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REVIEW: Star Wars Weekends Feel the Force Premium Package fireworks

I got really busy and didn’t have time to produce a quality review for the Feel the Force Premium Package Fireworks viewing.  Here’s the quality you’ve come to expect:

It’s too close to the hat.

It offers a variety of tiny desserts along with an ice cream bar cart.  Eat all you want.

It’s too close to the hat.

There’s too many trees.  They are great for parade, not for fireworks. Continue reading REVIEW: Star Wars Weekends Feel the Force Premium Package fireworks

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KennythePirate’s Star Wars Weekends Feel the Force Premium Package parade review

 

Viewing the Star Wars Motorcade Parade is always a big deal to Star Wars Weekends fans.  Some line up two hours early to secure a nice shady spot to view the parade.  I like the parade, but to me the highlight is the 501st with the variety of character costumes that don’t appear throughout the day.  I wrote a post last year on How to View the Star Wars Parade without losing your mind.  I even ran into a nice lady using my tactics in front of Min and Bill’s when I was trying to check in for this “Premium” experience. Continue reading KennythePirate’s Star Wars Weekends Feel the Force Premium Package parade review

New characters to appear at Star Wars Weekends

I’ve heard that Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren and Chopper will be making appearances at Star Wars Weekends 2014.  These characters are from the Star Wars Rebels series.  Ezra, Sabine and Chopper are supposed to appear on stage, but from what I’ve heard, they won’t do meet and greets.

What do you think about this news?

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dinner at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios review

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dinner at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This Star Wars dinner has a totally different feeling and appeal to it than its breakfast counterpart.  The breakfast meal is in a really dark environment and features dark characters (except Jawas) and they provide movie clips.  (recently added more content to the breakfast post, so you might want to click the link to check out the additions).

The Jedi Mickey’s dinner provides a much lighter feeling.  It’s bright and vibrant and there’s upbeat music playing.  It features some great classic characters that includes Chip n Dale as Ewoks, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald.  You can meet these same characters in the park during Star Wars Weekends in these costumes, but expect long lines and Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy rotate often.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine cost information:

The cost of this Star Wars character meal is $55.99 for adults 10 and over and  $32.99 for children 3 to 9 years of age.  If you’d like to make it a Fantasmic! dining package the cost is slightly more at $59.99 for adults and $36.99 for children.  The meal will also include a FREE digital download of Ewok Chip n Dale. The meal will begin serving at 4:15pm daily and close with the park.

The Disney Star Wars Characters in attendance:

Chip n Dale as Ewoks

Ewok Chip n Dale are the official greeters of Jedi Mickey’s dinner at Hollywood and Vine.  They appear with a giant logo background right as you enter the restaurant.  They do not move about the restaurant, they are in a fixed location.  Meeting Chip and Dale at Jedi Mickey's Star Wars character dinner

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Emperor Palpatine Stitch may be coming to Star Wars Weekends 2014

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In 2013 Star Wars Weekends introduced Chip n Dale as Ewoks to their character meet and greet line up.  Chip n Dale proved to be very popular with guests waiting in long lines to queue up for these adorable guys.

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A rumor going around is stating that Stitch may be the next character to begin offering character meet and greets at Star Wars Weekends as an official character.  Rumor has it that he’ll be presented as Emperor Palpatine Stitch.  He can already be found in figure form and pin form in this costume, so it will be fun to actually have a meet and greet with him as well.

What do you think about Emperor Palpatine Stitch possibly joining the Star Wars Weekends character lineup?

Star Wars Weekends Character Meals coming to Walt Disney World for a limited time.

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Disney has taken a great leap forward in helping its guests meet Star Wars weekends characters with little wait, but a lot of money.   From May 4th through June 15 guests will be allowed to enjoy character dining with some of Star Wars greatest characters as well as some Disney pals in their Star Wars finest.

NEW:  (April 23)  Feel the Force Premium Package

This package is only available during Star Wars Weekends from May 16-June 15

Watch the Star Wars Weekends celebrity motorcade and fireworks from a reserved viewing area with refreshments. 

This Is The Event You’re Looking For

Rocket your Star Wars experience into hyperspace when you buy tickets for the Feel the Force Premium Package. Enjoy a reserved premium viewing area for 2 popular Star Wars Weekends spectaculars—the Legends of the Force:Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks. During the day, the motorcade viewing area includes beverages and snacks; when the stars come out, the fireworks viewing area features a Star Wars-themed dessert party.

The Feel the Force Premium Package will be with you, always: to remember this very special day in a galaxy far, far away, you’ll receive a special souvenir Disney PhotoPass card that can be used to link your photos to your Disney account—and includes a series of complimentary Star Wars photos.

Please review this important information about the Feel the Force Premium Package.

  • The Feel the Force Premium Package occurs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16 to June 15, 2014.
  • Price: adults $54, children $32 (per day, tax and gratuity included).
  • Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade viewing experience happens from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon with the motorcade starting at 11:30 AM.
  • Symphony in the Stars fireworks dessert party takes place from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM with the firework shows beginning at approximately 9:30 PM.
  • To check in for this event, please visit Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner starting at 10:30 AM.
  • Guests will receive a wristband during the motorcade viewing that will allow entry into the evening fireworks dessert party. If you are unable to attend the motorcade viewing, please check in at Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner starting at 8:30 PM.
  • Beverages include soda, water, tea and coffee. The fireworks dessert party includes a specialty beverage with an alcoholic option. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Seating is not available.
  • Discounts do not apply.

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine

My review:  http://kennythepirate.com/2014/05/10/jedi-mickeys-star-wars-dinner-at-hollywood-and-vine-in-disneys-hollywood-studios-review/

The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine DINNER (Breakfast and Lunch will continue to be Disney Jr Characters) will offer Star Wars fans the opportunity to meet Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Chip n Dale as Ewoks, Donald as a Stormtrooper and Goofy as “Darth Goofy.”  These are the exact same costumes the characters wear in the park, but there will be no waiting in the sun and you’ll be guaranteed to meet them all!  The cost of this Star Wars character meal is $55.99 for adults 10 and over and  $32.99 for children 3 to 9 years of age.  If you’d like to make it a Fantasmic! dining package the cost is slightly more at $59.99 for adults and $36.99 for children.  The meal will also include a digital download of Ewok Chip n Dale. The meal will begin serving at 4:15 daily and close with the park.

 Star Wars Dine-In Galactic BREAKFAST

My Review:  http://kennythepirate.com/2014/05/04/my-star-wars-dine-in-galactic-breakfast-review/

The other great Star Wars character dining experience is known as the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic BREAKFAST (The other meals are still standard ala carte dining with no characters).  The characters for this meal include Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, Greedo and Jawas (ready to trade with you).  There will be no sci-fi movie trailers, instead they will offer clips from Star Wars movies.  The cost is $47.99 for adults 10 and up and $29.99 for children 3 to 9 years of age.    Reservations for this meal are accepted from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon.

For those using the Disney Dining Plan, each meal requires TWO Disney Dining plan credits.

Booking began this morning.   Sorry I was unable to post earlier, but I was at work.  Disney recommends you call 407 WDW DINE, but I called 407-WDW-CREW (Pirate 🙂 and requested dining reservations and the lady knew exactly what I was looking for.  The process only took me about 5 minutes.  I was able to book the first breakfast at 8:00 am and a 4:55 pm dinner.  These meals cannot currently be booked online or via the Disney app.  A credit card is required for guarantee and the typical $10 per person cancellation charge will apply if you fail to cancel by midnight the night before your meal.

Make those reservations now, these meals are sure to fill up quickly!  Hope to see you there.

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Meeting Darth Vader and Darth Maul at Star Wars Weekends

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I think Darth Maul is one of the coolest bad guys in movie history.  I was raised with Darth Vader as a key figure in my childhood and saw him as a great bad guy, but Darth Maul exceeded that in Episode 1.  I hated to see him get bumped off so quickly.  His makeup is intimidating and his posture is dominating.  I had to meet him twice to see if I could get a decent photo.  I think next time I ‘ll just ask for a close up to get the makeup in better detail.

Darth Maul Star Wars Weekends 2013
Darth Maul Star Wars Weekends 2013

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Blister Pack meet at Star Wars Weekends

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On day one I had no clue what the actual schedules were for the characters.  They had changed drastically since 2012.  I made my way around and around and around Hollywood Studios gathering data on appearance times for characters.  I saw a very short line for Commander Cody and decided to drop in to meet him.

Commander Cody Star Wars Weekends 2013
Commander Cody Star Wars Weekends 2013

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Meeting the Fab Four at Star Wars Weekends

During Star Wars Weekends Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy take on new personalities to reflect the celebration.  Mickey becomes a Jedi, Minnie becomes Leia, Donald becomes a Storm Trooper and Goofy is the best of all as Darth Goofy.  The characters sign their normal names, not anything special for the weekend.  I wish they had provided the autograph cards like they did for May the Fourth, the lines would have moved much faster.  In order to meet all four it requires: luck, repeated visits or good timing.  In my case, I observed that all the Fab Four arrived together at about 9:45 am, so I got in line at 9:10.  The queue was filled and the current meet was Mickey and Minnie.

The cast member informs guests that they may or may not meet the characters visible because they rotate.  They ask that guests not move aside to let others pass, but I saw it happen frequently while I was there in many lines.  I have never understood that rule.  If the girl behind me wants to see Leia Minnie and I want to see Donald, why couldn’t one just stand aside?  Oh well, I don’t make the rules, just try to follow them.  They even flipped the line entrance at the Fab Four meet so people couldn’t sit on the wall at the last minute and let people pass.

So back to the story, I got in line at 9:10 expecting full queue to take 40-45 minutes.  When Mickey and Minnie left and large group of people around me sighed.  Donald and Goofy arrived and spirits picked up with a hope that they would be there.  As they left, I informed those around me that it should be all the Fab Four meeting together if they followed the same plan as the previous two days.  Donald and Goofy reappeared first and the crowd was like, huh?  Then Mickey and Minnie appeared to large cheers.  Those in the first of the three lines in the queue would probably see them, those after that, may not.  I met them at 9:55 am, so it was indeed a 45 minute wait.

Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Stormtrooper Donald & Darth Goofy at Star Wars Weekends 2013 (1)

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