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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekend- Things to know before you go

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Disclosure: Although I received Tickets to Disney World Free of Charge.All opinions are my own.
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Every summer for a few weekend ends around May -June Walt Disney World rolls out the red carpet for all things Star Wars and Disney’s Hollywood Studios becomes the center for Star Wars Fans big and small! This year we had the opportunity to attend a fun filled day of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekend and all I can say is -Why didn’t we go sooner?

My 7 year old is a huge Star Wars fan and knows everything there is to know from characters to trivia, this guy is a fan! So taking him was the logical (and fun thing to do).  There are a few things you should know before heading there that might help your visit run smoother. Although Disney always goes out of their way to welcome and help their visitors have a fantastic time.

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It had been close to 12 years since I last went to Hollywood Studios, which at the time was named MGM Studios, and man it’s changed! This fun park is homage to all things cinema. From a Tower of Terror ride that is a throw back to the old  Twilight Zone series to a Movie Ride that touches on some of Cinemas greatest classics. Even the kids get to enjoy a fun Muppet’s 3 D ride that will keep them laughing for days!

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Not only will you ride the movies but experience them through fun interactive adventures like the American Idol Experience

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and Disney Junior Live where your little ones can grab picture opp with Sophia and Jake (Yes The Jake! from the Never land Pirates Series).

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Having the Star Wars weekend at  Hollywood Studios is the only logical spot to celebrate all things Star Wars.

There are a few extra things you should keep in mind when making it to Star Wars weekend at Hollywood Studios.

1.Come Early!

There are a lot of fantastic things to do,see and experience. Many are first come “first served” and have limited spaces available. One that goes on through the year but is still a fun experience that needs to be signed up for early is the Jedi Training.  You need to head over to the sign up spot early (this year it was located at the Indiana Jones Experience,but during the year it’s held at the sign up area) and you stand in line to get a time in which our little one will come back and be trained as a young Padawan.

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and then get dressed in fun Jedi Gear and get to fight Darth Vader himself!

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Sadly though it is Florida in the summer and with that we get good old storms that come out of nowhere and leave just as fast. My kids spot happened right when the storm hit and their session was canceled. Nevertheless they got to dress up and got official certificates of Jedi Training.

2. Keep your eyes open!

Through the day you will have the opportunity to experience certain parades and character meet and greets. So while your walking make sure and be careful because you may come nose to nose with a sneaky Jawa.

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or get a picture opp with Padmé Amidala

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Even experience a fun parade filled with a storm troopers Mickey Jedi And more!

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3.    Like I mentioned before it is summer in Florida which means you’ll probably get some good storms that come and go and most important, lots of heat. So dress accordingly!

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Try to carry some small compact raincoats with you as well, because chances are you will need them. If you don’t bring any that’s ok because they do sell them at the park.  Also make sure and stay hydrated because the heat will sneak up on you. But most important make sure and stop for ice cream breaks along the way!

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4. Go Disney,Stay Disney! One thing I always recommend no matter how many times I go to Disney World is to stay at one of the Disney Hotels.  The benefits are endless! This is coming from a Floridian who use to visit Disney world 12x’s a year as a child.We  would always stay in nearby Kissimmee which is fine for two adults. However, having the endless benefits of Disney Service while staying there is one of a kind. You can get airport to room Luggage service, Meal Plans and so much more, making this a doable vacation for families (even as big as mine).

5. Fun for all Ages! In the end I was concerned with Star Wars weekend being only for adults but, Disney has it covered. With activities and fun for all ages, even my two non Star warsIMG_0763 fan girls had so much fun they all want to come back and do it again next year!

 

To find out more information on Star Wars weekend head over to the SW page and keep an eye out for the dates this will happen in 2015.

 

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79 Comments

  • Reply Rosie

    Wow a great place – I’ve never been!!! I would love to have an opportunity like this!

    September 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm
  • Reply Michelle S

    What great pictures! Our family has been to Disney twice but not during Star Wars. Both kids are fans so they might appreciate going even with the larger crowds.

    February 9, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Ivette C.

    I live in central Florida and we love Star Wars weekends!

    November 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Hiles

    Wow this looks like so much fun. I hope I can take my daugher here someday. Maybe when she is a little older. I had no idea you could try out for American Idol there!

    November 3, 2014 at 11:39 am
  • Reply David Fultner

    I saw star wars when i was in 2nd grade. This looks like great fun.

    October 29, 2014 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Kelly Faber

    This place looks like every kids dream! I know my son would love it here!! I will definitely have to plan a trip here in the future when my son is older! 🙂

    August 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Sarah Elyce

    Looks like fun! I was fortunate enough to go twice when I was a kid and they are some of my favorite childhood memories.

    August 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Amy Wright

    Looks like fun! Any kid would love this!

    August 13, 2014 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Roz

    I had the opportunity to go to Disneyland a few years back, it will be one of my greatest memories.

    August 11, 2014 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Looks like a great day!!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Devin M

    Great tips. Looks like y’all had a blast!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Christel Elliott

    I hope we get to go to Disney one day!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Brigid OHara Koshko

    I love Disney! I am hoping to head that way with my kids now that they are older and can enjoy the activities. Thanks for the info!

    August 11, 2014 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Melissa E

    That looks like a blast! Star Wars fits in just perfectly with Disney! The Jedi training sounds like my favorite.

    August 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm
  • Reply Ari T.

    I like that they incorporated the Star Wars activities with other fun kid-friendly attractions! The character meets and Jedi training are great way to enjoy Star Wars as a young fan!

    August 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Natasha Chapman

    How have I never heard of Star Wars weekends!? I would love to go check this out- Thank you so much for sharing the details of your trip. It looks/sounds awesome!

    August 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply Sarah L

    I see the girls are wearing some of their ice cream… Fun weekend for all.

    August 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Kathy Lane

    I would love to be able to take my grandson to Disney for the Jedi Training.He would really love it!

    August 10, 2014 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    This is great information if I ever get to visit there. Disney always has the coolest events.

    August 10, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Andrea merrill

    You have the coolest job. I appreciate all the information, and this is very helpful for planning a vacation

    August 10, 2014 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Jedi training, OMG! This sounds so fun!

    August 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Amy P

    I love that there is Jedi training!

    August 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply TrippyCusp93

    My husband is a huge fan of Star Wars and would love to go to this! We live a ways away, but this is definitely on our bucket list!

    August 9, 2014 at 12:36 am
  • Reply Angie Fiack

    My grandkids just got back from Disneyland! They had a blast!

    August 8, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  • Reply Cami

    Great suggestions! We loved Jedi Training!

    August 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Anya N.

    My 6-year old will be going on his first Disneyland trip next summer! I hope we can get him in for Jedi training!

    August 8, 2014 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Heather O'Neill

    Love it! Thanks! We hope to go back soon. Hubby loves Star Wars so this would definitely help my case to him to go back! 🙂

    August 8, 2014 at 12:06 am
  • Reply Shannon Peterson

    I can’t wait until my son is older and we can take him to fun places like that!

    August 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Monique Martinez

    I had no idea!
    We love Star Wars. 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Mandi S

    Our next trip is planned for September! 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I’d love to try out for American Idol! That looks like a blast!

    August 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Megan Litchke

    I’ve never been to Disneyworld, but would love to take my kids someday. My husband would geek out if he were there during a Star Wars event.

    August 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Lindsay H

    This sounds so fun. IF We ever go to Disneyworld we will definitely have to consider going during Star Wars weekend 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply barnolds barnes

    I think my son would really like this once he gets older and starts watching tv 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Lindsay T

    Looks like fun! I’ve never been to a Disney park 🙁

    August 7, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Theresa L

    Oh that would be fun! I haven’t gone since the Marching band trip my senior year! thats over 10 years ago now.

    August 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Jessica Galle

    This looks SO fun! I keep trying to talk hubs into annual passes since we live in Tampa, but it’s such a large investment. Our son is almost 3 and I think he’s ready 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Cori

    Looks fun

    August 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Jennae Brehmer

    We want to go to Disney so bad!!! Hoping we will be able to save for a family vacation next spring 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Thorlton

    My husband was so disappointed that he couldn’t participate in Jedi training last time we were at Disney. We had to stay and watch though!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm
    • Reply ConservaMom

      lol! My husband was disappointed too.lol

      August 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm
  • Reply Jenicka Emmert

    We’re planning a Disney trip when our oldest is 5 and the little one is almost 3. I can’t wait!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply MamaClark

    My kids are begging to go to Disney!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah Frank

    This looks great!!! I’m hoping for a Disney trip when my oldest is about 5! 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Kelly Faber

    Oh I cannot wait to take my son here when he gets older!! You guys look like you had a blast, the kids especially! I bet they were exhausted!! I will definitely have to visit if I ever make a trip out there!!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Ona Archer

    Would take my grandsons if I lived closer, and in the same state! Thanks for sharing your fun family experience!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Jamie Hammel

    I really hope to be able to take my kids to Disney one day!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Melissa h

    I grew up in central Florida and miss Disney so much, I can’t wait to take my kids!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply C Driscoll

    I plan on trying to take mine next year

    August 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    We went to Stars Wars weekend a few years back. My oldest son loves it.

    August 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Jennifer thompson

    I love this, I wish my son was old enough to enjoy it. Couple more years!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Cindy B

    Nerds unite! LOL This is awesome!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Patina

    Star Wars! Hope my little guy wants to go when he’s bigger!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Danielle

    Love Star Wars Weekends! So fun!!! Can’t wait for the rumored Star Wars Land at HS!!!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Erica

    My brother would love this!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Katie Harrell

    It’s been so long since I’ve been to Disney. Can’t wait for my littles to get a little older so we can take them. =)

    August 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Kristi Cartwright

    I have been to Disney once, in 9th grade, maybe one day we will take the kiddos! 🙂

    August 7, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Ashley Moore

    Wow my husband would love this!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Symonds

    I would love to take my son and husband to this!!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Brittney Moore-Salisbury

    I love Disney! Can’t wait until my little one gets big enough to take. Even though I grew up nearby it’s still exciting to go.

    August 7, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Mayberry

    Maybe some day. My kiddos are still too little. Although, daddy would love the star wars part. Lol

    August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Godschalx Wisniewski

    My 6 year old LOVES Star Wars. Wish I could take him !

    August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Beki Lozano

    sorry ment to stay i heard on the news there gonna open a side of just starwars and my son would love that hes a huge starwars fan!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply LeAnn Marudas

    Looks like a fun time!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Sarah Hayes

    we love disney!! I cant wait until my daughter is old enough to go. you guys had a blast im sure

    August 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Liz wittrock

    Can’t wait to take my kids someday

    August 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Julianne Wiebe

    Looks like fun! I would love to go there!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Bonnie W.

    I have a friend who would LOVE to experience this!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Katie Z

    Looks like they are exhausted from all the fun!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Melisa D

    We had a great time, loved Disney

    August 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Heather Q

    So fun! My boys would love it!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply nina

    Looks like a ton of fun

    August 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Krystal Ellis

    Looks like fun! Can’t wait to take my lo in a few years!!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Beki Lozano

    omg my son would love this i see they said they were gonna do this to the CA one soon i hope so!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply stefanie

    I love Disney, can’t wait to take my baby girl when she’s older!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Rachel Duerr

    I can’t wait to take my little girl to Disney world for the first time!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Christine K

    I would love to take my kids there someday. i would probably want to wait until they are old enough to remember, though.

    August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Audrey G.

    Looks like so much fun!! Makes me want to go soon!

    August 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth Heersche

    I wish we didn’t live so far away :-\

    August 7, 2014 at 1:34 pm
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