I am a huge Disney fan and have been for as long as I can remember and, after a while, I was able to bring my husband around to my way of thinking. He has been a Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember, so now I’m the one who has had to come around. When discussing our 2015 Walt Disney World trip, we realized that his birthday fell on a Saturday during the last Star Wars Weekend at Walt Disney World. This seemed like fate, so we started planning. Here are a few things I learned that kept me sane during this crazy trip. Stay posted for even more things I learned to enjoy during Star Wars Weekends.
-Character Meals – Book the Star Wars character meals as soon as they are released. We were able to meet Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Jawas, Greedo, and Storm Troopers at breakfast while we ate Darth Vader waffles and drank blue milk. This also meant we did not have to wait in line to see any of these characters later in the day. That evening we met Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Ewok Chip and Dale, Storm Trooper Donald, and Darth Goofy at dinner. Again, knowing we had the dinner coming, we were able to plan our day accordingly.
-Feel The Force Package – We were on the fence about this package when we booked it, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions of our trip. The Deluxe Package included a preferred Star Wars Motorcade and Parade viewing area (with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks), preferred seating at a Star Wars show (we couldn’t fit it in our schedule, but others we talked to really enjoyed it), and a fireworks dessert party in a preferred viewing area. Another option is the Premium package that included everything above in addition to preferred seating at all of the Star Wars celebrity shows throughout the day and preferred entrance into Darth’s Mall shopping area. The snacks and shaded area for the Motorcade viewing were very welcomed on a hot Orlando day. There was a special area just for kids, so our daughters were able to have an unobstructed view. The Fireworks Dessert party was incredible. There were probably a dozen different Star Wars themed desserts as well as 2 or 3 alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage options. Again, the location was amazing and we were able to enjoy the park without camping out for a spot.
-Prioritize Character Greetings – Each weekend brings a different group of Star Wars royalty including celebrities from the movies, as well as the voices of the cartoons. If you’re interested in meeting these people, please be aware that some don’t give autographs (we saw a very disappointed young man walk away with a very expensive looking framed picture of Yoda that was not graced with Frank Oz’s signature). Look at the maps prior to your visit to decide which characters are your priority and be sure to visit them early in the day. Be aware that in some locations, the character you see when you enter the line may not be the character you meet. For example, we entered a line when Luke Skywalker was greeting guests but by the time we were at the front of the line, we were able to meet Princess Leia. Characters cycle through their meet and greet area and Cast Members were very helpful in providing the next time you might be able to meet them.
Stay tuned for more of our Star Wars Weekend fun! If you’re ready to book your Walt Disney World trip, email me at Amy@TravelWithTheMagic.com. You can also find me on Facebook or call me at 1-800-670-4312, ext 129. I can’t wait to help you plan your family’s MAGICAL vacation!