Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to indulge in one of Walt Disney World’s newest VIP tours, The Ultimate Day at Star Wars Weekends. I bet you didn’t know I was a fan! My brother used to sit me down and force me to watch all three original movies in a row. Somehow through that, I became a fan and can actually carry on a conversation with the best SW geeks!
Kelly and I met up with our group bright and early at 7am, and we got to bypass the line full of guests who had actually slept on the sidewalk overnight to get in to the park first. We were the first people in the park, so we got the rare treat of seeing the streets of Hollywood Studios empty!
We went straight to the Hollywood Brown Derby, where we were told about our itinerary, and we ordered lunch so that it would be ready as soon as we sat down. We had a packed day, and there was no time to waste!
Our first stop was Darth’s Mall. The average wait time to get in has been around two hours, and we were given first access without any crowds.
It was just our group for about 20 minutes. Although the luxury of shopping without crowds was nice, I loved the photo op with Jedi Mickey and Princess Minnie/Leia.
I was on the look-out for some toddler clothes for my niece and some cool shirts for my nephew, but there wasn’t a toddler or baby thing to be bought or a shirt I don’t think my nephew has already. But I did see some other cool stuff I might want to buy, including this adorable Yoda Duffy!
I’m anxious to browse the Her Universe site for some female-friendly Star Wars and Walking Dead outfits!
We headed back to the Brown Derby where we were being served a continental breakfast complete with coffee, tea, juice, pastries, and fresh fruit.
After filling our tummies, we were granted expedited entrance access to Toy Story Midway Mania not once, but twice! Our arms were so sore afterwards!
We were then given the choice of either Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror. We picked the coaster and met up with the rest of the group afterwards to go over to our VIP seating area for the Legends of the Force motorcade. I let the diehard fans get a front row seat, and I stood back and enjoyed our complimentary ice cream.
The people in the motorcade dressed up as Star Wars characters are part of the 501st Legion, a group organized to spread interest in Star Wars, but they also put their resources to good use through fundraising, charity work, and volunteerism.
I can’t believe we had already done so much and it was just now lunchtime. Like I said earlier, we chose our appetizer and entree at Mama Melrose so it was ready when we arrived.
I chose the tomato and mozzarella salad and the mushroom flatbread pizza. It was so much food!
Once we were finished, we were escorted over to the Behind the Force show, hosted by the lovely Ashley Eckstein, creator of Her Universe and voice of Ahsoka Tano from The Clone Wars. She gave us a rare look into the behind-the-scenes at Lucas Films, where they are actively working on a new CGI animated show, Star Wars Rebels.
Next up was Star Tours, where the normal wait time of 10 minutes was escalated to 45. Woah. Luckily, we Fast Passed the ride and were in and out in a few minutes.
When we arrived back from our trip to the Death Star, our final stop as a group was the Stars of the Saga show, which is an interview-based show featuring some of the main characters from the Star Wars movies. If you’re going to check out this show, make sure you get there in plenty of time to check out the pre-show. There were singing and dancing Storm Troopers donned with Magic Bands.
They showed us their favorite vacation pictures, including one very special stop at Beaches and Cream for a “kitchen sink”.
(sorry for the crap photo)
For a video of the Storm Troopers singing “Let It Go” (and much better pictures), you have to check out Kelly’s recap.
Back to the show, the host was James Arnold Taylor, known for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the 2003 Star Wars: Clone Wars micro-series and the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. James interviewed Ahmed Best, who portrayed Jar Jar Binks, and Peter Mayhew, the one and only Chewbacca!! Peter just had knee surgery, and he was using a lightsaber as a cane. So awesome!
Obviously, this show wasn’t complete without a photobomb with the one and only Jedi Mickey!
Which ended up like this… (taken from James Arnold Taylor’s Twitter)
After the show, we were released from the group to roam the park by ourselves. We had the option of meeting back up for a VIP dessert party and special seating for the Symphony in the Stars fireworks. Despite our best intentions, Kelly and I both went back home, napped, and decided not to venture out for the party.
I have so many great things to say about this tour. The tour guides were Star Wars geeks themselves, so they fit right in with us nerds. I really liked that they set out the expectations and itinerary right from the get-go. At every stop, they let us know where we could find them when we were done. We were never rushed, even though we had a very packed day. Kelly and I talked to a lot of the other group members, and they all said the tour was absolutely worth the cost.
If you’re interested in booking a tour like this, you can check out the information here.
Have you ever taken a tour at Disney World? I’d really like to do the Keys to the Kingdom or Behind the Seeds next!