The Disney Parks Blog hosted an after-hours event tonight that was all about the upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Guests gathered at Epcot after the park closed and were treated to clips from the film, appearances by Michael Roddy (show director) and Mads Mikkelsen (plays Galen Erso in the film), information about new and updated Star Wars experiences at the park, and finally, the transformation of Spaceship Earth into the Death Star.
Here’s what we learned tonight:
- An update is coming later this month to the “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” stage show. The newly updated show will feature elements from the new movie, such as AWR Troopers, the new Stormtroopers in the Advance Weapons Research division.
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will return for nightly performances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will run as a second nighttime spectacular (along with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!) through December 31.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will begin seeing more randomized tracks in mid-December. The attraction will also begin and end at different locations in the Star Wars universe.
- Star Wars Launch Bay will be seeing some additions as well. Rogue One props will be added to the space and new making-of film footage will be incorporated into the “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi” film.
- As of January 2, a new Star-Wars themed tour will be offered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Offered on Mondays and Saturdays, this seven-hour guided tour will include a ride on Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a meet and greet with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, an insider tour of Launch Bay, a viewing of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” and a Star Wars-themed meal at Backlot Express. Guests will then attend the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party where they will enjoy themed desserts and reserved viewing for the nighttime show. During the day, guests ages 4-12 will get to take part in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Tours are expected to cost $129/person.