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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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DS battled Darth Maul in Disneyland in 2007. You can battle the dark side during Star Wars Weekends

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:  kennythepirate@gmail.com

Ahsoka Tano Star Wars Weekends 2013
Ahsoka Tano Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Clone Wars Jedi meets at Blister Pack

Anakin Skywalker Star Wars Weekends 2013
Anakin Skywalker Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Good guy now, but later becomes Darth Vader

Asajj Ventress Star Wars Weekends 2013
Asajj Ventress Star Wars Weekends 2013

Aurra Sing Star Wars Weekends 2013 - Bad girl bounty hunter
Aurra Sing Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Bad girl bounty hunter

Boba Fett Star Wars Weekends 2013 - Bad guy bounty hunter
Boba Fett Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Bad guy bounty hunter

C3PO and R2D2 Star Wars Weekends 2013 - Droids
C3PO and R2D2 Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Droids

Cantina Band Doikk Na'ts and Tedn DahaiStar Wars Weekends 2013
Cantina Band Members Doikk Na’ts and Tedn DahaiStar Wars Weekends 2013

Figrin D'an Star Wars Weekends 2013
Cantina Band Leader Figrin D’an Star Wars Weekends 2013

Ickabel G'ont Cantina Band Member
Cantina Band Member – Ickabel G’ont   (Silver instrument)

Nalan Cheel Cantina Band Star Wars Weekends 2013
Cantina Band Member Nalan Chel at Star Wars Weekends 2013

Captain Rex 2013 Star Wars Weekends - Clone Trooper
Captain Rex 2013 Star Wars Weekends – Clone Trooper

Chewbacca Star Wars Weekends 2013
Chewbacca Star Wars Weekends 2013

Chip n Dale Chipwoks Star Wars Weekends 2013
Chip n Dale Chipwoks Star Wars Weekends 2013

Clone Trooper Star Wars Weekends
Clone Trooper Star Wars Weekends

Commander Cody Star Wars Weekends 2013
Commander Cody Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Clone Trooper at Blister Pack

Darth Maul Star Wars Weekends 2013
Darth Maul Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Bad guy in backlot

Darth Vader Star Wars Weekends 2013
Darth Vader Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Bad guy in Backlot

Stormtrooper Donald Star Wars Weekends 2012
Stormtrooper Donald Star Wars Weekends 2012

Paploo the Ewok at Star Wars Weekends 2012
Ewok Paploo at Star Wars Weekends 2012

Wicket the Ewok at Star Wars Weekends 2013
Ewok Wicket at Star Wars Weekends 2013

Gamorrean Guard Star Wars Weekends 2013 (1)
Gamorrean Guard Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Bad guy roams

Darth Goofy Star Wars Weekends 2013 (2)
Darth Goofy Star Wars Weekends 2013

Greedo Star Wars Weekends 2013
Greedo Star Wars Weekends 2013

Jango Fett at Star Wars Weekends 2012 - Bad guy bounty hunter.
Jango Fett at Star Wars Weekends 2012 – Bad guy bounty hunter.

Jawas Star Wars Weekends 2013 - traders who roam the Streets of America
Jawas Star Wars Weekends 2013 – traders who roam the Streets of America

Kit Fisto Star Wars Weekends 2013
Kit Fisto Star Wars Weekends 2013 – Jedi Council

Leia Organa and R2-D2 at Star Wars Weekends 2012
Leia Organa and R2-D2 at Star Wars Weekends 2012

Luke Skywalker and C-3PO at Star Wars Weekends 2013
Luke Skywalker and C-3PO at Star Wars Weekends 2013

Mace Windu Star Wars Weekends 2013
Mace Windu Star Wars Weekends 2013

Jedi Mickey and his personal droid R2-MK at Star Wars Weekends 2013
Jedi Mickey and his personal droid R2-MK at Star Wars Weekends 2013

Star Wars Weekends 2009
Minnie as Princess Leia Star Wars Weekends 2009

Queen Amidala Star Wars Weekends 2013
Queen Amidala Star Wars Weekends 2013

Rancor Star Wars Weekends 2013
Rancor Star Wars Weekends 2013

Shaak Ti Star Wars Weekends 2012 - Jedi Council
Shaak Ti Star Wars Weekends 2012 – Jedi Council

Storm Trooper Star Wars Weekends 2013 - bad guys on backlot
Storm Trooper Star Wars Weekends 2013 – bad guys on backlot

Tusken Raider Star Wars Weekends 2013 - bad guy roams backlot
Tusken Raider Star Wars Weekends 2013 – bad guy roams backlot

Zam Wessell – bad girl, bounty hunter. Backlot Tour area.