Star Wars Weekends have become a great tradition at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park, as the special celebrations bringing in swarms of crowds, with the promise that the blockbuster films would have a larger presence. The ever-lasting popularity of Star Wars only seems to have increased in recent years after Disney purchased Lucasfilm and brought its properties into the fold of the company. Disney has now announced that Star Wars Weekends are expanding and will be bigger than ever! Read more details about what to expect after the break.
The biggest addition to the weekends is easily the nightly fireworks that will be held to cap off the day, as reported by the Disney Parks Blog. Previously held last year on May 4th, as part of Disney’s Limited Time Magic campaign, the “Symphony In The Stars” fireworks spectacular was incredibly successful, and received great reviews from the many onlookers who crammed their way into the park. Although the new nightly fireworks that will be held throughout the five weekends will undoubtedly be different than what was witnessed last year, the Star Wars theme will obviously play a major role once more.
For a preview of what we may see from the fireworks shows, check out last year’s “Symphony In The Stars” show, captured by Inside The Magic:
Star Wars Weekends have now also been expanded to five weekends from the previous four and are scheduled in May and June:
- Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
- Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
- Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
- Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014
- Weekend V: June 13 – 15, 2014
In addition to the fireworks, a new evening show has been tapped to replace the previous Hyperspace Hoopla show, which showcased characters from the films performing a dance-off. We do not have further details of the new show, but it is exciting to imagine the near-unlimited opportunities for a great stage show that we could see.
We also have the reveal for this year’s Star Wars Weekends’ official poster, which features Disney’s classic mascot, Mickey Mouse, flying in an environment that should look very familiar to fans of the films. You can also spot a Mickey-themed R2-D2 in the rear. Asking fans to “Join The Rebellion” the poster is a nice blend of Disney and Star Wars, the theme that Disney is trying to capture with Star Wars Weekends.