Time FrameJune 17, 2016
Disney is moving the Fireworks Launch area for Hollywood Studios to an area outside the park. The area will be across World Drive and is off center from the view down Hollywood Boulevard. It is unknown if fireworks will be launched at an angle in order to appear centered above the Chinese Theater.
Currently fireworks are launched from an area near the former Studio Backlot Tour loading area requiring park operations to shut down nearby attractions (Toy Story Mania) for at least one hour prior to the Fireworks. This new location should allow for normal park operations when fireworks are being displayed.
Disney announced a new Star Wars inspired Fireworks show that is expected to use this new launch area. The new show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular debuts at Hollywood Studios June 17, 2016.
June 17, 2016: Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new show features fireworks, Star Wars music and Star Wars pictures and video digital mapped onto the buildings of Hollywood Boulevard.
The below video is used with permission courtesy of BlogMickey.com.
May 20, 2016: The Disney Parks Blog confirmed that the new nighttime show coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will debut on June 17, 2016.
February 19, 2016: The Disney Parks Blog announced that a new nighttime spectacular inspired by Star Wars will be debuting this summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new show called Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is an evolution of the current Star Wars-inspired fireworks show. Per the Disney Parks Blog,
The show will 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. The show will be punctuated with a tower of fire and spotlight beams, creating massive lightsabers in the sky. This new show will be the most elaborate fireworks display to take place in the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
It is anticipated that this new show will use the new Fireworks Launch Area.
February 18, 2016: BlogMickey.com has posted aerial photos showing that land has been cleared for the new Fireworks Launch Area. The area is larger than the Fireworks launch area used at the Magic Kingdom and is off center from the guest view down Hollywood Boulevard.
November 30, 2015: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that Disney has filed a permit with the South Florida Water Management District a new fireworks launch area. The new area appears to be directly west of the park and could potentially allow for the entire park to remain open during fireworks shows. Disney has announced that their will be a Star Wars themed fireworks show as part of the Season of the Force event.