Sunday, May 29, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular!

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular premieres June 17th at Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park in Orlando. It is a new fireworks (and so much more) show that promises to be like no other! It is definitely a MUST SEE!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Concept Art, Disney
I had the opportunity to sit down with J. Michael Roddy, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Show Director-Projections, at the recent Awaken Summer media event at the Walt Disney World Resort. He shared a few of the behind-the-scenes details on what Guests can expect from this new Spectacular. And it sounds AMAZING! 
This is not a show for Guests to just "watch." This new show is meant to be an experience that will pull you in emotionally. Michael explained, it will take you back to that feeling of the first time you ever sat down in a movie theater to see Star Wars, and "felt the adventure of what it would be like to travel to a galaxy far, far away..."

To hear even MORE about my interview with Michael Roddy, including details on Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular and other events coming to the Disney Parks this summer, tune-in to The Disney Dream Girls Podcast, Episode 109 HERE!!
Myself, J. Michael Roddy
Along with their partnership with ILM (Industrial Light & Magic), Disney created this experience through the use of specially designed music, sound F/x, storytelling, and practical F/x. Here are just a few of the details that Guests can expect to see and FEEL in Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.

The soundtrack of a film can be one of the most powerful tools in heightening the emotional-pull of the story. The iconic music from the Star Wars franchise will be a key element in this new show. In creating the music for A Galactic Spectacular, Disney worked hand-in-hand with John Williams' music director and gained the "full-blessing" of John Williams, himself. The music will also be enhanced by the familiar and distinctly Star Wars sound F/x of quintessential elements such as tie fighters and lightsabers.

For any Star Wars fan who can't get enough of the films, A Galactic Spectacular will give you more of what you already love. NEW, NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE was created EXCLUSIVELY FOR DISNEY and can ONLY be seen in THIS SHOW! 
Original movie models were used to create the new scenes, which have never been used in any of the Star Wars franchise films. Additionally, the technology used will allow for changes and additions to the footage as new films emerge.
A Galactic Spectacular will show Luke going through the Death Star trench in a whole new way and have Guests traveling along on the Millennium Falcon through asteroids! Projections will turn the Chinese Theater and several other buildings around the Park into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, and Starkiller Base.
Michael shared, "It will feel like you are in the middle of a light saber fight!"

As if this Spectacular couldn't get any more exciting, Michael pointed out that it will include the LARGEST "shells" (fireworks) ever used in ANY Disney production! The addition of other F/x such as lasers and 50 foot flare bursts (WHAT??!) make the magnitude of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, difficult to comprehend! And if all of this description doesn't already have you excited, there's one final phrase to consider...

 "Massive lightsaber in the sky!"

You can see Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular starting on June 17, in Disney's Hollywood Studios Theme Park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
New Awaken Summer Merchandise Preview

New Awaken Summer Merchandise Preview
A special thank you to J. Michael Roddy for speaking to me in such detail about this exciting new Spectacular. I'm looking forward to many, many, trips to a galaxy far, far away.

In addition to the Disney Dream Girls Podcast Episode 109, you can hear me discuss this and find more great Star Wars fun on Skywalking Through Neverland Podcast Episode 122.

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