Update to Star Wars experiences at Hollywood Studios

Star Tours

Well Star Wars fans, the excitement you have all been waiting for – Disney released additional details about the updates to Star Wars experiences. There is some bad news and some good news.

The bad news is what I have been fearing for the last several weeks – the cancellation of Star Wars weekends. This HUGELY popular weekends in May and June are no longer. It sounds like forever, but I can’t quite tell. I’m sure the Star Wars/Disney community is in a bit of an uproar as news starts to trickle out. I do have some clients that are quite disappointed with the news! Their marketing team is spinning it that the updates to the HUGE Star Wars land breaking ground in 2016 will allow to be immersed in the Star Wars experience every day instead of just a few times each year!

The good news? LOTS OF IT! A few highlights:

  • New experiences will open as early as December 1, 2015 which is a bit ahead of their original timetable
  • Star Wars launch bay will open which is behind the scenes at the new Star Wars film as well as meet and greet opportunities. Right now, the announced meets will be with Darth Vader and Chewbacca. If this is on your must do list, arrive early as they will be hugely popular!
  • There will be an update to the Star Tours attraction which will give you an experience similar to the new film. More from Disney Parks Blog
  • Jedi Training is getting a revamp at the expense of my poor October and November guests! This experience will open in early December and it sounds like a huge upgrade in terms of location and experience. They added a villain from the Disney XD series as well to keep it interesting for even the young Star Wars fan!
  • Ground-breaking for the new monstrous update to Star Wars land will happen in early 2016. I’d expect the full project to take 2-3 years if not even more (thinking about the start to finish experience of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. As projects were completed, Disney did open pieces at a time, and I’m hoping this will be the case for this new area of Hollywood Studios!

For full updates on all things new Star Wars, check out Disney Parks Blog! I’m excited for the future of the park. It’s going to become a hugely popular park likely doubling the number of attractions currently available (not including live shows of course).

Interested in experiencing just some of the Star Wars excitement in Disney World? Ready to get started planning your 2016 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!

Friday Five: 5 Theme park events included with your park admission

Today is opening day for the International Food & Wine Festival, so today we are going to talk about 5 amazing events that happen each year that are included in your park admission!

1. Food & Wine Festival (Epcot). This is the best of the best in terms of special events. Epcot World Showcase (and part of Future World) get transformed into a bustling marketplace full of amazing smells and tastes! Take your taste buds on a trip around the world with more food and drink than you could ever consume. The biggest trouble you’ll have here is figuring out how much you can eat. This is a GREAT place to use your snack credits if you have a Disney dining plan. This event happens every fall typically late September through early to mid-November.

A little taste of Osborne lights!

A little taste of Osborne lights!

2. Osborne Festival of Lights (Hollywood Studios) 2015 marks the end of this amazing experience which runs from early November through the holiday season (usually into January). Streets of America gets turned into millions of lights from all directions and the lights are choreographed to amazing holiday music. I could sit on the ground and watch it for hours. There are so many lights that cast members begin to put them up in SEPTEMBER. Seriously, a not to be missed experience and this is the last year it will ever be seen in Walt Disney World so what are you waiting for?

3. Flower & Garden Festival (Epcot). This festival has becoming a mini food & wine festival with the addition of pop up “kitchens” around World Showcase. Originally, the event started as over 100 topiaries of Disney characters old and new lined much of Epcot. It has become a favorite event of ours because crowds are not often high and there are all sorts of fun snacks, drinks,and things to see! There’s even a butterfly garden! It makes Epcot more appealing for those who think it’s not a worthy park to visit. This event typically runs from early March through early  Mary.

4. Star Wars Weekends (Hollywood Studios). An event that will likely grow and grow. Star Wars weekends

happen in Hollywood Studios from Mid-May to Mid-June. Special meet and greets with star wars characters,Star Wars themed dining, special fireworks and a themed parade are highlights of this event. It’s truly fun and unique whether you enjoy Star Wars or not! If not, you better start enjoying it with the Star Wars presence only growing (Disney announced a Star Wars land coming to Hollywood Studios in the next few years)

5. Candlelight Processional (Epcot). This event comes with a little asterisk. While this amazing holiday experience is free to the general public, the theater it is held in is small. Disney offers dinner packages to allow you to guarantee a seat to experience the retelling of Christmas by celebrity narrators accompanied with an orchestra and choir. It’s a magical way to enjoy the holiday season. This event happens 3 times nightly (with a few exceptions). Still a very loved experience by my family! This event begins after Thanksgiving and runs through the Christmas season.

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

A free gift for your Disney vacation! The amazing and exciting Minnie Box! (subject to minimum vacation package)

Ready to enjoy one of these amazing Disney experiences? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. We can talk about the best park tickets, resorts, and package inclusions for you! The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free vacation opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!