As new experiences debut, Star Wars Weekends won’t be returning to Hollywood Studios next year

by Banks Lee

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Beginning Dec. 1, new Star Wars experiences will begin opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With that, one long time event comes to an end.

With work beginning next year on the Star Wars Land expansion at the park, the annual Star Wars Weekends will not be returning. A new Star Wars-themed event, Season of the Force, is supposed to debut at the park in early 2016 with a new Star Wars fireworks show.

A new destination from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be has been added to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, taking guests to a location based on the new film. The scene will be featured in every ride at first, but after a couple of months, will be put into the random generator of scenes. Disney released a preview of the new adventure in the video below. Scroll all the way to the bottom for a spoiler filled description of the whole scene.

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Star Wars Launch Bay will feature exhibits and behind-the-scenes looks at the Star Wars saga and the new Force Awakens movie, as well as merchandise and meet and greet opportunities with Chewbacca and Darth Vader. The Launch Bay will be located in the former Magic of Disney Animation building.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi will give guests new to the Star Wars saga a chance to become familiar with the story by showing scenes from all the previous installments. It will be shown in the ABC Sound Studio.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will debut in early December with a reimagined version of the popular show, featuring a new storyline taking younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple to face Darth Vader and a new villain from the Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels, the Seventh Sister.

For more information on all the new Star Wars experiences, head to the Disney Parks Blog.

The new “The Force Awakens” scene in Star Tours is the first one of the ride. Here’s a full description for those who won’t get a chance to ride it themselves anytime soon.

As you arrive on Jakku, an explosion happens in a wrecked Star Destroyer field. The Millennium Falcon appears in front of you, with TIE Fighters chasing it. Finn (John Bodega), a new character from The Force Awakens, appears on the video screen asking what Star Tours is doing there. After a little bit of following the Falcon and avoiding laser blasts, you start to crash land into the interior of a wrecked Star Destroyer. Once stopped inside, several characters that seem to be scavengers start inspecting the Star Tours StarsSpeeder and taking parts. After a second, you take off into space and the scene is over.
It’s immediately followed by a new transmission scene featuring BB-8. BB-8 tells us, through dialogue C-3PO translates, he has special information that must be delivered. C-3PO refuses several times, but R2-D2 then sends us to our next destination.
The ride then randomly generates the next scene amount the many that have already been part of the ride.


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Tharin White November 9, 2015 - 2:38 pm

I am EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED about the loss of Star Wars Weekends. Just last week I had convinced a family of 3 to all get passes becuase of that weekend. They were only concerned with Star Wars Launch Bay, and Star Wars weekends. To say this is a shock is an understatement.

Scott November 12, 2015 - 3:36 pm

This isn’t surprising to me. With the coming of an entire section of the park devoted to Star Wars… a ‘weekend’ event will become less and less of a draw. Now the characters and activities will be available every day… not just during the special weekend events. I have no problem with this change.


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