Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 15 - June 14, 2015
James Arnold Taylor will return and will host the Stars of the Saga talk show in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard. Darth's Mall will move to a new location near Streets of America. Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine will take place at Hollywood and Vine. Each night, a "Summon the Force" celebration will take place, concluding with "Symphony in the Stars" fireworks.
There are costumed characters available for photo ops. Just be warned, there are also diehard fans who dress up for this. While I'm sure that most of them won't mind posing for pictures, they won't be the 'real thing.' (How they walk around in Florida in June in 1,000 degree temps in full Star Wars regalia is beyond me, but I digress.)
The daily parade features celebrity guests from a Star Wars movie. There are also members of the local Star Wars fan club. (Some of their costumes are pretty impressive.)
As the name implies, Stars Wars Weekends takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A regular Disney's Hollywood Studios admission is all that's needed to attend this event.
The centerpiece of this celebration is the Star Tours attraction.
More than 60 characters will be there representing all six of the Star Wars films: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Guests will have opportunities to meet Star Wars characters. (NOTE: These are characters, not the actors who portrayed them.)
There's a little known Jedi Knight who always makes appearances; none other than Mickey Mouse himself. He's a cutie with his scaled down light saber. Definitely a great photo op.
There will be scheduled interviews of the celebrities and creative forces involved in Stars Wars. Click here for the list.
The “Jedi Training Academy” began with this event and has now become a permanent part of Disney's Hollywood Studios entertainment. No doubt it will be considerably busier during this event.
Guests 12 and under can test their Star Wars knowledge when they appear in front of the Jedi Council at the Padawan Mind Challenge.
Behind the Force lets you see what went into the making of the Star Wars movies.
A Galaxy of merchandise will be on display and available for purchase at "Darth's Mall," designed just for Star Wars Weekends. There will be event-exclusive merchandise including limited edition pins as well as Vinylmations, posters, clothing, and other items that commemorate this special occasion. You can even get a nametag with your name written in Aurebesh, a Star Wars alphabet. My advice, get there early as they can sell out.
At the end of each day's events, Symphony in the Stars fireworks will take place for a fun conclusion to the activities.
New to this year's lineup are:
Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine
Frank Oz: Yoda
May 15-17, 2015
May 22-24, 2015
May 29-31, 2015
June 5-7, 2015
June 12-14, 2015
Guest appearances subject to change without notice.
Disney's FASTPASS Service will be used for all Autograph sessions during Star Wars Weekends. A limited number of FASTPASS tickets are available. You will pick up your ticket with a scheduled autograph return time. You are free to enjoy the park until your FASTPASS autograph return time. At your designated time return to the autograph location. Each guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS. Once the tickets for an actor are gone, Disney will distribute a limited number of stand by tickets with a return time. See park guide for more details.
Galactic Gathering - Thursday, May 14, 2015
Disney's Hollywood Studios from 10:00am - 3:00pm
Attendees will receive exclusive access to purchase merchandise a day before it opens to the public. Cost to attend is $250 per person. Package includes:
Attendees will also have the opportunity for special meet and greets with characters, Disney artists and Ashley Eckstein.
Attendees must be registered in advance at www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.
The popular Carbon-Freeze Me experience is back, but is expanded yet again this year. Guests will have the chance to make one of their Star Wars dreams come true - to see themselves frozen in carbonite, just like Darth Vader did to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. Using an 3D high-resolution face scanner designed by Disney Imagineers, an image of the guest's face will be taken and then processed by computer and sent to a high resolution 3D printer. The result will be a 3D, seven-inch figurine of the guest frozen in carbonite.
New D-Tech Me Figures for 2015 include a Jedi Knight and a TIE-Fighter Pilot. The Stormtrooper, Alderaan Princess and X-Wing Pilot from previous years are still available. Both male and female options are offered for most figures. A 16-inch figurine is available, as well as the smaller 7-inch size.
The experience is held in Darth's Mall and takes about 10 minutes. 7-inch figurines are $149.95 each, plus shipping and sales tax. 16-inch figurines are $999.95 (no, that's not a typo!), plus shipping and sales tax. Figures will mailed 7-8 weeks later. Call 407-WDW-TECH for questions or to reserve a spot. This experience is only available during Star Wars Weekends (May 15 – 17, May 22 – 24, May 29 – 31, June 5 – 7, and June 12-14).
Darth's Mall in Soundstage 1 will be open daily from park open to close.
These meals are only available at Disney's Hollywood Studios from May 4-June 14, 2015.
The Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine - Hollywood and Vine Restaurant
Meet Disney characters wearing their Star Wars costumes! Possible characters in attendance include Ewoks Chip & Dale, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald. Package also includes reserved seating for Fantasmic! 4:15pm-8:00pm, cost is $57.99 for adults and $34.99 for kids (ages 3-9). Price includes tax, but not gratuity.
Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
Breakfast will offer the opportunity to meet Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Jawa, Greedo and Stormtroopers. Star Wars movie clips will be shown on the movie screen at the restaurant instead of the normal science fiction clips. Included in the cost is a digital photo of your group on a PhotoPass card. 8:00am-11:00am, cost is $49.99 for adults and $31.99 for kids (ages 3-9). Price includes tax, but not gratuity.
Reservations for these meals can be made by calling 407-WDW-DINE. A credit card guarantee is required to book. These character meals will be worth two credits on the Disney Dining Plan.
Check in at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner beginning at 10:00am.
Adults $69 per guest, children (ages 3-9) $39 per guest, tax not included. Park admission is required and not included in the price. Book online here.
Check in near the front of the park at the MyMagic+ service center beginning at 10:00am.
Adults $99 per guest, children (ages 3-9) $64 per guest, tax not included. Park admission is required and not included in the price. To book, call 407-939-3463.
Webmaster Bob was sent to Star Wars Weekends.
(You can't miss him. He's that handsome dude in the ECV.)