In the month of May of the year 1977, George Lucas single-handily changed the art of cinema when Star Wars was released into theaters. Star Wars had action and special effects that nobody had ever seen before and was way ahead of it’s time. Merchandise and toys soon followed that enabled Lucas to build one of the biggest franchises ever. The force behind Star Wars continues in the months of May and June each year as Disney celebrates everything Star Wars at Hollywood Studios with it’s Star Wars Weekend event.
Star Wars Weekends 2013
Star Wars weekends will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for four weekends in a row on May 17th through May 19th, 2013; May 24th through May 26th, 2013; May 31st through June 2nd, 2013; June 7th through June 9th, 2013.
Star Wars weekends is Disney’s giant Star Wars festival that is highlighted by a Star Wars parade and many special activities throughout the weekend. Star Wars music plays throughout the park with question and answer sessions with actors from the different Star Wars films and directors and voice actors of the Star Wars Clone Wars animated television series.
The highlight of the event is the daily motorcade that enlist the 501st Legion Star Wars fan club where massive amounts of Vader’s clone stormtroopers march down Disney’s Hollywood Studios parade route with other characters from the Star Wars films.
Star Tours Ride and Jedi Academy Training
For the Star Wars Weekend in 2011, Disney World revealed their revamped Star Tours ride (see video below) that is a motion-based simulator that has over 50 different ride sequences in 3-D. Star Tours features some of the best known Star Wars characters of R2-D2, Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Jedi Master Yoda, Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca.
In addition to Star Tours, there is also the Jedi Academy Training that is geared towards children to show them how to use a light saber and features Darth Vader. For Star Wars weekends, the characters lighten up to a comical dance party for Hyperspace Hoopla! at 7:45 PM that is a favorite of returning guests each year and has been enhanced for the 2011 event that now takes place on the main stage in front of Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat (see video below).
Stormtroopers at Entrance
Stormtroopers stand guard at the entrance of Hollywood Studios for those guest that arrive in the morning. The Stormtroopers on patrol make scripted comments to guest entering the park that will bring some laughs that is a little extra interaction to get you into the Star Wars mood.
In addition to the attractions, parade, and answer sessions, there are several Star Wars meet and greets around the park where you can meet characters like Chewbacca and Ewoks.
Click Here to visit the official site for Star Wars weekends and download the most recent guides.
Star Tours 3-D Grand Opening
2011 Hyperspace Hoopla! (wdwmagic)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Map