With this week’s news about Disney acquiring the rights to Lucas Films and planning to make another 3 Star Wars films, fans are beside themselves with excitement. Understandably there are many questions flying around, such as will the scripts be taken from one of the already published stories or will completely new content be used? Will old stars such as Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) be invited back?
Disney’s background knowledge of the existing films is clearly evident in their Star Wars themed events. And we’re guessing their creative team may just be made up of a few Star Wars fans too.
Star Wars Weekends at DisneyWorld
These weekends have been running every year since 2003 and there were even a few before that. Star Wars fans attend in their masses and fully embrace the themed events in May/June at DisneyWorld’s Hollywood Studios over 4 consecutive weekends.
Dates haven’t been publicised for next year’s events yet, so if you are keen to attend you’ll need to keep an eye on the Disney Calendar. Once those dates are revealed you can book your luxury villa near Disney and sort out your attraction tickets to Hollywood Studios.
You will need an entry ticket to the Park but there is no extra charge for the event. Although some of the activities may need tickets.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
It’s your chance to head off on a Star Wars’ mission with C-3PO as your pilot. Which galaxy will your mission transport you to? Watch out for other Star Wars characters along the way, such as the Stormtroopers or Jedi Master Yoda.
Details for this ride:
• You must be 40” or taller
• Children under 7 must be with an adult (over 14)
• You must be in good health
• Not recommended for pregnant mothers
Collect your FASTPass as you enter the Park so that you can line up for the chance of a character autograph. Not many are available on any of the 3 days of an event (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), so get your pass early as it’s first cum, first served.
Jedi Training Academy
A Jedi Master will show youngsters how to wield their light sabre and capture the Force, whilst they train to become a junior Jedi Knight. Watch out for the Stormtroopers and Darth Vader as they take the test and win over the Dark Side. As they say ‘May the Force be with you’!
• Age limits 4 – 12 years
• Check the Daily Entertainment Guide for training times
Did you know there will be 60 or more Star Wars characters roaming around the Park so you are bound to see at least one or two? If not you can get your fill of Ewoks, Wookies, Stormtroopers, Jawas and more with music, dancing and all round comedy in the special end of day show, Hyperspace Hoola.
Pop into the Droid Factory to build your own from the readily available parts. You can pack him/her/it up in a blister pack at the end of your session to make your droid look consumer-ready. Very slick, almost as if you’d picked it off the shelf in a retail outlet.
Carbon Freeze Me Pictures
Try out the new technology to create a carbon freeze picture and print out in 3 D.
The kids will love Darth’s Mall where they’ll find plenty of Star Wars memorabilia and collectible models to take home. They’ll transport all of the family straight back to their fun weekend in another galaxy.
The familiarity of your nearby luxury Orlando villa will help you back down to earth with a comfortable bump. Rent a Star Wars movie to enjoy in your own cinema room to ‘keep the faith’.