Star Wars Attractions, Rides, Shows and Experiences at Disney World
Disney has done their best to delight even the biggest Star Wars fan with some all new attractions, as well as some updated old favorites. Check out this list of Star Wars attractions to see and experience!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening on August 29, 2019
Disney announced opening dates for the first phase of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios (August 29, 2019) at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and at Disneyland (May 31, 2019) in California In this first phase, the shops, restaurants, and the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction will be open. For an extra cost, you can create your own lightsaber or purchase your own droid modeled on R2-D2 or BB-8. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on December 5, 2019 at Disney World and January 17, 2020 at Disneyland. This is going to be an amazing, immersive Star Wars experience!
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put you in the seat of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as either a pilon, engineer, or gunner where you will blast off, jump into hyperspace and face danger at every turn. This thrill ride features small drops, darkness and loud noises so guests must be at least 38-inches (97cm) to ride. Guests age 7 years or younger must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older and it comes with all the usual warnings that riders should be in good health without high blood pressure, heart troubles, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be problematic. Expectant mothers should not ride.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will put you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance as you are recruited by Rey and General Organa. You must break out of and escape a First Order Star Destroyer and stay ahead of Kylo Ren. Guests must be at least 40-inches (102cm) to ride. Guests age 7 years or younger must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older and it comes with all the usual warnings that riders should be in good health without high blood pressure, heart troubles, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be problematic. Expectant mothers should not ride.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land designed to interact with the Play Disney parks app. Click here to learn more.
Reservations are not being offered to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Entry will be first come/first served and capacity is limited.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not initially be included FastPass+
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be included in Extra Magic Hours which is a great benefit of staying at one of the official Walt Disney World Resort hotels or the select group of Good Neighbor hotels that qualify for Extra Magic Hour benefits.
More information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
First of all…Star Tours. One of my all-time favorite rides at Disney World, has been updated to include some new sequences from the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Sure enough, the new updated sequence include quite a bit of the new movie locations. I did notice a lot more motion in the module than usual…so much in fact, that I kind of got nauseous! That’s never happened before. I’m not sure if it was the motion, or I just hadn’t had lunch yet. (Although I’m kind of glad I hadn’t already had lunch, if you know what I mean! J ) All in all, I still love the ride and can’t wait to ride in June when we’re there!
Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple
Jedi training has always been a favorite of those kids between the ages of 4 and 12, and when Disney had announced a while back that they were canceling it, I could hear the collective groans of little Star Wars fans everywhere! I guess Disney must have heard them as well because they not only brought it back, but updated the training and characters as well. The new show includes not only Darth Vader, but the young Jedi’s will now face Star Wars Rebel, the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. Now I don’t know who the heck she is, but most of the youngsters seemed to know of her. There is another guest on the stage, but I’m not going to tell you who it is! Just stop by and see for yourself!
The young Jedi’s will still need to register for the training at the beginning of the day. Registration is located at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, which is located between the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and the 50’s Prime Time Café. Availability is limited, and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so as soon as those gates to Hollywood Studios open up, head directly to the Outpost to get your little Jedi signed up! Be sure to have the aforementioned Jedi with you as they must be present at time of registration. The training happens about every 30 minutes for most of the day, and since it is an outdoor show, it is subject to change due to inclement weather.
Star Wars Launch Bay
Stepping into the Star Wars Launch Bay seems a bit like stepping onto a movie set, mostly because it is! There are all kinds of different memorabilia, props, costumes, models, artwork, etc… that can be found in the Bay. There are also some backdrops like the Mos Eisley cantina, where you can step up to the bar and have a picture taken! The real draw to the Bay is Chewbacca and Kylo Ren Meet and Greets! Get in line to meet Chewie in a hidden Rebel Base. Or encounter Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order ship! As I was walking through the Launch Bay, I noticed the wait to meet Kylo was super short, so I hopped in line so that I could encounter the dreaded son of Han and Leia. This was one of the best Meet and Greets EVER! You stand in a line outside of closed doors. When it’s your turn, the doors open and you are escorted into the bridge. As you wait, there is only a PhotoPass photographer and Kylo’s handler in the room with you. Then a door opens and Kylo enters. I don’t know what he does when others are in the room, but with me, he walked around me several times, and told me that although I brighten up the room, he could see there was darkness in my heart! (Way to impress a girl, Ren!) Then we posed for a few pictures (a selfie included) and I was sent out of the bridge! After meeting the fabulous Mr. Ren, I just walked around the Launch Bay to look around. I didn’t have a whole lot of time, so I didn’t get a chance to see everything, but there is also a Launch Bay Theater with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Star Wars movies, as well as a Star Wars Game Center where you can play Disney Infinity 3.0. There are a lot of really cool things to look at, but I must warn you that the gift shop is crazy expensive! For around $400 you too could own a figure of Luke Skywalker sitting on a Ton-Ton, or for the amazing price of $4,000 you could walk around your house in a Darth Vader costume! (I bet you could really get your kids to mind you in that outfit! Lol…) So, you might want to hurry through that part of the Bay. All in all, it’s a pretty cool new addition to Hollywood Studios and the Star Wars attractions.
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Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
A new movie put together using footage from all of the Star Wars movies that shows the journey of Luke Skywalker from farm boy to Jedi Knight. The movie was about 10 minutes long and as a Star Wars fan, I thought it was a great montage of the whole storyline. If you have someone with you that has never seen a Star Wars movie (God forbid!), this movie will catch them right up! The movie is showing in the theater right across from Indian Jones Epic Stunt Encounter.
Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away Character Stage Show
This all new live stage show opened on April 4th right in front of The Great Movie Ride in the Center Stage area. The show starts out with a Stormtrooper March led by Captain Phasma. Some of your favorite characters(including BB8!) are bound to make an appearance, so don’t miss this all new live stage show that includes film footage, pyrotechnics and live action characters. As a Star Wars fan, this is a can’t-miss attraction!
Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular (Star Wars Fireworks)
This dazzling fireworks show dances across the night sky in true Disney fashion! Watch the array of colors bursting above you as you listen to the iconic Star Wars theme music. If that isn’t enough, you can make reservations for the Galactic Dessert Party and watch the spectacular fireworks from a reserved viewing area while munching on Darth Vader cupcakes (to.die.for) and drinking from a souvenir stein featuring Chewbacca. The price is a little steep but the memories will be priceless! (Admission into Hollywood Studios is required). Don’t miss this amazing new show by Disney! You won’t be disappointed!
So, if you think there is very limited Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios, you’d be wrong! There are still plenty of things to do if you’re a Star Wars fan! You might even bump into a Stormtrooper while walking around the park!
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire Reality Experience at Disney Springs
Teams of four can experience this fun hyper-reality experience in Disney Springs. Your mission is to recover Imperial intelligence. This is a full sensory, immersive experience where you will walk around inside the action and experience interactive sets, real-time effects and impressive technology. Tickets start at $35 per person. Guests must be at least 10 years old and 48-inches tall to experience and children age 16 or under need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. During the experience, you will wear a vest and a visored helmet (fits over glasses) that allows you to enter the virtual reality world. Click to read a review of the experience.