So, I’ve covered all the ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations) during our “things we never do at Disney anniversary trip” so I thought it might be fun to recap/review some of the rest of the trip. I admittedly am going out of order here as this was day 3/4 of our trip, but you guys don’t mind, right? Good.
This is our first time being at Disney during Star Wars Weekend. Both Doug and I are HUGE Star Wars Fans because we’re nerds (and nerds are awesome). Part of our trip was to actually get to enjoy pool time and not feel rushed, so we admittedly were not there at
MGM Hollywood Studios when it opened (I believe there were Storm Troopers there as part of the ceremony). We also missed the parade, but honestly, Doug and I aren’t big parade people anyway…
After our pool time, we changed and we off to Star Wars Weekend in the afternoon. We decided to walk to the park from the Beach Club Villas (where we were staying), with a detour to the Boardwalk to grab some margaritas for our “long” journey.
When we arrived at the park, we did something I haven’t done in over a decade, we grabbed a map! We wanted to make sure we were able to capture all the fun Star Wars additions added for the weekend and didn’t miss anything.
As we walked in (first time since the complete removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat), we saw a stage show going on. But it wasn’t a stage show, it was actually a trivia game. On one side you had evil contestants from the Empire and on the other side was a family (assisted by C3PO and R2-D2). It was cute and funny and entertaining, and of course being total nerds we were answering whatever questions we could along with the players. Of course in the end, good conquers evil and the family was victorious over the evil Empire.
After the game show, we continued to walk towards Toy Story Mania as that was our first Fast Pass of the Day. As we walked along Pixar Place, we saw a bunch of lines for character photos. Various Jedis and people/things, but no one that we wanted to wait on line for. Further down the road we saw a line for Darth Vader. That line was REALLY long, and we didn’t have the patience. I just figured I would grab a picture with him during a RunDisney race.
Also in Pixar Place, we also saw a sign that said “Annual Passholder Free Gift” with an arrow pointing where to go. Hey! We’re annual passholders! Let’s check it out!
Apparently depending on what week you were there, the character on the poster was different. Our weekend (the final weekend) was Chewbacca. (Yes our poster is still rolled up from our trip and we haven’t done anything with it…yet)
We took a break from Star Wars things to go on Toy Story Mania…OK, this has nothing to do with Star Wars Weekend, but I just wanted to brag that not only did I kick Doug’s butt, I was also the highest score in the car! Yay me!
Besides the characters that there were lines for, they had a bunch of characters just walking around the park which was pretty cool. As, like everything in Disney, they stayed in perfect character!
Some of the gift shops had added Star Wars touches (and merchandise…)
We walked over to the Darth Mall (get it, a play on Darth Maul? Oh those Disney folks) which was basically an area of merchandise and collectibles for the Star Wars Weekend and the movies themselves, as well as a spot to meet some of the guests they had. Although I liked some of the stuff, I was not excited enough to actually buy anything (fortunately), although admittedly if the Star Wars Weekend tank had a design on it rather than just saying “Star Wars Weekend” on it, I might have had more difficulty resisting.
I did spot something I was almost tempted to buy for my sister for her birthday! …but it was just a tad more pricey than I could do.
We had some time to kill before our FP for Star Tours (Star Wars weekend is perhaps the only time you need a FP for Star Tours) so we tried to get into the Rebel Hanger. As soon as they announced the transforming of the Rebel Hagar (Star Wars themed drinks, snacks and desserts) I tried to get an ADR but with no luck. So, we waited to see if we could just walk it, check out the place and get a drink to go. Basically they transformed the area by the Backlot Express into Star Wars themed. They added brand new Star Wars elements (with Disney touches) and then they also added Star Wars touches to what already existed.
After that it was a quick ride on Star Tours. Can someone explain to me how with allegedly over 50 possibilities, I get the same 2 planets 95% of the time?
All throughout the weekends, they have a number of guest appearances and speakers. The weekend we were there we really lucked out. We had Frank Oz there! The man, the myth, the muppet, the legend! (I really hope I don’t have to explain who Frank Oz is, but just in case, besides being Yoda, he was also Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Bert of Bert and Ernie, etc…just google him). In the theater that typically houses the Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage show, there were holding a conversation with Frank Oz that Doug and I really wanted to be able to check out. You were guaranteed seats if you had purchased the VIP package (which gave you special things for other aspects of the Star Wars weekend), but you could also walk in. We did not get there nearly as early as I would have liked to try and guarantee us seats. When we arrived on line, we were informed by a cast member that we might get in, but probably would not. Oh well, but we figured what the hell, we’ll try and if we don’t get in, we don’t get in. Well we got in with PLENTY of seats to spare.
I must say, Franz Oz is truly amazing. Listening to him talk, and his humbleness about everything! I mean, you try and give him a compliment and his immediate response was “thank you, but it was really because of all the other people I worked with”. Incredible.
Anyway, we quickly rushed (which in hindsight we shouldn’t have) to our ADRs at Hollywood & Vine. You can read all about that experience here.
After dinner there was more walking around and exploring and seeing random characters and props from the movies!
We quickly used our Tower of Terror FP (personal recommendation, not that you’re really outside on the line, but this ride is cooler at night/in the dark)
And then we were off to the part we were so excited about! The special fireworks show for Star Wars Weekend, Symphony in the Stars! Star Wars music set to fireworks sounds perfect! We had seen the Frozen fireworks last year and they were amazing so we had high hopes for this show. Spoiler alert: these did NOT disappoint! AMAZING!
Here’s a few videos from the show, but they do not do the fireworks justice…
I have to say, the fireworks alone are worth making the trip to
MGM Hollywood Studios during a Star Wars weekend. All in all, I would love to come back for this, as a huge Star Wars fan and Disney fan, it’s a really great time!