If you are at all a Disney fan in any way, I am sure you have heard about Star Wars coming to all areas of the Disney Parks. As announced at the D23 Expo in August, Star Wars Land will be coming to both Disneyland and Disney World at some undetermined point in the next few years (construction at Disneyland is slated to begin in January 2016). While construction is underway, Disney is bringing Star Wars fans a small taste of what’s to come with Season of the Force. While Season of the Force is being presented differently on both coasts, the basics are pretty similar. Disneyland’s Season of the Force debut was last week and it is already becoming hugely popular. I went to check it out last Sunday, and while I still have several things I need to go back and see (namely the food), I was able to experience most of the big stuff. Thus, my review. And you may have noticed from the title that while I love all things Disney and have seen all of the Star Wars movies, I am certainly not what anyone would consider a Star Wars “fan”. So this is a mostly objective review!
Season of the Force is located in Tomorrowland and basically encompasses most of the land, with the exception of Astro Blasters and Astro Orbiters. Most everything else in the land has been Star Wars-ified.
In the Tomorrowland Theater, formerly home to Captain EO, is Star Wars Path of the Jedi. I imagine for the average super Star Wars fan, this is not very exciting. However, for someone like me who is not a regular Star Wars movie watcher, it was a nice recap of the events of the first six films. It also includes a preview of The Force Awakens (not sure if they will change this once the movie actually comes out). There are a couple of random laser blasts and theater shakes during the clip montage, but for the most part, it’s just a summary of all that has happened in the previous films, followed by a glimpse of the new movie.
There is, of course, tons of specialized merchandise for Season of the Force, and this is by far my favorite. Located at the lemonade cart in front of the Launch Bay, this BB-8 sipper comes with regular or flavored lemonade (I got raspberry and it was delicious). For a mere $16.00, this souvenir sipper can be yours! I’m not going to lie, I love it.
Star Wars Launch Bay is a main attraction of Season of the Force and it is mainly (from what I could tell) about the character experiences. You can meet both Darth Vadar and Chewbacca, however, the line for both characters when I went (and we went in as soon as it opened) was 45 minutes. At this point in time, there is no character I would wait that long for. Apparently many people are willing to wait this long, but I passed.
The Launch Bay also features some movie replicas and costumes.
And this replica of the Cantina Bar, missing one key element–booze.
In general, I was underwhelmed with the Launch Bay. It also features video game stations and merchandise, including some (extremely over-priced) costumes and autographed pictures. For me, it was kind of eh.
The true star of Season of the Force is Hyperspace Mountain. It’s what everyone has been talking about and I can personally say that it 100% lives up to the hype. My advice is to head straight there as soon as you walk into the park and pray for a Fastpass, otherwise you are looking at AT LEAST an hour wait. But honestly, if you do have to wait an hour, it will be worth it. I loved Hyperspace Mountain and though I often skip the “big” rides because I don’t have the patience to wait in line (I’m a brat like that), this is one I will wait for in the future.
I will be heading back to the park next week (once some of the Thanksgiving break madness has died down) to check out some of the food and other merchandise offerings of Season of the Force, so more is to come. But so far, I am a fan of Season of the Force, and now that I have done the Launch Bay, I know I can skip it and explore the other options out there. Have you been to Season of the Force yet? What did you think?