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Location, location, location. That made all the difference for me and “Star Wars: a Galactic Spectacular,” the new end-of-night show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
On its debut night I was poorly positioned, way down Hollywood Boulevard. I tried again Monday from a prime spot nearer to the Chinese Theater, which doubles as a big-big-big screen for the projections in the show.
So I knew, on night No. 2, that I was in a better place for the pyrotechnics and projections. I did not anticipate how much better it sounded from upfront. It was almost as impressive as the old THX sound effect.
My gripe from the cheap seats was about the obstructed view of the fireworks. And yet once I was upfront and had a clear view, I found myself more distracted by the images on the facade.
But the action also moves side to side, a maneuver I couldn’t appreciate the first time. That also happens in the “swipe” maneuver for transitions between scenes
I also liked the use of movie poster images toward the end, especially from the classic 1977 film that started it all.
The projections are clear and are more vivid, I think, that the ones we’ve seen on Cinderella Castle or for the Tree of Life Awakens at Animal Kingdom.
One disadvantage of being so close is seeing the signs for Great Movie Ride and some palm trees interfering with the Star Wars action. But that’s a quibble.
Lasers launched from the building and over the crowd were creatively effective during a battle sequence.
The scenes and soundtrack all have a familiar feel. We’ve seen these heroes and villains before. It makes me hope for new experiences set in the galaxy far, far away in the “Star Wars” land coming not that far away.
But that’s a hope for tomorrow. Today just enjoy the skies above Hollywood Studios — just not from down Hollywood Boulevard.
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