Anyone who has seen Star Wars can probably agree that lightsabers are cool. When you add in Jedi skills, an Obi-Wan robe and a chance to defeat the Dark Side, you’ve got a pretty big adventure waiting at the Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Jedi Training Academy
This high-demand event is only for kids ages 4-12, although I’m sure there are plenty of grown ups who would love to become Jedis too! There are shows about every 1/2 hour throughout the day, but spots fill up quick – and the kids who are signing up have to be present to register. So if Jedi Training is on the ‘must-do’ list for your Disney vacation, plan to be at the park before it opens to head straight to the ABC Sound Studio to register.
One of the best things about Disney vacations is that something unexpected and magical seems to happen on every trip. Last November, my husband and I went to Disney World to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and we definitely experienced some unexpected magic!
Christmas Mickey and Minnie
We planned our trip the week following Thanksgiving, knowing that we would beat the holiday crowds that grow as Christmas break approaches. Upon arriving at Magic Kingdom, we saw some commotion and a stage set up in the Main Street square, not to mention people lined up along Main Street wearing Santa hats and Christmas-themed attire. It didn’t take too long to realize something was going on and we soon found out they were setting up to tape the Christmas Day parade that airs on TV Christmas morning — and we were going to be there to witness it!
The timing of the parade happened shortly after the news of Disney taking over Lucasfilm, so there were tons of storm troopers lined up to march in the parade, lead by Darth Vader.
Star Wars Christmas Parade on Main Street
It was so cool to see the behind-the-scenes instructions given to Vader by the director and it only took a few takes to get the scene right.
Darth Vader in the Christmas Parade at Magic Kingdom
Storm Trooper Parade at Magic Kingdom
After the parade was over, we made our way up Main Street towards Cinderella Castle. Once we got there, it was obvious there was going to be a show. Continue reading
One of the major events that Disney World hosts each year is Star Wars weekends. It’s usually in the spring but this year it’s from May 17th – June 9th. We didn’t plan our Disney trip around this event, but it was one of those unexpected ‘magical’ experiences that happen so often in the bubble. We happened to be at Disney World during Star Wars weekends a few years ago when it fell during the same time as spring break and I’m glad we got to experience it. This event takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and requires admission to the park.
Star Wars Weekend
Hollywood Studios has a few Star Wars-related attractions year round, but the atmosphere just feels different when you see Storm Troopers patrolling the streets and hear the menacing voice of Darth Vader. What’s more eye catching are some of the lesser known life forms that seemingly appear out of nowhere and make you wish you had your light saber! Continue reading