New Closures: Including Star Wars Weekends!

New Closures: Including Star Wars Weekends!

by Kimberly




There are some upcoming closures at Walt Disney World that you definitely want to make sure you mark on your calendar.

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Bye Bye Star Wars Weekends - Photo by Matthew Cooper

First, Soarin’ will close at Epcot January 4, 2016 and reopen sometime during the summer of 2016. During the closure the attraction will be reimaged to include a new journey, Soarin’ Around the World. A third theatre will also be added, which will hopefully alleviate some of the long lines.

Second, Planet Hollywood in Disney Springs is expected to close for refurbishment starting sometime in January. During this time the restaurant will undergo a significant redesign where it will be transformed into an observatory. The new restaurant will open sometime during the spring/summer of 2016.

Finally, and this is probably the hardest of all to accept, Star Wars Weekends has been given the boot.

To ease the pain, new experiences are being added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Starting December 1st, guests can view special exhibits, purchase special merchandise, and even experience encounters with Chewbacca and Darth Vader. A reimaged Jedi training experience called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will also open in December. There will also be a new destination added to the Star Tours attraction.

Perhaps the only upside to the Star Wars Weekends news is that maybe (fingers crossed) this will be incorporated into the new Star Wars Land all year long!! (Come on Disney, throw us a bone!!)

Simple:3 attractions are closing soon.

Fun:They'll all be replaced by new or upgraded experiences in 2016.

Magic:Star Wars fans can feel the power of the Force every day with new experiences leading up to the eventual opening of Star Wars Land!

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