Season of the Force Returns to Disneyland Park: 2024 Guide and Tips

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Prepare to embark on an out-of-this-world adventure as Disneyland Park transforms into a galactic celebration during Season of the Force from April 5 to June 2, 2024. This limited-time event promises to immerse guests in the beloved Star Wars saga like never before, with a plethora of exciting experiences, attractions, entertainment, and merchandise. From the iconic Hyperspace Mountain overlay to the debut of new Star Tours adventures, Season of the Force will transport you to a galaxy far, far away. Brace yourself for an unforgettable journey filled with thrilling rides, captivating shows, delectable themed treats, and exclusive merchandise that will delight Star Wars fans of all ages.

Hyperspace Mountain

Hyperspace Mountain

One of the highlights of Season of the Force is the return of the fan-favorite Hyperspace Mountain, a high-speed overlay of the classic Space Mountain attraction. Prepare to join an epic X-wing starfighter battle as you blast off into a breathtaking adventure through the depths of space. As you board your rocket ship and ascend the iconic mountain, the familiar Star Wars score will fill the air, setting the stage for an exhilarating ride. Once you reach the top, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a thrilling dogfight, dodging enemy fire and navigating through asteroid fields. The combination of heart-pounding drops, sharp turns, and immersive audio-visual effects will make you feel like you’re truly part of the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Empire.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

During Season of the Force, the beloved Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction will receive a galactic update, introducing new destinations and characters from recent Disney+ series. Prepare to embark on thrilling adventures inspired by “Ahsoka,” “Andor,” and “The Mandalorian.”As you board your Starspeeder 1000, you may encounter urgent transmissions from iconic characters like Ahsoka Tano, Cassian Andor, or the dynamic duo of Din Djarin and Grogu. Your journey could take you to the mysterious planet Peridea, featured in the “Ahsoka” series, or other uncharted territories. With each ride, you’ll experience a unique adventure, never knowing where in the galaxy you’ll end up next.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land will play a pivotal role in Season of the Force, offering a fresh perspective on the iconic Disneyland fireworks display. For the first time, galactic music will sweep through the spires of this meticulously crafted land, enhancing the already captivating experience of watching the night sky light up with bursts of color and sound.As you wander through the streets of Batuu, you’ll be transported to a world where the Resistance and the First Order clash, with opportunities to pledge your allegiance and participate in interactive experiences. Rise of the Resistance and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will continue to thrill guests, while the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters quest and other interactive elements will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe.

Fire of the Rising Moons

One of the most highly anticipated experiences during Season of the Force is “Fire of the Rising Moons,” a nighttime spectacular that will take place on select evenings in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This immersive event promises to offer guests a unique perspective on the iconic Disneyland fireworks display, accompanied by the legendary galactic music composed by John Williams for the Star Wars films. On select nights starting April 5, 2024, visitors to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be able to witness “Fire of the Rising Moons,” a mesmerizing display that will light up the night sky in celebration of the heroes of the galaxy.

This experience can be enjoyed from various vantage points throughout the land, including the Black Spire Spaceport, the TIE Echelon docking platform, and the speeder garage. As the fireworks illuminate the sky, the spires and structures of Batuu will be bathed in vibrant colors and synchronized lighting effects, creating a truly immersive atmosphere. The familiar and beloved music from John Williams’ iconic Star Wars scores will resonate through the land, adding an extra layer of magic to the experience.

Guests equipped with MagicBand+ will be able to enhance their “Fire of the Rising Moons” experience even further. Their MagicBand+ will vibrate and emit colorful lights in sync with the show, allowing them to feel the rhythm of the galactic celebration pulsing through their wrists.Whether you’re a lifelong Star Wars fan or a newcomer to the saga, “Fire of the Rising Moons” promises to be a truly unforgettable experience. As the fireworks dance across the sky and the music swells, you’ll be transported to a galaxy far, far away, where the heroes of the Resistance and the Jedi Order are celebrated in all their glory.

Galactic Overlay: Transforming Disneyland Park

During Season of the Force, Disneyland Park will undergo a stunning transformation, with a galactic overlay that will immerse guests in the Star Wars universe from the moment they step through the gates. This immersive experience will extend beyond the boundaries of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, allowing visitors to feel the presence of the Force throughout the entire park. As guests make their way down Main Street, U.S.A., they’ll be greeted by larger-than-life banners featuring iconic Star Wars characters and scenes, setting the tone for the intergalactic adventure that awaits.

The iconic Partners Statue will also receive a special makeover, with Mickey and Walt donning Jedi robes and wielding lightsabers, inviting visitors to embrace their inner Jedi. In Tomorrowland, the iconic Astro Orbiter attraction will be transformed into the “Galactic Orbiter,” with each rocket ship receiving a Star Wars-inspired makeover. Guests will have the opportunity to soar through the skies in X-wing starfighters, TIE fighters, and even the legendary Millennium Falcon. The Disneyland Monorail will also receive a galactic makeover, with each train adorned with Star Wars imagery and characters.

As guests glide through the park, they’ll be treated to a unique perspective of the Star Wars-themed decorations and overlays. Throughout the park, guests will encounter roaming Star Wars characters, including stormtroopers, Jedi Knights, and even the fearsome Darth Vader himself. These encounters will provide ample opportunities for photo ops and interactive experiences, allowing visitors to truly immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe. In the evenings, the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle will be transformed into a stunning canvas for a dazzling Star Wars-themed projection show.

The castle’s spires and turrets will be illuminated with iconic scenes and characters from the beloved saga, accompanied by a powerful score that will transport guests to a galaxy far, far away. With this all-encompassing galactic overlay, Disneyland Park will become a true celebration of the Star Wars universe, offering guests an unforgettable experience that will delight fans of all ages. From the moment they enter the park until the moment they leave, visitors will be fully immersed in the magic and wonder of the Star Wars saga.

Enhancing the Experience with MagicBand+

During Season of the Force, guests will have the opportunity to elevate their galactic adventure to new heights with the help of the innovative MagicBand+ technology. This wearable device, which combines the convenience of a park admission ticket, hotel room key, and payment method, will also unlock a world of immersive experiences and interactive surprises throughout Disneyland Park. As visitors explore the various Star Wars-themed areas and attractions, their MagicBand+ will come alive with vibrant lights, haptic vibrations, and even iconic sound effects from the beloved saga.

These interactive elements will sync perfectly with the surrounding environments, creating a truly immersive and personalized experience.In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests can use their MagicBand+ to pledge their allegiance to either the Resistance or the First Order. This choice will determine the unique interactions and surprises they encounter throughout the land, such as receiving special transmissions from iconic characters or being challenged by roaming stormtroopers. During the “Fire of the Rising Moons” nighttime spectacular, MagicBand+ will enhance the experience by pulsing and glowing in sync with the fireworks and music. Guests will feel the rhythm of the galactic celebration pulsing through their wrists, creating a truly unforgettable and immersive experience.

Display of MagicBands

MagicBand+ will also unlock exclusive photo opportunities throughout the park, allowing guests to capture magical moments with augmented reality overlays featuring beloved Star Wars characters and environments. These unique photo ops will provide cherished memories to take home and share with friends and family. Additionally, MagicBand+ will grant access to special Star Wars-themed games and challenges, encouraging guests to explore every corner of the park and interact with their surroundings in new and exciting ways. These interactive experiences will not only add an extra layer of fun but also deepen the connection between visitors and the Star Wars universe.

With MagicBand+, Disneyland Park will truly come alive during Season of the Force, offering guests a personalized and immersive experience that will transport them to a galaxy far, far away. Whether pledging allegiance, interacting with characters, or capturing unforgettable moments, MagicBand+ will be the ultimate companion for any Star Wars fan’s galactic adventure.

Themed Food and Beverage

No galactic celebration would be complete without an array of themed food and beverage offerings. During Season of the Force, Disneyland Park will feature a variety of delectable treats and beverages inspired by the Star Wars saga.From intergalactic-themed snacks and desserts to out-of-this-world beverages, there will be something to satisfy every craving. Keep an eye out for special offerings at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland, as well as unique items scattered throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Downtown Disney. Fans can also expect to see limited-edition popcorn buckets, sippers, and tumblers adorned with beloved Star Wars characters and symbols. Check out our Season of the Force Foodie Guide for all the amazing details and food options!

Exclusive Merchandise

In addition to the delectable treats, Season of the Force will offer a wide range of exclusive merchandise for Star Wars enthusiasts to collect. From apparel and accessories to collectibles and souvenirs, there will be no shortage of galactic treasures to commemorate your visit.One standout item is the Star Tours hoodie, featuring the iconic attraction’s logo and design. Fans can also expect to find a variety of other apparel options, including t-shirts, hats, and more, adorned with imagery from the event and the Star Wars universe. Collectible pins, keychains, and other memorabilia will also be available, making it easy to take a piece of the celebration home with you.

Entertainment and Character Encounters

Throughout Season of the Force, Disneyland Park will come alive with a variety of entertainment offerings and character encounters that will delight Star Wars fans of all ages. Keep an eye out for the March of the First Order, a thrilling procession of stormtroopers marching through the park, or the epic Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, which will be enhanced with the addition of galactic music sweeping through the spires of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Fans can also look forward to encountering their favorite Star Wars characters roaming the park, including the opportunity to participate in the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience, where young Padawans can learn the ways of the Force and face off against iconic villains like Darth Vader or Kylo Ren.

Star Wars Nite

For those seeking an even more immersive Star Wars experience, Disneyland Park will host a series of Star Wars Nite after-hours events on select nights throughout Season of the Force. These separately ticketed events will offer exclusive entertainment, rare character meet-and-greets, and specialty food and beverages. During Star Wars Nite, guests can dress up as their favorite Star Wars characters and participate in a Galactic Dance Party on Main Street, U.S.A.

The iconic Pizza Planet Truck will be transformed into a popcorn bucket, and over 20 party-exclusive food items will be available for purchase.Additionally, Star Wars Nite will feature a costume cavalcade, special lighting and projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle and “it’s a small world,” and the opportunity to pose in front of themed photo ops. With limited capacity and extended park hours, these events promise to be a truly unforgettable experience for die-hard Star Wars fans.

Where to Stay for Season of the Force

Choosing the right accommodations can greatly enhance your Season of the Force experience at Disneyland. Here are some top options to consider, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hotels:

Disney's Grand Californian Hotel at night

On-Site Disneyland Resort Hotels

For the ultimate in convenience and immersion, staying at one of the three on-site Disneyland Resort hotels is hard to beat during Season of the Force.

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa: This deluxe hotel is just steps away from the parks and features direct entry into Disney California Adventure Park. Expect to pay $650-$1,000+ per night during Season of the Force. Amenities include themed pools, character dining, and high-end accommodations.

Disneyland Hotel: With its iconic design and proximity to both parks, the Disneyland Hotel offers a classic Disney experience. Rates typically range from $500-$800 per night. Guests enjoy themed rooms, pools, and dining options.

Disney’s Pixar Place Hotel: As the most affordable on-site option, Pixar Place offers rooms from $400-$600 per night. It features a Pixar theme and is just a short walk from the parks.

Good Neighbor Hotels

Disneyland has partnered with several nearby hotels as “Good Neighbor” properties, offering a wide range of accommodations and price points within walking distance or a short shuttle ride from the parks.

Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn (0.2 miles): This budget-friendly option is just across the street from Disneyland’s main entrance. Rates start around $200 per night, with free breakfast and an outdoor pool.

Fairfield Inn Anaheim Resort (0.2 miles): Another wallet-friendly choice across from Disneyland, with rates from $150-$300 per night. Enjoy a pool, themed rooms, and views of the fireworks.

JW Marriott Anaheim Resort (1.6 miles): For a luxury experience, this 4-diamond resort offers upscale amenities like a rooftop bar and pool area. Expect to pay $300-$600+ per night, with some Disneyland package deals available.

Many Good Neighbor hotels offer shuttle services to and from the parks, while others are just a short walk away. Be sure to inquire about transportation options when booking.

Tips for Booking

  • Book early, as availability can be limited during popular events like Season of the Force.
  • Consider package deals that include park tickets and other perks.
  • For on-site hotels, check for discounts through Disney Vacation Club or Annual Passholder rates.
  • Good Neighbor hotels often offer discounts through travel websites or corporate rates.
  • Weigh the convenience of being steps from the parks against potential cost savings of staying a bit further away.

No matter where you stay, being in close proximity to Disneyland will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the galactic celebration of Season of the Force. From exclusive merchandise and themed treats to immersive experiences and nighttime spectaculars, the Force will be strong at your hotel of choice.

Galactic Photo Opportunities

During Season of the Force, Disneyland Park will offer a multitude of incredible photo opportunities that will allow guests to capture unforgettable memories from their intergalactic adventure. From iconic Star Wars backdrops to interactive character encounters, these photo ops will transport you straight into the beloved saga.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Photo Spots

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will undoubtedly be the epicenter for out-of-this-world photo opportunities during Season of the Force. Imagine posing in front of the life-size Millennium Falcon or the imposing spires of the Black Spire Outpost. You can even capture memories aboard iconic starships like the X-wing or TIE fighter. Throughout the land, you’ll find numerous themed backdrops and set pieces perfect for family photos or solo shots. Snap a picture with a towering AT-AT walker or a menacing First Order shuttle in the background. Recreate iconic scenes from the films or create your own unique Star Wars moments.

Character Encounters and Photo Ops

No Star Wars celebration would be complete without the opportunity to meet and interact with beloved characters from the saga. During Season of the Force, you’ll have the chance to encounter and take photos with iconic heroes, villains, and droids from across the galaxy. Imagine posing alongside the fearsome Darth Vader or the legendary Chewbacca. You can even capture a moment with Rey, wielding her lightsaber, or the ever-loyal droid duo of R2-D2 and C-3PO. These character encounters will provide priceless photo opportunities that will transport you directly into the Star Wars universe.

Immersive Set Pieces and Backdrops

Throughout Disneyland Park, you’ll discover a variety of immersive set pieces and backdrops that will elevate your Star Wars photo game. Step into a life-size recreation of the iconic Mos Eisley Cantina and strike a pose with the infamous bartender or a band of intergalactic musicians. Imagine capturing a family photo in front of a towering AT-AT walker or a massive Star Destroyer looming overhead. These larger-than-life set pieces will add an incredible sense of scale and authenticity to your photos, making them truly out of this world.

Augmented Reality Photo Experiences

Leveraging the power of cutting-edge technology, Disneyland Park will offer augmented reality photo experiences that will transport you to distant planets and iconic Star Wars locations. Using the Disneyland app or specialized photo kiosks, you can superimpose yourself into scenes from the films or create entirely new adventures. Imagine posing with a holographic Jedi Master or battling against a virtual Sith Lord. These augmented reality experiences will blur the lines between reality and the Star Wars universe, allowing you to create truly unique and unforgettable photo memories.

Limited-Edition PhotoPass Opportunities

For those looking to take their photo game to the next level, Disneyland Park will offer limited-edition PhotoPass opportunities during Season of the Force. These exclusive photo sessions will provide access to unique backdrops, props, and even special character appearances. Imagine capturing a family portrait with a life-size replica of the Millennium Falcon or posing alongside a squad of Stormtroopers. These limited-edition PhotoPass opportunities will be highly sought after, so be sure to book your session early to secure your spot in the galaxy.

With so many incredible photo opportunities available during Season of the Force, you’ll be able to capture memories that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away for years to come. Whether posing with iconic characters, exploring immersive set pieces, or embracing the power of augmented reality, these photo ops will ensure that your galactic adventure is forever immortalized.

Tips for Maximizing Your Season of the Force Experience

With so many exciting experiences and offerings during Season of the Force at Disneyland Park, it’s essential to plan ahead and make the most of your visit. Here are some valuable tips to help you navigate this galactic celebration like a true Jedi Master:

Arrive Early and Stay Late

To fully immerse yourself in the Star Wars-themed festivities, aim to arrive at the park as early as possible and plan to stay until closing. This will allow you to experience the various attractions, shows, and character encounters without feeling rushed or overwhelmed by crowds.

Utilize Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane

Invest in Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services to maximize your time and minimize wait times for popular attractions like Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. This will ensure you can experience the thrills without sacrificing valuable park time.

Download the Disneyland App

The official Disneyland app is a must-have tool for navigating Season of the Force. Use it to check attraction wait times, make dining reservations, and access digital maps and park information. You can also use the app to join virtual queues for popular experiences, such as the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

Plan for Nighttime Spectaculars

Don’t miss out on the incredible nighttime spectaculars during Season of the Force. Secure a prime viewing spot early for “Fire of the Rising Moons” in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the enhanced Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show.

Oga's Cantina in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

Dress for the Occasion

Embrace the Star Wars spirit by dressing up in your favorite galactic attire. Whether you opt for a classic Jedi robe or a daring Sith Lord ensemble, you’ll feel even more immersed in the celebration. Just remember to follow Disneyland’s costume guidelines for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Fuel Up with Themed Treats

Don’t forget to indulge in the delectable Star Wars-themed treats and beverages available throughout the park. From intergalactic snacks to out-of-this-world beverages, these themed offerings will add an extra layer of excitement to your galactic adventure.

Collect Exclusive Merchandise

Set aside a portion of your budget for the exclusive Season of the Force merchandise. From apparel and accessories to collectibles and souvenirs, these limited-edition items will serve as cherished mementos of your unforgettable Star Wars experience at Disneyland Park. By following these tips and embracing the spirit of the Force, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable galactic adventure during Season of the Force at Disneyland Park.


Season of the Force at Disneyland Park promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the Star Wars saga, offering a multitude of exciting experiences for fans of all ages. From the thrilling Hyperspace Mountain overlay and new Star Tours adventures to the immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land and exclusive merchandise, this event is a must-visit for any Star Wars enthusiast. Prepare to be transported to a galaxy far, far away, where you can indulge in themed treats, encounter iconic characters, and participate in interactive experiences that will bring the Star Wars universe to life. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the saga, Season of the Force at Disneyland Park is an adventure you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for April 5 to June 2, 2024, and get ready to experience the magic of Star Wars like never before. May the Force be with you!