Star Wars: Galactic Nights is a special ticketed event that is held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unlike the two parties that Mickey sponsors at the Magic Kingdom each fall, there isn’t a set time of year for Galactic Nights. It isn’t held often, in 2017 it was held twice. The first time was in April in conjunction with Star Wars Celebration (the official Star Wars fan convention) and the second was the weekend after the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December. My daughter and I were at that one, and we had a blast.
There used to be an annual event held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios known as Star Wars Weekends, but that ended in 2015. Star Wars: Galactic Nights has the feel of Star Wars Weekends, but they aren’t really all that similar.
The next Star Wars: Galactic Nights is scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018. That will be two days after the official opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The park will close to the general public at 6:00pm, and Galactic Nights will run from 7:00pm-midnight.
Part of the fun of Star Wars: Galactic Nights is that the entire park has more of a Star Wars feel. (I’m a huge fan, I have been since the beginning.) The themes by the legendary John Williams fill the air, and there are little extras that aren’t normally found in the park. Another bonus is that Wait Times are shorter.
During Star Wars: Galactic Nights there are special photo opportunities throughout the park. There are backdrops from the movies that will make you feel like you’re a part of it, if only for a moment. When we were there they held a scavenger hunt to the different locations, but I haven’t heard anything about that being repeated.
For those who want a glimpse inside the land that is currently under construction, there’s a panel known as Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It features Imagineers who are working to bring the project to light. Last time some new artist renderings were released, including some of the Millennium Falcon ride.
Possibly my favorite part of Star Wars: Galactic Nights was the projection show on the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Quick scenes from the movies came alive on Tower of Terror, and I could not get enough. The projection show will be back for the May 27 Galactic Nights.
There are also special food offerings on hand for Star Wars: Galactic Nights. These include Gungan inspired crab puffs, Star Wars themed éclairs, Tatooine bisque, and red or blue lightsaber churros. There are also specialty drinks, with or without alcohol.
These are just a few of the special features of Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Tickets are now available, and are $129 per adult and $124 for children ages 3-9. There is a Passholder and Disney Vacation Club Member discount available.