Loving Husband has always wanted to go to a Star Wars Weekend, but between deployments and everything else in life, we never got to go. However, this year was different. This year we were living 5 minutes from Hollywood Studios, where the event is held, and this year, we had free passes! LH’s work schedule screwing everything up is a running theme throughout our lives, so it was no surprise that we ended up not being able to make it to the park until the very last day of the event. We had managed to make our way to the park on Star Wars Day, May the 4th. I was surprised that it wasn’t all that busy on the 4th. I expected traffic jam city, but we were able to walk freely through the area around Star Tours and even have a front row view to the Jedi Training Academy show (Now called Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple). I don’t know if people just weren’t feeling it this year or what, but more room for me to walk I guess!
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Even though Star Wars Day was fairly calm at the park, we assumed that Star Wars Weekends would be crazy, especially the last day of the last weekend of the year (update: make that the last day of the last SWW ever). We were again pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t crowded and was relatively calm. There was no wait line for the Star Wars: Rebels featurette at the ABC Sound Studio, the walkways were not congested and everything flowed smoothly. The only differences that I found immediately noticeable were the set up of Darth’s Mall and the increased presence of characters. There were very long lines for photos with them, but that is a Disney standard, no matter the park or character. One evening we ate early dinner at the Rebel Hangar , a pop-up lounge/cafe just for SWW, which gave us access to the characters with no wait lines, in fact, they walked around to your table. I’ll write more about that later.
We arrived later in the day and, therefore, missed the parade and the star talks. We figured that if the Magic Kingdom was any gauge of people’s general RUDE behavior at parades, we were better off not even trying to see it. As far as the talks went, I knew people were talking about having had fast passes to them for months and months and knew there was no way in hell we’d be able to get a seat to see any of them, so we opted for a couple more hours of sleep instead. They had some cute merchandise for sale, aside from commemorative pins, hats, and tee shirts. This glamorous cutie below is available at Tatooine Traders… the rancor, not Zam Wesell, though she is super glam, too!!
My favorite part of the whole day was the special Symphony of the Stars fireworks show. I love fireworks and I’ve seen shows all over the country, but I have to admit that this was the BEST display that I have ever seen. The swelling music and the flashes or rich color were breathtaking! I hope I get a chance to see it again someday, if not, at least, I have a video of them. (below)