Disneyland Paris Season of the Force Returns

Season of the force is returning to Disneyland Paris in 2018 between the 13th January to 25th March 2018. The official announcement is as follows:

 

“From 13th January to 25th March 2018, live the most epic of Star Wars™ adventures as the Season of the Force takes over both Disney® Parks with more intergalactic immersions than ever before. Blast off to a galaxy far, far away, where breathtaking shows, jaw-dropping attractions and unforgettable Star Wars Character encounters propel you into your very own Star Wars story – an out-of-this-world adventure any true Jedi won’t want to miss.

Star Wars : A Galactic Celebration

The most spectacular show in the galaxy. Lift off and relive the Star Wars saga’s most meteoric moments in this nighttime extravaganza fully charged with state-of-the-art projections, special effects, music and live Star Wars Characters.

 

Star Wars : A Galaxy Far, Far Away

A true show of the Force. Jump into the thick of this action-packed show, where live Star Wars Characters and special effects bring dazzling displays of the Force to life before your very eyes.

First Order March

There’s no order without the First Order. Stand back and witness for yourself the striking stature of Captain Phasma directing a battalion of stormtroopers through an iconic demonstration of galactic might.

Meet Star Wars Characters

Close encounters of the dark kind. Keep your cool as stormtroopers patrol the streets, hunting rebel spies. And bow down to the dreaded Darth Vader himself at Starport in Discoveryland.

NEW! Star Tours Strikes Back

Prepare for even more intergalactic excitement when Star Tours: The Adventures Continue launches in Discoveryland®. For the first time in a long time, rebels of all ages will board a Starspeeder 1000 and take off on a thrilling 3D voyage to stunning star systems and war-torn worlds, from Jakku and Hoth to Tatooine and even the dreaded Death Star.

Loaded with state-of-the-art technology and over 70 mission combinations, this is an experience sure to thrill the most devout Jedi in the galaxy.

NEW! Star Wars takes over Space Mountain

Launch yourself into Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain for an epic takeover of a classic space attraction. Enlist in the Rebel Alliance and blast your way through a swarm of Imperial TIE fighters before doing battle with a menacing Star Destroyer.

NEW! See stunning Star Wars scenes in Disney Illuminations

As if our 25th Anniversary wasn’t sparkly enough, our nighttime spectacular, Disney Illuminations, also features epic battles from the Star Wars saga.”

 

Thoughts

 

This is a pretty disappointing announcement in a lot of ways. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed my trip to Season Of The Force last year. However, if you’ve ridden the new Star Tour’s and Space Mountain there’s little to bring you back again. Apart from the Darth Vader meet maybe. Both shows are great but the announcement doesn’t give much indication that it’s a huge overhaul. I like the nod to it with Disney Illuminations though especially if it’s the most recent film.

Yes, It’s nice to see this continue. Even if It would have been nicer if we’d got something new. If you haven’t been, though, it’s absolutely worth it. The shows are fantastic, especially the nighttime spectacular. The upgraded rides are also a highlight even if you can ride those anytime.

I don’t mean to be overly critical and I’m not expecting them to reinvent the wheel. But even a small addition would have gone down well. A new character meet. Something, anything, instead of exactly what we got last year would have been amazing. To be fair though it’s going to be a busy year for Disneyland Paris. So, you could argue their attention is, perhaps, better served elsewhere.

If you’d like to read about my experiences at season of the force last year you can read my report on the site here.

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