Star Wars: Galactic Nights

March of the First Order [© Disney. All rights reserved]
March of the First Order [© Disney. All rights reserved]

Disney are repeating their after hours event called “Star Wars: Galactic Nights” on December 16, 2017 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and midnight. This is the second time this event has been run, the first was on April 14, 2017 to celebrate 40 years of Star Wars.

Regular theme park admission is not required as is usual with these kinds of events and you can enter the park a couple of hours before the event starts, any time after 5 p.m.

Entry is by special ticket only and costs $129.00 plus tax for adults and $124.00 plus tax for children aged 3 to 9. Ticket numbers are strictly limited and there are discounts for Disney Vacation Club Members and Annual Passholders.

There are also a couple of add-on packages. For food enthusiasts there is a Galactic Tasting Sampler for $30.00 including tax where you can sample Star Wars inspired food from across the galaxy including Lightsaber churros, Root Leaf Stew, Character cupcakes like Darth Vader chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, Charcuterie plates featuring C3PO crackers and speciality drinks.

At the Epic Theater there is a special one night only panel presentation “Inside the Saga: A Galaxy in the Making” on the new Star Wars land; Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is set to open in 2019.

Iconic dimensional photo backdrops representing each of the Star Wars films present great photo opportunities.

Keep an eye out for roaming characters and droids from the Star Wars films including Stormtroopers and Ewoks. Darth Vader leads an Imperial March of Stormtroopers down Hollywood Boulevard to the event stage near the Chinese Theater. In the Animation Courtyard, the black AWR Trooper search for rebels.

During the event a number of attractions will remain open including the Star Wars Launch Bay and Star Tours - The Adventures Continue simulator ride. Other attractions include Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, Toy Story Mania!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Muppet*Vision 3D, Walt Disney Presents and of course there will be special merchandise and food on offer.

For children aged 4 to 12, the ever popular “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” takes place next to Star Tours - The Adventures Continue. There is also an enhanced Jedi Recruitment package for $149.95 plus tax. It includes admission to Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple plus an official Star Wars lightsaber and Jedi robe, personalised name badge, an exclusive Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple t-shirt and a photo with a Jedi Master.

During the day there is a special version of the “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” stage show combining some of the best movie clips with on-stage character appearances including Chewbacca, BB–8, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.

In the evening, the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and laser show is preceded by a special pre-show on the event stage.

Note that costumes are allowed for all guests, young and old but you need to check the specific Disney costume rules for the event (opens in a new window).

Please note the rest of this information relates to the earlier April event. More details to follow

The event centres around the Yavin Rebel Base hub in the centre of the park where you will find hosted shows and dance parties.

A special “Galactic Nights Stars in Cars Motorcade” welcome the Star Wars celebrities down Hollywood Blvd.

Also look out for Captain Phasma and the First Order stormtroopers in the “March of the First Order”.

There are a number of special Star wars photo opportunities including the first appearance of the newest droid, BB–8, Hans Solo cast in carbonite, the Hoth Wampa Cave and the Palace of Jabba the Hut.

The “Inside the Saga: Celebrity Chat Show” runs multiple times at the Epic Theater and is hosted by Vanessa Marshall, the voice of Hera Syndulla from the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels. She takes you behind the scenes of the latest Star Wars film, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”. The pre-show features Andi Gutierrez and Anthony Carboni.

You can also take part in the “Seize the Saga Interactive Scavenger Hunt”. Here guests of all ages can hunt for eight themed Star Wars pieces that combine to create a unique keepsake, the plans for the Death Star.

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