Star Wars at Disney World (including the new Star Wars land)

(Article last updated: December 30, 2018)

With the announcement of a new Star Wars land back in 2015, many fans set their sites on 2019 and the anticipated opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. To help pass the time, we've got all the latest Star Wars news and updates to help tide you over.

But Star Wars fans don't have to wait until then because you can find Star Wars at Disney World right now!

From attractions to characters to amazing nighttime entertainment, Disney's Hollywood Studios is loaded with opportunities for you to connect to your Rebel Side (or even your Dark Side).

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Here's what you can expect...

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Where can you find Star Wars at Disney World?

Most of the Star Wars-themed attractions, characters, merchandise, and entertainment offerings are found at Disney's Hollywood Studios (which is also where the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land is being constructed), but you can also find a dedicated Star Wars shop as well as a new immersive Star Wars experience in Disney Springs.

Hollywood Studios Star Wars attractions

Star Wars Launch Bay

This attraction allows guests to interact with beloved Star Wars characters, tour galleries of memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, shop for special Star Wars merchandise at Launch Bay Cargo, and play the latest Star Wars interactive video games.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody, especially Star Wars fans
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime, although waits are shorter in the morning
Tips: Both Kylo Ren and Chewbacca will speak to you at their meet & greets, so you might want to brush up on your Wookie. BB-8 just kind of sits there and does his BB-8 stuff.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

This outdoor show allows young Padawans to master their Jedi skills before facing off against forces from the Dark Side.

Suitable for: Disney requests participants be between the ages of 4 & 12

Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Sign up @ park opening
Tips: This has become very popular and competitive (right up there with Toy Story Mania!) event. Registration to participate is located at the Indiana Jones Adventurers Outpost store, and you must sign up right when you arrive in order to secure a spot. Check out our how-to guide for Jedi Training for more tips and suggestions.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

3D flight simulator that takes guests through one of dozens of different Star Wars experiences including new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40"
Suitable for: Anybody 40" or taller who can handle simulators and some rough movement.
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 2nd hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: The exit area is a great gift shop that has areas to build LEGO Star Wars characters and light sabers.

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi (operates seasonally)

This brief film allows Star Wars fans to relive the stories of Star Wars Episodes I-VII.

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Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? For Star Wars fans
When to visit: Park opening - park closing
Tips: Perfect for people that would like to get caught up or need a refresher of the Star Wars saga.

Hollywood Studios Star Wars characters

BB-8 Astromech on Duty (character meet)

Height req.: none
When to visit: Park opening - park closing

Kylo Ren (character meet)

Star Wars at Disney World

Height req.: none
When to visit: Park opening - park closing
(note: this character meet is also available as an exclusive character encounter for Disney Visa Debit & Credit Cardmembers. The line for the cardmembers only experience is generally shorter than the standard line so we recommend that one if you have a Disney Visa Debit or Credit Card.)

Chewbacca (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park opening - park closing

Hollywood Studios Star Wars entertainment

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

This live show brings several of your favorite Star Wars scenes to life and includes special character appearances from both old favorites like Darth Vader, as well as some new favorites from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anyone
Recommended? For fans of Star Wars and anyone that loves live shows
When to visit: As scheduled
Tips: The first show is usually the least crowded so if this is a must-do, consider planning on watching that one.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

One of the best parts of Star Wars at Disney World is this enhanced show that showcases pyrotechnics, special effects, and video projections, in addition to spectacular fireworks, all set to music from the Star Wars film franchise.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Fans of Star Wars and anyone that loves nighttime shows
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: As scheduled (nighttime entertainment)
Tips: In order to see all of the projections, you will need to find a place close to the courtyard in front of the Chinese Theater. Check out these maps to see suggestions for the best viewing spots. You can also get reserved seating by booking the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.

Hollywood Studios Star Wars merchandise

The place to purchase all of your favorite Star Wars merchandise at Hollywood Studios is at the appropriately named Tatooine Traders. Located at the exit of Star Tours, you'll find everything from themed Lego sets to light sabers to art.

Tatooine Traders does have a limited selection of collectible Star Wars items, but for a wider selection you'll want to check out Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo. There you'll find items for the serious (and not-so-serious) Star Wars collectors.

Star Wars at Hollywood Studios

Disney Springs Star Wars merchandise and attractions

Star Wars Galactic Outpost

Located at the West Side area of Disney Springs, the Star Wars Galactic Outpost is a handy shop filled with some of the most popular Star Wars clothing, toys, and collectibles.

Star Wars merchandise at Disney World

Star Wars Trading Post

This Star Wars themed shop is located in the Market Place area of Disney Springs. Apparel, accessories, toys and Star Wars plush items are all available here.

Star Wars Trading Post in Disney Springs


 Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire

Guests visiting Disney Springs are able to experience Star Wars like never before. Using the magic of virtual reality, guests will find themselves immersed in the world of their favorite movies as they don't just watch the story unfold - they become a part of it.

Tickets for Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire are available now on The VOID's website.

Star Wars-themed hotel (no opening date set yet)

Location: south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios, just to the east of World Drive.

This new resort will be a a "living adventure" that will allow guests to totally immerse themselves into all things Star Wars.

Unlike anything else on property (or likely anything else around the world), this new resort will be 100% immersive, letting Star Wars fans of all ages become a part of the story.

Star Wars Resort

The California Coaster Kings website tracked down some permits that show a preliminary layout of the new resort. Check out their website for lots more detailed analysis!

 Star wars hotel possible layout

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - everything we definitely know so far

Opening date: "Late Fall" 2019, probably towards the latter part of the year

Size: roughly 14 acres

Planet name: Batuu - a remote outpost that "was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel."

Now Batuu is a thriving port for anybody that might want to avoid detection, like smugglers, rogue traders, or those that want to avoid the First Order.

The village guests will visit on Batuu is named "Black Spire Outpost". The name comes from the geographical formations around it.

Disney says, "Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet."

The entire land will be an immersive experience where choices guests make and performance at tasks in the attractions will allow them to create a virtual profile that will then determine the interactions of the world around them.

For example, do well on the Millennium Falcon attraction and you might earn extra galactic credits, but if you damage the ship you could end up on the list of a bounty hunter.

Those determinations will then follow you as move through the rest of the area and provide opportunities to be a part of the action.


Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

This attraction will put guests at the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy - Han's Millennium Falcon.

Guests riding this attraction will be assigned one of 3 unique flight crew roles (which sounds similar to how Mission: Space works).

Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

This attraction puts guests smack dab in the middle of the an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance


Confirmed: Oga's Cantina 

Unique musical entertainment (provided by RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 droid pilot from Star Tours) and amazing concoctions "created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods" await visitors to this notorious local watering hole.

Described by Disney as:

"Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell."

Oga's Cantina is set to open with the rest of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019.


Star Wars land news

December 2018

Star Wars: Galaxy Edge sneak peek

Disney Parks Blog posted a behind-the-scenes look at Star Wars: Galaxy Edge giving a sneak peek at the land and the two new attractions coming to it: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.


November 2018

The attractions get names & John Williams has been busy!

At D23's "Destination D" event, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek premiered 2 new videos which not only revealed a few more details about the coming attractions, it also filled people in on the new names!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

It was also announced that THE John Williams himself would be composing brand new and exclusive themes for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. We can't think of a more fitting person to score this exciting new land.

You can read more about these announcements on the Disney Parks Blog.

August 2018

A name is announced: Oga's Cantina

As was expected, the Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is getting a cantina that will be serving "pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travelers alike."

Read more about the preliminary details in the Disney Parks Blog.

May 2018

Star Wars-inspired resort update

Everybody has been on edge waiting for details on the much anticipated new Star Wars-inspired resort coming to Walt Disney World.

Disney has released a little bit more information and now we know its location. According to Disney, the resort will be located on the south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios, just to the east of World Drive.

We're still waiting on many other details, though, like price point and opening date.

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

The village gets a name

At Star Wars: Galactic Nights, the name of the village area guests will visit on Batuu was revealed. Black Spire Outpost is the largest settlement on Batuu and, as Disney says, is "an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space."

Black Spire Outpost Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

Opening Season announced

Disney has just confirmed the season for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios: Late Fall of 2019.

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

February 2018

New images revealed of the new Star Wars-inspired resort

This new, totally immersive resort experience just became even easier to imagine with the release of some new conceptual video.

We now know that this resort will "connect seamlessly" to Star Wars: Galaxy's edge which will allow guests to fully surround themselves in the Star Wars experience.

No word yet on when construction will start (or more importantly when the resort will be ready to open) but these latest images are sure to get people excited!

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

December 2017

Update from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

To wrap up the 12 Days of Christmas news Disney pushed out this holiday season, fans were rewarded with some new details about the upcoming Star Wars land - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

It sounds like Disney is doing what Disney does best with creating an in-depth, totally immersive experience.

Star Wars land Galaxy's Edge construction

Read more about this latest update on the Disney Parks Blog.

November 2017

And the name is: Batuu

The newest destinations for Star Tours started this month and included a sneak peak at what guests might expect to see when the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens in 2019. Not only were guests treated with a peek at the new planet, we also now know its name: Batuu.

Read more about this latest update on the Disney Parks Blog.

Major Milestone in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge construction was reached

A major milestone was met as Cast Members and Imagineers involved in the construction of the new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands took out their sharpies and added their names to beams that will be installed.

Read more about this latest update on the Disney Parks Blog.

October 2017

A new sequence for Star Tours set to debut next month

A new sequence for Star Tours will make its debut at Hollywood Studios on November 17, 2017. This new sequence is inspired by The Last Jedi and will take place on the planet of Crait.

Need to see The Last Jedi trailer again? Catch it below.

Read more about the new sequence on Star Tours on The Disney Parks Blog.

August 2017

Hollywood Studios to receive a piece of the model displayed at D23

After unveiling the models at D23 in July of 2017,  Disney is bringing a portion of that epic model to Hollywood Studios for guests to preview.

The model will be available starting in mid-September and will be housed in the newly re-named Walt Disney Presents (formerly called One Man's Dream). In addition to the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge model, guests will also have access to a never-before-seen model of Toy Story Land, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway attraction.

More details can be found on the Disney Parks Blog.

Information on the new Star Wars land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

July 2017 - D23 Star Wars news & announcements recap

Galaxy's Edge model fly-through

Fly through the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge model that was just reveled at the D23 Expo. The details are beyond impressive!

A Star Wars-inspired resort is coming to Walt Disney World

If the details on what to expect at the newly named Star Wars: Galaxy's edge weren't enough, the news that a new highly-immersive Star Wars-themed resort had the crowd gasping in excitement.

Disney Parks Blog has more details and images; we can't imagine the experience will be cheap, but it definitely looks impressive!

Star Wars resort at Walt Disney World

Star Wars land gets a name and details on what to expect are revealed

We have a name! Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. This new land will take guests to a remote trading port on the edge of space where they'll find 2 new attractions, a totally immersive experience and even some blue milk. Check out what Disney's Park Blog has to say about it.

Star Wars land at Disney World

March 2017

Construction continues with highlights revealed in the latest Disney Parks Blog video

The new Star Wars-themed land construction continues with some well known shapes beginning to take form. The video is from Disneyland, but the attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be the same.

November 2016

A peek at what the new Star Wars land will look like at night

If the new Star Wars-themed land at Disney's Hollywood Studios is destined to look amazing in the daylight, then the nighttime just might be spectacular according to the latest from the Disney Parks Blog.


February 2016

New details on the attractions of Star Wars land emerge

Star Wars land Millennium Falcon |

Disney used the opportunity during their "Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" special last night to drop a few more hints and details as to what to expect to see at the new Star Wars-themed lands.

Some of the best news was that one of the signature attractions of this new land will have guests piloting the "fastest ship in the galaxy" (The Millennium Falcon).

Read more on the Disney Parks Blog.

August 2015

Star Wars land officially announced

Star Wars Land announcement at D23 | WDW Prep School

At D23 in Anaheim, CA, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the much anticipated announcement that 2 Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to the Disney parks: one at Disneyland and the other at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

These lands are not only impressive because they are Star Wars-themed (something fans worldwide have been begging to see) but they are also going to be HUGE (14 acres each) and will be Disney's largest single-themed land expansions ever. In comparison, the most recently constructed new land at Disney World is New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom which capped out at a total of 11 acres. The new land will also include 2 new attractions, but no confirmation yet on blue milk.

In addition to the new lands some additional enhancements were also announced:

  • a new Star Tours adventure that will include new locations and characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Star Wars Launch Bay which will provide an opportunity for guests to check out artifacts from the movies, meet Star Wars characters and purchase special merchandise
  • a re-imagining of Jedi Training academy to include new characters and a new villain

You can read more about what is coming in the years ahead on the Disney Parks Blog.

Star Wars: Galactic Nights


Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a one night only, family-friendly Star Wars-themed event hosted at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The event falls around the date of the release of the newest Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.  A similar event happened in 2015 and 2017 to coordinate with Episode VII - The Force Awakens and Episode VIII - The Last Jedi.

Day: May 27th, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - midnight
Cost: $129/adult, $124/child Guests can purchase Star Wars: Galactic Nights tickets online.

What is included:

You'll find lots of Star Wars fun packed into the evening but these are a few of the highlights:

Exclusive Solo: A Star Wars Story inspired content

With the release of the much anticipated Solo: A Star Wars Story happening on May 25th, Star Wars: Galactic Nights will feature some exclusive content during the evening's festivities.

Actor Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) will be making a special appearance, and the event's Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far, Away presentation will debut some new video moments from the movie. And, don't forget the merchandise!

Special projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel

In addition to Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (which is shown on the front of the Chinese Theater) guests will be treated to a new projection show done especially for this night. This new show, called Star Wars: Destinations will transform the front of the Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes from your favorite Star Wars movies.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Star Wars: Galactic Nights wouldn't be complete without this popular show. Catch it at the Chinese Theater and new for 2018 will be the debut of new enhancements to this popular show.

Star Wars characters

Guests can expect to see all the regulars at Star Wars Launch Bay (BB-8, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca). In addition, guests are likely to spot Storm Troopers, Ewoks, and AWR Troopers.

Inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

This one-night-only panel discussion will take you behind the scenes of the all new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge section of Hollywood Studios. A panel of Imagineers will be joined by David Collins (veteran Star Wars voice actor) as they take you on a journey into the development of this exciting new land.


In addition to all the Star Wars fun, the following attractions will be open for guests to enjoy - many with a special "Star Wars twist":

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Walt Disney Presents

Jedi Training

This popular daytime event will hold several sessions during Star Wars: Galactic Nights

Additional offerings

There will be lots more to see and do during the night (including special photo opportunities, special food items, and a dance party) plus there are opportunities to upgrade your experience with special dining packages and wine seminars (about Skywalker Vinyards, of course!).

Be sure to check out the official Disney Star Wars: Galactic Nights page for more information.


So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to experiencing Star Wars at Disney World on your next trip? Got questions about what you can find? Let us know in the comments.

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