We stumbled into a Star Wars Weekend at Disney Hollywood Studios during our visit to Disney World on Memorial Day weekend, and it was awesome! Our 6-year-old son was in absolute heaven and our 8-year-old daughter spent much of her time hiding from Darth Maul, who I have to say was super creepy!
Chewbacca, R2-D2, Darth Vader were all walking around the park! Storm Troopers marched everywhere! All the Bounty Hunters were skulking about and that Darth Maul kept popping up! Poor Rose!
They had a Star Wars parade around lunch time. We missed it because we were in The Little Mermaid puppet show. Michael was really bummed out! But he found footage of the parade on You Tube, so that video is on top. (This one is even longer than mine!)
They have a Jedi Training Academy, that I actually think they do year-round, where they choose little guys and girls from the audience to come up and learn how to be Jedis. They put them in little Jedi robes, give them light sabers and then teach them some moves. And then the big surprise – Darth Vader comes out to fight them! After a speech from Darth Vader about joining the Dark Side, Darth Maul runs out also to fight. The video of the kids fighting Vader and Darth Maul coming out is above. (If you listen closely you can hear me exclaim every time Darth Maul passes. Also you can hear me cheering on the little Padawans.)
They pick about 25 kids to participate so you want to get there about 30 minutes before the show starts to get a spot up front. Walsh did not get chosen, and he was crushed! Michael should have yelled for the guy but he didn’t! Also if you come already dressed in character it seems to increase your chances to be chosen!
They had actors from the Star Wars movies and cartoons there signing autographs and answering questions from fans.
It looks like from the Web site they only do them four weekends a year – May 22 to June 14. And if you have a grade-school son like we do (or a daughter who is a fan), it is well worth planning your trip around those dates. (Please confirm with Disney the dates for 2010.) I think Michael and I enjoyed it as much as the kids did.
What do you think? Would your kids love the Star Wars Weekends? Would you?
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