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Disney World debuts 'Star Wars' fireworks, Jungle Cruise restaurant, chocolate shop this week

Star Wars Launch Bay opened earlier this month at Hollywood Studios, and will be joined by a fireworks show Friday.

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Star Wars Launch Bay opened earlier this month at Hollywood Studios, and will be joined by a fireworks show Friday.

Just in time for the always-mobbed Christmas weeks at Disney World, visitors will find a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show at Hollywood Studios, a new restaurant themed to the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise and a custom chocolate shop — all opening this week. And coming soon is a new Pixar film festival at Epcot.

Instead of waiting in line at the movies you could head over to Disney's Hollywood Studios on Friday where the new Star Wars-inspired fireworks show will debut. It will be a nightly show featuring John Williams music.

This pairs nicely with the newly launched Star Wars Launch Bay experience that opened earlier this month. It's selfie central with Star Wars characters and settings.

In other Disney news this week:

• The new Skipper Canteen has officially opened Wednesday in Adventureland, although it has been offering meals in a "soft" opening testing stage for the last several days. The menu includes Asian, South American and African cuisine, inspired by the nearby Jungle Cruise attraction and its wise-cracking staff.

• The Ganachery chocolate boutique at Disney Springs shopping and entertainment center (formerly known as Downtown Disney) opened on Tuesday. The signature ganache are squares of dark chocolate blended with cream that are run through a "chocolate waterfall" to create 16 different flavors, from coffee to cinnamon to curry.

• Walt Disney World had already announced the closing of long running 3D, multi-sensory film Captain EO starring Michael Jackson and that its replacement "in December" will be the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival. But there's been no word yet on when the new film festival will officially open.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at swynne@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8595. Follow @SharonKWn.

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