Starry Eyed for Star Wars


Summer has awakened.

And I’m not talking about the Palm Beach County school year ending or the heart-stopping realization that your kids (and mine) will be home for the next few months. Summer has awakened at Walt Disney World, and one of my family’s favorite movies of all time has come to glorious life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Star Wars. Even my 3-year-old daughter is obsessed.

Between the opening of Star Wars Launch Bay with its killer air conditioning, character meet and greets and movie set memorabilia and the addition of the daily stage show, “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away,” featuring so many fan favorite characters, we didn’t think there was much more Disney could add—until they open up “Star Wars Land,” of course.

We were wrong. A new Star Wars fireworks show, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular,” is launching on June 17, and it’s going to be even more amazing than the current “Symphony in the Stars” show featured in the park.

Dubbed “the most elaborate fireworks display in this park’s history,” it will feature a combination of fireworks, pyrotechnics, Disney’s signature special effects and even video projections that will turn Hollywood Studio’s Chinese Theater and other buildings into “the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other Star Wars destinations.” The show will showcase music from the film franchise by composer John Williams (which totally makes it, in my opinion) and will be “punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating a massive lightsaber in the sky.”

We can barely contain annual pass holder excitement.

If you can’t make it to Disney this summer, Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater will be hosting a free galactic screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for local fans as part of its ‘Summer in the City’ entertainment series on August 5 at 8 p.m. Mark your calendars!

May the force be with you, Boca moms, until school starts again.