It is no secret if you have been following the Roadside Travels team on social media that we are HUGE Star Wars nerds. The Last Jedi screening was a dream come true but being able to celebrate all that Star Wars with other fans of the genre is the best way to spend an evening. So much went on this night and so many things to comes to Disney in the next few years will definitely keep fans busy on their toes for years to come!
The Last Jedi (No Spoilers I promise)
I will admit that while my feelings about the Force Awakens was lukewarm, the Last Jedi blew it out of the park! The storyline takes the movie to a whole different level and you will either love it or leave it. The building of the storyline between Rey and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo is something that has me waiting impatiently for the next movie. I think for me the saddest part of the movie and yes there are a lot of sad parts but also some really amazing parts that literally had everyone in the theater cheering and shouting, was seeing Carrie Fisher back in the role of our favorite rebel princess knowing that this would be her last movie. So I won’t go any further because I am bursting at the seams to give away some of the amazing parts of the movie, instead I will leave you with the trailer:
The Return of Star Wars Galatic Nights!
Ready for the coolest party this side of the galaxy? Look no further than Star Wars Galatic Nights! I was so honored to have the opportunity to go the opening night of the event. We got to sit in on a panel hosted by Warrick Davis where we had the chance to learn about all of the amazing new Star Wars experiences coming to Walt Disney World Resorts.
Some highlights for the Galatic Nights includes:
The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga. In between, a DJ will keep things spinning at Center Stage for a Star Wars dance party.
The Epic Theater plays host to a special, celebrity-led panel discussion about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Experts from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm will share some of the excitement coming to the 14-acre Star Wars-inspired expansion opening in 2019 at Disneyland Park in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Panelists will be joined by Warwick Davis, beloved by Star Wars fans since appearing as Wicket the Ewok in “Return of the Jedi” among many Lucasfilm roles. Actor David Collins will host the special insider’s look.
Park-wide, guests will step into immersive and iconic scenes from their favorite Star Wars films in a series of incredibly detailed photo locations, including a new backdrop inspired by Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars: Galactic Nights features encounters with Star Wars characters like Ewoks, AWR Troopers and roaming droids; Jedi Knights teaching younglings in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple; rocketing to the stars aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and stunning projection effects on park icons such as the Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Tower, whose façade will transform to showcase stunning locations from across the galaxy. At Star Wars Launch Bay, the theme park’s home base for Star Wars fandom, guests will meet denizens from the light and dark side of The Force.
Darth Vader and a battalion of Imperial Stormtroopers will march menacingly down Hollywood Boulevard.
Star Wars-themed food and beverage and merchandise will be available.
Select park attractions will be open to all guests. At embarkation points to Star Tours – The Adventures Continues, guests may come face-to-face with Stormtroopers on the lookout for a Rebel spy.
Overall it was an amazing night and it was great to have the opportunity to try out the different samplings of Star Wars food and check out the exclusive merchandise and see the changes to the Star Tours ride.