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Disney's Star Wars Weekends – 2006
by Denton & Jackie Allen
May 19-20, 2006

Characters | Motorcade | Star Tours | Merchandise
Downtown Disney
| Epcot and the Rest

Denton and Jackie Allen made their way to the opening weekend of Disney's Star Wars Weekends event. This is their experience...

Character Meet and Greets

MGM transformed from a movie set to a whole Star Wars theme park for the weekends overnight. During our experience, there were many characters walking around greeting the younglings. Plenty of photo and autograph signing opportunities made themselves available with all your favorite Characters. Though there were lines to meet the characters and get their autographs, it was all very fun and exciting.

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Legends of the Force: A Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade

During the Star Wars Weekends 2006, they put on a great Celebrity Motorcade that took course throughout the entire front of the park all the way through to the Star Tours Stage. The parade included great music from the Star Wars movies and awesome commentary about who was being seen. The parade included all your favorites Jedi heroes and the most hated of the Darkside. Our favorite highlight of the parade was being able to see Warrick Davis (Wicket), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Rick Mccallum (producer ep. 1, 2 and 3). What an experience, I recommend this to all fans, young and old alike.

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Star Tours and Tatooine Traders

Star Tours is and always will be a fun ride to jump on. I could ride it over and over again. They give you so many fun visuals to look at while you’re waiting to board your flight to Endor, such as the giant Imperial Walker (AT-AT) terrorizing it’s way through the Ewok village. Once you depart your spacecraft, you are let out in the biggest Star Wars based store called “Tatooine Traders”. Inside Tatooine Traders there are more toys than your eyes can handle, along with Master Replicas, apparel, specialty photos, and much more.

Merchandise Madness

Upon the opening day of MGM Star Wars weekends 2006 you were able to go and get all the goodies and Limited Edition collectibles that enticed you. We had to wait in a line that started outside of the sound studio and lasted 4.5 hours to the inside of the sound studio. Once inside it was Star Wars as far as the eye can see. They had  a fan built X-wing that they let you pose with in front of a green screen for specialty photos, a huge store inside with Star Wars toys, apparel, Master Replicas, posters, videogames and so much more. The 4.5 hour line was well worth the wait. We were lucky enough to score the Jedi Mickey “Defendears of the Kingdom” statue which is limited to 600 pieces only, as well as some limited edition Star Wars Weekends pins, and some other cool items. SCORE!!!!!!!!

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Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is the biggest market place at Disney. We went to see what they had as far as Star Wars items and also to check out the Land of Legos. In Once Upon A Toy we stumbled across a whole entire pallet of Animated Gunships for $37 a piece. WHAT A DEAL!!!!!!!!! From there we strolled over to the Land of Legos and guess what we saw there? Lots of Legos…

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Epcot Flower and Garden Festval, and the Rest...

At the same time MGM was throwing their Star Wars Weekends, Epcot had their own event going on. They held the 2006 Flower and Garden festival. It was pretty cool to experience as well. They displayed so many different flowers and plants around and really made Epcot quite vibrant and beautiful. They had all the Disney characters trimmed out all the bushes and plants throughout Epcot they even had a little butterfly tent for all to go and appreciate. It was a double whammy for us

Everything was soo much fun. We had a really great time. Probably one of the greatest vacations as a family (Denton, Jackie and Isabella) we have ever had. If you are ever in Orlando, Florida neck of the woods May-June, I would seriously recommend stopping in MGM Studios Star Wars weekends for a blast of Star Wars fun.

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Did you attend Star Wars Weekends in 2006? Let us know and we'll tell you how you can add your own Star Wars Experience to our 2006 Star Wars Weekends coverage!

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