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Thousands of Fans Celebrate the Release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Walt Disney World Resort

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks – Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2015) — On Dec. 17, guests and fans will be among the first to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during a sold out, special-ticketed Star Wars: The Force Awakens Opening Night event at Walt Disney World Resort.

Starting at AMC Disney Springs 24, ticketed guests will walk a red carpet, past banners and spot lights, to the first public showings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens between 7 and 8 p.m.

After the movie, fans will enjoy a private after-hours party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios until 2 a.m. The party will include access to new Star Wars experiences, including Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Tours — The Adventures Continue attraction and more.

The next night, on Dec. 18, Disney’s Hollywood Studios park guests will experience the first official display of the “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular’’ fireworks show inspired by the Star Wars saga. The 11 p.m. fireworks spectacular will be streamed live on the Disney Parks Blog website and shared with news media.

 

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