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By Tangled Diva

Last month, as a reward for an amazing school year, we surprised our son Bryce with a trip to Disney World.  One of the things that we were the most excited about was getting to attend Star Wars Weekends.  My husband Cory and I are both HUGE Star Wars nerds, so combining two loves—Disney and Star Wars—was a dream come true for both of us.  Star Wars weekend runs from early May to mid-June, and our trip fell right in the middle. We couldn’t wait!

An even bigger surprise was that I booked a special character breakfast for Cory and Bryce.  As part of Star Wars Weekends, Disney recently added two new character meals.  One of the meals is a lunch or dinner at Hollywood & Vine (buffet) where the traditional Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, etc. were dressed like the Star Wars characters.  The other is a breakfast in the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant where you get the meet the Dark Side.  My son loves breakfast, so this is the one that I booked.  Since I wasn’t attending, I sent him with instructions to take good notes and pictures for the Diva site.  Bryce, as you may have seen from some of his video posts of the Facebook page, is a Devo in training, so he was more than happy to oblige.  He did great on getting me information, but not so great on pictures.  In fact, you can click here, and here him tell you all about it the meal.

DSCN1411When they arrived, they were first taken to have their pictures made with Darth Vader and Boba Fett.  Then, as is always the case, they were seated in an old Cadillac facing the movie screen.  Typically, they show sci-fi clips on the movie screen, but for this breakfast they showed Star Wars clips instead.  They were given their menus which contained various Star Wars-themed items.  Click here to see the full menu.  They started with fruit, which had a honeydew “little green guy,” or as those besides Bryce call him Yoda, on top of it.  Touches like this tiny Yoda are what never cease to amaze me about Disney World.  The portions were not large, which was a bit surprising especially given the price of the meal.  But, both husband and son said that the food was excellent.

As they were eating various characters like Greedo, Storm Troopers and Jawas walked to the tables and had their pictures made with the diners. I was a little worried that since it was basically breakfast with the “bad guys” of Star Wars that my son might be a little freaked out, especially with Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers.  But, this was not the case at all.  As with all Disney characters, they  ALWAYS stay in character, so they could be a little scary at times when I saw them, but Bryce said that he was not scared of them at all at the breakfast.DSCN1419 DSCN1415

I will warn you, the breakfast is very pricey.  If you are on the dining plan, it takes two of your table service meals.  The total cost of the meal for Cory and Bryce was right at $100.  It would have been a little less, but my son can seriously eat, so they had to order an extra portion of  eggs.DSCN1414  My husband and I are both very frugal, but I asked Cory after if it was over if it was worth it, and he immediately responded, “Worth every penny and then some.”  He said that Bryce absolutely loved it, and he would pay it again in a second.  Cory’s only regret was that he didn’t force (pun intended) me to go with them.

The entire day at Hollywood Studios was so wonderful and magical, but the breakfast was definitely one of the highlights.  Below are some tips on the entire Star Wars Weekend that I thought you might find helpful.

General Tips for Star Wars Weekends

  • As I emphasized in many of my videos, if you are in Disney during Star Wars Weekends, do not miss it.  And, if you are a Star Wars Fan (even if you aren’t a Disney fan), make plans to attend Star Wars Weekends.  You will not regret it!
  • If you want to meet some of the celebrities, get to the park early to get a pass for it because these passes go quickly.  In fact, depending on the celebrity, it is like Black Friday at Best Buy (i.e., camping in the parking lot to ensure a pass).  Click here to listen to me explain this process.
  • The parade only happens once a day, so don’t miss it.  And, the only way to see the entire parade is from Hollywood Boulevard, so get a spot early.

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  • Get a Star Wars Weekends times guide/brochure when you get to the park.  These change every weekend based on the celebrities in attendance, so don’t just get one offline from a previous weekend.
  • Have your camera ready at all times.  You will want to take tons of pictures at the parade, and their are tons of characters just walking around that will take pictures with you that you don’t have to stand in line for.

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  • Regardless of whether you want a “celebrity pass,” get to the park early.  The storm troopers set up at the entrance to “guard” Hollywood Boulevard., and it is brief but cool to watch.
  • Don’t skip Darth’s Mall.  This year it was located right past Toy Story Mania.  There was a TON of Star Wars stuff there that you can only get as part of this weekend.  It is very pricey, but remember this may be your only opportunity to get it.  I still regret not buying a R2D2 skirt I desperately wanted.

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  • Be flexible with the character meet-n-greets.  Just because you stand in line for a certain character does not mean that character will be the one you see once you get to your turn in line.  I stood in line specifically to get my picture with Luke Skywalker, but Princess Leia was the one taking pictures when I first got in line.  I simply let people pass me in line until Luke arrived.  And, lucky for me, they both stayed for a bit, so I was able to get my picture with both of them.  I was even able to get my picture made with a very nice gentlemen attending the weekend dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi.

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  • Do not miss Symphony Under the Stars.  It is a show that takes place usually at 9:30 PM under the hat.  It is the best display of fireworks that Disney does in my opinion.
  • Check for special times for Fantasmic.  On Saturday night when we were there, they did two Fantasmic shows.  One was at 10:30 at night after Symphony Under the Stars, and it was not crowded at all.  In fact, when we got back on our bus to go to Pop Century, there were only about 20 people on there with us.