Celebrating Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Spaceship Earth Transforms Into Death Star at Walt Disney World Resort

Last night guests at the Disney Parks Blog witnessed Spaceship Earth transformed into a giant Death Star. This was all in celebration of the upcoming release Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. One of the film’s star, Mads Mikkelsen, also made a special appearance and discussed his experience working the set as Galen Erso. For those not lucky to attend the event, Disney Parks Blog also live streamed the festivities.

Many surprises were announced as well including more Star Wars experiences in the parks

According to Disney Parks Blog:

AWR Troopers from the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios very soon. AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers are encased in specialized Stormtrooper armor with a dark, ominous gleam. They are the bodyguards and enforcers of Director Krennic, who holds a high status in the AWR division of the Empire. Guests will soon have a chance to spot these AWR Troopers in a new scene in the existing “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The park’s Star Wars Launch Bay will soon be updated with new props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, including items such as a Shoretrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. Making-of footage will also be added to the the behind-the-scenes film in Launch Bay Theater. Similar updates can also be found at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland park in California.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios

It was also announced that the fan favorite nighttime show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16 and will join “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” as a second nightly fireworks spectacular at the park through December 31. Please check the park entertainment schedule for showtimes during your visit.


Walt Disney Entertainment shared that voyage changes are coming to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue starting in mid-December. The attraction will soon switch back to offer randomized beginnings (instead of starting each journey on the planet of Jakku) and final destinations.

Looking ahead to 2017, the popular Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party will return. This offering includes Star Wars-themed cupcakes, cookies, brownies and a selection of savory snacks including cheese and flatbread and dip (as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages). The night ends with special VIP viewing for the night’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.” (More on how to book this experience here).

A new Star Wars Guided Tour is also in the works for the ultimate Star Wars fan visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This seven-hour guided tour will be led by a Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide that will include: a journey on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (for guests age 4-12); a guided exploration of Star Wars Launch Bay, dinner at a quick-service restaurant featuring Star Wars-themed items; the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party; fireworks viewing and more. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more information on this tour and booking information


If you’re Star Wars fan, get excited for more opportunities to celebrate the galaxy far, far away.


Theresa Carlson

Theresa has been a life-long Disney fan since she first visited the Magic Kingdom in 1985 at the age of 3. According to her mother, she squealed with excitement when she saw Winnie the Pooh and Chip n' Dale for the first time. That love for Disney has not died as she grew up. She continues to be fascinated with the history of EPCOT Center and maintains the radio station, Kungaloosh Radio on TuneIn Radio.

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