Solo: A Star Wars Story Premier at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World

When the Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm several years ago, it was obvious that they had big plans for the Star Wars franchise. By the end of 2017 three new movies had been released, two that continue the story of the originals and one stand alone film. May 25, 2018 is the official release date of the second stand alone film; Solo: A Star Wars Story, but the first screenings actually took place the evening before. No worries, this article is spoiler free!


If you’re ever in Central Florida when a new Star Wars film is premiering, the place to be is Disney Springs. The opening of Solo was no different. Although the scale was a bit smaller than last December when The Last Jedi was released, there was still an excitement in the air. The familiar John Williams score played throughout West Side. A local group once again was on hand, dressed as Star Wars characters and taking pictures with fans. Disney Springs was decorated with banners that depict the characters of the new film, and there were other photo opportunities. Inside the AMC theater there was another picture opportunity where movie goers could snap a picture “inside” of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, surrounded by cutouts of the movie’s main characters.

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Solo: A Star Wars story tells the back story of the character made famous by Harrison Ford in the originals. The younger version of Han Solo is played by Alden Ehrenreich. The film also features the characters of Lando Calrissian, portrayed by Donald Glover, and Chewbacca, now played by Joonas Suotamo. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Paul Bettany.

While the premier for Solo: A Star Wars Story may be over, the celebration continues. On Sunday, May 27, Star Wars: Galactic nights will take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is a separate ticketed event, and it runs from 7:00pm until midnight. As of right now, tickets are still available.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.