Love Star Wars? How about the Stormtrooper March, known as March of the First Order.
Hey guys, today we will talk about one of my FAVORITE things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – the Stormtrooper March, also known as March of the First Order. This is a totally cool, semi-intimidating “parade” like event that happens daily, every hour, on the hour, in the daytime AND perfect for ANY Star Wars Fan.
I remember when I first saw it, it was a few years back, the kids were SO much younger and very new to the world known as Star Wars. We were waiting for our late breakfast reservations at Hollywood & Vine and sitting on a bench when I start hearing the “March” music…you know the tune when Darth Vader is entering a room. I ran to the center of the park with my camera ready for action and was amazed. I think I even cried. How did I not know this was happening…turns out it was NEW, very, very NEW…I witnessed one of the first shows they ever did. It was so amazing, thrilling and a bit scary…I mean this was before Stormtroopers were walking the park searching for the Resistance. To see them ALL march like that, to music…Dark Side music…I mean you skip a beat a little.
The kids, of course, wondered why mom ran away and they join me…front and center. We were hooked. I had to hold my youngest hand, but he (secretly) loved it too. WE saw it 3 times that day, lol.
What is it? Basically it is what it sounds like…it’s Stormtroppers marching. They march down Hollywood Boulevard towards the stage that is center to the park, directly in front of the Chinese Theater. They march like they do in the movies, like when they are following a Dark leader AND in this case…they are following the leadership of Captain Phasma – eek. She actually speaks and commands that people give up Resistance followers and join the First Order. Between her voice, the music and the sounds of several marching Stormtroppers…you step back a little. They march to the stage, do a little show (which has changed a few times). I won’t spoil it, but the mini show is a nice way to complete the march and even see a few surprise characters.
If you want to see the show, up front and close…wait near the stage. If you want a clear view of the march, watch from the street, store front on Hollywood Boulevard. Watch it a few times, watch it every hour if you want…but if you are a STAR WARS FANATIC like me, you will WATCH, CRY and Repeat!
NOTE – if you have young padawans or kids who aren’t into Star Wars or on the intimidated side…you might want to watch it first before inviting them…or just skip it. I have heard from a few clients that it was too “intense” for their younglings. Just a heads-up. But my growing Star Wars Nerds love it and at this point follow Stormtroppers around the park hoping they will arrest them for being “good”. Kids, lol.
Let me know what you think of the show and ENJOY!! I would love to talk Star Wars some more (I can’t wait for Galaxy’s Edge), contact me for a quote if looking to vacation at Disney. Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING along. Did you know you can sign up for Blog Emails? Nina