May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, is a celebration of the film empire we all know and love. If you’re headed to Walt Disney World, here’s all the fun ways to celebrate Star Wars Day.
Hollywood Studios is home to Star Wars Launch Bay which houses meet and greets with Kylo Ren, Chewbacca and BB8. Wait times vary, but usually are pretty moderate 10-30 minutes. Kylo Ren is also available in the Disney Visa Chase Photo Op (inside Launch Bay). You can view a movie showcasing all Star Wars movies and tour the gallery which houses full scale replicas, costumes and other neat Star Wars memorabilia.
See the Shows
There’s a few fun opportunities to see all your favorite characters in action. Watch the March of the First Order as Captain Phasma and a legion of Stormtroopers march down Hollywood Blvd. This display happens every hour or so (about 7 times per day). Following the march, there’s an epic show called Star Wars: A Galaxay Far, Far Away that happens right in front of the Chinese Theater. This show includes video and sound clips of your favorite movies, mixed with live action appearances from Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Bobba Fett, Rey, BB8, C3PO, R2D2 and more.
Ride Star Tours
Star Tours bring the movie to life in a 3D motion adventure. With 178 different adventure variations, it’s guaranteed that no two rides will be alike. Though there is a 40” height requirement, older kids and adults will love this ride. Be sure to sit in the second or third row (toward the middle) if you want to increase your chances of being pictured as the “rebel spy” in the opening.
Aside from meeting the characters, there are lots of fun photo ops. Check out the speeder photo spot across from Star Tours. The “coming soon” sign for the new Star Wars land opening in 2019 is a fun backdrop for pictures too. You can also snag a picture with rare characters during their march to the stage about 10 minutes before the start of each show. You’ll find Stormtroopers randomly patrolling in front of Launch Bay. They are lots of fun to interact with and sometimes are willing to pose for a photo.
Fireworks are a spectacular ending to any Disney day. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular happens every night with projections on the Chinese Theater. This epic display shows clips from the movies set with special effects, fireworks, music and more. The best viewing spot for this show is set back from the theater near the sound/light boxes on Hollywood Blvd. This allows you to see all projections and really take in the effects of the show. Stand too close and you’ll lose the full impact.
However you decide to celebrate Star Wars Day, May the 4th be with you!