Wookies, Wompas, and AT AT Walkers – the Star Wars area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is definitely the place for Star Wars fans of all ages to get their fix.
Before approaching this area of the park, you can see the giant AT AT Walkers towering among the trees. As huge fans of the movie, it was a pretty exciting experience to see these wonders in real life; you feel a bit like you are an Ewok on Endor, watching as it steps out of the forest. As you get closer, you can really appreciate the attention to detail that went into the creation of these massive structures, as they really do look like they came from a galaxy far, far away. Be sure to check out the Ewok village perched in the trees!
Star Wars fans rejoice! – there are photo opportunities galore in this area. The kids had a great time interacting with characters, climbing on space ships, and checking out all of the fun memorabilia. As a big supporter of the Rebel Alliance, our daughter loved seeing Rey’s Speeder Bike and gear on display. We loved being able to sign up to have your photo taken with several of the iconic characters – Chewbacca was huge! Keep an eye out for wandering Jawas, looking to make trades.
Perhaps the best part of this section of the park was the Jedi Training Academy. If the force is strong with your little ones, we strongly suggest you arrive early and reserve them a spot in the “Trials of the Temple” show. Keep in mind that spots are limited, and spaces fill up very quickly – we suggest making this your first stop when visiting the park. They will sign you up, and give you a specific time to return at. You can then spend the rest of the time touring the area, as you wait for the show to begin.
Before reaching the stage, each young Padawan is given a Jedi robe and lightsaber, and taught a series of movements to help them fight off the bad guys. Later, they are led to the stage, meet their masters, and their battle against the Dark Side begins.
After a bit of practice, the kids are met by various Star Wars villains, including Darth Vader and Darth Maul. The kids use the lightsaber wielding skills they have learned to go head to head with the Empire.
If your little ones like Star Wars, and are not too timid, we strongly suggest signing them up to take part in the show. Our kids had a blast, and thought it was one of the best parts of the trip (so did we!).
If your family is looking to join the resistance, the Star Wars area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an experience you won’t want to miss. We have heard that they are planning to expand this area in the future, and look forward to seeing the developments.