Last night I had the privilege of heading to Epcot for a Rogue One event like no other! Not only did I get to hear from Michael Roddy about some of the new things coming to Disney World, I also had the opportunity to hear from Mads Mikkelson about his role in the film, see the new Advanced Weapons Resource Troupers, and watch Spaceship Earth turn into the Death Star.
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Michael Roddy is the Show Director/Show Writer Creative Entertainment at Walt Disney World and he came out to share some of the new things that Disney will be doing in honor of the release of Star Wars Rogue One! Here are a few of the things he shared.
New Characters in Star Wars a Galaxy Far Far Away
Starting 12/16/2016 the Advanced Weapons Resource Troupers will be added to Star Wars a Galaxy Far Far Away.
Rogue One Changes to Launch Bay
Authentic replicas from Rogue One a Star Wars Story are already at Star Wars Launch Bay. These include krennic’s imperial shuttle, Storm Trouper Blasters, and the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how the film was made.
Star Tours will be randomizing your locations again
This will mean that each time you board Star Tours you will not know where in a galaxy far far away you are going.
In 2017 there will be a new Star Tours Location from Star Wars Episode VIII
When asked about the destination the answer was “Planet I can’t tell,” so we will have to wait for further information but it’s exciting to know that new locations are being added with the new film.
Coming Soon – Star Wars Guided Tour
The Star Wars Guided Tour will be launching soon. You can expect to enjoy a 7 hour tour with an all in the know Star Wars guide, ride Star Tours, have dinner at a quick service restaurant with a Star Wars inspired menu, and take part in the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party.
Star Wars a Galactic Spectacular
Starting December 16th through December 31st you can go see Jingle Bell Jingle BAM and Star Wars a Galactic Spectacular on the same night. That’s two spectaculars in one park!
Mads Mikkelson – Galen Erso
Mads Mikkelson stopped in to tell us a bit about his role in the movie. Here are a few highlights from the live feed.
His character is a Scientist who “can make the galaxy a better place.”
When talking about getting the call to be in Rogue One he said, “My mouth dropped…they talked for half an hour and I didn’t hear anything.”
Host – “Did you see something on set that was like, oh my goodness?”
Mads Mikkelson – “When you are drinking a cup of coffee and you realize there are like 50 Stormtrooper helmets sitting on the counter.”
He also brought an extra clip which you can find on my Facebook Live video at about 29 minutes.
Spaceship Earth Converted to the Death Star
One of the most amazing parts of the evening was having an Imperial officer come out and give the order to show us the new battle station and fire a test shot. That’s right, the Death Star was at Disney and it fired a test shot! Here are a few images of that amazing transformation!
Get your Tickets to Rogue One a Star Wars Story!
Rogue One a Star Wars Story opens 12/16/2016! Make sure to get your tickets now so you can be a part of the amazing experience.
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