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darthtatty
06-18-2009, 03:44 PM
Friday 22nd May 2009 Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star wars Weekend

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Got up early today as wanted to be there for opening time at 9am. We heard the other day when we went to DHS you needed to get fastpasses to meet the actors, to see the show and to get in to the shop. We knew that people started queuing for these the night before but who wants to do that on holiday. I did suggest to Matt he could always get up Very early and take a cab there but he wasn’t up for that.
We had brekkie again at the Contempo and then caught first bus to DHS.
When we got there just a few minutes after opening time all the fastpasses had gone.
It took a while to actually get in, as it was very busy, saw the Storm Troopers on top of the entrance.
We decided to head straight for the shop
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Had to queue up while they let in people with fastpasses in first, then they were letting people in a few at a time. Took about an hour and a half to get in, it was like a big warehouse full of Star Wars stuff. We realised very quickly that you had to queue up to buy the collectible items so Matt and I took turns in the queue while the other looked around the shop with Luke. Around 11.15 it was getting close to the parade time, so Matt decided to wait in the queue while I took Luke to see the Star Wars Parade. Just before the parade started it started to pour down with rain, Luke and I got soaked. They delayed the parade for about 10mins due to the rain it was good though especially seeing Ray Park
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We met up with Matt not too long after the parade; he missed it due to still being in the shop. We’d planned to come back tomorrow so he could always watch it then.
We headed to Toy Story Mania, took about 20mins to get on using our GAC. Again this is just another shooting type ride, but in 3d. Thought it was good and worth doing just a bit over hyped. Sorry to anyone who thinks differently?
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We then tried to do the backlot tour but due to it raining again they’d closed it.
So we headed to Pizza Planet for lunch and got a couple of pizza meals to share.
After lunch it was Star tours-yet again! After that we decided to go to the area where they were doing the Autographs, hoping to catch a glimpse of Ray Park (Darth Maul in Star Wars). We met him a couple of years ago at Milton Keynes, we all thought he was really nice and he spent ages talking to us. Luke hadn’t really been into Star Wars and always called Matt a geek when he talked about it but after meeting Ray, Luke turned into a Star Wars geek.
We’d explained to Luke before we came on holiday it’d be very unlikely he’d get to meet Ray again, even if we did it wouldn’t be as great as the meeting in Milton Keynes. Anyway we hung around the area, just about saw Ray and tried to take a few pictures but people kept getting in our way so we decided to do something else.
As we were walking away a lady came up to us and said, “Does your little boy want to meet Ray Park?”
She had 3 fastpasses but although there were 3 people in her group 1 of them was in a wheelchair so she said I’m sure they’d let me in with just 2 fastpasses and you could do the same. Obviously we did and were very grateful, the time for the fastpasses was straight away. We had to wait a while but it gave us time to chat to the woman who had given us the spare fastpass. The cast members let us in; the fastpasses were really for each signature so we all got to meet Ray. I was expecting a quick hi, signature and bye but todays meeting was just as good as Milton Keynes. As we were queuing I watched him interact with others, he treated everyone as though they were the first person of the day and took his time with everyone. Top bloke! Now its just a shame we really didn’t have anything much for him to sign, Matt brought lots of Star Wars stuff and we’d seen some great Darth Maul pictures but we’d got the items sent to the hotel. They were giving out pre printed pictures so we got him to sign that.
Luke was so excited to meet him and he was worth the wait.
Matt and Luke then did Star Tours after while I went and sat down, escaping the rain. They also tried to book a table for Sci Fi dine in but the ADR time was 8.20pm, the host suggest we just turn up as sometimes people don’t show.
The woman who had given us the fast passes for Ray also gave us fast passes for Jay Laga’aia- she was going to be at all the Star Wars weekends and didn’t want to hang around waiting in the rain. So we used them and met Jay, he was a nice friendly guy too, after meeting him we waited near the area Ray Park was and Matt got talking to a cast member (we think he was a senior staff member as he had his full name on his name tag) Told him we were going to see ‘A visit to the Maul’ later, he sent a cast member off to get us some priority seating wristbands. We were then given fastpasses to meet Warwick Davis. He was pretty friendly but in the UK he goes to lots of sci fi things and we’d seen him many times. Although we’d never got his signature. Not a bad day seeing as we thought we wouldn’t meet any and in the end we’d got to meet them all.
As we walked to the Maul show we took pictures of Lightening and Mater
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What can I say about the show, it was brilliant. Jay and Ray were amusing and really cool. We found that the wristbands were for children who were invited onto the stage, but we decided that Luke would enjoy watching it more. On stage Ray showed you how to use a lightsaber. Luke was ok with this, the children on stage were given lightsabers so we made sure Luke got one after.
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darthtatty
06-18-2009, 03:48 PM
We then decided to try our luck at Sci Fi dine in, we were seated within a few minutes
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I thought the design of it was really cool, like a drive in theatre. It was really dark inside.
Luke- tomato soup, hot dog.
Matt- BLT soup, burger
Nicky-oreo milkshake, onion rings, ribs

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We all thought the food was ok but nothing really special. The theme was great though and worth doing just to experience that.
We then caught the bus to the TTC and then got the Monorail to Magic Kingdom
Wow! Its not until writing this out I realised just how long this day was, each day we did stuff depending on how we were all feeling. We must have been on a high after meeting Ray today as we’d got up about 6am this morning.
When we got to Magic Kingdom we saw Spectromagic and wishes before finally walking back to the hotel and going to bed.

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maleficent_man
06-18-2009, 04:20 PM
Great report!

gemmybear83
06-18-2009, 04:35 PM
Fantastic day! I really want to go to WDW for Star Wars weekends one day they look fab!:)

jjk
06-19-2009, 02:35 AM
Brilliant day Nicky:goodvibes

My boys loved starwars weekends when we went a few years ago, my middle son ( 8 at the time), had a t;shirt on from a sports shop that had Rebel written on the front of it, he spent the whole day being arrested by storm troopers ( it took us ages to figure out why :headache:). He refused to wear that t shirt for the rest of the holidays :rotfl2:

natalielongstaff
06-19-2009, 03:34 AM
im glad you got to meet Ray, how nice of the lady to give you her fastpasses :thumbsup2

cap'njack.
06-19-2009, 03:34 AM
What a great day! The Star Wars weekend looks awesome.

How nice of that lady to give you her unused pastpasses too :thumbsup2

darthtatty
06-19-2009, 03:54 AM
Great report!
thanks

Fantastic day! I really want to go to WDW for Star Wars weekends one day they look fab!:)
they are fab, we couldnt believe our luck when the dates were announced. theyre usually end of June/July. Theres usually lots of disney star wars characters about but due to the rain they werent about.

Brilliant day Nikki:goodvibes

My boys loved starwars weekends when we went a few years ago, my middle son ( 8 at the time), had a t;shirt on from a sports shop that had Rebel written on the front of it, he spent the whole day being arrested by storm troopers ( it took us ages to figure out why :headache:). He refused to wear that t shirt for the rest of the holidays :rotfl2:
:rotfl:
we all wore Star wars thsirts. Matt had a Star wars jumper, it had lots of Stormtrooper heads on and when we went on Star Tours they followed us on. Would of been cool for them to do the ride with us :rotfl2:

im glad you got to meet Ray, how nice of the lady to give you her fastpasses :thumbsup2
I know usually we're unlucky so its nice to get some good luck for a change. :goodvibes

What a great day! The Star Wars weekend looks awesome.

How nice of that lady to give you her unused pastpasses too :thumbsup2

The day was brilliant and hope to go again another time during the weekends..xx

mandymouse
06-19-2009, 05:31 AM
What a great day Nicky. We went to SWW a few years ago, and we loved it. How great that you were able to meet the actors too ::yes::

Great photos, and I look forward to reading about your next day at SWW :thumbsup2

irongirlof12
06-19-2009, 01:05 PM
what a long day, the star wars weekends look brilliant - i would love to go then :lovestruc

Snowy-girls
06-21-2009, 02:11 PM
Great day :thumbsup2.You packed so much in.Your pics once again are great-love the 1st one of the castle all multi coloured :thumbsup2.
We loved TSM-i thought it was fantastic :cool1:.x.

Cyrano
06-21-2009, 03:39 PM
Brilliant report :thumbsup2

Pinky166
06-22-2009, 03:25 AM
What a great day. Fab pics. :thumbsup2

jockey
06-22-2009, 12:28 PM
Lovely day, we went to SWW on the Sunday it was brill :)

Pegasus928
06-27-2009, 08:36 AM
WOW - what a day. I have no idea how you manage to keep on going. We normally either do an early start or a late finish - not both.
Sounds like you all had fun though and are certainly making the most of it.

wilma-bride
07-02-2009, 06:47 AM
Another great day Nicky - I'm not a massive fan of Star Wars but I think even I'd enjoy the Star Wars weekends.

tennisfan
07-05-2009, 04:32 PM
Brilliant day. My BIL who doesn't like theme parks would love the Star Wars weekends, as he is a huge fan