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Old 05-30-2012, 12:15 PM   #16
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I am so happy for you Now you can't make me feel guilty any more about getting my fix sooner than you Is it bad though that I want to go with you I want to meet Darth Goofy and Storm Trooper Duck
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I think I'm more excited for the photo op with Chewy.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:41 PM   #17
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Okay, so DH mentioned going down Tuesday to Tuesday.

That's 8 days/7 nights.

W.O.W.!!

Now, do we go for that long or go Wednesday to Tuesday? If we order tickets from UT, you buy 6 days and get the 7th "free". No deal like that for 8 days... :

We'd also have to pay on a 7th night on DDP.

I'm throwing around the idea of a signature meal (paging Cali Grill) and I'd be willing to do that if we stayed 7 nights, BUT is it financially worth it?
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:15 PM   #18
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Also, we've discussed DS doing a YES program while we're there.

He's super smart and loves to learn and what better than to marry education and a trip to Disney?

I finally remembered to call them today and it's a bit on the hopeless side. They don't release the dates for individual enrollment by a set date... It appears as though they only book 6 months out. So there would be no guarantee that a program would be available for him to do. The YES ticket price is extremely tempting but I'd only be able to get that rate for 1 AD and DS as DD would be too young for any enrollment.

BUT... and it's a BIG BUT...

Disney is due to raise ticket prices again and if we go by the 6 month outage, that puts me way out of the window for cheap YES tickets and over by several months of the price increase.

Blast.
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Joining in !! SWW is going to be a blast. We went last year, but I had no idea what it was really all about. We just stumbled upon it ... I wish I had done more research and took full advantage of it once I realized exactly what it was.

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Old 06-01-2012, 08:51 AM   #20
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Joining in !! SWW is going to be a blast. We went last year, but I had no idea what it was really all about. We just stumbled upon it ... I wish I had done more research and took full advantage of it once I realized exactly what it was.

Looking forward to seeing your plans unfold.


I actually helped a childhood friend of mine just plan their SWW trip (they're on property right now) so I feel pretty comfortable with some aspects. I'm hoping her first hand report will get us the rest of the way there.

I'll admit, I've never seen the ENTIRE Star Wars series (the movies) but I'm pretty good with generalities of the franchise. EG - I fake it! My ex was bent on making me a fan but I just couldn't get rabid about it. I completely appreciate what George Lucas has done with the story and it has grown on me a bit. Maybe being fully immersed would put me over the edge?

I was listening to a podcast on Sorceror Radio before my buddy left and they were interviewing Ashley Eckstein who voices Ahsoka Tano on the Clone Wars series. If you don't know anything about her, her story is AMAZING! I have fallen in love with her persona listening to reports from SWW about her. She truly "gets" it. I love, too, that she has been given permission and license to start a Star Wars clothing line called Her Universe that's targeted towards girls. That podcast I listened to had her talking about the new line and how she is trying very hard to keep the cost down so the clothes are accessible to everyone! There are rumors of a children's line coming so I'll be able to (hopefully) find some girly things for DD when we go. It won't be ANY fun if she doesn't get to dress Star Wars for the event!
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Just browsed the page and found this:

I MUST have this tee for DD!!!
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Just browsed the page and found this:

I MUST have this tee for DD!!!
That is a cute tee,I have a nine yr old daughter it would nice on her.

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That's adorable!

You're gonna have a ball planning!
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:08 AM   #24
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That is a cute tee,I have a nine yr old daughter it would nice on her.

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There are several super cute shirts on her site. I'm loving the Princess Leia hoodie as well.

The force is DEFINITELY strong there!!!

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That's adorable!

You're gonna have a ball planning!
It's getting bad and I still have a year to go!

DH is bent on doing Tuesday to Tuesday and taking a rest day in the middle of our trip, kind of like what we did in 2010, though our "rest" day was only a rest 1/2 day.

He even threw around the idea of spending 7 days in WDW and then asking a family member who is planning to relocate to Florida soon to drive us over to Legoland for a day.

I need to run the numbers but my points renting friend is out of town until next week.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:13 AM   #26
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Here are the tips I gathered for SWW this year

Star Wars Weekends
COMPREHENSIVE SITE: http://sww.studioscentral.com/main/
MAP: http://www.studioscentral.com/sites/...518-202012.pdf

General Tips
  • SWW information desk is at the defunct Sounds Dangerous! attraction
  • It's SUPER hot, so be prepared. Drink LOTS of fluids!
  • It's SUPER crowded, so be prepared. Lots of people. For the shows, get in line early for the choice of seats.
  • Arrive early. Sure there is a fun Storm Trooper skit before the park opens and lots of other fans to talk with but the reality is you need to arrive early to Disney's Hollywood Studios so you can get a spot in line
  • If you don't care about autographs, arrive 60 minutes before park opening.
  • If you can, do Fantasmic! a non-SWW night, it's very crowded and if your not going to see the show, it's a great time to ride rides, like TSMM or RRC or ToT
  • There is a lot of crossing the park back and forth - autographs are near Echo Lake, the event merchandise is behind RnRC, Star Tours is back towards the other side, behind Indy, and the costumed character meet & greets are all over the place.
  • Otherwise, do not count on doing everything on each day, as you might do on a day that is not a high peak time. Patience and preparation are the best tools you can have handy.
  • Of course, I would handle things a little differently with a larger crowd and take into account what everyone wants to do. It really comes down to planning what you want to do and checking around for the times
  • Be prepared to wait for EVERYTHING
  • Learn the map. Don't waste time trying to figure out where you are or where the event is being held. Familiarize yourself with the map of Disney's Hollywood Studios and refer to the map that has a listing of where Star Wars Weekend events will take place.

Jedi Training Academy
  • Be there BEFORE the gates open. During SWW, they ran twice as many Academies, and twice as many kids in each academy. The slots were all taken 45 minutes after the gates opened
  • Sign up for Jedi Training Academy ASAP
  • JTA sign up is at the entrance for Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, NOT it’s normal spot.
  • Rumor that kids that get into FIRST JTA of the day will be in the parade
  • Get (your child) chosen for Jedi Training Academy. For the best results to get chosen for Jedi Training Academy, show up for the earlier shows in the day, arrive 20-30 minutes early for the event, have your child be VERY enthusiastic when asking for volunteers and dressing up in a costume helps get chosen. Disney wants enthusiasm with the kids, not shy and timid ones.

TWEET FROM WEEKEND 1: Jedi training completely full before 9a Padawan Mind Challenge by 8:10a


Padawan Mind Challenge
  • Guests 12 and under can test their Star Wars knowledge when they appear in front of the Jedi Council at the Padawan Mind Challenge.
  • Sign up your kids early. If your child wants to participate in the kids trivia (Padawan Mind Challenge) and go to the table between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Star Tours to sign up.
  • Remember that you MUST have your child(ren) in line with you to sign up; they will NOT give you a wrist band to participate as the bands go right onto the child(ren)'s arms when they write their name(s) on the list.
  • There are ONLY 20 spots per show and ONLY 2 shows per day.
  • You can pick for which show to be on, one is all about Star Wars The Clone Wars (animated series) the other is on Classic Star Wars. The questions start easy but get difficult as they go on, at the end everyone gets the same prize.

The Parade
  • In the past, parade started at 12:40 from the entrance to the Hat, the route is very short
  • Assuming the SW parade route stays the same, (from entrance to hat stage), if you want better pictures, get on the left side of the street (looking at the hat). The sun will work better for you. Near Uptown Jewelers in the street MAY work… Streets usually fill up later than the sidewalks.
  • Ask a CM if you go around 45-60 minutes out and they may direct you to a great spot – it has worked for me in the past. A CM set us up as the first family to take up residence IN THE ROAD and then people began to fill in around us. Just make sure to stay back of the edge of the sidewalk.
  • This means that you should grab a spot 1 1/2 hours before the parade.
  • For SW parade at least 30 minutes ahead of time if you want front row. Possibly even 45 minutes ahead of time.
  • If you want your child in the parade, go near the Star Wars Weekend Information Desk at opening, and look for a Disney employee handing out wristbands for the parade. If you don't immediately spot this Cast Member, ask one of the Cast Members at the desk.
  • Disney invites kids to be part of the parade and dresses them up as Jedis. If your child(ren) wants to be in the parade, right when the park opens head over to a special table that is located between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Star Tours and ask about the parade. You can't sign up directly for it, but certainly asking about it may get your child(ren) a invite into it.
  • Also heard you can get good shots near the AI Experience

Meet and Greets/Autographs
  • If you want an autograph from a celebrity, show up at least 90-120 minutes before park opening. Fastpasses are distributed for celeb autos and if you don’t have one, don’t even bother trying to get in.
  • C3PO wasn't doing M&Gs after 2pm, but I don't know if that will apply next year. (Many characters don’t meet much after 4p in all the parks except for the dedicated character “spots”
  • The biggest character lines are for Darth Vader and Chewbacca. You may want to knock those out early.
  • Fastpass - for autographs - show up WAY early. Reports: “I got there at 7:15 for Anthony Daniels on Friday and got #10 standby.”
  • If actor autographs are important to you, I'd show up even earlier... there was quite a line waiting for the autograph FPs when we got there at 7.
  • Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor are the slowest
  • If you get FP for autos, EVERYONE must be there and no leaving and re-meeting
  • Meet the characters. Some people write off the character meet-n-greets as for kids but they are a lot of fun. Generally speaking, the "bad guys" (Storm troopers, bounty hunters, Gamorrean Guard, etc) are the most entertaining.
  • Characters have been spotted roaming around the Streets of America. It has generally been Storm Troopers.

Shows


  • If that is not terribly critical, then don't worry too much about it. The shows repeat each day - that is, Friday, Saturday, and SUnday are carbon(ite) copies of each other. We planned to space things out so that we could see it all, get the autographs we wanted, and cover all the shows.
  • Autograph lines will be the worst, followed by regularly scheduled events. Remember, patience is a virtue.
  • Don't be fooled by the large crowd level, regular attractions will more than likely be running at normal capacity or even under due to everyone participating at the events. Take advantage of scheduled events, especially the parade to experience your favorite attraction with less wait.
  • See the two shows you might skip. There are two events most guests skip either out of ignorance or choice but they are highly entertaining. First, see the Storm Troopers skit that takes place on top of the entrance to the Studios before the park opens. The second show worth seeing is the Hyperspace Hoopla, which is held at the end of the day and wraps up the day and it's like a closing ceremonies for Star Wars Weekends and it's worth your time even if you are hot, sweaty and tired.
  • Keep an eye out for special shows by people from the Star Wars franchise. They aren’t widely published but heard they were not to be missed! One of the guys has done a martial arts presentation in the past.

Hyperspace Hoopla
  • Hyper Space Hoopla the year before was at least a 60+ min line up before time to get anywhere near glancing at the stage.
  • Line up for event shows early - like an hour early or so, we didn't go last year but last year looked better but for kiddos to see you will need to be closer up.
  • Parents will still lift their kids and put them on their shoulders. You may not be able to see the stage well. For information, if you can't get there early and be close enough to the stage to see, then the show was "simulcast" on the big screen outside American Idol.
  • Hyperspace Hoopla was great! Unless you are in the first ~5 rows, kids won't be able to see. Even if you get there and everyone is sitting down, they will stand up. I had to put DS on my shoulders for 45 minutes so he could see... we were ~12 rows back.

Food
  • Kids power pack meals (in an R2-D2 tub) available at Backlot Express, Studio Catering Company, ABC Commissary, Catalina Eddy’s, Fairfax Fare, and Rosie’s All American
  • Be sure to make reservations for lunch & dinner ahead of time at the sit down restaurants as you'll not want to have to compete with everyone for somewhere to sit and be in the air conditioning.
  • There are special Darth Vader cupcakes available all over the park.

Merchandise

  • Carbonite experience MUST HAVE reservations. (407) 939-8324. The pictures are taken, the souvenir is made, and it’s shipped directly to your house. Carbonite experience is also taking place at Sounds Dangerous! attraction.
  • The American Idol Experience gift shop has been set up as a SWW gift shop
  • Visit the SW mechandise tent (Darth Mall). Even if you don't plan on buying anything it's worth a look around.
  • Merchandise can get sold out quickly so buy early in the day and if you can, attend the first or second weekend of the event. If there is something you want to buy, buy it.
  • A lot of the same merchandise found at Tatooine Traders can be found near the exit to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and Golden Age Souvenirs (near exit to Sounds Dangerous)
  • Buy anything you want as soon as you can. Star Wars Weekends merchandise tends to sell out fast so don't wait around and gamble that it won’t.
  • Buy it as soon as you can and if you don't want to lug it around the park with you, you can have anything you buy sent to the front of the park for Disney to hold until you are ready to leave or if you are a Disney resort guest, have it sent to your resort for you.
  • Avoid the merchandise line. Lots of people think the only place to get Star Wars Weekend merchandise is at the gift shop at the exit to Star Tours (Tattooine Traders) but there are places around the park to pick up both limited and not limited edition merchandise.
  • You can have your name written in the official Star Wars language put on a Star Tours nametag (for an unknown cost) at Darth Mall

Special consideration
  • Dressing up can be fun and can add to the experience of Star Wars Weekends. If you have kids and have Star Wars costumes, dress them up, or yourself, for that matter! Kids in costumes get treated almost like celebrities and they're great picture ops when standing next to their favorite SW character. Just remember, yes, it'll be hot, so if wearing that Chewbacca outfit, bring a change of clothing if it becomes unbearable.
  • If SWW is important to only some of your group, split up.
  • Speaking of gates opening... the PUBLISHED time for the gates to open was 9am. I had read on DIS that they opened early the first two weekends. Reports they were on the move around 7a this morning (5-18-12)
  • I've also read that Fridays are generally a tad less crowded for the same reason (less locals)
  • Check the park map for the day to confirm select times for events as they are subject to change.






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How the heck do you remember it all?
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It takes the human brain 7 times to remember something.

We prioritize and then I re-read my notes.

Eventually it sticks.

It's kind of like my friend who's down there now... she was completely lacking the confidence that she knew how to survive WDW. I started to go over things and she started repeating information back that I'd already told her months ago.

It's an odd system, but it sticks. I like to have contingency plans.
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P.S. - Disney stinks!

The price increase takes effect on Sunday.

I was online chatting with a CM around 3p today and pointedly asked him about the ticket increase and in true phone CM style, denied, denied, DENIED...

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The price increase takes effect on Sunday.

I was online chatting with a CM around 3p today and pointedly asked him about the ticket increase and in true phone CM style, denied, denied, DENIED...

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