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December 5, 2016, 9:11 PM · Walt Disney World transformed Epcot's Spaceship Earth into the Death Star this evening. It was a one-shot (sorry, couldn't resist) effort for a promotional event, but Disney did announce some Star Wars-related news that will be meaningful to regular Walt Disney World Resort visitors.

No, these aren't the announcements you're looking for. There's no new news about the Star Wars Land that's under construction at Disney Hollywood Studios for an opening a long time from now with queues whose entrances will be far, far away. But Star Wars fans soon will be able to watch the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular night-time show again at the park, as it will return on Dec. 16, running as a second show with the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! holiday fireworks each night through the end of the month.

In addition, by the middle of the month, Star Tours - The Adventurers Continue will return to its random selection for its first destination, dropping the start in Jakku that Disney added to promote the opening of last year's Star Wars Episode 7 - The Force Awakens.

Disney will promote this year's Rogue One - A Star Wars Story by adding props and models from the film to the park's Star Wars Launch Bay, and Imperial AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers from the film will begin appearing in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away daytime show.

Finally, because Jabba's gotta make his money somehow, Disney announced plans for a Star Wars-themed Guided Tour of Disney's Hollywood Studios, which will include a reserved spot for participating guests ages 4 through 12 in the highly-sought-after Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple show. So for parents who pay the as-yet-undisclosed price for the tour, they can skip arriving early and waiting in line and effectively buy their kids' way into the show. The tour also will include a ride on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a guided tour of the Launch Bay, lunch with Star Wars-themed eats, and the dessert party and reserved viewing for the Galactic Spectacular show.

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December 6, 2016 at 12:02 AM · That "Star Wars guided tour" is the lamest one yet.
December 6, 2016 at 1:52 AM · And again something that is offered for free but in a to low capacity is made into pay-to-play. Impacting the wait time for the regular guests.
December 6, 2016 at 2:23 AM · Another WDW Home Run!

December 6, 2016 at 4:29 AM · Why not just rename Walt Disney world - STAR WARS LAND ? Getting on my bloody nerves now.
December 6, 2016 at 9:36 AM · Star Wars...I've heard of's like a movie or somethin'....
December 6, 2016 at 2:43 PM · Ugh, yet again Disney shows improper favoritism to the rich. Why not just ban us poor folks altogether and be done with it?
December 6, 2016 at 4:29 PM · @, I presume you are equally perturbed by "Harry Potterland" down the road?

And the great thing about Disney upcharges is you can skip them entirely and still ride all the rides.

PS I already have my Rogue One tickets!!! Opening night, baby! Bring it!!!

December 6, 2016 at 5:18 PM · Meh. Maybe I had higher expectations for this than how it turned out. I did find it funny watching the storm trooper on the left snap back to attention after checking out the new storm troopers walking on stage. Good to see Michael Roddy getting some of the spotlight these days. I was wondering what happened to him after he left Universal.
December 7, 2016 at 8:06 AM · When are they going to do Hyper Spaceship Earth? I want to ride through the history of the Jedi
December 7, 2016 at 9:52 PM · Not too surprising of news actually. I would assume Disney would be doing its regular media blitz at DHS like they did for the Force Awakens.

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