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Disney World Star Wars Weekends

If you are a Star Wars fan, you won’t want to miss out on this yearly event at the Orlando theme park, Disney World Star Wars Weekends.

Storm troupers at Disney World Star Wars Weekends

 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekends begins May 15 and continues through June 14. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this period, park guests can see actors from the six motion pictures and see more than 60 Star Wars characters roaming throughout the theme park. There are many meet-and-greet opportunities, so keep your camera handy! This special event is truly a celebration of all things Star Wars.

This year’s event welcomes a new show, “Star Wars: Rebels.” There will also be new locations for autograph sessions and merchandise. Of the new items to note are several Star Wars luminaries making their first hyperspace jump to Disney World Star Wars Weekends.

One of the biggest draws for this event are the Star Wars celebrities that attend. Bringing his evil prowess to Disney World Star Wars Weekends for the first time, actor Ian McDiarmid, Senator/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars movies, will kick off the first weekend, May 15-17. Of course the dark side is never present without a beacon of light, so actor Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies, will make his first event appearance the weekend of June 12-14.

Other celebrity guests scheduled to appear at Disney World Star Wars Weekends

Star Wars WeekendsMay 15-17:
• Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
• Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
• Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

May 22-24
• Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
• Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
• Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

May 29-31
• Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
• Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
• Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

June 5-7
• Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
• Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
• Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

June 12-14
• Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
• Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
• Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
• Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

If you are traveling from a galaxy far, far away, be sure to get your tickets early. Your regular park admission is included for this special event, however, some opportunities require a FastPass ticket. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 12 years of age, be sure to sign up early and let them have the chance of becoming a Jedi! Visit the ABC Sound Studio early in the day and reserve their spot in the Academy. The capacity is limited, and only 12 Padawans are selected for each show throughout the day. It creates a special memory for any jedi-wanna-be!

Star Wars Jedi Training

Disney World Star Wars Weekends is a fun experience for all ages. While enjoying the fireworks, celebrities and special shows, you’ll know the force is with you and make memories for light years ahead. For more information, visit DisneyTheForce.com.

Disney Character Dining Options

There are plenty of fun places to eat in Orlando, including options to meet your favorite Disney characters for a meal. Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and The Crystal Palace are just a few of Walt Disney World’s character dining options. You can call 407-WDW-DINE up to 180 days prior to arrival to make your Advanced Dining Reservations. I would definitely recommend reservations because these restaurants are so popular.

Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort has a fantastic breakfast or dinner buffet, with lively environment. The character interaction is great, and includes Mickey, Goofy, Chip & Dale, Pluto, and sometimes Donald. There is also a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” station that everyone loves. Cinderella fans shouldn’t miss lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table. They do a fun chanting ceremony where each section has their own little chant and they do the wishing ceremony. All kids are given a light-up wishing star for the wishing ceremony. The boys are also given a knight’s sword and girls a magic wand. The characters interaction is great. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Fairy God Mother, Belle, and Snow White all come to your table for pictures and chat. For Winnie the Pooh fans, Crystal Palace is a great buffet to enjoy. Located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Crystal Palace features Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eyeore for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of these restaurants are a fabulous addition to your visit to the Magic Kingdom!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is a beautiful place to visit, and features both the Garden View Tea Room and 1900 Park Fare restaurants. 1900 Park Fare is very amusing and features different characters at their breakfast and lunch buffets. Breakfast includes Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter (a hoot!), Pooh, Tigger, and during “high season” Pinocchio & Geppetto. Dinner features Cinderella, Prince Charming, Lady Tremaine, and the silly Step-sisters. Garden View Tea Room serves afternoon tea in grand British tradition during My Disney Girl’s Perfectly Princess Tea Party. Your hostess will entertain the princesses with storytelling and songs and Princess Aurora will join in all the fun. Your little Prince or Princess will also enjoy a keepsake gift.

The Epcot Park features Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at the Norway Pavilion and the Garden Grill Restaurant at The Land Pavilion. Akershus Royal Banquet Hall serves American and Norwegian buffet favorites, providing a Disney Princess Storybook Dining experience in a medieval castle-themed restaurant. The Disney Princesses and friends visit the tables for autographs and photo opps. The Garden Grill Restaurant is a rotating restaurant that lets you enjoy the Living with the Land attraction, and even uses food from the Land greenhouse. Enjoy family-style dinners with Mickey, Pluto, and Chip ‘n’ Dale characters.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a family buffet dinner at Hollywood & Vine, the “Cafeteria to the Stars”. The breakfast and lunch buffets both feature characters Handy Manny, June, and Leo. Best for younger kids.

Animal Kingdom features Tusker House Restaurant, a fabulous, African-themed restaurant which only includes characters at the breakfast buffet. They include Donald and Daisy Duck, as well as Goofy and Mickey.

There are also character dining opportunities at the Disney’s Beach Club Resort’s Cape May Café and Garden Grove at WDW Swan Resort. Disney’s Polynesian Resort has ‘Ohana, with Lilo and Stitch and a Polynesian influence.

Of course, these are great to visit while you’re a guest in WDW parks, but, even if you aren’t visiting the parks, you can still dine in any of the enchanting Disney Resort restaurants (the theme parks require park admission).