You never know who you might run in to on your Disney vacation. During select weekends in May and June, the crowd gets a little more dangerous. Keep your eyes peeled for Jedis and members of the Rebal Alliance. Star Wars Weekends are a great time to experience Disney in a whole new way. We’ve attended two different years of Star Wars Weekends and no matter now many times you’ve been to the parks, this is a whole new world.
Special characters make appearances during the weekends and that alone can take up your entire day. Here’s where you’ll need to use your times guide you get in the park to make a dent in seeing as many different characters as you can. And here comes the challenge – other characters just wander around so it’s pure luck if you run into them. My suggestion is to make plans to meet the one or two your heart is set on and consider yourself lucky if you can meet anyone else. There’s so much to try to fit into one day of Star Wars fun!
In addition to special characters, there’s also special merchandise! Be sure to stop by Darth’s Mall to see what goodies are available. Annual passholders (AP) can purchase special event merchandise so be sure to check that out too. You’ll need to have your AP handy to make your purchase. Things tend to go quickly so this is one time that I’d suggest you make your purchases while in the tent. They do offer normal package options like picking up your bags at the front of the park or at your resort in addition to just taking your purchases with you. Strollers are not allowed in the tents – it’s a very tight fit just walking with the merchandise and lines for special order products or character meet and greets.
Don’t miss the special parade and presentations that also go on throughout the weekends. Special guests like characters from the Star Wars movies, actors or voice actors from Star Wars The Clone Wars and others have been invited as guests. The easiest way to see the special guests is to attend the parade that starts at the front of the park. New this year is the fireworks show at the end of the night that’s taking place of Hyperspace Hoopla from previous years.
Another new addition this year is Star Wars character meals. Shelly from On the Go in MCO has a great post about the new breakfasts and how to go about booking them. This would be a huge time saver to see some of the characters only available during the Star Wars Weekends. Book early if you plan to attend one of these meals – I’m sure they’ll fill up quickly, especially being the first year they’re available.
Have you been to Star Wars Weekend? Do you plan on going this year to see the changes?