Star Wars Weekends
Select Weekends Mid-May - Mid-June, 2014
From the special “welcome” Guests receive at the park entrance from the stormtroopers and Star Wars trivia contests to Jedi Training Academy and the spectacular Hyperspace Hoopla, Star Wars Weekends will have more fun than you can shake a gaffi stick at. Join Jedi, Sith, Ewoks, Wookiees, galactic bounty hunters and stormtroopers for the park’s annual celebration of all-things-Star Wars.
At Star Wars Weekends, you can "Meet-and-Greet" with famous villains and heroes from the entire Star Wars saga. Never let your guard down though, guests never know which Star Wars character they'll find around the corner! Coming face to face with an armed Storm Trooper is not uncommon! Guests can also experience one of the largest Star Wars parades in the world during the day and then dance the night away at the surprise-filled "Hyperspace Hoopla."
Jedi Training Academy, one of the interactive entertainment experiences at the theme park, is expanded during the event and allows young guests to learn from a Jedi Master before testing their newly acquired skills in a battle with Darth Vader or Darth Maul. Also featured: the chance for fans to purchase one-of-a-kind and limited edition Star Wars memoribilia, Star Wars trivia and star conversations with Star Wars celebrities.
The event runs for 4 consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in May and June at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Each weekend, different Star Wars celebrities are special guests and take part in meet-and-greets, interviews and Hollywood-style motorcades. Over 50 Star Wars characters from the entire saga will be featured.
Event activities are included in regular theme park admission to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Entry to this event is included in your theme park admission.
2014 information will be added as it becomes available
2013 Star Wars Weekends Information
May 17 - June 9, 2013
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New for Star Wars Weekends 2013
Special Acknowledgement: This year's event includes a nod to the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, which debuted in theaters in May 1983.
New Logo: Each year, Mickey seems to take on a different role in the official "Star Wars" Weekends logo. This year, his imagination takes him to the Forest Moon of Endor, where he is seen zipping away from scout troopers with Chip and Dale. Mickey's wild speeder bike ride on this year's artwork has historical significance, as 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of - Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi - the film that featured the Battle of Endor. The new logo can be seen pictured on merchandise below.
New Photo Opportunity: Also new this year is a photo opportunity with a “life-size” rancor. The giant beast, which was Jabba the Hutt’s prized pet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, will be on display during the event. The handcrafted replica is 17 feet long and weighs more than 700 pounds. The reptomammal sculpture is well-traveled — it’s a popular piece at Star Wars events around the globe. See a video of the beast!.
Other New Happenings: Keep on the lookout for this new events:
• Chip and Dale get into the Star Wars fun this year by dressing as Ewoks.
• Stormtroopers will be “on the move” this year, with mobile sentry outposts along Hollywood Blvd. These new outposts offer the Empire’s shock troops new vantage points to survey the areas for Rebel spies.
• Tosche Station, made famous as the place where Luke Skywalker wanted to pick up some power converters, finds a new home this year at Star Wars Weekends at the main stage on Hollywood Blvd. Atmospheric entertainment keeps the galaxy festive throughout the day before transforming into a DJ dance party.
• Warwick Davis, the actor who brought Wicket the Ewok to life on the silver screen, hosts a new one-man show entitled “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” for two weekends this year.
Star Wars Gift Cards: For the first time ever, Disney Gift Cards will be offered at Star Wars Weekends. There are four unique Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Card designs. Each week during Star Wars Weekends, one of the new designs will become available. As a fun added bonus, each card features a hidden Mickey. The cards can be found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Darth's Mall, Tatooine Traders or Super Star Shop during the following weekends.
- Weekend 1: Skywalker Mickey, May 17
- Weekend 2: Darth Donald, May 24
- Weekend 3: Yoda Stitch, May 31
- Weekend 4: Darth Goofy, June 7
Star Wars-themed Merchandise: For 2013, lots of new Star Wars-themed merchandise will be introduced. In a Star Wars Weekend first, guests will be able to purchase an oversized calendar with 13 previous Star Wars Weekends posters. Each poster measures 12-inches by 18-inches, and can be removed from the calendar for framing. Disney is also introducing a deluxe autograph and photograph book and the popular Star Tours nametags using Aurebesh will be returning. This year, there will be a new black name tag for Annual Passholders only! There will also be new Muppets action figures and new die-cast cars of Disney•Pixar "Cars" characters portraying Star Wars characters. The oversized Salacious B. Crumb latex character and the thermal detonator “hot potato” game are perfect for this year’s theme. Finally, Disney will introduce new Vinylmation at this year’s event including a limited release mystery series; a Vinylmation, Jr. series with droids; and two limited edition figures - a removable, 3-inch figure of Han Solo in Carbonite, and a 9-inch Jabba the Hutt figure with a 1.5-inch Salacious B. Crumb figure.
D-Tech Me Experience: Relive the famous carbon freezing scene from The Empire Strikes Back as Disney brings back the "Carbon-Freeze Me" experience. Using state-of-the-art imaging technology, your likeness will be cast as a three-dimensional, eight-inch figurine that recreates Han Solo trapped in carbonite but with your face. Guests will also receive a light-up wristband or a collector button with this experience. The "Carbon Freezing Chamber" is located inside Darth’s Mall, the highly themed merchandise destination located in the courtyard adjacent to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Disney will also be offering a new option that allows guests to create custom Stormtroopers with fan faces. Both female and male Stormtrooper bodies and hairstyles are available, as well as a variety of skin tones. To book either experience, call 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324) to ask about availability. Your carbonite figurine or Stormtrooper figuring will be shipped to your home in approximately four to six weeks. Either experience costs about $99.95, plus shipping and sales tax. You must be at least 3 to participate. A valid accepted credit card number is required at time of booking. Reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours prior to scheduled experience or a $25 cancellation fee will be applied to your credit card. The experiences, due to their personalized nature, are non-refundable and not eligible for an exchange. Children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or older during the entire experience.
2013 Celebrity Schedule (subject to change)
Celebrties will be posted as they become available.
Celebrity Hosts Appearing All Four Weekends:
• James Arnold Taylor - the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013. Taylor will star each weekend in a one-man show that showcases some of the many voices he has performed throughout his career.
• Ashley Eckstein - the voice of Ahsoka Tano, in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” will appear each weekend as Celebrity Host of a behind-the-scenes talk show entitled “Clone Wars: Behind the Force,” a closer look inside the popular animated TV series.
Weekly Celebrity Guests:
May 17 - May 19:
• Ray Park (Darth Maul - Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
• Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett - Star Wars: Episode V and VI)
• Dee Bradley Baker (Voice of Captain Rex - Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
May 24 - May 26:
• Ray Park (Darth Maul - Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
• Warwick Davis (Everyones favorite Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick, Episode VI)
• Jim Cummings (Voice of Hondo Ohnaka - Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
May 31 - June 2:
• Warwick Davis (Everyones favorite Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick)
• Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar “It’s a Trap!” - Star Wars Episode VI)
• Sam Witwer (Voice of Darth Maul - Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
June 7 - June 9 :
• Billy Dee Williams (Everyones favorite scoundrel, Lando Calrissian, Episodes V & VI)
• Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca - Star Wars Episode III, IV, V and VI)
• Tom Kane (Voice of Yoda - Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Special Events and Activities, Including Schedules
Hollywood Studios hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Star Wars Weekend dates. However, turnstiles will begin admitting guests into the park between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Those wishing celebrity autographs should use the bag check line to the far right.
Encounter over 60 Star Wars characters from the entire saga - and a few new ones. From Darth Vader and Darth Maul to Anakin and Chewbacca, you'll find some of your favorite heroes and villains from a galaxy far, far away. Rebel Star Wars Character Encounters and Imperial Star Wars Character Encounters are featured at locations around the Star Tours and Premiere Theater. Character Encounters from the Dark Side are featured at locations around Backlot. Character Encounters are from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The following characters are also available:
- Mickey Avenue: Darth Vader (near Exit of AFI Theater), Darth Maul, Boba Fett and Jango Fett, Zam Wesell, Aurra Sing, Greedo, Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Gamorrean Guard
- Streets of America: Anakin Skywalker, Commander Cody, Captain Rex, Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Shaak Ti, Kit Fisto, Mace Windu, Jawas, Clone Troopers
- Star Tours Area: Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, Ewoks (including Chip & Dale), Cantina Band
- Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Area: Leia, Luke, C-3PO, R2-D2 (inside Darth's Mall)
- Hollywood Boulevard: Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Stormtrooper Donald, Vader Goofy, R2MK (near exit to Great Movie Ride)
Legends of the Force
Autograph opportunities are not the only place to see the celebrities. Star Wars stars also take part in the gala "Legends of the Force" parade. The motorcade begins at the front of the park and travels to the Sorcerer Hat Stage, concluding with a grand celebrity welcome. The ultimate themed motorcade takes place at 11:00 a.m. each day of Star Wars Weekends.
Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor, along with 4 visiting celebrities, highlight the day’s events and give you an exclusive Star Wars Weekends photo opportunity. Takes place at the Sorcerer Hat Stage at 11:15 a.m.
Appearing on the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage
- Stormtrooper Patrol - Be on the lookout for 2 Imperial Stormtroopers as they walk the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage (Sorcerer Hat), imparting Imperial info and their own unique brand of investigation. Proceed with caution or you just might become the focus of their next unique observations.
- Boba Fett Patrol - Keep an eye peeled for Boba Fett as the most relentless bounty hunter in all the galaxy strolls and patrols the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage (Sorcerer Hat). Get up close and verbally interact with the villain...but be wary, or you could end up his next bounty!
Jedi Training Academy
Jedi hopefuls learn the ways of the Force before coming face to face with Darth Vader to test their skills with a lightsaber. Child must be between the ages of 4 and 12 to participate. Sign up is in front of Indiana Jones Epic Theater (across from American Idol Experience) at park opening to secure your spot. Both parent (or adult over 18) and child must be present when signing up. Sign up after park opening as spots go fast. Twelve guests will be selected for each show. Availability is limited and on a first-come, first-"sabered" basis. During Star Wars Weekends, additional characters may take part in this experience. The Jedi Training Academy takes place on the Star Tours Stage at the following times:
8:45 a.m., 9:20 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Experience droids, Starspeeders and out-of-this-world destinations, all in 3D, at Disney's Star Tours attraction. This attraction takes guests through one of 54 possible sequences - and you never know which journey you'll get!
Padawan Mind Challenge
Kids ages 11 and under test their Star War knowledge before the Jedi Council. Younglings use your Star Wars: The Clone Wars knowledge to pass the trivia trials and become an official Padawan learner. All participants receive a prize. C3PO is usually on hand to provide some laughs. Registration begins at the Event Information Table near ABC Sound Studio (across from Indiana Jones) at Park opening. Both parent (or adult over 18) and child must be present when signing up. Sign up early as spots for the two afternoon sessions go fast. Takes place on the Sorcerer Hat Stage twice per day at 2:10 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Celebrity Talk Shows
Experience the fascinating life and movie making adventures of visiting celebrities at Disney's Hollywood Studio's Premiere Theater (located near Muppet Vision 3D). June 7-9, hear Billy Dee Williams, tell tales about his portrayal of the suave scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Plus, a trio of specialty “one-man shows” will be presented this year, giving guests a peek into the on- and off-screen worlds of three Star Wars celebrities — James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Warwick Davis.
- Behind the Force: Star Wars Voices (12 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.) - Listen closely as host Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, along with 2 very special Clone Wars co-stars reveal the fascinating art of voice acting utilized throughout the Star Wars saga and beyond.
- Stars of the Saga (3:30 p.m.) - Discover the stories behind the Star Wars movies in this ultimate Q&A and talk show with celebrities from the films. Event host, James Arnold Taylor, will host this energetic 30-minute multi-media presentation with celebrity guests. Plus, 15 minutes prior to the show, a unique and immersive pre-show takes place featuring 4 Imperial Stormtroopers on a special assignment. This interactive and always surprising presentation takes place in the audience and builds to an explosive conclusion.
- Obi-Wan & Beyond (6:00 p.m.) - James James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, takes audiences on a journey into his wonderful world of voice acting as he performs over 200 popular and iconic characters.
- Visit to the Maul (5:00 p.m.) - Features Ray Park on weekends I and II only! Guests can see a demonstration of amazing martial arts skills by the actor who portrayed Darth Maul on the silver screen.
- An Ewok’s Tale – my short story (5 p.m. Fri & Sat; 1:45 p.m. Sun) - Stars Warwick Davis on weekends II and III only! Guests get a unique look into the fascinating world of a Star Wars legend at this hilarious presentation. Warwick doesn’t just tell us about his time in the galaxy far, far away or his smorgasbord of roles leading up to the present—he reenacts his entire life!
This high-energy, one-of-a-kind show is a chance to see some of the famed Star Wars characters performing like never before. This show will definitely be the highlight of your Star Wars day. The Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars is not to be missed! The usual characters that compete in the 'Dance-Off' are Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, C-3PO but there are always new surprises each year. For 2013 the final night included special appearances by Luke Skywalker, Mace Windu, X-Wing Pilot, Asajj Ventress, Jango Fett, and Lando Calrissian dancing to "Gangnam Style". It takes place on the Sorcerer Hat Stage on Hollywood Blvd at 8 p.m. each event evening. Get there at least an hour early to secure your viewing spot!
Photo and Autograph Opportunities
Snap a pic' of your favorite Star War characters and celebrities each weekend during the month-long event or have a memento signed by Star Wars celebrities! As always, there is no additional charge for the celebrity autograph sessions at Star Wars Weekends. The autograph lines will once again be handled via a FASTPASS-type system. A Disney's FASTPASS ensures your place in line at the celebrity autograph kiosk outside the Front Gate entrance. Get there early to get one! One autograph (signed photo or memorabilia) per Guest. If you don't have an item to be signed, a small photo card will be available at the autograph table. See more about Autograph FASTPASS in our tips below.
Meet the Celebrity Host and Stars at Echo Lake:
- James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi) - Autograph Session at 9:45 a.m., daily throughout Star Wars Weekends
- Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) - Autograph Sessions at 5:45 p.m., daily throughout Star Wars Weekends (other times and locations may vary weekly).
- Ray Park (Darth Maul) - Autograph Sessions at 1:45 p.m., May 17-19 and May 24-26
- Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m, 4:30 p.m., May 17-19
- Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 3:00 p.m, 4:30 p.m., May 17-19
- Warwick Davis (Wicket W. Warrick) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 4:30 p.m., May 24-26; 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m. May 31-June 1; 9:45 a.m., 2:30 p.m. June 2
- Jim Cummings (Voice of Hondo Ohnaka) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., May 24-26
- Sam Witwer (Voice of Darth Maul) - Autograph Sessions 9:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. May 31-June 1, 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., June 2
- Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar) - Autograph Sessions 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., May 31-June 2
- Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., June 7-9
- Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) - Autograph Sessions at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., June 7-9
- Tom Kane (Voice of Yoda) - Autograph Sessions at 9:45 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., June 7-9
Special Star Wars Merchandise
Blast into Star Wars Weekends 2013 with limited edition pins, artwork and collectibles for the entire family! Plus, there are always special opportunities for artist signings and book signings. The following artists will be at Darth's Mall, located in the courtyard adjacent to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, for signings:
- Daily During Star Wars Weekends
3 – 4 p.m. Meet Ashley Eckstein for a special signing of Her Universe Star Wars merchandise
- Friday, May 17
3 – 5 p.m. Mike Kungl & Brian Rood
3 – 7 p.m. Greg McCullough
- Saturday, May 18
8 – 10 a.m. Costa Alavezos & Darren Wilson
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tyler Dumas, Quynh Kimball, & Ron Cohee
12 – 2 p.m. Mike Kungl & Brian Rood
2 – 4 p.m. Greg McCullough
- Sunday, May 19
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mike Kungl & Brian Rood
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Casey Jones and Maria Clapsis for release of Star Wars Series 3 Vinylmation
2 – 4 p.m. Greg McCullough
- Saturday, May 25
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Senior character artist for Disney Design Group, Casey Jones, Vinylmation signing
- Friday, May 31
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Meet Principle Graphic Designer for Disney Design Group, Thomas Scott, for a special signing of the latest Star Wars Vinylmation Jr. Figures
- Saturday, June 1
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Studios Ink & Paint Team will sign the limited edition Star Wars Ink & Paint Cel created especially for Star Wars Weekends 2013.
- Friday, June 7
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Meet artist, Maria Clapsis, for a special signing of the latest Star Wars Vinylmation.
- Saturday, June 8
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Disney Design Group Artist, Tyler Dumas, will have a special poster signing.
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Meet artist, Maria Clapsis, for a special signing of the latest Star Wars Vinylmation.
- Sunday, June 9
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Meet artist, Maria Clapsis, for a special signing of the latest Star Wars Vinylmation.
Availability is limited for some events. Events and celebrity appearances are subject to change without notice at any time.
TheMouseForLess Tips for Star Wars Weekends
Look for Star Wars-themed treats throughout the park. Many are offered in special souvenir Star Wars mugs and snack buckets. The Darth Vader cupcake – rich chocolate-peanut butter filling and chocolate frosting with Darth Vader topping the confection - is always popular. You’ll only find it at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Company, Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, Fairfax Faire and Darth's Mall for $4.99. The cupcake also qualifies as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. Kids Power Packs in R2D2 bucket are available at Sunset Ranch Market, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Company and ABC Commissary. Temporary bars located outside Animation Courtyard, Sci-Fi Dine-in, 50′s Prime Time Cafe, and Mama Melrose will offer to special Star Wars drinks for $9.75 each. "The Force" features wildberry lemonade, Grey Goose and Chambord. The "Dark Side" is pomegranate lemonade mixed with Parrot Bay coconut rum and Cointreau. Non-alcoholic versions for the kiddies are also available.
Grab a FASTPASS outside the Front Gate entrance before the park opens to ensure your place in line for celebrity autographs. FASTPASS quantities are extremely limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Show up between 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. to queue up if you want an autograph from the top stars, like Ray Park or Jeremy Bulloch. Some fans start lining up overnight! For most other celebrities you can arrive by 6:30 a.m. Join the line of the celebrity you would most like to meet. While in line, you will receive a wristband. Handouts start around 6 a.m. for early arrivals, followed by a security bag check and FASTPASSes around 6:30 a.m. Your Theme Park admission media and wristband allow you to receive one FASTPASS ticket. Only one autograph FASTPASS ticket will be given per guest. Please note that each Guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS. Guests may not get a FASTPASS for other members of their party, nor may Guests save a place in any FASTPASS line for other party members. After receiving your ticket, continue to wear your wristband. You will need to be wearing your wristband to get an autograph. Your FASTPASS ticket will have a designated autograph return time. Until that time, you may enjoy other Star Wars Weekends activities. At your designated time, proceed to the celebrity autograph location at Echo Lake to show your wristband and present your FASTPASS ticket. Once FASTPASS tickets for visiting celebrities have been distributed (typically, about 75 FastPasses are given to meet Ray Parks), Disney may issue stand-by tickets. Stand-by tickets, however, do not guarantee that you will get an autograph.
Buses beginning running to Disney's Hollywood Studios from Disney owned resorts at approximately 6:45 a.m. For those who don't have a car and wish to arrive earlier for celebrity autographs, you can ask the front desk or bell services at your resort to call for a taxi.
Don't miss the Stormtroopers that stand on atop mobile columns inside the park entrance. Their mission—to keep all “Rebel Scum” out. It's great fun to watch them heckling the crowd entering the park. If you miss the opening show, the Stormtroopers will also be patroling the Star Wars Weekend stage later in the day, as well as appearing in the "Stars of the Saga" pre-show at Premiere Theater.
For Star Wars Weekends information, to get your questions answered, and to sign up for some events, visit the ABC Sound Studio entrance area.
This is a very crowded event and you simply will not be able to do it all in a single day. As such, you'll need to decide what is most important to you ahead of time and do those things first. If you have children eager to take part in the Star Wars activities such as the Jedi Training Academy and Padawan Mind Challenge, plan to arrive early and sign up for these events as soon as the park opens. If you want to ride the popular rides, get a Fastpass for Toy Story Mania first and ride Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Rollercoaster as soon as you can. Then relax and take in some of the Star Wars fun. If you would like photos with some of the Star Wars-themed characters such as Jedi Mickey line up early; consistently, Darth Vader seems the most popular with the longest lines. If you're looking for "limited edition" Star Wars merchandise, buy it early before it sells out!
At park opening, some children will be chosen to ride in the Legends of the Force Motorcade. But whether you're family is chosen or not, you'll want to get a great seat for this procession of costumed Star Wars characters and Star Wars celebrities. The motorcade includes special vehicles such as the X-Wing fighter in which Mickey rides. Also represented in the parade are the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist, a fan-run community of people who dress in elaborate Star Wars costumes. For a curbside seat, stakeout your spot at least an hour ahead of time and at least 90 minutes in advance for a front row seat. If you can't get close enough for viewing, the parade is also simulcast on the large adjacent screen at American Idol Experience.
Dress up! Both children and adults are frequently seen in Star Wars costumes during this event. It can add to the fun! If you don't have your own Star Wars gear, a selection of Star Wars custom items are available at the event. There is also usually a face painting station that offers Star Wars creations in the Star Tours area.
For an air-conditioned break off your feet, attend one of the celebrity shows at Premier Theater. Queuing up 45 to 30 minutes early should guarantee you one of the more comfortable seats in the lower section toward the front of the theater. Those who arrive later will end up in the bleacher-style seating.
Make lunch or dinner reservations for table service restaurants early! These can fill up quickly and crowds will be extremely heavy at Quick Service food restaurants throughout the day.
Don't miss Hyperspace Hoopla! It takes place on the Sorcerer Hat Stage on Hollywood Blvd at 8 p.m. each event evening. Get there at least an 90 minutes early to secure your viewing spot and earlier if you want a front row spot! People begin lining up for this 8 p.m. show as early as 4 p.m. in the afternoon. If you can't get close enough to the stage for viewing, the Hyperspace Hoopla is simulcast on the large adjacent screen at American Idol Experience.
For Star Wars Weekends merchandise and limited edition Star Wars merchandise, check inside Darth’s Mall, the highly themed temporary merchandise destination located in the courtyard adjacent to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. On the opening day of Star Wars Weekend, waits to enter Darth’s Mall can be 5 hours or more due to the purchasing of limited-edition merchandise to a horde of resellers. There's even a FastPass line for this outside the park entrance in the morning with the lines to get Star Wars celebrity autographs, and believe it or not, it's often the longest line! After the first few event days, however, crowds thin down at Darth's Mall. A popular Star Wars item this year at the Mall is an umbrella with a light saber as the handle. Other items consistently available at this location include Star Wars artwork, shirts, hats, toys, collectibles, build-a-droid, build-a-light saber, personalized nametags (using Aurebesh) & iPhone cases, and Ashley Eckstein's "Her Universe" clothing. The "Cast yourself in Carbonite" experience is also available at this location. Don't forget to ask for your Annual Passholder discount on merchandise! Additionally, there are photo opportunities with Luke, Leia, R2D2, C3PO, and for 2013, a huge Rancor as the backdrop. Lastly, for 2013, fans can assemble a Lego square which gets added to a large Star Wars mosaic celebrating the 30th anniversary of Return of the Jedi that is created over the course of the event.
Darth's Mall is not the only location for Star Wars merchandise. Don't overlook Tatooine Traders at the exit of the Star Tours ride. In addition to purchasing general Star Wars merchandise, fans can build and name their own R-series Astromech droid action figures at the Droid Factory. The Droid Factory has a multitude of different pieces to create 3-3/4 inch figures! To get started, choose a dome, body and legs, offered in a variety of colors and styles. There are optional third legs and novelty hats that can be added. Guests can name their droids with sticker sheets provided at checkout. Also, don't miss the popular build-your-own light saber experience at Tatooine Traders. Children ages 4 to 12 can test their lightsaber skills next door at the Jedi Training Academy or even purchase a robe like the ones worn at the Jedi Training Academy at Tatooine Traders for about $50! Also, a lot of the same merchandise found at Tatooine Traders can also be found at Golden Age Souvenirs near the exit to ABC Sound Studio and it's usually less crowded. There are also carts throughout the park offering Star Wars Weekends merchandise. Any Star Wars Weekend-specific merchandise that remains is usually discounted the last week of the event.
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