- Jedi Training Academy
- Padawan Mind Challenge
- Star Wars “Legends of the Force” Motorcade Parade and Celebrity Welcome
- Symphony in the Stars Fireworks
- Stormtrooper Welcome
- Premier Theater Shows
- Characters (In Order of Priority)
- Darth Vader:
- Leia, Luke, C3PO, R2D2
- Darth Maul
- Boba and Jango Fett
- Chip & Dale
- Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald
- Queen Amidala
- Anakin, Kit Fisto, Shaak Ti, Mace Windu
- Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, Commander Cody – Blister Pack Meet and Greet
- Ewoks and Cantina Band
- Aurra Sing, Gamorrean Guard, Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Zam Wessel
- Jawas, Clone Troopers, etc.
- Darth’s Mall and Star Wars Weekends Merchandise
- Other Star Wars Touches
- Star Wars Character Meals
- Crowds and Attraction Wait Times
- In Closing
Hollywood Studios officially operates from 8am – 10pm on Star Wars Weekend dates except over Memorial Day Weekend, when it closes at 11pm. Despite the official 8am opening, cast members will begin letting guests inside the Park between 7:15am and 7:45am. There are two sets of bag checks. The two on the far right are designated for those seeking celebrity autographs. However, anyone can use these bag check lines if they’re shorter. If you don’t want an autograph, you can simply duck under the ropes.
Each guest is allowed one autograph FASTPASS and each celebrity has an individual line. There is generally one in-demand celebrity per week and you’ll need to arrive by 4am or 5am to secure a FASTPASS. For week two, it’s Warwick Davis. For three, Ray Park. For Four, Mark Hamill (heaven help you), Ray Park, and Billy Dee Williams will all be immensely popular and nearly impossible to get without camping out overnight. For week 5, it should be easy to secure an autograph FASTPASS for the celebrity of your choice with a 6:30am arrival.
Your FASTPASS is good for a small window during one of the celebrity’s autograph sessions. You should be able to request a later time, but they distribute FASTPASSes for the earlier times first by default. A cast member will put a wristband around the wrist of each FASTPASS holder to make it more difficult to give away/sell their FASTPASS.
If the Star Wars Weekend events are a priority, consider taking a cab to the Studios or drive yourself. There are few things more frustrating than waiting for a Disney bus to pick you up early in the morning as you envision all the people arriving in front of you. Buses begin picking up guests from their resorts around 6:15am, but it’s impossible to know when your bus will arrive. Have the concierge call a cab or call Mears transportation at 1-855-463-2776 to schedule a ride. Or visit http://www.mearstransportation.com/taxi-services/ to do so online. There is a taxi fare estimator and your ride should cost around $15 – $25 with tip. It’s well worth it for the peace of mind.
If you’re not interested in a celebrity autograph but would like to visit a priority character or two (discussed below), arrive no later than 7am.
Jedi Training Academy
Jedi Training Academy signups are at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular during Star Wars Weekends. Walk up Hollywood Boulevard toward the Sorcerer’s Hat, take the first left, and continue forward.
If you would like your child to participate, it is imperative that you head straight here first thing after the Park opens. The participating child along with an adult must be present at signup. Above is the line at 8:06am. Yes, this is just six minutes after official open and you would be waiting 30 to 40 minutes to sign up if you got in line now. The line stretches back past Hollywood & Vine.
There are 19 shows during the day.
The show is similar to the one that’s scheduled every day of the year, only there are additional characters to fight in an attempt to increase capacity even further (Darth Maul or Assaj Ventress usually). Shows are a bit more crowded with more kids participating. If you can participate in Jedi Training on a non Weekends date, you’ll be in better shape and can instead move to another priority first thing.
This is the end of the line at 8:38am back at the entrance to Hollywood & Vine. Guests lining up now are told by this manager that the wait is 30 minutes and all shows will most likely be full by the time they get to the front of the line. These people are waiting to add their child to the standby list. Star Wars Weekends are serious business and this should be the first indication.
Padawan Mind Challenge
Padawan Mind Challenge signups are located outside the old Sounds Dangerous Building across from Indiana Jones.
Like Jedi Training, a parent and child must sign up together. Because of the proximity to Jedi Training signups, it should be relatively easy to sign up one child for both if two adults are present. Despite far fewer slots, Padawan Mind Challenge fills up slower because fewer people are familiar with it. If possible send the child and a parent to Padawan to quickly sign up while the other parent rushes to Jedi Training. Once the speedy Mind Challenge sign up is complete, the child can join the other parent in the lengthy Jedi Training line. If you’re among the first people to arrive at Jedi Training or only have one adult in your party, then it’s safe to sign the kids up for Jedi Training first and then move to Padawan after.
Padawan shows are scheduled at 1pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, and 6:30pm daily at the stage in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat. The show is basically a trivia challenge. Questions are asked and the kids hold up their blue or green lightsabers depending on what they think the answer is. Most questions are easy, but they do become more challenging as it goes on. By the end, all kids are invited back to the front of the stage and receive a small prize. The show is not particularly entertaining unless your child is participating and there’s no hurry to arrive for a spot as the show is sparsely attended. In 2014, a family edition was added with more Disney characters and a better script.
Star Wars “Legends of the Force” Motorcade Parade and Celebrity Welcome
Seeing the Star Wars Parade is one of the two biggest hassles of Star Wars Weekends. The Parade is scheduled one time daily at 11:30am and runs from the main entrance to the Sorcerer’s Hat. This is what you can expect crowds to look like:
It’s not a coincidence that I’m on this side of the street – it’s much more shaded and “feels” much cooler. For front row spots on this side, you need to arrive by 10am for the 11:30am Parade. By 10:30am, people are three to four rows back. The Parade is simulcast on the screen outside American Idol Experience. If you don’t want to deal with the crowds, but want to see the Parade as it happens, plan to watch the screen. Like other Parades, it is imperative that you find your spot and fortify it by standing firm, placing the kids down on the curb in front of you. People will try to slither around you or put their child in front of you on the curb as the Parade draws nearer.
Or you can watch a video.
Disney was offering reserved viewing for the parade and fireworks for $54/adult and $32/child under a “Feel the Force” package, but all dates have sold out. While the parade viewing area is roomier, it was still necessary to arrive no later than 10:15am for front row spots, negating much of the benefit. Bottled sodas, Mickey Bars, and strawberry popsicles are complimentary for Force package goers. See http://www.mousesteps.com/dining-mainmenu-84/dining-reviews-mainmenu-89/park-dining-mainmenu-90/1310-review-feel-the-force-motorcade-dessert-party-event-at-star-wars-weekends-2014 for a more detailed review.
Symphony in the Stars Fireworks
Symphony in the Stars is the “new” fireworks show. The pre-show featuring a range of characters begins at 9:30pm and lasts about 10 minutes. The fireworks begin at 9:45pm. Expect people to begin staking out spots 2+ hours early. The best fireworks views are actually further back on Hollywood Boulevard toward the main entrance/exit, but your view of the stage show will rely on the large screen and the sound isn’t piped in well. Your options are to wait the 2+ hours for a prime spot close to the stage and risk someone’s kid or camera will suddenly be in your face come show time or hang back.
The reserved Feel the Force viewing location is close to the Sorcerer’s Hat and includes the same desserts they’re serving at Hollywood & Vine for dinner. It offers a nice view of the stage show, but is lousy for the fireworks as it’s too close to take in the show.
Note that Toy Story Mania and Great Movie Ride close at 8:30pm on Weekends dates to prepare for the fireworks and don’t reopen.
If you don’t want to deal with the crowds at all, you can do what Kendra does and watch from across Crescent Lake. See several more shots on her Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hintofspy/.
From the Studios exit, walk straight toward the bus stops and stay to the left toward the charter bus lot.
Then continue on and you’ll have a great view. You could also swing over here via the International Gateway after seeing IllumiNations if you hustle a bit. It’s about a 20 minute walk to this location from Epcot. Or take the bus from anywhere else to the Studios. It’s sort of like watching Wishes from the Polynesian Beach only there are far fewer people there and the soundtrack isn’t piped in at all.
Stormtroopers are the first characters most guests will see upon entering. This is them taunting guests in the morning.
Later in the morning, stormtroopers patrol on stage, reminding guests of the Star Wars Weekends hashtag on Instagram and Twitter.
And Boba Fett returns with his five to seven pre-recorded sayings.
Premier Theater Shows
The Premier Theater is located on the Streets of America near Mama Melrose, Muppet Vision, and the Phineas & Ferb Meet and Greet. Somewhere between three and five shows are scheduled daily, usually beginning at noon with the final show beginning at 7pm.
People begin lining up for the Premier Theater shows 90+ minutes early. I recommend arriving 45 minutes early, which should guarantee that you’ll be waiting in the cooler, covered waiting area pictured above and be able to find a seat in the lower section in a comfortable chair. The overflow seating is bleacher-style in the back and much less comfortable.
The line spills outside down the Streets of America in the sun, which is less than ideal. The end arrow marks the end of the line at 1:25pm for a 1:45pm show and it’s unlikely these people will find any seats at all.
FastPass+ strikes again here at the Premier Theater shows. Each is a Tier 1 selection, which means your one selection goes head to head with the likes of Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The FP+ return location is located just outside the entrance on the left.
On the first day, Disney let in standby users at the same time as FP+. With standby users streaming in without the need to stop and scan their MagicBands/tickets. the theater was largely full by the time most FP+ users entered. Disney changed that on Saturday and FP+ users were let in first.
FP+ does guarantee entry into the particular show, which is key Stars of the Saga along with Ray Park and potentially Warwick Davis. I would not use FP+ at the other shows as arriving 20 to 30 minutes should result in seats, particularly for the voice actor shows early in the day and the James Arnold Taylor show in the evening.
Otherwise, the Premier Theater shows are air-conditioned and seating is comfortable in the lower section. Remember that highs in May and June are 90+ degrees and it stays hot and humid all day.
The stormtrooper pre-show before Stars of the Saga begins at 3:15pm. It’s hilarious and one of the highlights of Star Wars Weekends – not to be missed:
Here they are discussing how The Empire is its own worst enemy.
Perhaps the funniest clip of this year’s show is JJ Abrams, the director of the new Star Wars film, saying he would be at Star Wars Weekends if he weren’t busy in London shooting the movie. I laughed until I realized nobody else realized he was lying.
In related news, how many of you would have guessed this hunk is the voice of Jar Jar Binks?
I enjoy Star Wars, but am not particularly rabid about it and I’ve enjoyed every Premier Theater show I’ve experienced.
Characters (In Order of Priority)
Meeting characters is where most guests get bogged down as they’re extremely popular, in limited supply, and generally take a ton of breaks. Recommended meeting times are bolded. Arrive 10 minutes before this time to minimize waits as much as possible.
Location: Across from Star Tours.
Line: Backs up toward Sci-Fi Dine-in and around to the back side of American Idol Experience.
- 8am – 10:55am
- 12:20pm – 8:30pm
- He meets for 15 minutes and then takes a 10-minute break
Tips: Ideally, someone will head here first thing in the morning if you’re interested in the Meet and Greet. This is an easy line to save spots in because the entire queue is accessible. Otherwise, plan to arrive around 7pm to guarantee a picture.
Waits: Waits by 9:30am will be 100 to 120 minutes. Seriously. In the blazing sun.
Location: Across from Studio Catering Company in the Streets of America. The Monsters Inc. Meet is to the right.
Line: Darth’s queue is at least covered and winds around in front of him His interactions with other guests are visible and usually very funny as Darth does not do hugs.
- 8am – 8:50pm. Darth meets for 15 minutes and takes a 10-minute break.
Tips: It’s either this or Chewbacca first. Arrive around 7:30pm to guarantee a meet or a bit later if you want to try to sneak in and not meeting him isn’t the end of the world.
Waits: Waits hit 45 minutes by 8:30am and peak in the 90 minute range.
Leia, Luke, C3PO, R2D2
Luke, Leia, and the droids meet where Mickey and friends used to meet between ABC Commissary and Great Movie Ride. It’s basically behind Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat on the left.
Line: Ugly. It’s completely uncovered in the blazing sun.Meet Times:
- Luke and Leia switch off greeting guests alone mostly without interruption from 1pm – 3:45pm
- Leia: 4:50pm – 5:05pm
- Luke: 5:20pm – 5:35pm
- Leia: 5:50pm – 6:05pm
- Luke: 6:20pm – 6:35pm
- Leia: 6:50pm – 7:05pm
- Luke: 7:20pm – 7:35pm
- Leia: 7:50pm – 8:05pm
- Luke: 8:20pm – 8:35pm
- C3PO appeared twice and R2D2 three times each day on the first Weekend and are basically impossible to time. R2 appeared from 1pm – 1:15pm, 2pm – 2:15pm, and 8:20pm – 8:35pm. C3PO from 230pm – 2:45pm and 7:50pm – 8:05pm.
Tips: Get in line at 12:45pm or at a minimum before 2:45pm. After that it’s a lot of breaks. Second best time is 4:40pm and then after 7:30pm.
Waits: 35 to 45 minutes in the middle of the afternoon – longest from 5pm – 7pm.
Location: To the right of the entrance to the Studio Backlot Tour
Line: Maul’s line is deceptive because it begins out in front of him.
And then winds behind him.
- Exact meet times currently unavailable.
Tips: Line up at 2:45pm to minimize waits – he should take a long break before that.
Waits: 30 minutes in the afternoon.
Boba and Jango Fett
Location: Across from the entrance to Studio Backlot Tour.
Line: The line is uncovered and wraps around the bank building off to their right.
- You could say they switch off from 10am – 11am and 12:20pm – 8:50pm.
- Jango: 10am – 10:15am
- Boba: 10:25am – 10:55am
- Boba: 12:20pm – 12:35pm
- Jango: 12:40pm – 12:55pm
- Boba: 1:05pm – 1:20pm
- Boba: 1:30pm – 1:45pm
- Boba: 1:55pm – 2:10pm
- Boba: 2:45pm – 3:00pm
- Boba: 3:10pm – 3:25pm
- Jango: 3:25pm – 3:50pm
- Boba: 4:00pm – 4:15pm
- Jango: 4:25pm – 4:40pm
- Boba: 4:50pm – 5:05pm
- Jango: 5:15pm – 5:30pm
- Boba: 5:40pm – 5:55pm
- Jango: 6:05pm – 6:20pm
- Boba: 6:30pm – 6:45pm
- Jango: 6:55pm – 7:10pm
- Boba: 7:20pm – 7:35pm
- Jango: 7:45pm – 8pm
- Boba: 8:10pm – 8:25pm
- Jango: 8:35pm – 8:50pm
Tips: An arrival at 12:10pm is best and you’ll meet Boba, who is more popular.
Waits: 30 minutes.
Chip & Dale
Location: Across from Chewbacca near Star Tours and across from Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.
Line: The line wraps around behind them along the Streets of America.
- 9:05am – 9:20am
- 9:40am – 9:55am
- 10:05am – 10:20am
- 10:30am – 10:45am
- 10:55am – 11:10am
- 12:15pm – 12:30pm
- 12:40pm – 12:55pm
- 1:05pm – 1:20pm
- 2:20pm – 2:35pm
- 2:45pm – 3pm
- 3:10pm – 3:25pm
- 3:35pm – 3:50pm
- 4pm – 4:15pm
- 4:25pm – 4:40pm
- 4:50pm – 5:05pm
- 5:15pm – 5:30pm
Tips: Arrive at 12:10pm or 2:10pm after their long break.
Waits: Typically 15 minutes.
Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald
Location: The good guys meet inside Darth’s Mall, which is located in between Toy Story Mania and Backlot Tour on the Backlot Tour side this year. The merchandise and character line are one and the same at the onset, which extends waits to get inside for both.
Line: Depending on the length of the line, it will be inside Darth’s Mall or potentially spill outside to the outdoor queue.
- 9am – 8:35pm – Goofy/Donald and Mickey/Minnie greet together throughout the day with intermittent breaks.
Tips: The characters are best met in the afternoon or evening, ideally after 5pm. The building is nicely air-conditioned and Darth’s Mall is less busy in the afternoon after the majority of the merchandise collectors move through.
Waits: Generally 15 to 30 minutes.
Location: Queen Amidala meets to the left of the old Sounds Dangerous building. You’ll see her on the right before arriving at Star Tours.
Line: Wraps around the old Sounds Dangerous building in front of her.
Tips: Get in line at 11:50am or 1:50m.
Waits: 15 to 20 minutes plus a potential break.
Anakin, Kit Fisto, Shaak Ti, Mace Windu
Location: Streets of America. The entrance to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is to the left.
Line: The line wraps around to the right of the meet and greet.
- 9:30am – 11am
- 12pm – 9pm
Tips: The characters are best met at your leisure, sometime after the priorities. Characters generally greet alone and you’ll need to re-enter the line several times to get pictures with each. Casually let others in front of you as you near the front of the line until the character you want arrives. Shaak Ti doesn’t begin meeting until 1:35pm. If possible, avoid 12:25pm – 1pm, 3:20pm – 4pm, and 6:10pm – 7pm because Lights, Motors, Action letting out increases crowds.
Waits: 15 – 20 minutes.
Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Captain Rex, Commander Cody – Blister Pack Meet and Greet
Location: The Blister Pack meet has a new location this year – it’s in between the entrance to Lights, Motors and Studio Catering Co.
Line: Extends out in front of them.
- Ahsoka: 12:40pm – 12:55pm
- Cody: 12:50pm – 1:05pm
- Rex: 1:10pm – 1:25pm
- Assaj: 1:35pm – 1:55pm
- Cody: 2:10pm – 2:25pm
- Rex: 2:10pm – 2:25pm
- Ahsoka: 2:30pm – 2:45pm
- Assaj: 2:50pm – 3:10pm
- Rex: 3:25pm – 3:40pm
- Ahsoka: 3:45pm – 4pm
- Cody: 54m – 4:15pm
- Assaj: 4:20pm – 4:40pm
- Cody: 4:55pm – 5:10pm
- Rex: 5:15pm – 5:30pm
- Ahsoka: 5:15pm – 5:30pm
- Cody: 5:45pm – 6pm
- Rex: 6:05pm – 6:20pm
- Ahsoka: 6:25pm – 6:40pm
- Cody: 6:55pm – 7:10pm
- Rex: 7:15pm – 7:30pm
- Ahsoka: 7:35pm – 7:50pm
- Cody: 8:05pm – 8:20pm
- Rex: 8:25pm – 8:40pm
Tips: The characters here are best met in the afternoon or early evening after the priorities. Line up by 12:20pm for Ahsoka in particular to guarantee a meet with her.
Cody and Rex are going to be interchangeable for most guests (sorry fans).
Waits: 15 to 20 minutes.
Ewoks and Cantina Band
Location: Outside Star Tours usually to the left of the entrance.
Line: No formal line, just a clump of people loosely waiting for their turn.
- Cantina: 12:40pm – 12:55pm
- Ewoks: 12:45pm – 1:pm
- Ewoks: 1:10pm – 1:25pm
- Cantina: 1:35pm – 1:50pm
- Ewoks: 2pm – 2:15pm
- Ewoks: 2:25pm – 2:40pm
- Cantina: 2:30pm – 2:45pm
- Ewoks: 2:50pm – 3:05pm
- Ewoks: 4:05pm – 4:20pm
- Cantina: 4:10pm – 4:25pm
- Ewoks: 4:30pm – 4:45pm
- Cantina: 5:05 – 5:20pm
- Ewoks: 5:20pm – 5:35pm
- Ewoks: 6:35pm – 6:50pm
- Cantina: 6:55pm – 7:10pm
- Ewoks: 7pm – 7:15pm
- Ewoks: 7:25pm – 7:40pm
- Ewoks: 7:50pm – 8:05pm
- Ewoks: 8:15pm – 8:30pm
Aurra Sing, Gamorrean Guard, Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Zam Wessel
Location: Backlot area outside of Pixar Place on the Studio Backlot Tour side.
Line: None. These casual meet and greets are simply first come, first served.
- Gamorrean Guard: 11:30am – 11:45am
- Gamorrean Guard: 12:20pm – 12:35pm
- Stormtroopers: 12:40pm – 12:55pm
- Zam Wesell: 12:45pm – 1pm
- Aurra Sing: 12:45pm – 1pm
- Tusken Raiders: 12:45pm – 1pm
- Stormtroopers: 1pm – 1:15pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 1:10pm – 1:25pm
- Stormtroopers: 1:30pm – 1:45pm
- Tusken Raiders: 1:35pm – 1:55pm
- Aurra Sing: 1:35pm – 1:50pm
- Zam Wesell: 1:35pm – 1:50pm
- Stormtroopers: 1:50pm – 2:15pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 1:55pm – 2:10pm
- Aurra Sing: 2:25pm – 2:35pm
- Zam Wesell: 2:25pm – 2:35pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 2:45pm – 3pm
- Stormtroopers: 3:10pm – 3:25pm
- Tusken Raiders: 3:15pm – 3:30pm
- Stormtroopers: 3:30pm – 3:45pm
- Aurra Sing: 4:10pm – 4:25pm
- Zam Wesell: 4:10pm – 4:25pm
- Tusken Raiders: 4:10pm – 4:25pm
- Stormtroopers: 4:20pm – 4:35pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 4:30pm – 4:45pm
- Stormtroopers: 4:50pm – 5:05pm
- Aurra Sing: 5pm – 5:15pm
- Zam Wesell: 5pm – 5:15pm
- Tusken Raiders: 5pm – 5:15pm
- Stormtroopers: 5:10pm – 5:25pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 5:20pm – 5:35pm
- Stormtroopers: 6:20pm – 6:45pm
- Aurra Sing: 6:40pm – 6:55pm
- Zam Wesell: 6:40pm – 6:55pm
- Tusken Raiders: 6:40pm – 6:55pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 7pm – 7:15pm
- Stormtroopers: 7:10pm – 7:35pm
- Aurra Sing: 7:30pm – 7:45pm
- Zam Wesell: 7:30pm – 7:45pm
- Gamorrean Guard: 7:50pm – 8:05pm
- Stormtroopers: 8pm – 8:25pm
- Aurra Sing: 8:20pm – 8:35pm
- Zam Wesell: 8:20pm – 8:35pm
- Stormtroopers: 8:30pm – 8:45pm
Jawas, Clone Troopers, etc.
More characters appear in the Streets of America near the Jedi Council Meet and Greet beginning at 11:30am and continuing through 8:50pm.
The Jawas may attempt a trade – maybe you can pawn off that Muppet Vision 3D FP+.
Darth’s Mall and Star Wars Weekends Merchandise
The Mall is located in between Toy Story Mania and Backlot Tour this year:
There is far more stuff inside.
Other Star Wars Touches
Disney offers two Star Wars drinks for the event – each $4 more expensive than last year and now including a themed glow-cube.
They’re available all over, including temporary bars outside Animation Courtyard, Sci-Fi Dine-in, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, and Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano. Get it from High Octane Refreshments next to Studio Catering Co. or risk a drink that’s been sitting out in 90+ degree heat for hours.
A $13.75 “The Force” with Wildberry Lemonade, Grey Goose, and Chambord is quite refreshing, though pricey – $16.75 with tax and 15% tip. “The Dark Side” is sweeter and less boozy.
The $5.19 Vader Cupcake returns to Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, Studio Catering Company, Sunset Ranch Market, Starring Rolls and Darth’s Mall. Yoda is available only at Backlot Express, Starring Rolls, and Darth’s Mall. Better, you can get them as a dessert or snack credit on the Dining Plan.
New this year is the “Stormtrooper Stein” available with soda or a frozen drink for $9.99.
Getting one with a frozen concoction is a bit more intelligent as they cost more ordinarily. Either way, you’ll receive a plastic cup that’s put inside the helmet to keep it clean. Disney was selling these hand over fist and they’re actually pretty cool – there’s a button on the handle that lifts the top of the helmet.
Darth Vader helmet buckets replace R2D2, which should still be available in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom.
A face painting station is added near the Chip & Dale meet and greet with additional Star-Wars-inspired styles. It costs around $15.
Star Wars Character Meals
Two new character meals are available every day of the week through June 15th – so they’re not relegated only to Weekends dates. The first is the Galactic Breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In from 8am – 12pm with a price of $47.99 for those ages ten and up and $29.99 for kids ages three to nine. No discounts. Reservations should be largely gobbled up, but check availability here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/hollywood-studios/sci-fi-dine-in-theater/.
Jessica was nice enough to send in a review along with some pictures:
Hey Josh — here’s some pictures from this morning. We waited about 5 min after checking in to be called. Then you do photos with Boba Fett and Darth Vader (they don’t sign autographs but they have a presigned sheet to hand out). Once you’ve been seated they bring pastries. You can choose fruit or yogurt for an app and a main course. We got one fruit, one yogurt parfait, kid’s French toast, and the egg white omelet. Everything was pretty good, I’d say a little better than most character breakfasts. At the end everyone is served the same dessert. Characters inside do sign autographs. Clips were both from the movies and some looked to be filmed just for the breakfast. They also played a cartoon from the 1978 Holiday Special which was fun.
This picture will save you two or more hours in line in one way or another and eliminate a lot of stress, whether you arrive at 7am and sprint for the characters or show up late and wait. The included digital picture would be a higher quality shot of this scene.
A plate of pastries to start.
This is not exactly all-you-care-to-enjoy, but you can pick a second entree if you find yourself still hungry. “Blue milk” is slightly blue raspberry flavored. Considering what you’re going to be up against after breakfast, you might want to double down on those mimosas.
Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine
For those of you with iron stomachs, Hollywood & Vine serves a character dinner buffet featuring Chip & Dale, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, and Stormtrooper Donald from 4:30pm – Park close. Pricing is $55.99 for adults ages ten and up and $33.99 for children ages 3-9. Include reserved seats at Fantasmic for $4 more per person, which is worth it if you’re planning to see the show.
“It was much more chaotic than breakfast. We waited probably 40 minutes for the last character to come by but that might be opening night issues. Food was the same as normal H&V with SW desserts. My server let me know that her manager was allowing the Disney Visa discount but only if you ask. My daughter’s favorite part was the paper light saber place mats you get.”
Both meals are expensive, but worthwhile if you’re after the pictures with the characters and both will save two or more hours in line.
Crowds and Attraction Wait Times
Studios’ crowds are among the largest of the year on Star Wars Weekend dates.
This not only affects wait times, but every other line as well. This is the line for ABC Commissary for lunch, which spills out the door and into Commissary Lane. Indoor seating is full, so you’d either be waiting to pounce on a table or sitting outside in the heat. I highly recommend making a dining reservation for lunch and dinner.
This is an extended queue for Pizza Planet. You can’t even enter through the normal entrance.
Wait times are also significantly higher than recommended days. This is a two hour wait for Toy Story Mania. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror also hit triple digit waits throughout the day.
That’s a 30 minute wait for Voyage of the Little Mermaid, an attraction that you can usually walk right into.
FastPass+ more than Star Wars Weekends pushes up Star Tours wait times. Expect 40 to 60 minute waits from 11am – 7pm.
With that said, you can do very well in the morning with the early open and most people headed for a Star Wars priority. Waits will be short at the major attractions through about 10am, with the exception of Toy Story Mania, which takes off immediately.
This shows wait times on the first two days of Star Wars Weekends over the first few hours. Look over the full day here: http://www.easywdw.com/reports11/0518waits.pdf. Note that waits will be longer during future Weekends because the overall crowd level is higher for Memorial Day Weekend and then the busy summer.
Keep in mind that Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and other attractions most likely won’t begin operating until 8am. Toy Story should be operating at Park open.
The regular characters also tend to have shorter waits. The characters that ordinarily meet at Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat (Stitch, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy, Donald) don’t appear during the day and Characterpalooza is not scheduled on Weekend dates.
Star Wars Weekends can be a hot, frustrating experience with the long lines and waits. Armed with the knowledge above, you should be able to put together a plan that works for your group. Have sensible expectations and be prepared to show up early and you can have a great time.