Disney has officially kicked off their Star Wars Celebration at Disneyland. Held inside Tomorrowland, ‘Season of the Force’ is a celebration leading up to the theatrical release of the next film in the Star Wars saga, The Force Awakens. Guests can meet with Chewbacca and Darth Vader, and see film props inside Star Wars Launch Bay, get caught in a TIE fighter battle in Hyperspace Mountain, and help the Millennium Falcon fight it’s way through a dog fight in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue.
Tomorrowland was the destination of nearly each guest who came into Disneyland at park opening Monday. The lines swelled for Hyperspace Mountain, Star Tours and Star Wars Launch Bay. Within 30 minutes of park opening the wait times were exceeding 60 minutes. By mid-afternoon they had become much more manageable.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
Inside the Tomorrowland Theater guests can experience a 10-minute film mash up of the various Jedi scenes from the previous films. It is not a preview of the new film, Star Wars – The Force Awakens.
Hyperspace Mountain is an overlay to the popular Space Mountain attraction. The ride features classic Star Wars music as riders blast through TIE fighters, X-wings and a Star Destroyer.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
A new scene inspired by the film Star Wars – The Force Awakens has been added to Star Tours. During Season of the Force everyone who rides will get to experience the new scene! Below is a teaser video Disney released of the new scene.
Star Wars Launch Bay
It is clear that the major draw for Season of the Force will be Star Wars Launch Bay, specifically the Chewbacca and Darth Vader meet and greets. The lines got up to 120 minutes in length within one hour of park opening on the first day. Luckily there is a separate line to enter Launch Bay. Once inside guests can view various props, models and costumes used in the creation of Star Wars The Force Awakens. There is also a store set up inside Star Wars Launch Bay. A lot of merchandise appears to be the same seen at Star Trader, but there is also a section full of high-end, very expensive items. The most expensive I found was a life sized storm trooper for $9,000. There’s also a life sized Boba Fett $3,050, a Darth Vader costume $4,000, and a Han Solo costume $725.
Once inside the entry way floor tells the story of Star Wars Launch Bay as light beams shoot overhead.
The entire bottom floor contains the shop, meet and greet locations and various props and costumes in glass cases. There is also a space to sample the new Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars figures.
The Chewbacca meet and greet location.
The Darth Vader meet and greet location.
The Star Wars Launch Bay store takes up a lot of space. It includes merchandise, figurines, costumes and D-Tech On Demand custom phone cases.
Life sized storm trooper statue: $9,000
Life sized Boba Fett: $3,050
Darth Vader costume: $4,000
Han Solo costume: $725
Yoda statue: $600
There are also special foods and food merchandise at various locations throughout Tomorrowland.
TIE Fighter popcorn buckets
Custom name tags in Aurebesh, $9.95
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
The new version of the Jedi Training Academy isn’t yet open, it should open sometime in December. The Tomorrowland Terrace is still covered in construction tarps and scaffolding. Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple will feature new characters and a new villain from the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
Storm Troopers roam Tomorrowland with voice commands that can change to address the situation, such as “begin your image capture now” or “good afternoon citizens, this area is under the control of the New Order”.
As Darkness Falls
Tomorrowland comes alive at night during Season of the Force. The area is lit with projections and spotlights. The old people mover track serves as an elevated platform housing projections of the Dark Side, and the symbols of New Order and the Rebels. Red and Blue represent the two opposing sides.
What do you think about ‘Season of the Force‘? Have you visited yet, or do you plan to visit this first major addition of Star Wars to Disneyland? Let’s discuss it below!