Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience Available During Star Wars Weekends

Here’s some “out of this world” news for guests planning to visit Disney World during Star Wars Weekends this year. Disney has added a new feature called the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience. This interstellar hangout will be available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 4pm to 9pm May 15 to June 14, 2015. Here’s the scoop from Disney:

Bring your tastes and take your place in this makeshift home of visiting pilots, renegades and smugglers. Enter the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience! Once a thriving port in a system in the Outer Rim, this abandoned space now serves as a rest stop and hangout for cosmic travelers of all kinds. Explore the bounty of sights and sounds as you pass through the entryway—framed by the remnants long-abandoned spacecraft and other vehicles. Then, get ready for Star Wars-inspired food and beverage offerings as only a galaxy far, far away can supply.

Look for a menu full of Star Wars-themed food and beverage offerings that are out of this world:

  • Pilot’s Pomme Frites – these are tossed with parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley with a garlic aioli for dipping
  • Ensalada Naboo – seared chicken breast, bibb lettuce, grape tomatoes, watermelon radish, almond frica, and a parmesan-peppercorn ranch dressing
  • Lightsaber Bites – hand-dipped corn-battered knockwurst sausages with house-made chips and mustard dipping sauce
  • The Dark Fried – Chicken and Darth Vader waffles served with maple syrup and sweet barbecue sauce
  • Trio of Thermal Detonators – spicy pork wings topped with spicy piquillo-pepper sauce and slaw
  • Slider Sampler featuring “The Sith” barbecue-braised brisket with cole slaw and “The Jedi” with barbecued pulled chicken with arugula
  • Fruit and Cheese “Sabers” featuring Tillamook cheddar, Brie, goat cheese, pickled vegetables, crostini, cheddar crackers, blueberries, raspberries, honeydew melon, strawberry, olives and gherkins
  • Chips & Sith – hummus with red pepper coulis, black sesame dust, and corn tortilla chips
  • Yoda Key Lime Cake
  • Trio of Star Wars mini cupcakes, including Mini Darth Vader (chocolate-peanut butter), Mini Yoda (chocolate-hazelnut), and Mini Jabba the Hutt (salted caramel latte) served in the Han Solo Carbonite Souvenir Box

A new drink menu will also be available:

  • Imperial Blue – Maker’s Mark Whisky, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour, topped with Sprite
  • Tatooine Sunset – Stoli vanilla, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, pineapple juice with grenadine
  • Rebel Red – Grey Goose vodka, Chambord, sour mix and a splash of grenadine
  • Dagobah Swamp Juice – Midori, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sweet and sour, topped with lemon-lime foam
  • The Dark Side – Stoli vanilla vodka, Bailey’s liqueur, crème de cocoa and brownie garnish
  • Alderaan Ale

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy these unique intergalactic offerings – be sure to book your reservation online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE!

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May The 4th Be With You – Star Wars Weekends 2015

As we celebrate Star Wars Day, it is hard to believe that it is just a few days until the kick off of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you haven’t attended this event before, it is a one-of-kind extravaganza for fans of the incredibly popular Star Wars franchise. Filled with celebrity appearances, special experiences, unique merchandise, tasty treats, and favorite classics, Star Wars Weekends is sure to be a hit with the Star Wars junkie in your family. With so much going on during these action packed weekends from May 15 through June 14, I thought it would be a good idea to pass along all of the information that has been released so far. Here’s everything you need to know if you will be attending this year’s celebration! (information and photos courtesy of Disney)

Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade during Star WarsÊWeekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosAppearances and Entertainment

Surround yourself in the Star Wars Weekends experience—from talk shows and motorcades to spectacular nighttime fireworks featuring many favorite characters from the Star Wars universe.

Stormtroopers at the Gate – Hollywood and Vine Intersection

Encounter a duo of troublesome Imperial Stormtroopers while they ready a welcome surprise from the Dark Side. Their mission—to keep all “Rebel Scum” out—quickly shifts, commemorating the official opening of the park and the start of Star Wars Weekends!

Boba Fett Patrol

Keep an eye peeled for Boba Fett as he strolls and patrols the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage. But be wary, or you could end up his next target!

Stormtrooper Patrol

Beware the Empire’s finest as they impart Imperial info and put on their own unique brand of investigation. Proceed with caution as you make your way around the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage or you just might become the focus of their next interrogation!

Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade

Marvel at a grand motorcade featuring several of your favorite Star Wars Characters and celebrities. The procession begins at the front of the park and travels all the way to the Star Wars Weekends Event Stage—concluding with a grand celebrity welcome.

Symphony in the Stars

Bring your day in a galaxy far, far away to an epic conclusion with a finale celebration—Symphony in the Stars! Featuring popular Star Wars characters, it’s an interstellar frenzy of fireworks you won’t want to miss—made all the more memorable with Made with Magic effects.

Padawan Mind Challenge

Join a pair of wacky intergalactic hosts for a series of fun and interactive Star Wars trivia challenges. Designed for ages 4 to 11, the Padawan Mind Challenge is a perfect opportunity to watch your little ones wield their mental force alongside popular Star Wars Characters—with a few other surprises tossed in too.

Adventures at Theater of the Stars

Soak up the spectacle as popular Star Wars Characters and actors appear at Theater of the Stars!

Some of the scheduled events include:

  • Star Wars Rebels
    Listen closely as stars from Star Wars Rebels reveal the fascinating art of voice acting, as utilized throughout the Star Wars saga and beyond.
  • Stars of the Saga Star Wars Celebrity Talk Show
    Kick back with your Star Wars Weekends host during a 30-minute, Star Wars-themed talk show that’s as entertaining as it is surprising. Enjoy an inside look at the fascinating lives and movie-making adventures with some of the stars from the Star Wars saga. Be sure to arrive on time—you just might see an Imperial Stormtrooper patrol on special assignment before the stars arrive!
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond starring James Arnold Taylor
    Feel the force flowing as James Arnold Taylor from Star Wars: The Clone Wars takes his audience on a fun and fascinating journey into the world of voice acting. Don’t miss this Star Wars Weekends exclusive as James performs over 200 popular and iconic characters!

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Get up close to an actual star from the Star Wars saga during autograph sessions, live entertainment showcases and even a grand celebrity motorcade.

Feel the Power of the Force in Person

Come face-to-face with an assortment of celebrities from all across the Star Wars universe. Some of the events you can expect to experience throughout Star Wars Weekends include:

  • Autograph Sessions
  • Legends of the Force – A grand celebrity motorcade featuring a galaxy of favorite Star Wars Characters and actors
  • Stars of the Saga – A talk show and Q&A hosted by James Arnold Taylor—voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels—with a special pre-show featuring everyone’s favorite stormtroopers
Interstellar Celebrity Appearances

Encounter Star Wars Celebrities and characters for special shows, presentations, autographs and more.

Weekend I (May 15 – 17)
  • Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend II (May 22 – 24)
  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend III (May 29 – 31)
  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
Weekend V (June 12 – 14)
  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)
Disney FASTPASS Ticket Required for Celebrity Autographs

An extremely limited number of FASTPASS tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis. FASTPASS tickets can be found at the main entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to the right of the turnstiles. Based on demand, distribution may begin prior to park opening.

You must have a FASTPASS ticket to receive an autograph! To receive a FASTPASS ticket:

  • Join the line of the celebrity you would most like to meet. You may not save a place in line for other party members.
  • While in line, you will receive a wristband. Your wristband along with your theme park ticket or pass will entitle you to receive one autograph FASTPASS ticket. Only one autograph FASTPASS ticket will be distributed per Guest. Each Guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS ticket. You may not get FASTPASS tickets for other members of your party.

After receiving your FASTPASS ticket, continue to wear your wristband. You will need to be wearing your wristband to get an autograph. Your FASTPASS ticket will have a designated autograph return time. Until that time, you may enjoy other Star Wars Weekends activities. At your designated time, proceed to the indoor Celebrity Autograph Location just off Commissary Lane near Star Tours – The Adventure Continues to show your wristband and present your FASTPASS ticket.

Once FASTPASS tickets for visiting celebrities are distributed, we may distribute a limited number of “stand-by” tickets with a return time. “Stand-by” tickets do not guarantee you an autograph.

Please note: Receiving a FASTPASS ticket for an autograph at Star Wars Weekend will not restrict you from reserving access with FastPass+ for additional attractions, entertainment and more at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars MerchandiseMerchandise

Bring a piece of Star Wars Weekends home—take your pick from a galaxy of must-have collectibles and Star Wars-themed treasures.

Darth’s Mall – Purchase Keepsakes, You Must!

Make for the stars with interstellar souvenirs, special edition pins, artist signings and so much more.

This year, celebrate your love for a galaxy far, far away with an assortment of merchandise, courtesy of Darth’s Mall—located at a new and expanded location near the Streets of America.

From limited edition collectibles to commemorative apparel, there are dozens of Star Wars Weekends items available for the entire family, including:

  • Art & collectibles gallery
  • Custom Aurebesh name tags
  • Star Wars graphic MagicBands
  • Star Wars D-Tech Me Experience
  • Build-your-own droid station
  • Build-your-own lightsaber station
  • Her Universe merchandise
  • LEGO interactive build station
  • Artist signings

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Get up close with many of your favorite Star Wars Characters! Discover dozens of icons from the Dark Side—and the Light—all around Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends!

Jedi, Sith, Bounty Hunters and More

Feel the power of the Force with some of the most popular Characters throughout the Star Wars saga.

No matter where your allegiance lies, prepare yourself for unforgettable encounters as you come face-to-face with the galaxy’s most popular heroes—and a few of its most fearsome villains too!

Be on the lookout for interstellar Character Greeting opportunities all across the park, including:

  • Members of the Rebel Alliance Near Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Dark Side near Darth’s Mall
  • Members of the Jedi Council near Mickey Avenue
  • Stars of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on the Streets of America
  • Disney Pals as Star Wars Stars near the Event Stage
  • Star Wars Celebrity Autographs at a new indoor location near Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Star Tours 1Character Dining and Premium Packages

Dine alongside heroes and villains during Star Wars Weekends, or watch the celebrity motorcade and fireworks from a reserved premium viewing area with a Premium Package!

Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast

This breakfast is being served at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre restaurant and includes characters such as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo, Jawas and Stormtroopers. The meal is offered from 8:00am to 11:00am and the price is $49.99 for adults and $31.99 for children ages 3 to 9 years old.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine

This dinner is being served at the Hollywood and Vine restaurant and includes characters such as Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale. The meal is offered from 4:15pm to 8:00pm and is complete with special music, décor and a themed menu. The price is $57.99 for adults and $34.99 for children ages 3 to 9 years old.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine Including Fantasmic! Dining Package

This package includes the dinner at Hollywood and Vine as well as reserved seating at the first Fantasmic! show. The price is $63.99 for adults and $38.99 for children ages 3 to 9 years old.

Feel the Force Premium Package

The Force is stronger with a Feel the Force Premium Package during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This out-of-this-world event package includes:

  • A reserved viewing area with soft drinks and water for the Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade.
  • Reserved seating for one of the Celebrity Talk Shows in Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Show time will be selected at check-in. There are a limited amount of seats per show and times are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A reserved viewing location for the nightly Symphony in the Stars fireworks show, paired with…
  • A Star Wars-themed dessert party with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests can purchase Feel the Force Premium Packages for $69 per adult or $39 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Be sure to purchase in advance—ticket quantities are limited.

Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package

Expand your universe of choices by upgrading to a Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package. The Deluxe package includes all the benefits of the standard package, and more:

  • A reserved viewing area with soft drinks and water for Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade at the front of the park at the parade start, with the opportunity to follow the motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard!
  • Reserved seating for ALL of the Celebrity Talk Shows in Theater of the Stars on the day of the package!
  • A reserved viewing location for the Symphony in the Stars fireworks and Star Wars-themed dessert party with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Priority access to mega-popular Darth’s Mall, the Star Wars merchandise mecca (in a new location across from Studio Catering Co.) throughout the day of the package, plus…
  • Your own commemorative lanyard and credential to honor the special day.

The Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package can be purchased for $99 per adult or $64 for children ages 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity included). Deluxe tickets can be purchased by calling (407) 939-3463 only—online booking is not available for Deluxe tickets. Be sure to purchase your Deluxe package in advance—ticket quantities are limited!

Disney VIP Tour Services Presents The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends

Celebrate a galaxy far, far away during an Ultimate VIP Tour designed to surprise and delight Star Wars fans of all ages! This Will Be a Day Long Remembered – See a new side of the greatest saga ever told with this one-of-a-kind tour, presented by Disney VIP Tour Services.

By decree of the Jedi Council, a limited number of Guests can gain special access to several interstellar offerings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prepare yourself for The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends!

Don’t miss this chance to blast off into hyperspace alongside your VIP guide for a series of exclusive experiences, including:

  • Premium seating for Star Wars Weekends shows at Theater of the Stars, such as Stars of the Saga—a Star Wars-themed talk show that’s as entertaining as it is surprising
  • Expedited access to attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Midway Mania! and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Reserved viewing location during the Legends of the Force Motorcade
  • One (1) opportunity to meet a Character from the Dark Side
  • Early access to Darth’s Mall—no waiting required
  • Private deluxe continental breakfast at The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Table-service lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Post-tour access to the Jedi Training Academy for your Padawans

Plus, after your guided experience comes to a close, you’ll have time to enjoy the park on your own before ending your day the Ultimate way with VIP viewing of the Summon the Force finale show and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks spectacular!

The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends is available for $399 per Guest (tax not included) and takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday—May 15 to June 14, 2015. In addition, all DVC Members, Annual Passholders and Disney Rewards Visa Cardholders will receive a 15% discount!

For booking, please call (407) WDW-TOUR. Advanced reservations are highly recommended as this special tour will fill up quickly. Theme park admission is not included and is required.

Star Tours 2A Hollywood Studios Classic – Star Tours

Feel the power of the Force during a 3D, motion-simulated space flight that launches you into the world of Star Wars.

Explore a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Blast off on a thrilling tour of the Star Wars universe aboard a Starspeeder 1000. Voyage to amazing alien worlds — like Tatooine, Naboo or Hoth — and come face to face with the likes of Yoda, Princess Leia or even Darth Vader.

Featuring state-of-the-art technology—including a flight simulator, digital 3D video, Audio-Animatronics characters and “in cockpit” special effects and music—Star Tours: The Adventure Continues realistically immerses you in the Star Wars mythology for an unforgettable intergalactic adventure.

Pre-Boarding

Hurry along the forest moon of Endor—home to rustic Ewok cottages and a towering AT-AT—and make your way through a sleek Rebel bunker to a bustling Star Tours spaceport. Inside, behold R2-D2 and C-3PO tinkering away on a Starspeeder 1000—your cosmic transportation vehicle—amid a throng of projection screens, glowing scanners and blinking droids.

Weave your way up a ramp past customs and baggage screening before picking up a pair of 3D flight glasses and continuing to your departure gate. Following instructions from an overhead monitor, board your interstellar space vehicle for a journey through the darkest reaches of the solar system.

Become a Hero of the Rebellion!

As you prepare for lift-off, a series of mishaps unwittingly causes your starship to launch and C-3PO to take control. Suddenly, your space cruiser is intercepted by Empire forces. Fearing capture, C-3PO pilots your ship on an unpredictable flight that will rocket you to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and back!

Tour the Universe

During your voyage, interact with many of the otherworldly characters and places made famous in the Star Wars saga.

Hold on tight as you navigate jagged desert rocks in a dusty pod race on Tatooine. Maneuver around menacing AT-ATs during a whirlwind battle on the icy planet of Hoth. Hyperspace to the watery planet of Naboo and avoid the clutches of a giant fish or retreat inside the dreaded Death Star to escape Darth Vader before doing battle with Boba Fett.

Will your starspeeder elude capture and safely transport you—and the rebel spy—safely back to the Alliance base? May the Force be with you.

With over 50 story combinations, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue invites you to experience a unique adventure almost every time.

Just as the Star Wars film saga takes moviegoers to new worlds, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue features a constellation of storylines and interplanetary destinations that will immerse you in the Star Wars galaxy. And because the many story twists are random, you just never know where in the universe you’ll go or who you may encounter along the way.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue features characters and settings from both the original trilogy of Star Wars films and their newer prequels.

Distant destinations you may visit include:

  • The Wookies’ woodland home planet, Kashyyyk
  • The underwater realms on Naboo
  • The bustling city-planet of Coruscant
  • The desert planet of Tatooine
  • The icy landscape of Hoth
  • The dreaded Death Star

In addition to C-3PO and R2-D2, you may encounter:

  • Darth Vader
  • Yoda
  • Princess Leia
  • Chewbacca
  • Boba Fett
  • Admiral Ackbar

Where will the Force take you?

Star Wars Jedi Training AcademyAnother Hollywood Studios Favorite – Jedi Training Academy

Junior Jedi knights learn to use the Force at this 20-minute training academy as they prepare to meet the Dark Side.

Calling All Potential Padawans!

Kids between the ages of 4 and 12, don a brown robe and pledge the Jedi Oath under the tutelage of a Jedi Master. The brilliant Star Wars fanfare stirs your spirit as you learn how to use The Force—and your wit—to wield your lightsaber. Behold how the Jedi Master hones your battle skills, for you never know when you will have to defend yourself against the Dark Side!

There is a disturbance in the Force and Stormtroopers arrive—could Darth Vader himself be far behind? Take the ultimate test and see if you can defeat the Dark Side as you alone battle this Dark Lord of the Sith! If you succeed, you will receive a certificate proclaiming you a true Jedi Knight.

May the Force be with you!

Tasty Themed Treats

There is always lots of delicious food including some yummy Star Wars themed treats like these cupcakes.

May The 4th Be With You!

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What’s On The Agenda For Star Wars Weekends 2015

Star Wars Weekends

It’s hard to believe that in just a few short weeks Star Wars Weekends will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you haven’t been to this event before, it is a one-of-kind extravaganza for fans of the super popular Star Wars franchise. Filled with celebrity appearances, special experiences, unique merchandise, tasty treats, and favorite classics, Star Wars Weekends is sure to be a hit with the Star Wars junkie in your family. Here’s what is on the agenda for this years celebration courtesy of WDW News:

Beginning May 15, 2015, the Force returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as Star Wars Weekends combines the fun and adventure of the Star Wars franchise with the magic of Disney Parks.

This year’s event welcomes a new show, “Star Wars: Rebels,” new locations for autograph sessions and merchandise and several Star Wars luminaries making their first hyperspace jump to Star Wars Weekends.

Bringing Walt Disney World Resort guests as close to the Force as they can get, Star Wars Weekends features more than 60 Star Wars characters roaming the theme park for meet-and-greet opportunities, a Star Wars motorcade, the “Symphony in the Stars” nighttime fireworks spectacular saluting iconic sounds of the films, event-exclusive merchandise at Darth’s Mall, Star Wars-inspired dining offerings and specialty food and beverages, interactive activities, and more every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) May 15-June 14, 2015.

Highlighting the event, Star Wars celebrities, including returning favorites and event newcomers, will appear in star conversations, talk shows, autograph sessions, and the motorcades each weekend. Bringing his evil prowess to Star Wars Weekends for the first time, actor Ian McDiarmid, Senator/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars movies, will kick off Weekend I May 15-17. To balance out the appearance of the dark side with a beacon of light, actor Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies, will make his first event appearance in Weekend V June 12-14.

Celebrities scheduled to appear at Star Wars Weekends 2015 include voices from the hit Disney X D series “Star Wars Rebels” and stars from Episodes I-VI of the Star Wars film franchise (entertainment is subject to change):

Weekend I (May 15 – 17)

  • Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II (May 22 – 24)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III (May 29 – 31)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend V (June 12 – 14)

  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

The host of Star Wars Weekends, actor James Arnold Taylor, from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and “Star Wars Rebels,” will also host the new Star Wars Weekends show “Star Wars: Rebels,” where guests can relive the twists and turns of the first season of the Disney X D series with special guests from the show’s voice cast. In addition to Ashley Eckstein’s Weekend IV guest spot, she will also be joining every day of the event as host of “Padawan Mind Challenge – Family Edition.”

In addition to all of the scheduled fun, guests of all ages can enjoy the classic Star Wars attraction Star Tours and young fans can still participate in the Jedi Training Academy. Plus there will be lots of yummy themed snacks to feed hungry adventurers! All of this Star Wars entertainment is included in your regular Hollywood Studios park admission.

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Helpful Information For Your June 2015 Disney World Vacation

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So you are planning a vacation to Disney World in June 2015? June is an exciting time of year to visit Walt Disney World. The temperatures are rising, the Parks are open late and the crowds are picking up.

Weather

The weather in Disney World during June is hot and rainy. The average high is about 91 degrees, the average low is about 71 degrees and the average rainfall is about 8.32 inches. You can expect some rain every afternoon or evening, so be sure to bring your poncho!

Crowds

The crowds the first week of June are still moderate as families are just beginning summer break. You can anticipate crowds to begin to pick up the second week of June and to remain fairly consistent throughout the remainder of the month. Be sure to lookout for big crowds at Hollywood Studios the first couple of weekends in June as thousands of Star Wars fans descend upon that Park to enjoy all of the festivities.

June 1 – June 6 – Average Crowd Level 6.0 out of 10
June 7 – June 13 – Average Crowd Level 6.7 out of 10
June 11 – June 20 – Average Crowd Level 6.9 out of 10
June 21 – June 27 – Average Crowd Level 6.4 out of 10
June 28 – June 30 – Average Crowd Level 6.0 out of 10

Park Hours

Magic Kingdom ClockWith the busy summer season comes long hours at the Parks.

  • Magic Kingdom: Open most days from 9am – 10pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Epcot: Open from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Hollywood Studios: Open most days from 9am – 8:30pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Animal Kingdom: Open most days from 9am – 7pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)

For specific hours on each day during June, please click this link. Remember that park hours are subject to change and are often adjusted two weeks prior.

Events

Star Wars WeekendsBeginning on May 15 and running weekends through June 14 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are Star Wars Weekends. This event is huge with fans of the franchise and includes dining experiences, themed treats, special shows, parades, presentations, autograph sessions, and chances to meet the characters and celebrities. For more information and to watch a hilarious video featuring a Star Wars Darth Vader cupcake destroying a bakery, please check out this article.

Refurbishments

Periodically throughout the year, Disney closes attractions for refurbishments and enhancements. Here are the scheduled closures during June (subject to change without notice):

Magic Kingdom

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: June 8 – September 25, 2015

Epcot

  • Captain EO: April 10 – July 18, 2015
  • Frozen Ever After: October 5 – May 1, 2016

Hollywood Studios

  • No refurbishments currently scheduled

Animal Kingdom

  • Flame Tree Barbecue: January 5 – June 29, 2015

Water Parks

  • No refurbishments currently scheduled

Downtown Disney

  • Downtown Disney is undergoing a major transformation to become the reimagined Disney Springs. Construction will be finished in phases with the final completion date set for Fall 2016.

Resort Hotels

  • Art of Animation: Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area May 26 – June 29, 2015
  • Beach Club Resort: Ongoing Guest Room Refurbishments To Be Completed In 2015
  • Polynesian Village Resort: Ongoing Polynesian East Pool Refurbishment To Be Completed In 2016
  • Walt Disney World Swan: Ongoing Guest Room Refurbishments To Be Completed In 2016

Planning Tips

Disney World Epcot World Showcase CanadaIf you are traveling to Disney World in June 2015, your planning is probably well under way at this point. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are on track:

  • Make sure you have created your My Disney Experience account. If you haven’t, click here to sign up now.
  • If you haven’t already made your dining reservations, be sure to make them now by clicking here.
  • If you are staying onsite, be sure to customize your Magicband on your My Disney Experience account by picking the color and adding your name.
  • Now is a great time to research what attractions you and your family would like to see at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Because Walt Disney World is so large, it is very difficult to see everything during one trip, so be sure to get everyone’s top priorities. This is also a great time to begin looking at menus for counter service restaurants so that you have an idea of which locations serve foods that your entire family will enjoy. Need help with your research? Check out my book “A Tale of Two Resorts” which includes descriptions and tips for every attraction and helpful dining information for every restaurant from snack stand to table service including specifics about atmosphere, cuisine type, dress code and even menu selections including the kid’s meals that are offered. Click here for more information including an excerpt.
  • Whether you are staying onsite or off-property, be sure to purchase your admission tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
  • 501 WaysOnce your tickets are linked and at exactly 60 days out (midnight EST time) if you are staying onsite or 30 days out for all other guests, login to your My Disney Experience account and book your Fastpass+ reservations.
  • If you are staying onsite, be sure to check in online at 60 days out from your arrival date.
  • Double check your flight times and if you will be using Disney’s Magical Express for your airport transportation make your reservation at least 60 days in advance by clicking here.
  • It’s never too early to start creating a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • Need more help planning? Please check out my new book 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation, ask a question in the comments section, or take a look at the Planning section here.

Special Offers

If you haven’t already made your June 2015 reservations, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save money:

Join The Fun

Next Disney VacationDisney Vacation Planner Jennifer Hardy and I have teamed up to create a new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If your counting the days until your next Disney vacation, we would love to have you join in the fun! Please click here to be a part of our group!

Have a magical vacation!

Helpful Information For Your May 2015 Disney World Vacation

Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival

So you are planning a vacation to Disney World in May 2015? May is a wonderful time of year to visit Walt Disney World. The temperatures are warm, the flowers are blooming and the crowds are light.

Weather

The weather in Disney World during May is beautiful. The average high is about 89 degrees, the average low is about 65 degrees and the average rainfall is only about 3.1 inches. By traveling in May, you are getting your vacation in just before the rainy season begins. But don’t forget to pack your poncho just in case!

Crowds

The crowds throughout the month of May are nice and moderate. You can anticipate crowds to begin to pick up Memorial Day weekend and beyond.

May 1 – May 2 – Average Crowd Level 5.5 out of 10
May 3 – May 9 – Average Crowd Level 4.9 out of 10
May 10 – May 16 – Average Crowd Level 4.6 out of 10
May 17 – May 23 – Average Crowd Level 5.0 out of 10
May 24 – May 31 – Average Crowd Level 6.0 out of 10

Park Hours

Magic Kingdom ClockWith bigger crowds comes longer hours at the Parks. As the month goes on and the crowds increase, all of the Parks will close later.

  • Magic Kingdom: Open most days from 9am – 11pm or 12am (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Epcot: Open from 9am – 9pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Hollywood Studios: Open most days from 9am – 8:30pm or 10:00pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)
  • Animal Kingdom: Open most days from 9am – 6pm or 7pm (plus Extra Magic Hours)

For specific hours on each day during May, please click this link. Remember that park hours are subject to change and are often adjusted two weeks prior.

Events

Expedition EverestOn May 1 and 2, Disney World is hosting the runDisney event – Expedition Everest Challenge for the final time. This 5K race is held at night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and includes an obstacle course and scavenger hunt. Sorry to say if you haven’t already registered, this race is sold out. However, there are currently tickets still available for the after party – please check this link for the most up-to-date availability. Because this run and after party are held at night (from 10pm – 2:30am), they should not have a big impact on daytime touring.

Epcot International Flower And Garden FestivalA terrific part about visiting Disney World in May is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. This year the event will run from March 4 – May 17 and features over 100 topiaries, interesting gardening demonstrations, beautiful flowers, weekend music concerts and several outdoor kitchens serving delicious foods and beverages. For more information about the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, please check out this article.

Star Wars WeekendsAlso beginning on May 15 and running weekends through June 14 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are Star Wars Weekends. This event is huge with fans of the franchise and includes dining experiences, themed treats, special shows, parades, presentations, autograph sessions, and chances to meet the characters and celebrities. For more information and to watch a hilarious video featuring a Star Wars Darth Vader cupcake destroying a bakery, please check out this article.

Coolest Summer EverMemorial Day weekend is the traditional start of family vacation time, and Walt Disney World Resort will launch into the season full force. The Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours to guests from 6am to 6am, Friday May 22 to Saturday, May 23. Guests will be invited to come in costume to show their Disney Side while a selection of favorite attractions, entertainment, special event merchandise, plus food and beverage are on tap all night long to celebrate the start of the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort. The around-the-clock celebration features Disney character greetings, dance parties and surprises into the wee hours of the night.

Refurbishments

Periodically throughout the year, Disney closes attractions for refurbishments and enhancements. Here are the scheduled closures during May (subject to change without notice):

Magic Kingdom

  • Jungle Cruise: April 13 – May 8, 2015

Epcot

  • Maelstrom and Spirit of Norway Film: Ongoing – Reopening in 2016 Reimagined as a New Frozen Attraction

Hollywood Studios

  • No refurbishments currently scheduled

Animal Kingdom

  • Creature Comforts: Reopening June 2015 as the New Starbucks Location
  • Flame Tree BBQ: January 5 – June 3, 2015
  • TriceraTop Spin: May 11 – May 23, 2015

Water Parks

  • No refurbishments currently scheduled

Downtown Disney

  • Downtown Disney is undergoing a major transformation to become the reimagined Disney Springs. Construction will be finished in phases with the final completion date set for Fall 2016.

Resort Hotels

  • Art of Animation: Finding Nemo Schoolyard Wet Play Area May 26 – June 29, 2015
  • Beach Club Resort: Ongoing Guest Room Refurbishments To Be Completed In 2015
  • Polynesian Resort: Ongoing Polynesian East Pool Refurbishment To Be Completed In 2016
  • Walt Disney World Swan: Ongoing Guest Room Refurbishments To Be Completed In 2016

Planning Tips

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tree of LifeIf you are traveling to Disney World in May 2015, your planning is probably well under way at this point. Here’s a checklist to make sure you are on track:

  • Make sure you have created your My Disney Experience account. If you haven’t, click here to sign up now.
  • If you haven’t already made your dining reservations, be sure to make them now by clicking here.
  • If you are staying onsite, be sure to customize your Magicband on your My Disney Experience account by picking the color and adding your name.
  • Now is a great time to research what attractions you and your family would like to see at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Because Walt Disney World is so large, it is very difficult to see everything during one trip, so be sure to get everyone’s top priorities. This is also a great time to begin looking at menus for counter service restaurants so that you have an idea of which locations serve foods that your entire family will enjoy. Need help with your research? Check out my book “A Tale of Two Resorts” which includes descriptions and tips for every attraction and helpful dining information for every restaurant from snack stand to table service including specifics about atmosphere, cuisine type, dress code and even menu selections including the kid’s meals that are offered. Click here for more information including an excerpt.
  • Whether you are staying onsite or off-property, now is the time to purchase your admission tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
  • 501 WaysOnce your tickets are linked and at exactly 60 days out (midnight EST time) if you are staying onsite or 30 days out for all other guests, login to your My Disney Experience account and book your Fastpass+ reservations.
  • If you are staying onsite, be sure to check in online at 60 days out from your arrival date.
  • Double check your flight times and if you will be using Disney’s Magical Express for your airport transportation make your reservation now by clicking here.
  • Now is also a great time to start creating a packing list so that you don’t forget anything.
  • Need more help planning? Please check out my new book 501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation, ask a question in the comments section, or take a look at the Planning section here.

Special Offers

If you haven’t already made your May 2015 reservations, be sure to check out these valuable resources to help you save money:

Join The Fun

Next Disney VacationDisney Vacation Planner Jennifer Hardy and I have teamed up to create a new Facebook Group called Next Disney Vacation! It is the perfect place to talk about your next Disney vacation, ask your questions, get them answered, and share the magic. Everyday you’ll find posts, photos, trivia, tips, and more that we find all throughout the Disney Universe. If your counting the days until your next Disney vacation, we would love to have you join in the fun! Please click here to be a part of our group!

Have a magical vacation!