“Star Wars”

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is undergoing a major overhaul, much to the disappointment of many fans. “Star Wars” is on the way.

Attraction after attraction, iconic pieces, exhibits and shows, all closed to make way for the 14-acre Star Wars Land, which is set to make its debut in late 2018 or early 2019. Whether you are a fan of the force or not, you can’t help but admit it will bring a cohesiveness and excitement to the park.

Star Wars Land will host a new Jedi Training Academy which is rumored to have a Yoda animatronic. This will most likely be housed in the Hyperion Theater which is good news to many parents who have had to let their padawans down because it was raining and Darth doesn’t fight in the rain. The current Star Tours area will be moved but the location has not yet been revealed.

A Mos Eisley Cantina will be the best place to watch the band play, along with 300-500 of your closest friends. Hopefully this will lead to “I’m with the band,” t-shirts in the gift shop. If live music isn’t your thing, there will also be a Force-themed gallery. The Dark Side Gallery will feature armor and light sabers, while the Light Side will display Rebel props. There will also be a display consisting of Star Ships.

There are many rumors surrounding the rest of the expansion, which include that the Star Wars Launch Bay (which is currently where the Animation Gallery used to be) will be re-worked for the release of Rogue One. It currently offers a meet and greet with Chewbacca and Darth Vader. There also rumors swirling that Vader will be replaced with up and coming villain, Kylo Ren.

Of course with change, comes opposition. Maya Newborn, an annual pass holder said, “We were quite excited about Star Wars Land. We were not so excited about the Osborne Lights being shut down. It had become a family tradition for us. So we were sad to see that go.” It seems that the majority of opinions are that people are disappointed but looking forward to the future. The biggest disappointment, lies in the closure of the Osborne Spectacle of Lights.

“I’m not really a Star Wars fan but thought it was cool but not great that a lot of things closed, especially the lights, “ Jennifer Bartlett, another pass holder stated.

Whether you’re lamenting the changes or looking happily toward the future, one thing is for certain, it will be exciting, and will meet the goal of keeping Disney’s Hollywood Studios competitive with nearby Universal Studios, and its Harry Potter franchise. After all, who can complete with Star Wars? May the force be with you.

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Kellie lives in Central Florida with her family and zoo of animals. She loves Disney, the beach and everything in between. In her spare time she runs Mother Lode Disney Sales on Facebook, drinks beer by the pool, goes to flea markets, makes plans for trips she will never take and makes her friends look at pictures of her 16 year old cat.

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