With the announcement at D23 that a Star Wars-themed land was heading to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney wanted to let the fans know that they won’t have to wait too much longer for new Star Wars experiences while the land is being built. Disney Parks announced several changes to existing Star Wars attractions, as well as the arrival of a new event and “preview” center.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Updated in 2011, the attraction was updated to include 3D screens – as well as the inclusion of several new Star Wars locations from Episodes 1-6 that were familiar with fans. Later this year, Star Tours will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy. The update is expected to take place later this year.
Star Wars Launch Bay
This interactive experience will take guests into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The experience is expected to open later this year.
Jedi Training Academy
The popular kids’ experience will be reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”
Season of the Force
This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies. This event is replacing the popular Star Wars Weekends.