Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars Weekends’

D-Tech Me Experience Returns With Two New Figures for Star Wars Weekends

by on March 27, 2015

One of the more popular activities for Disney’s Hollywood StudiosStar Wars Weekends is returning this year–the D-Tech Me experience. This unique opportunity allows guests to have their face cast on a mold of a Star Wars figurine.

This year, Disney is adding two new options into the mix; they are a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter Pilot.

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Galactic Gathering Merchandise Event to Kick Off Star Wars Weekends

by on March 3, 2015

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Do you love Star Wars Weekends merchandise? Well, if you do and you want to be able to have first dibbs on it, then you should consider attending the Galactic Gathering special merchandise event on May 14. (Star Wars Weekends begins on May 15.) The Galactic Gathering event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The special event, which is similar to the Rebel Rendezvous event held last year, will include many unique perks including:

  • A Rebel or Empire MagicBand (Guests choose their side when registering online. Only available to Galactic Gathering guests.)
  • Commemorative trading pin (Only available to Galactic Gathering guests.)
  • Darth’s Mall Light Speed Pass, giving expedited entry into Darth’s Mall for all five weekends. (Only available to Galactic Gathering guests.)
  • First opportunity to pre-purchase select merchandise including personalized Aurebesh nametags, D-Tech phone cases, Dooney & Bourke handbags, Galactic Gathering Disney Gift card, retail MagicBands, limited edition pins and Vinylmation.
  • First opportunity to purchase the new designs of Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Cards.
  • Han Solo-inspired popcorn bucket with popcorn.

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First Details of Star Wars Weekends 2015

by on February 18, 2015

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Star Wars Weekends are rapidly approaching; we are only 3 months away from Weekend I! This year the event takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from May 15 through June 14.

Star Wars Weekends dates for 2015 are:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17
  • Weekend II: May 22-24
  • Weekend III: May 29-31
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7
  • Weekend V: June 12-14

The excitement is ramping up as new details are starting to trickle out about this year’s events, like that fact that once again performing hosting duties each weekend will be character actor, James Arnold Taylor, who voiced Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: Clone Wars.”

In addition to his general hosting duties, he will also be hosting the “Stars of the Saga” talk show, where he will interview some of the many celebrities that appear during Star Wars Weekends. The “Stars of the Saga” show will be taking place in an all new venue this year, the Theater of the Stars, allowing for more Guests than ever to experience the show. (The Theater of the Stars is where Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is held, however don’t despair Beauty and the Beast fans! The show will still also be performed in the Theater of the Stars during Star Wars Weekends.)

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Star Wars Weekends Dates and More Announced for 2015

by on December 3, 2014

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Star Wars fans – Star Wars Weekends dates have officially been announced. The good news is that once again, for the second year in a row, this fantastic Disney’s Hollywood Studios special event will take place five weekends between the months of May and June. The special event is scheduled to take place on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from May 15 through June 14. Actual dates are:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17
  • Weekend II: May 22-24
  • Weekend III: May 29-31
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7
  • Weekend V: June 12-14

In addition, also returning this year are the special Star Wars character meals that was introduced last year. The first is the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, which is available daily from May 4 through June 14. At this character meal, guests can meet Disney characters dressed as those from the Star Wars universe, such as, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale. The cost for this meal is $57.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $34.99 per child (ages 3 to 9). (Tax is included, but gratuity is not). The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine is only available for dinner.

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Star Wars Weekends: A Special Edition Observations Post

by on May 30, 2014

DSC_0018Walt Disney World has really ramped up the offerings at Star Wars Weekends this year with new experiences, characters, and celebrity shows. If you’ve never been to Star Wars Weekends, there’s a lot you don’t want to miss and a lot to know before you come. But what’s a day on the ground look like? We went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunday, May 25 to show you.

First, a little background. Star Wars Weekends are celebrated on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through June 15 at Hollywood Studios. The festivities include a Star Wars themed parade and fireworks show, special character appearances by stars from the movies and television shows, and even special dining. The park fills quickly on these days, and it’s often really hot. If you’re looking to meet lots of characters and get a bunch of photos, get there early. Our trip started around 10:30 a.m. at the gates. The lines weren’t terrible, but that’s likely because most people were already in and seated to wait for the “Legends of the Force” Motorcade and Celebrity Welcome.

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Augmented Reality App to Enhance Star Wars Weekends

by on May 16, 2014

According to a tweet I saw earlier in the week, during this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney is introducing a brand new way to get more information, as well as experience more Star Wars fun, via something called Augmented Reality.

Fun @ Weekends this year. Attending? download app for iPhone/Android. More details to come. –   (Social Media for Walt Disney World & Disney Parks)

But what exactly is Augmented Reality and how does the whole process work?

It’s actually quite simple. To access the fun, guests will need to download the Aurasma app and hold their smart phone over any image or object that is tagged indicating that it would be compatible with the app. Once done, the interactive digital content will spring to life in unexpected ways, by showing information such as videos, animations, and more. This digital content is known as an Aura.

Here is Disney’s video showcasing the whole process of what Augmented Reality will do for Star Wars Weekends. It seems that during Star Wars Weekends, the technology will be utilized for things like guide maps and merchandise.  Simply look for the A symbol, signifying the Aurasma app will be compatible with that particular item, and enjoy the specialized content!

The app is available for both iPhones and Android devices.

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Walking to Star Wars Weekends: The Hollywood Studios Walking and Running Path

by on May 16, 2014

DSC_0085As Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios gets ready for Star Wars weekends opening weekend, here’s some often-requested information on the walking path between Hollywood Studios and the Epcot Resort Area.

Just outside the main gate of Hollywood Studios and past the bus lines there is a walking path that will take you to the Epcot resorts: the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Yacht and Beach Club, and the Boardwalk. This path, when combined with the walkways around the Epcot resorts, will also allow you to walk to Epcot if you choose. Total trip distance from Hollywood Studios to the resorts is just under a mile and Hollywood Studios to Epcot is around 1.2 miles. The walk takes between 15 and 20 minutes at a relaxed pace. When Hollywood Studios is crowded and boats are hard to come by, this path provides a fairly quick (often quicker than the boats anyway) and pleasant walk to the resorts. Many Hollywood Studios guests take a break from the heat and crowds at Star Wars Weekends at the Epcot Resorts restaurants like Beaches and Cream and Cape May Cafe and use this path to get there.

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FastPass+ Available for Star Wars Weekends Presentations

by on May 7, 2014

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Star Wars Weekends is rapidly approaching. We are approximately a week and a half away from the fun. Part of the excitement for Star Wars Weekends, which takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, are the special presentations that guests can enjoy. These shows, which take place in the Premiere Theater, are always entertaining and some are only done during this particular event.

This year, with the addition of FastPass+, many of the stage presentations for Star Wars Weekends will allow guests the capability to make FastPass+ reservations. The shows that guests can make reservations for include:

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Star Wars Dining at Walt Disney World: What You Need To Know

by on May 5, 2014

IMG_9008Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios has added two Star Wars dining experiences to its Star Wars Weekends lineup and, though Star Wars Weekends hasn’t officially started, the dining experiences began yesterday. Offered daily May 4, 2014, through June 15, 2014, the meals include the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, and Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine Dinner at Hollywood & Vine. As with all Disney Dining Experiences, there are some things you need to know to make your meal go as smoothly as possible.

STAR WARS DINE-IN GALACTIC BREAKFAST at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

The Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is served at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater every morning through June 15, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon. The price ($47.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids ages 3-9) gets you pastries, and appetizer, an entree, a breakfast dessert (not listed on the menu), and a non-alcoholic beverage. No discounts are accepted, and the meal will take two adult table service credits per person from your Disney Dining Plan Account. Though it’s rare for a child’s meal to pull adult credits, we did confirm this with booking and the restaurant, so be sure to ask what you’re going to be “charged” if you’re on the dining plan.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Photo Courtesy of Disney

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. Photo Courtesy of Disney

What do you need to know about breakfast? First, the menu is fairly limited and a little odd. The full menu is here. Reports from yesterday’s service were that it was a little slow, and some of the food wasn’t the best, but it’s a new offering for this restaurant, so it’s likely that those kinks will work out. Second, the restaurant itself is themed as a drive-in theater, so the environment is pretty dark. While you have an immediate photo op with Darth Vader and Boba Fett (with PhotoPass and a special backdrop) as you enter the restaurant, your pictures with the Jawas, Greedo, and Storm Troopers inside the dining room may not come out so great, even with a flash. If character meet and greets are a big reason for booking for your family, be sure to take this into account. You do get a special PhotoPass card with your entrance photos on it.

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2014 Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Lineup Announced and More

by on April 23, 2014

Star Wars Weekends 2012One of the highlights of Star Wars Weekends is the ability to meet the Star Wars stars of the screen and TV. It is always a hodgepodge of celebrities that make an appearance at this popular event, ranging from stars of the original saga, all the way to the celebrities who lend their talents to the more recent offerings.

This year brings a wide range of celebs to the five Star Wars Weekends, which are scheduled to take place Fridays through Sundays, May 16 to June 15. Many favorites are returning (like Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Ray Park, and Billy Dee Williams), and a few new additions have been added to the schedule (such as John Ratzenberger, Mark Hamill, and some voice actors from the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series). Here is a full list of who you can expect to see and when:

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