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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.

Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando

beachMemorial Day is here and many local folks have a holiday off of work on Monday to commemorate the occasion.  This weekend typically brings large crowds to the area beaches and theme parks, and our weather forecasters are promising mostly sunny skies and HOT.  With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, be sure to drink plenty of water and use a good sunscreen. Water activities are a great option to help keep you cool this weekend, and if you are planning any water activities, check out our water safety tips.   While enjoying yourself this weekend, remember the true meaning of the day – this is the day set aside to remember and pay respect to our brave American soldiers that have lost their lives to provide us with the rights and liberties that we have today.

The American Adventure at Disney’s Epcot is a 30-minute theatrical journey through American History.  Some of the extraordinarily historic figures you will see include Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy, Teddy Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, about an hour from the theme parks, in historic downtown Sanford is an annual event that honors our military, the Sanford Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony.  They will feature a World War II PV-1 airplane, a Wells Fargo horse drawn stage coach, parade, and more.

Disney will also be presenting their Memorial Day Soccer Shootout.  Located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the shootout is the larges 3-day soccer tournament in the area.

Bok Tower Gardens National Historic Landmark will feature a musical salute Memorial Day Carillon concerts on Monday at 1pm and 3pm.  The concert is included with general admission, which will be free to all branches of the military (with a valid ID). 

Also going on this weekend are the continuing Star Wars weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Star Tours – Coming to a galaxy near you

Star Wars was set in a galaxy far, far away, but Star Tours is coming right here to Orlando at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.  In conjunction with the grand re-opening of the Star Tours attraction, Disney will be hosting the annual sci-fi fan-fest Star Wars Weekends. Star Wars Weekends will feature meet-and-greet opportunities with several of the characters including Anthony Daniels, who portrayed the droid C-3PO, and Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  There will also be some appearances from the behind-the-scenes creative geniuses, as well as other droids, Sith Lords, and alien creatures.  There will also be special presentations, the Jedi Training Academy, memorabilia, trivia contests, parades, and the popular “Hyperspace Hoopla” dance party.  The Star Wars Weekends will run every Friday thru Sunday from May 20th thru June 12th, and the event activities are included with your theme park admission.

The much-anticipated Star Tours attraction will open this Friday after having  undergone a 9-month renovation that promises to thrill everyone, from die-hard Star Wars fans to just the casual movie-goer.  The new attraction features state-of-the-art technology, digital 3D video, Audio Animatronics characters, and flight-motions simulator vehicles.  The 3-D film is divided into several segments featuring different planets with 54 combinations.  The cool thing about this is the second you walk in the door, you will be immersed in the Star Wars universe and with the multiple storyline combinations, you’ll travel to different planets and see different characters so you can go on the ride many times and have a different experience each time!  For example, you may experience pod races on the planet Tatooine during one ride and see a 3-D Darth Vader during another; that is awesome!  In the old ride, Darth Vader wasn’t even part of the tour, which is strange.  But, in the new one, you’ll see many of your favorite Star Wars characters, such as Jedi Master Yoda, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and Admiral Ackbar, and C-3PO will still be your guide.  The new ride is sure to be a blast, may the force be with you!

Orlando Tourist Tips:

  • Disney does offer the FASTPASS service for this attraction, take advantage of this to avoid the lengthy lines there are sure to be for this ride.
  • When picking your seat, pick a seat along the edge if you want to experience the most movement, or a seat in the middle for a more moderate experience.