Live the Story: Star Wars Entertainment at Disney World

By | February 7, 2017

Star Wars Land won’t be here for a while yet, but Disney’s Hollywood Studios has plenty of Star Wars entertainment for guests to enjoy in the meantime. Check out all of the special Star Wars entertainment for guests to enjoy, and don’t forget to grab a Times Guide when you enter the park for show schedules.

Star Wars Entertainment at Disney World

Star Wars Launch Bay

star wars launch bayThe Star Wars Launch Bay is located in the former Magic of Disney Animation Building, and houses a mix of different activities for Star Wars fans. Guests can see a film on the impact of the Star Wars saga, browse through replica and authentic props from the Star Wars films, get photos at the Mos Eisley cantina bar, and shop for Star Wars merchandise.

Undoubtedly the most popular attraction inside Star Wars Launch Bay is meeting Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. Each have their own dedicated meeting space – choose the Light Side or the Dark Side – with their own queue. Waits for these two can be lengthy, although they’re usually quite manageable near the end of the night. Sometimes guests will also spot Greedo, Boba Fett, or a Jawa or two wandering around the Launch Bay, though this is at random.

March of the First Order

Star Wars Entertainment at Disney WorldIn this newer addition to the Star Wars entertainment line-up, Stormtroopers march through Disney’s Hollywood Studios led by Captain Phasma. This procession was originally a smaller affair as they marched from Star Wars Launch Bay, but now the march proceeds up Hollywood Boulevard to the stage in front of the Chinese Theater. It’s become more of a mini-parade, and people often line the streets to see it. Captain Phasma stops the march briefly around the intersection with Sunset Boulevard to inspect the crowd before resuming.

Once they reach the stage Captain Phasma reaffirms the power of the First Order with plenty of dramatic music as she inspects her troops. Our favorite place to stand for this is up next to the stage where you can see all of the Stormtroopers when they’re up on stage, and they also have a screen that shows them as they march.

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

If you want to spot as many Star Wars characters as possible, this is the show for you. Also a new piece of Star Wars entertainment, this show brings favorite Star Wars characters to the stage from throughout the Star Wars saga, including Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Darth Maul, BB-8, R2D2, and more. They also recently added AWR troopers as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This show takes place on the stage in front of the Chinese Theater, and is great for fun posed photos of the characters.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

star wars galactic spectacularAs a big fan of Star Wars I’m always ready for new additions from a galaxy far, far away, but I was especially impressed by the scale of this show. It’s not so much a fireworks show, as the fireworks are not the focus and most are actually off-center from the focus of the show, likely due to construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The real star is the well-done projections and lasers that make it feel like you’re in the middle of the scenes, which include all of the films from the Star Wars saga and, of course, the franchise’s rousing musical score. For more info, check out my tips on seeing the show.

If you want guaranteed viewing for the show, you can also indulge in the Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party. This special party takes place in the Star Wars Launch Bay with lots of Star Wars-themed treats and drinks as Stormtroopers patrol the tables. Then, before the show starts, guests are led to a reserved viewing area to watch the show.

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