• On May 8, 2011
    Sarah from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi, love this panel! We will be at Disney next week May 11-17, My 6 yr old son loves Star Wars, will there be anything open at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars? Thank-You!

    Hi Sarah,

    Your trip is literally around the corner & I know that you are too excited to sleep already.

    Unfortunately, you are just going to miss the grand opening of Star Tours - The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS). It is scheduled to open on May 20, 2011 just in time for the 2011 Star Wars Weekends.

    During the refurbishment, Tatooine Traders located next to the Star Tours attraction is open. It carries some great Star Wars merchandise & your son can build his own lightsaber there. He can also do this at Once Upon A Toy located at Downtown Disney.

    Jedi Training Academy (JTA) at DHS also remains open. Participants must be between the ages of 4 & 12 years old. After completing their training, each participant "battles" Darth Vader. JTA is located next to Star Tours & is held several times a day. The times will be listed on your Times Guide that you pick up along with your Guide Map when you enter DHS. The number of participants is limited & they start registration first thing in the morning & stop once the spots are filled for the day (they usually fill up fast during peak seasons). If this is something your son wants to participate in, head that way first. He will need to be present with you to register. They will ask him a couple of questions to make sure he can follow some basic directions.

    When I last visited, Guests could have pictures taken with Darth Vader & a couple of Storm Troopers intermittently throughout the day next to the entrance of Star Tours. This may change as the opening of Star Tours draws near. Check your Times Guide to see if they are appearing during your visit. If you don't see it listed, ask a Cast Member near the JTA or at Guest Relations as you enter DHS. 

    Across from Tatooine Traders there is a model of one of the racers with a backdrop that your son can get on for a picture. Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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