Chewbacca, Boba Fett, even Darth Maul.
It doesn’t matter who your favorite Star Wars character is, odds are you can meet him (or her) at the Star Wars Weekend celebrations at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
The weekends are an annual celebration that start in mid-may and end in mid-June.
Star Wars fans will absolutely love these festivities. And even borderline fans are bound to have a good time with the food and other fun you can find during these celebrations.
For me, the parade is the coolest part of all of this. The characters march by and pose, along with volunteers who are some of the biggest Star Wars fans in the country, and the actors who have found fame in many of the movies and subsequent TV series.
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The next thing to love about this weekend is the special drink concoctions and food offered to fans.
There are themed cupcakes, popcorn served up in keepsake Han Solo in Carbonite containers, even special Darth Maul chips and salsa. The drinks are also unique for the celebration (pricey, too, but it’s hot at Hollywood Studios this time of year…you’re going to need to stay refreshed somehow!).
There’s also a ton of special merchandise that you can only find at the Darth Mall (be prepared for a long line).
Fans have the chance to see themselves frozen in carbonite, just like Darth Vader did to Han Solo. Disney Imagineers use a 3D high-resolution face scanner to grab an image of your face. That’s processed by computer and sent to a high resolution 3D printer, eventually creating a seven-inch figurine of the you frozen in carbonite.
There are other figures for sale, along with themed t-shirts that you can buy.
And if you like the suitcase you see above, check it out at the American Tourister site. They’re even marked down right now!
Oh, and I haven’t even touched on the fabulous fireworks each night.
The bottom line: if you know a Star Wars fan, get them to this event if you can. Between the celebrity meetups and autograph sessions (FastPass options available), the parade, products and food, they’ll be overwhelmed by ‘The Force’ all weekend.
You can find out more here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/hollywood-studios/star-wars-weekend/.