I posted news about this way back in August, but Maradona and I visited Tomorrowland earlier this week and got to experience Season of the Force. We got there late in the evening, so we missed Star Wars Launch Bay, but we got to see the transformed Tomorrowland, shop in the all-Star Wars Star Trader, and ride on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours with new The Force Awakens elements.
The Tomorrowland exterior has Star Wars flags along the unused Peoplemover/Rocket Rods raised track in the middle. The exterior outer face of Star Tours has a projected blue Rebel logo, while the matching face of Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters has a red Imperial logo. The whole area is playing Star Wars music. The raised neon sign segments of both rides have their regular lighting turned off and a starfield shape projected over them. More projected elements are here and there on the rest of the buildings.
The Observatron - though still nonfunctional because it's an utter piece of crap - has tight, narrow skylights beaming into the sky, I think 4 away from the center and 6 forming a light cone above it, very lightsaber-esque.
Beyond that is Star Wars Launch Bay, recycling the first floor of Innoventions (I assume, it's closed after 8pm so we could only see the exterior). The exterior, which rotates when the attraction is open, has "A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away" in huge letters across a sparse starfield, it's very effective.
Star Traders is so over the top Star Wars that it's nuts, and nearly everything good is in the main room, including the 60th anniversary Astromech and the Holiday 2015 Astromech (which I'm about to mail to JabbaJohn in a few minutes), lots of clothing and stuffed animals, all sorts of books and comic books and "et cetera".
In front of Hyperspace Mountain is the Captain EO theater with the movie "Path of the Jedi", which we didn't partake. It's supposedly an extended edit stringing together Anakin and Luke's stories becoming Jedi, and I think pieces of the TFA trailer.
Hyperspace Mountain is the overlay of Space Mountain, and it's very Star Wars'd out, even the signage has been changed. The line is massive even late at night near closing. The ride vehicles have been repainted but I think that's the only change, although the bags in the rear 4 seats for sure didn't have bolts anymore which is great (they hurt!). The ride uses voice over audio through the seat speakers, on leaving the station you pull into pitch blackness then the lift hill has screens projecting the jump to hyperspace, effective although the hill isn't really fast enough to convey how exciting the visuals are. The end of the hill turns right into the inky blackness with fairly standard black starfield interior, only now there are projections in key locations of TIE Fighters and X-wings fighting, the idea being you're one of the X-wings. Towards the last third of the ride there are laser blast effect light strips on some of the walls, the first few being green lights coming towards you, then some red lights leading away from you as your vehicle fights back, culminating with the splashing of a Star Destroyer (uhhhh), then you finish the ride with a horrible blast in the face of a flash camera that leaves you as blind as if you were just defrosted from carbonite. The overlay works fairly well, although I'd argue it needs tightening up with the projected effects looking a tad clunky and cheap, and shooting down a whole Star Destroyer is bonkers. It's exciting though and in a fairly Star Wars'y way. I am pretty sure the X-wings and TIEs were TFA versions, but the projections aren't the brightest things so it's a little hard to tell; I got the feeling the Star Destroyer was OS tho'.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue got an update for Season of the Force, adding 2 major elements from The Force Awakens, as well as altering the Vader opening, Naboo ending, and Corsucant ending. We got to see the classic Falcon escape opening, the new Jakku planetfall, the new BB-8 communication, and the changes to the Naboo ending.
The Jakku planetfall has you arriving in the middle of TFA TIEs duking it out with the TFA Falcon (the dish is changed, which is very odd since we just saw the OS Falcon a moment before in the opener), Finn comes on the commscreen on the right to warn you about the fight, turn on your shields and follow him. As you try to follow, eventually the Falcon goes completely vertical right in front of you, points its belly gun straight forward, and instead of shooting you, splashes the TIEs. You dodge out of the way into an old, wrecked starship and fly around the cramped corridors until you stall out, where scavengers strip off the front Star Tours logo panel, and you have to defend before they tear the rest of the Starspeeder 1000 apart, before flying back out of the dead ship.
The BB-8 communication is odd, he makes his noises for a while, 3PO translates with new dialogue, then R2 takes BB-8's orders and jumps us away. I kind of disliked BB-8's noises after a while, I never tire of R2's but here it was more weird babytalk and sympathy sounds that didn't flow together for me.
The changes on Naboo were that this time, we hit the swimming Gungan, and when crashing into the hangar we get paint on the viewport before it breaks.
Come January, Disneyland will be switching to Star Wars fireworks, so I'm really looking forward to that.