ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s that time of year again when Storm Troopers are posted on the roof of DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MGM StudioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entrance and you can hear Star Wars music all around the park Ã¢â‚¬â€œ yep Star Wars weekends are back again. This weekend (5/19 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 21) was the first of 4 Star Wars weekends at DisneyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MGM Studios.
Last year was my first visit to a Star Wars weekend and it quickly became one of my favorite things. I ended up going to 3 weekends last year and have been looking forward to going again this year! I grew up with the first three Star Wars movies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ wishing I could be Princess Leia and go to Endor and hang out with Ewoks. Then I got to go see the next 3 movies with my son. Now we get to go down to Disney and relive the excitement of the movies.
Different Star Wars characters are all over the park but Mickey Ave is your best place to catch most of them, plus Star Wars music is playing here all day. Each weekend also features a few Star Wars celebrities and they will also be on Mickey Ave, but you need to be at the park when it opens if you want to be able to get a fastpaass in order to get an autograph from one of them. This year there was also a big improvement from last year and that was turning Soundstage 1 into WicketÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Warehouse for all your Star Wars shopping needs. This was so much better then trying to squeeze into Tatooine Traders.
Of course the other spot in the park for Star Wars fun is over by Star Tours where you can find more characters, watch the Jedi Academy, and of course ride the ride. You can even find Jedi Mickey! Many guests even dress up as their favorite characters, some look really close to the real thing too. We saw one group of guests today that looked so good that kids thought they were cast members and were asking for autographs!
I am not a big parade person but I really enjoy the Legends of the Force Motorcade. Unlike other Disney parades this one makes it way through the park early in the morning so be sure to get to the park before 11:00 if you want catch it. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if it is just me or not but the park feels like a totally different place during Star Wars weekends. I look forward to going down for the next 3 weekends!