Disney World Announces New Star Wars Spectacular Shows

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Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios is about to take visitors to a galaxy far far away with a brand new stage show and parade this spring.

The shows will be centered upon Star Wars, with characters from all three eras of the franchise including Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma all appearing. Things kick off on April 4, 2016 with the new stage show, "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away," and a new parade of First Order might from the Star Wars Launch Bay to Center Stage.

The show will "play out iconic moments from the film saga on Center Stage," according to a press release, while the march will see Captain Phasma and First Order stormtroopers on the move.

The existing Star Wars fireworks show, which debuted late Fall 2015, will get a facelift this Summer as well. Redubbed "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," the new fireworks show at Hollywood Studios' Chinese Theater and other buildings will use a combination of fireworks, ground-based pyrotechnics and video projections on the outdoor walls. Scenes like the Tatooine sky, battle droids, the Death Star, Starkiller Base, and more will be shown and played out in spectacular fashion that culminates in the artist's rendering seen above, with massive lightsaber projections in the sky.

These new additions join the Star Wars Launch Bay area, which includes a gallery of props and costumes plus character appearances, and the new characters and planets from Star Wars: The Force Awakens that were added to the Star Tours ride last year. The Jedi Training show has also received new characters, including the Inquisitor known as the Seventh Sister from Star Wars Rebels.

All this, of course, is building up to the addition of Star Wars Land, an entire new land being added to Disneyland in California and Walt Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. New details about the Land are expected to be revealed on Sunday night's Wonderful World of Disney on ABC.

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