I really can’t say enough good things about Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, the new night time fireworks and digital projection display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s unlike any other event you’ll find at a Disney theme park providing an immersive show that takes you right into the Star Wars universe as close as you will ever get to being in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular lights the night with Star Wars-themed fireworks, lasers, projections, and other amazing special effects paired with Star Wars-themed music and iconic characters and scenes from the seven-film, pop culture phenomenon. The creators worked with John William’s official scorer to create an amazing soundtrack and even got to work with the amazing team at Industrial Light and Magic to recreate some of the iconic scenes from the classic Star Wars movies.
“It is a Disney sky show like none other,” said show director Michael Roddy of Disney Creative Entertainment. “We are actually able to cast fireworks to tell different parts of the Star Wars story, in colors identifiable with the film whether it’s green for Yoda or creating a starfield up in the sky. Projection mapping technology allows us to dramatically overtake the buildings with images from the Star Wars saga. Custom animation delivers motion picture moments and perspectives never before experienced. And surround sound makes it seem like a TIE fighter just flew past and exploded next to you.
“So many of the things we love about Star Wars we were able to bring to life,” he said.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular unfolds nightly in a series of acts in the skies and around the heart of the park. State-of-the-art effects projecting onto the Chinese Theatre and other buildings will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away.
Imagine gazing at the twin suns of the desert planet Tatooine, scavenging with Rey on Jakku, navigating through an asteroid field, soaring down the trench of the Death Star and delivering the final blow to destroy Starkiller Base.
The blockbuster show is punctuated by a tower of flame shooting tongues of fire skyward as well as powerful crisscrossing spotlight beams, creating lightsabers in the sky.
Elements of the show can be seen from around Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but you really want to be as close to the middle of center stage as you can be for the show. Plan to arrive 45-60 minutes ahead of time, or test your luck and time it for when the crowds stand up about 15-20 minutes prior to show time.
There is a dessert party that costs around $70 for adults which comes with a reserved area that you can watch the show from. If you like comfort and conveinence this is for you. But those on a budget can probably get by with a cupcake from Starbucks or Sweet Spells and staking out a good spot.
(Photos courtesy Disney. David Roark, photographer)