustrious Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Force Awakens or everyone’s favorite sidekick Chewbacca at a hidden Rebel base.
Tatooine Traders- For those looking to bring some Star Wars themed merchandise home with them, you won’t find a better selection than at this Hollywood Studios outpost. Featuring, clothing, actions figures, Lego and even a make your own lightsaber station there’s something for every Jedi in your family.
In addition, Disney World’s 14 acre Star Wars expansion is well under way promising to bring even more galactic magic to Hollywood Studios. Future visitors to the theme park can expect to embark on 2 new Disney rides including a Millennium Falcon flight simulator and an attraction promising to transport guests to the front lines in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Star Wars Land also promises an open-air market where all the merchants will be in character and new restaurants including a cantina and dining club.
So even though there are no more Star Wars Weekends the force is still alive and strong with this park!
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