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.
I attended Star Wars Weekends with my family back in 2009, before we were into extreme touring of the parks, but we were still quite effective in meeting characters and riding all the rides. We met most of the available characters that year except Kit Fisto, Jango Fett, Tusken Raiders, Zam Wessel & Luke Skywalker. Well, my kids wouldn’t pose with Aurra Sing because she was “freaky looking” and they weren’t into baddies. We even met the UP! Characters and Prince Caspian, rode every ride and saw every show.
I love the Star Wars movies, but I’m not a geek-fan. I can’t tell you what planet someone comes from or what type of blaster they hold. I did well knowing all the primary characters but I was lost with some of the lesser-knowns. I was constantly asking kids or those guys with the Star Wars shirts, pins or backpacks who we were in line to meet.
I thought I’d save you some pain and list the characters that appeared last year and plan to update with all the characters that appear beginning Friday with photos, schedules, new locations and estimated wait times.
Below are each of the pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of years. If you have photos of any SWW characters that I don’t have here and would like to share them (with credit), please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org