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Artist’s concept of the new show, "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," which will debut this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Artist’s concept of the new show, "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular," which will debut this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

▪ A new Star Wars-themed stage show, procession and nighttime spectacular are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios starting April 4. The current Star Wars fireworks show will be revamped to combine fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections that will “turn the nearby Chinese Theater and other buildings into the twin suns of Tatooine, a field of battle droids, the trench of the Death Star, Starkiller Base and other ‘Star Wars’ destinations,” according to the Disney Parks blog. In addition, a new stage show called Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away will feature signature moments from the franchise with appearances from Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Darth Maul and Kylo Ren. Captain Phasma, a popular chrome-armored stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will lead a platoon of First Order stormtroopers on a march from the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay to Center Stage multiple times each day.

▪ About 100 artists, chosen from several hundred applicants, will have their works on display during Key West’s Old Island Days Art Festival Feb. 27-28. The event will be the 51st annual show, which was first held in 1965 and originally called the Clothesline Art Show. The show is juried and limited to 100 exhibitors to ensure high-quality offerings. The artists work in paint, sculpture, collage, photography, jewelry, pottery, glass, wood and other media. The open-air show takes place in Key West’s historic Old Town district, along Whitehead Street from Greene to Eaton streets and on Caroline Street within Truman Annex. Details: 305-294-1243, www.keywestartcenter.com.

▪ SeaWorld Orlando last week unveiled the lead car for its new roller coaster, Mako, scheduled to open this summer. The car is inspired by the physiology of the mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look. Opening date for the Mako coaster — which will be Orlando’s tallest (200 feet) and fastest (speeds up to 73 mph) has not been announced.

▪ Walt Disney World has announced a new live stage show to premiere this summer at Magic Kingdom. Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire will be on the stage at the base of Cinderella, replacing the long-running Dream Along With Mickey. The new show will have characters from Frozen, Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, along with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck.

▪ Also coming to Disney World: a new character meet-and-greet with Olaf of Frozen. Starting this spring, Olaf will meet park guests in Hollywood Studios in the Echo Lake District. Hollywood Studios will also have a new spot for the Mouse family: “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams,” near the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

▪ The groups Alabama and Foreigner will be the musical stars of SeaWorld’s Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival next weekend. Alabama will perform Feb. 27 and Foreigner will take the stage Feb. 28. The concerts are included in theme park admission. Details: www.seaworldorlando.com.

▪ Busch Gardens has filled out most of the rest of the concert schedule for its Food & Wine Festival, which opens March 5. New additions are Goo Goo Dolls (March 12), Chino y Nacho (March 26) and Chris Young (April 9). Details: www.buschgardens.com.