Update: Daily analysis updated for June 15 – 30 as well.
I updated the Crowd Calendar image along with the daily analysis for the first two weeks in June 2012. June 15 – 30 should follow tomorrow, barring any technical difficulties or better things to do coming up.
StudiosCentral.com has this weekend’s map for Star Wars Weekends here: http://www.studioscentral.com/sites/default/files/matt/blog/SWW_0518-202012.pdf. I plan to spend most of the day on Friday at Hollywood Studios to report any pertinent information. We should have a pretty good idea about crowds, wait times, character locations/lines, when Jedi Training spots fill up, etc. Feel free to post a comment if you have a bizarre information request. Or a normal one that I haven’t thought of. I can tell you that Jedi Training Academy sign-ups are supposed to take place outside Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Padawan Mind Challenge sign-ups are at Sounds Dangerous (ABC Sound Studio). Also ask about getting your child into the Parade at both locations if they would like to participate. In case you missed my last 37,000 mentions of my Star Wars Weekends overview from 2011, here it is. Also from last year:
Those were written a long time ago, so I have no idea if they make sense or not.
I will say that whoever set the Star Wars Parade route either has never set foot inside the Studios on a Star Wars Weekend date or hates NVIBs (not very important bloggers). To be blunt, waiting for that Parade sucks. The entire route runs the length of Hollywood Boulevard from the main entrance to the Sorcerer’s Hat. That’s it. Normally, the regular Parade continues through Echo Lake and exits near Star Tours. And way more people are going to want to see this Star Wars Parade. Then people are expected to follow the Parade and cram into the Sorcerer’s Hat area for a “celebrity welcome.” So you’re looking at a minimum of an hour wait in the blaring sun to see some D-level (at best) talent and a bunch of people that have fashioned their very own Stormtrooper outfits out of pvc pipes and nerdom. Anyway, I’m really excited for that.
Sounds Dangerous at Hollywood Studios now appears as “ABC Sound Studio” on the Studios’ maps distributed throughout Walt Disney World. Miss you Drew.
The “New Fantasyland” model is coming to One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios tomorrow. More info at Disney Parks Blog here.
Princess Merida begins greeting guests at Magic Kingdom on Friday in Rapunzel’s old location, Fairytale Garden. Her meet times are expected to be intermittently from 9:15am through 5pm. It looks like a very good meet from what I’ve seen, which should come with very high wait times. If you’re in Magic Kingdom on Wednesday or Thursday, swing by and see if she’s meeting. She has been out practicing over the past week or so.
Cars Weekend is returning to Downtown Disney on June 2nd and 3rd. More information on Disney Parks Blog here. I visited last year’s event and didn’t come away too impressed. Here is that post, including a look at the Pixar Anniversary Event at Epcot. It will also give you an idea about how bad this website was last year. I’m not sure Cars Weekend is worth venturing out for unless you don’t have much else to do.