Before you know it, summer will be here and hopefully that equals plenty of time to visit Walt Disney World Resort. If you or your online friends are deciding on a time to visit, keep in mind the Force-filled fun in store during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.
Star Wars Weekends is an annual event that celebrates the Star Wars film saga and the hit animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s been presented for more than a decade at Walt Disney World and seems to grow every year. In fact, Star Wars Weekends is the largest gathering of Star Wars characters found anywhere. Along with favorites like Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Ahsoka Tano, Greedo, Queen Amidala and Boba Fett, Mickey Mouse even gets in on the fun, dressing as a Jedi just for the event. (And Minnie Mouse looks quite stylish in her Princess Leia dress and honeybun hairstyle.)
During the event, the park hosts special shows and parades, Q&A sessions with Star Wars celebrities, and multiple photo and autograph opportunities. You also can get your hands on some limited-edition merchandise and one-of-a-kind memorabilia that has been created just for the event.
The dates for the 2012 Star Wars Weekends are:
Star Wars Weekends is included with regular admission to the theme park.
Here’s a video that highlights some of the other galactic goodies that await you:
Need some tips for enjoying Star Wars Weekends? We asked one of our resident “Obi-Wanna-Bes” for some advice on navigating the galaxy. Here are a few:
For this event, instead of your kids collecting character autographs in a traditional Disney autograph book, why not try a toy lightsaber instead? With a few Sharpie autographs, it becomes a collectible toy that still can be enjoyed and admired when the little ones get home. (And, the toy lightsabers collapse, so they can be easily stored when the playtime is over.)
Star Wars celebrities and some of the creative folks who bring the saga to life make special appearances each weekend. If you want to get autographs from these celebrities, plan to arrive first-thing in the morning and look for the queue that corresponds to the Star Wars celebrity you want to meet. Celebrity meet-and-greet times are designated for Guests each morning, so you will need to arrive early and plan to wait a bit for the times to be given out to you and everyone else in that queue.
Stay until the end of the day for the “Hyperspace Hoopla.” It’s a dance party like no other. The show is original and different each year and is written and produced specifically for Star Wars Weekends. Each year is a surprise, but it’s safe to say that you’ll see Star Wars characters like you’ve never seen them before. For example, past “Hyperspace Hooplas” have featured Darth Vader dancing like Michael Jackson (complete with a sequined glove) and Chewbacca doing his best “Footloose” dance to the 1980s pop hit.
Don’t forget about boarding a Starspeeder 1000 for a one-of-a-kind
adventure on “Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.” The 3-D attraction just opened last year and has more than 50 story combinations you can experience. Using flight-simulator technology, you can fly through the galaxy, across the desert or even take a trip underwater. And it’s all in eye-popping and state-of-the-art, 3-D.
If you’re interested in the lineup of event-exclusive merchandise, you’ll need to arrive early to secure some of the best bounty. Special merchandise locations are set up just for Star Wars Weekends to give Guests a wide variety.
Will you be traveling with us to a galaxy far, far away? Stay tuned as we will be sure to update you on details as they are released. And, we’ll follow up with some more tips from our “Obi-Wanna-Be” expert as we get closer to the event.
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