Back in 2015, Alana attended Star Wars Weekends for the first time. The event transformed Hollywood Studios into a Star Wars event filled with characters around every corner. She was very young and didn’t know much about Star Wars, but the event made her fall in love with the franchise. She loved the Light Side, but she LOVED the Dark Side. Visiting Darth Vader, playing with Stormtroopers, cornering Greedo, battling with Boba Fett, trading with Jawas – these are all things she doesn’t get to do now that the event has been cancelled.
Twice a year, Disney hosts a private event called Star Wars: Galactic Nights. It’s a separately-ticketed event and is typically tied to a major Star Wars event. This is the third Galactic Nights that has been held. The first tied with a local Star Wars convention, the second with the release of The Last Jedi, and now this event tied with the release of Solo – A Star Wars Story.
Not wanting to miss the full and attempt to fill the void left by the cancellation of Star Wars Weekend, Alana and I headed to Hollywood Studios for this awesome event.
We started in the back near Rock N Roller Coaster, where we found the Seventh Sister hanging out with this awesome background. We met her at the second Galactic Nights but it was great seeing her again. Incidently, I grabbed the wrong boots for Alana, hence the bright pink shoes – but Alana can pull them off.
We headed inside the theater and found these Tusken Raiders hanging out. It’s been years since we’ve seen them, so this is one of the highlights of the night.
More than just characters, the event features special events and ride overlays. Alana has never been on Rock N Roller Coaster, but took a chance and rode the Star Wars version. She wasn’t a fan.
We headed toward Launch Bay to check out the activities and bumped into these Jedis cosplaying as princesses. Or princesses cosplaying as Jedis. Either way, the force was strong with this group.
After floating around for a while and checking out the event, we jumped over to Star Tours. Just outside in a small forest, Ewoks are known to hang out during this event. What makes this event really special for us is Alana’s friendship with Logray. Believe it or not, Logray remembers Alana from when she was three-years old back in 2015. They had some special moments, but it had been years and Logray meets thousands of kids so it was shocking that he remembered Alana at the first Galactic Nights. We always go out of our way to say Hi at each event.
The ewoks get absolutely mobbed during the event. Tons of guests are tapping, tugging and pulling on the Ewoks trying to get their attention and a photo. It’s a tough situation, but Logray saw Alana and pulled her away from the crowd to take her to a more secluded section of the forest.
Who can say they’ve dance with an Ewok under the glare of the moonlight night? Only Alana.
Saying goodbye to Logray, we continued checking out the park. And what intergalactic night would be complete without a visit to Star-Lord and Baby Groot? Shockingly, their line was pretty long despite the fact that they’re available all the time and the Star Wars stuff was special to just that night. Regardless, Alana needed to see her favorite. And is it crossing brands when they’re both owned by Disney?
Heading back to Launch Bay and we found this AWR Trooper on patrol. These troopers only come out during the rarest special events, and Galactic Nights is included in that bunch. They choose who they want to take photos with, but Alana lucked out with an amazing backdrop and a really cool meet. They’re not as mean as they seem on the outside.
One of our biggest losses has been the removal of Jawas from Hollywood Studios. First thing in the morning, middle of a hot afternoon, right before closing – there was literally no bad time to visit the Jawas. Alana would sit with them and play games, tell them about her fear of Kylo Ren, trade trinkets, etc. Launch Bay hasn’t been the same since they’ve been gone – so it was perfect getting to see them at the Galactic Nights event. Alana needed to give this Jawa a big hug because she knew it’d be a while until she gets to see them again.
Capping off our night was one of the coolest pictures we’ve ever taken. Captain Phasma typically doesn’t meet, although we’ve met her a few times during the Star Wars RunDisney races. And Alana has only met Kylo Ren a few times because it’s the character she fears the most. Put them together and this is an incredible meet and greet! And the fact that Alana wasn’t scared made it even better.
It was a long night and Alana crashed towards the end. Overall the event can be pricy but it’s totally worth the amount of fun we had. We’ve been to three of the events so far, and depending on the lineup, we really hope we get the opportunity to attend again soon!