Hey there folks and thanks for supporting our blog and our new name! I’m here today to talk about Star Wars Weekends coming up in May at Walt Disney World. This year’s event is longer than ever running from May 15 until June 14. Here’s 6 things to know and remember when planning a trip to WDW for Star Wars Weekends.
1. The SWW events only occur on weekends!
This is a special event that is held every spring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And unlike some other special events (like the flower and garden festival and food and wine) the special features of this event ONLY OCCUR ON THE WEEKENDS. That’s one thing that seems to confuse some people. If you head to WDW expecting to experience SWW, be sure that you’ll be visiting DHS on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
2. Expect large crowds.
This one really should be understandable considering the events are only on the weekends and there are so many people that plan their WDW vacations to coincide with this event. Be prepared to stand in lines and don’t fret if it takes a little longer to ride Star Tours!
3. Plan only to experience things unique to Star Wars Weekends.
Do your homework by researching what exactly is going on and plan to only do and experience the things from your list. Don’t however, expect to get all your Star Wars stuff in AND hit the usual rides and attractions. If you’re going for SWW, really make the best of it by doing as many of the attractions that interest you as possible.
4. Get there early!
As I mentioned earlier, the crowds are heavy and they don’t sleep in til midday. The rope drop show is unique and in the past has included Storm Troopers! BUT, you can only experience this if you get to the park at least a half hour before park opening. The lines for the Jedi Training Academy, celebrity autograph signings, and most all of the SW character meet and greets also fill up fast and if you’re looking to do any of these, it’s best to head for those first.
5. Get your Star Wars themed dining experiences booked early!
This year, there’s not only the Sci-Fi Dine In Galactic breakfast, but there’s also a new Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine. The Hollywood and Vine one is even being offered with a Fantasmic Dining plan! I would highly recommend that you get your ADR of choice in as early as you can to ensure the experience and time you’d like.
6. Be sure to get your parade and fireworks spots early.
With the sorcerer’s hat officially gone this year, seating and space for the fireworks might be a little easier to get, but in both cases, it’s best to get your spot early. Especially considering the parade route has, in the past, only run from the park entrance down Hollywood Boulevard.
And that’s my list for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of actual experiences being offered and tips on how best to experience and plan for them!! So be sure to check tomorrow!! ~M °o°