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Old 04-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #511
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If looking at crowd calendars are an indication the first Sunday should be better. I don't think we are interested in celebrity autographs.

So Sunday will have locals but the following Friday is the holiday weekend. I am leaning towards Sunday of weekend 1 partially so I don't have to wait so long
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If looking at crowd calendars are an indication the first Sunday should be better. I don't think we are interested in celebrity autographs.

So Sunday will have locals but the following Friday is the holiday weekend. I am leaning towards Sunday of weekend 1 partially so I don't have to wait so long
I'll be there too. Since you're not interested in autographs arrive a little before 8 AM (park will prob. open at 7:30).
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Hey guys. I have a question about May 20th too. We land at 9:15 that morning and figured we might be able to be at HS for about 12:30ish. It is my son's first trip and he is just starting to get into the Star Wars characters. I was thinking we would take the boat (staying at the BWV) or walk to stretch our legs and just wander around HS keeping it low key (not trying to get on rides unless by some miracle there were some fp left), spotting characters and heading back to the hotel early for dinner, a dip in the pool and an early bed (we will be getting up at 4am that morning...YIKES). We plan on heading back to HS on Thursday to do the few rides we want to hit, but thought it would be fun for him to see all the storm troopers and other characters walking around the park (and possibly catching the parade if we were there in time). So my question is are we completely nuts? Hubby and I were there in 2004 and 2006 for SWW and really don't remember it being as nutty as everyone is saying, but my mommy brain might have masked that memory... hahaha...This is coming up mostly because hubby just told me he was kind of bummed we weren't going to MK the first day (though he does trust my disney planning implicitly), but I really wanted to do MK the following day starting the day fresh and rested and spend the day there (DS has a ressie for a Pirate make over on Monday and we have dinner ressies at O'Hana's). Now I am stressing about what we should do on the first day. Definitely want to spend it in the parks, but which one?
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:33 PM   #514
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Hey guys. I have a question about May 20th too. We land at 9:15 that morning and figured we might be able to be at HS for about 12:30ish. It is my son's first trip and he is just starting to get into the Star Wars characters. I was thinking we would take the boat (staying at the BWV) or walk to stretch our legs and just wander around HS keeping it low key (not trying to get on rides unless by some miracle there were some fp left), spotting characters and heading back to the hotel early for dinner, a dip in the pool and an early bed (we will be getting up at 4am that morning...YIKES). We plan on heading back to HS on Thursday to do the few rides we want to hit, but thought it would be fun for him to see all the storm troopers and other characters walking around the park (and possibly catching the parade if we were there in time). So my question is are we completely nuts? Hubby and I were there in 2004 and 2006 for SWW and really don't remember it being as nutty as everyone is saying, but my mommy brain might have masked that memory... hahaha...This is coming up mostly because hubby just told me he was kind of bummed we weren't going to MK the first day (though he does trust my disney planning implicitly), but I really wanted to do MK the following day starting the day fresh and rested and spend the day there (DS has a ressie for a Pirate make over on Monday and we have dinner ressies at O'Hana's). Now I am stressing about what we should do on the first day. Definitely want to spend it in the parks, but which one?
If you plan on taking it light and are staying so close I would say go for it. You can walk around and take in the atmosphere. You'll probably still find Fp for ST, ToT and RnRC if you want to do rides. Roaming characters will be around Mama Melrose Restaurant and Backlot Tour. If the schedule is the same as last year the parade will be at 12:40. Maybe go to the merch tent and find some cool stuff. I agree that for MK is better to be rested if you're spending a full day there.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:36 PM   #515
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #516
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1.- No he doesn't. He did make an appearance at a special after hours party 2 years back. It was called Last Tour to Endor before they closed ST for the refurb. He appeared in Hoopla.
2.- Here's what I think people wanting to meet characters should do:
Fab 4 and R2MK-By GMR
Chewbacca- By ST
Darth Vader-By Backlot
Darth Maul- By Backlot
Bobba and Jango Fett- By Backlot
Clone Wars characters (rotate Ahsoka-Asajj-Comm. Cody, Cap. Rex) By Mamma Melrose
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Queen Amidala - By Sounds Dangerous
Luke, Leia, C3PO and R2D2 rotate in the merch. tent
I put Darth Vader 3rd because his line is under a roof the first one is completely exposed to the sun and the second one has some shades from the trees by ST.
The Fab 4 are always the more popular because even if people don't know SW they know Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy and there's no other place to meet them in the park (other than Sorcerer Mickey inside Animation bldg.)
Thanks for the info! The characters are so spread out all over the park! Crazy! Last time we were at SWW was in 2006 and the characters were in 2 areas only!The 2 main things for us is visiting the big shop and meeting with characters. Which one should we do first thing in the morning? Thanks alot!
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Thanks for the info! The characters are so spread out all over the park! Crazy! Last time we were at SWW was in 2006 and the characters were in 2 areas only!The 2 main things for us is visiting the big shop and meeting with characters. Which one should we do first thing in the morning? Thanks alot!
First characters, you can always shop at the end. The merch tent should be open until park closing. Unless you want limited edition merch, then you would need to be there first Friday of the first weekend.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:20 PM   #518
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Hey guys. I have a question about May 20th too. We land at 9:15 that morning and figured we might be able to be at HS for about 12:30ish. It is my son's first trip and he is just starting to get into the Star Wars characters. I was thinking we would take the boat (staying at the BWV) or walk to stretch our legs and just wander around HS keeping it low key (not trying to get on rides unless by some miracle there were some fp left), spotting characters and heading back to the hotel early for dinner, a dip in the pool and an early bed (we will be getting up at 4am that morning...YIKES). We plan on heading back to HS on Thursday to do the few rides we want to hit, but thought it would be fun for him to see all the storm troopers and other characters walking around the park (and possibly catching the parade if we were there in time). So my question is are we completely nuts? Hubby and I were there in 2004 and 2006 for SWW and really don't remember it being as nutty as everyone is saying, but my mommy brain might have masked that memory... hahaha...This is coming up mostly because hubby just told me he was kind of bummed we weren't going to MK the first day (though he does trust my disney planning implicitly), but I really wanted to do MK the following day starting the day fresh and rested and spend the day there (DS has a ressie for a Pirate make over on Monday and we have dinner ressies at O'Hana's). Now I am stressing about what we should do on the first day. Definitely want to spend it in the parks, but which one?

The last time we went to SWW was in June 2010 and I don't remember it being as crowded as others are saying. We have been in years prior to that as well. We usually leave after the parade, so maybe we miss the crowds.

The parade is usually around 11:40, so you might miss it. That's the main reason we go, is for the parade and the shop they have.
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First characters, you can always shop at the end. The merch tent should be open until park closing. Unless you want limited edition merch, then you would need to be there first Friday of the first weekend.
I want event merch that isn't limited edition. Does non-limited edition merch. sell out?
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I want event merch that isn't limited edition. Does non-limited edition merch. sell out?
no. It gets discounted on the last weekend and there is still tons of it then too.
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We are going Friday 6/2. Park says it opens at 9:00. We are staying on site, what time should we arrive for the storm troppers and to make sure we can sign up for Jedi Training? We have 2 - 8 year olds so getting their at 7 am is not an option.
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We are going Friday 6/2. Park says it opens at 9:00. We are staying on site, what time should we arrive for the storm troppers and to make sure we can sign up for Jedi Training? We have 2 - 8 year olds so getting their at 7 am is not an option.
7am.

This is assuming they open the park at 8am (which they did last year). IMO, you MIGHT make JTA if you get there by 7:30, but that is the ABSOLUTE latest I would show up if JTA is that important.

Pay attention online and see what time they've opened the gates the previous weekends. That will tell you if they're sticking to the 9am opening or opening early.

BTW, my DS (7 at the time of the trip last year), HATES getting up early. He is a bear to get woken up for school. When it was time for SWW though... not one gripe. He was up & excited to go.
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We are going Friday 6/2. Park says it opens at 9:00. We are staying on site, what time should we arrive for the storm troppers and to make sure we can sign up for Jedi Training? We have 2 - 8 year olds so getting their at 7 am is not an option.
I wouldn't be there a minute past 7am, last year they opened up an hour earlier than posted every single day.

Last year I had a 4yr old, 5yr old, 6yr old and 13yr old (and 33yr old! LOL) out there at 5am standing in line for celeb autographs. 2 8yr olds? That's a cakewalk!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:19 PM   #524
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Scheduling Question

Hi all - love the discussion and CAN'T WAIT to go to SSW on 6/1. I have a scheduling question for the veterans (or anyone really). I have never been (for SSW) and it's going to be a great guys weekend. Me, my buddy, my godson (11) and my buddy's son (15).

We arrive in Orlando at around noon. Staying offsite, so we will get the car (and by shipping luggage) are planning on heading right to the Studios. We are planning on the afternoon on Friday at Studios, then other Disney parks on Saturday, and then back to The Studios on Sunday after Gospel Sunday Brunch at House of Blues at 10:30.

My question is - is this enough time at Star Wars Weekend? Should I plan on Saturday there too? It's the reason for the trip (we plan on Islands of Adventure on Monday) - but have a couple more days before we leave to spread around other parks. I want to have a good balance of Star Wars and the other parks, but from all the info it sounds like there is just so much going on. We are not ones for celebrity autographs, so that isn't a big deal, and my godson did the Jedi Academy last trip, but non-SSW (didn't know Star Wars weekend existed - hence this trip). Also, anyone know if we will make it from House of Blues on Sunday from a 10:30 brunch to Studios in time for the parade? If not, we will have head there on Saturday for it.

Thanks so much!
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Thanks for the info on getting there at 7 for a 9 (maybe 8 opening). What time will the disney buses start running? We are staying at CBR
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