Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios by:Allison Jones
A free special event is currently running at one of the Disney Theme Parks, Disney's Hollywood Studios. This event is called Star Wars Weekend and is a great event for any fan of the Star Wars movies or new cartoon, The Clone Wars. Star Wars Weekends is held every Friday, Saturday and Saturday for May and most of June. This event is free with your regular paid admission into Disney's Hollywood Studios.
This year's event is better than ever! We attended the opening day of Star Wars Weekends on May 22 and were impressed with Star Wars schedule of events. One of the popular parts of Star Wars Weekends are the meet and greets with your favorite Star Wars Characters. There are two sections of Star Wars Weekends including the Alliance Rebel Base (good guys) and the Empire Imperial Sector (bad guys). You can meet your favorite characters in these two sections including Ewoks, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, and more. You can also meet those incredible actors that portray your favorite Star Wars Characters. During our visit on May 22, we got to meet Warwick Davis (plays Wicket), Ray Park (plays Darth Maul), and Jay Laga'aia (plays Captain Typho). If you do not want to wait to meet these actors, just stop by anytime and ask a Disney Cast Member (standing at their tent) for an autographed picture. Our kids love the autographed pictures, just as much as meeting the actors.
For the kids, there are other fun activities around Star Wars Weekends including Jedi Training Academy where you learn how to become a Jedi and then test your skills out on Darth Vader. The Padawan Mind Challenge is also a popular activity to challenge the younger Star Wars fans in your family. For this activity, you do have to sign up at the Information Desk when you arrive to Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Star Wars Motorcade is always a highlight for kids during this event. The parade runs at 11:40 most mornings and includes the celebrity actors, Darth Vader, and the incredible Storm Trooper march. It is a great way to kick off the Star Wars Weekends event each morning.
Adults have plenty of fun, too! The Wicket's Warehouse is a HUGE room filled with tons of Stars Wars merchandise from the typical Disney merchandise to limited edition prints and other merchandise. Most adults can spend a hour just in this one store, or really warehouse. Most adults also enjoy the "behind the scene" presentations by the actors who play your favorite Star Wars characters in the movies and cartoon. The Premiere Theater hosts these Q & A sessions throughout the day. Arrive early, they do fill up quickly for these shows.
For a little tip - be sure to pick up a Star Wars Weekends guide map at Guest Services when you go through the entrance gate. The regular Disney's Hollywood Studios maps are available right as you go through the gates, but you do have to stop in Guest Services (on your left) to pick up a Star Wars guide map. Star Wars Weekends is a really fun addition to the regular fun of Disney's Hollywood Studios. Since this event is free with your admission into the park, plan your vacation around this special event or plan on attending during your vacation.
About the author
Allison Jones is a travel agent at Destinations in Florida Travel. She is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Masters College of Knowledge Graduate, Disney College Program Graduate, and past Disney Cast Member. She has contributed to several Disney World guide books and is a regular columnist for Celebrations Magazine. Visit http://www.destinationsinflorida.com to ask Allison any questions about planning a Disney World vacation.
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