Disney’s New Star Wars Attractions Have Flopped…and Some Could be Set to Close Already

This article from our friends at Theme Park Tourist looks at the recent Star Wars “add-on” attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and how how popular (or not) they are. We have to say we enjoyed the Star Wars Launch Bay where we got to meet Kylo Ren & Chewbacca along with barter with the Jawas. Regarding the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Show at night, guests with a good view point LOVED the show, while some others did say that the best views are in a limited area, and not from all around the park, so get up front and center early!

Though Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in rough shape currently, one of the ways that Disney tried earlier this year to offset some of this park’s closings and beef up the offerings at this park was to inject a bunch of Star Wars attractions into the park, not only to give guests a reason to visit this park, but to also build anticipation for the upcoming Star Wars Land.

However, though we’re at least three years from this new land opening (if not more), it looks increasingly like fans are already starting to tire of the Star Wars attractions around this park. Let’s take a look at the current status of some of the newest Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, some of which may not be sticking around for much longer…

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Status: Operating for the foreseeable future

Popularity: 1/10

Have you never seen Star Wars, but desperately want to know what events happen in these films, without actually watching seven whole movies? No? Well if there was someone out there who fit this description, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, which inexplicably plays daily in the ABC Sound Studio Theater, would be the 15-minute movie for them.

Incredibly, though there are typically only a handful of guests in this theater per showing, Star Wars: The Path of the Jedi film continues to play at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to nonexistant crowds, and looks like it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Though with so few guests checking out this film, would anyone even notice if Disney closed it?

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Status: Closing later this month

Popularity: 3/10

While it’s not uncommon to see guests stop and watch Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away while this Center Stage show is in progress (hey look, there are characters over there! And they’re doing something!), very few go out of their way to make this glorified fashion show a part of their plans. And it looks like Disney has at least registered most guests’ disappointment with this show, as it will be having its last performance later this month before disappearing (hopefully) forever into a galaxy far, far away from the galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Launch Bay

Status: Open for the foreseeable future

Popularity 4/10

When the Star Wars Launch Bay first opened, guests sprinted to this attraction to be among the first to see all the props and models that were used in the Star Warsfilms. However, as the weeks and months passed, interest waned in this museum-like attraction, and though the character meet and greets inside do typically draw a moderate amount of gaits (with waits on a typical day hovering between 10-20 minutes), guests simply aren’t as interested anymore in viewing the same Episode 7/Star Wars Land preview video and walking by the same old exhibits.

Though this space would be easy to reinvigorate with new exhibits tied to upcomingStar Wars films (as well as the various animated series), in its current state everything in this space already feels tired, and the Star Wars Launch Bay has unfortunately become an attraction that is easily forgettable once you’ve walked through it once, and it is highly doubtful that anyone would ever elect to do it again, which explains the lack of foot traffic inside the Star Wars Launch Bay building.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Status: Closing (possibly temporarily) this fall

Popularity 6/10

Of all the new Star Wars offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular was probably the most well-recieved. However, even though the effects used in this show are impressive, many guests have complained over the past few months that the show is hard to see, and the off-center fireworks are more distracting than entertaining. And while it hasn’t been confirmed yet, the current operational calendar shows this nighttime spectacular wrapping up for an indeterminate amount of time next month.

Now this could be happening for a couple of reasons. First off, projection shows like these are easily upgradeable, and with Star Wars: Rogue One about to hit theaters, Disney may be planning a small update to help promote this new film. However, there could be something else happening here as well.

Late last week the video above made the rounds online. Just in case you can’t make it out clearly, that’s a stray firework from Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular striking World Drive during the show. Unfortunately, with the current Fireworks launch area, World Drive is at risk of fallout (the same way the Streets of America was previously) and while this accident didn’t result in anything other than a viral video, the potential is there for substantial damage to be caused by this type of pyrotechnical malfunction, either directly as a result of impact or indirectly because of a car accident.

However, a fix may be on the way, as land has been cleared behind the spot earmarked for Star Wars Land which could indicate that Disney is working on creating a new launch site, which could possibly be the reason for the downtime later this year.

Of course, this closure could also be due to budget cuts, but we’re hopeful that Disney is committed to improving this show, as it’s one of the only Star Warsadditions worthy of sticking around, even if its not 100% perfect in its current form.

Though attractions like Star Tours and the Star Wars Jedi Academy have proven that they have staying power at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this newest crop of Star Wars-inspired attractions just don’t seem to be on the same level, and look like they are on the verge of fizzling out early. What do you think? Have you done any of the recently-added Star Wars attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Do you think they should stick around, or have these Star Wars additions overstayed their welcome at this park?



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