'Season of the Force' Starts Dec. 1 at WDW; No More Star Wars Weekends
November 9, 2015, 1:48 PM ·
Are you ready for Star Wars?
Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hits theaters next month, a new trailer for the film hit the Internet yesterday, and Disney is preparing new Star Wars events and exhibits for its U.S. theme parks.
We already knew that the "Season of the Force" event would begin at Disneyland one week from today, on Nov. 16. And today, Disney announced that the Walt Disney World version will get underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Dec. 1. However, the DHS event comes at a cost — Disney also announced today that it will not be continuing the Star Wars Weekends events that it has held each spring at the park.
As for "Season of the Force," the highlight on both coasts will be the new Star Wars Launch Bay, which will feature meet and greets with Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader. The exhibit also will feature displays related to the new movie as well as a Star Wars store. The Launch Bay will be located in the old Innoventions building at Disneyland in the old Animation building at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The event will feature showings of "Star Wars: Path of the Jedi," a recap of the saga, as well as a new version of the participatory Jedi Training Academy show, called "Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple."
Disney also is adding a new scene to Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, inspired by the new movie. Here's a short preview:
Finally, at Disneyland, the event also will include the new "Hyperspace Mountain" special-effects overlay for the Space Mountain roller coaster.