STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE 2015 D23 EXPO. PHOTO: BRYAN PUGH
Disneyland is set to kick off their Star Wars Celebration, ‘Season of the Force’, this November and we have all the details to share with you!
Disney announced ‘Season of the Force’ during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation at the 2015 D23 Expo. That announcement helped to shed some light on some of what Disneyland has been up to in Tomorrowland for the past few months, namely with Innoventions. Over the past few years Disneyland has been slowly changing the top floor of the Tomorrowland Expo Center (the building formerly known as Innoventions) adding several Marvel meet and greets. However in March the entire building mysteriously closed and construction walls went up. During the closure the Tomorrowland Expo Center has been receiving expanded Marvel elements and a Star Wars exhibit. It was during the D23 Expo presentation that we finally received official confirmation that Star Wars Launch Bay would open when ‘Season of the Force’ kicked off at Disneyland.
‘Season of the Force’ is an obvious stop-gap between this December’s theatrical release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and the opening of Star Wars Land. Disneyland recently announced major attraction closures in the build up to the Star Wars Land construction. The Star Wars event will center around four key elements in Tomorrowland, Star Wars Launch Bay, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, Star Tours upgrades, and Hyperspace Mountain an overlay to the popular attraction.
Star Wars Launch Bay
Located on the lower level of the Tomorrowland Expo Center (the building formerly known as Innoventions), Launch Bay will feature meet and greet areas with Star Wars Characters, special exhibits from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and more. Guests can meet characters from the “Dark Side”, which will include Darth Vader, or choose from the “Light Side”, where guests visit a makeshift Rebel base and meet Chewbacca. Star Wars Launch Bay will also have galleries from both the Dark and Light sides featuring Stormtrooper armor, lightsabers, Rebel flight helmets, props from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and models of starships from throughout the galaxy. There will also be a chance for guests to play the Star Wars centered Disney Infinity 3.0.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Guests will have to wait a few weeks after the initial November launch. Coming in December, Disneyland will be reworking the popular Jedi Training Academy to feature new characters and a new villain from the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
STAR TOURS: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE WILL ALSO BE UPDATED SOON TO REFLECT NEW DESTINATIONS. PHOTO: BRYAN PUGH
Disney upgraded the popular Star Tours attraction in 2011 to feature random destinations and story lines each time the attraction was experienced. Starting in November Disneyland will add a new scene inspired by the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The good news, for a limited time everyone who rides will be able to experience the new adventure!
A projection overlay to Space Mountain which will feature an X-wing starfighter battle. Disney has done a projection overlay of Space Mountain for years during Halloween Time with Ghost Galaxy, and for a short time in 2007 with Rockin’ Space Mountain. Hyperspace Mountain will be around for a “limited time”, an end date is not yet known.
Another “limited time” experience will be a mashup of various scenes from classic Star Wars films shown at the Tomorrowland Theater. In years past Disneyland has been using the Tomorrowland Theater to preview upcoming theatrical releases, however for Star Wars: The Force Awakens it has been reported that Parks and Resorts could not work out a deal with Studios.
Themed Food & Merchandise
This is an area that we know nothing about. Although I’m sure it will involve cupcakes and Magic Bands on some level.
What might be confusing is that some of these events launched for ‘Season of the Force’ are temporary and some will be staying around for some time. The upgrades to Jedi Training Academy, Star Tours and the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay will stick around even after ‘Season of the Force’ comes to a close. How long? Probably indefinitely.
As for ‘Seasons of the Force’, it will launch at Disneyland on November 16 (Jedi Training coming in December). The end date has not yet been announced, it could depend on the popularity of the event.
What do you think of Disneyland’s Star Wars additions to Tomorrowland? Are you going to make a trip to Disneyland for the ‘Seasons of the Force”? Let’s Discuss It!