Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Have a young padawan and visiting Walt Disney World? While some Star Wars experiences are geared toward older kids and adults, like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (40″ height requirement) or meeting Kylo Ren (don’t expect hugs), there are still plenty of fun ways for younger kids to experience the force.
Here are the top four Star Wars experiences for younger kids at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Meeting Chewbacca at the Star Wars Launch Bay
Chewbacca and BB-8 both have character meets inside the Star Wars Launch Bay that are open continuously throughout the day. There are separate lines for each, and FastPass+ is not available.
With summer officially upon us, the next few months are the hottest time of the year to visit Walt Disney World. With schools out for the summer, it’s also one of the busiest times – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have an incredible trip with some simple planning.
Here are a few tips to keep cool at Walt Disney World and not “sweat” the high temperatures.
Stay hydrated. This may be a given, but did you know:
- Counter Service restaurants offer FREE ICE WATER. Yep! All you have to do is go up to the counter and ask, and they will give you a small free cup of ice water. It’s tap water, but my family thinks their tap water tastes better than the bottled Dasani water (which costs $3 a bottle).
- Tip: If you are ordering a meal at a counter service restaurant, order ice waters for everyone in your party, even if you are getting other drinks. Everyone gets to hydrate, and it’s much easier carrying them on a tray with everything else.
- You can bring your own water into the parks. Whether it’s your own bottled water or a filled water bottle, you are allowed to bring it into all Disney parks. Actually, you can bring in any drinks (except alcohol) and food, but you can’t have glass containers, coolers larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″, or, only in Animal Kingdom, plastic straws (so don’t bring juice boxes on your Animal Kingdom day!).
- Tip: If you are bringing a stroller into the park, put your water bottles into any stroller pockets or at the bottom of your stroller to lighten your load.
- Epcot has FREE soda. Club Cool, located in Future World to the right of the main fountain, features eight Coca-Cola beverages from around the world. There are several beverage dispensers (all the same) and small sample-size paper cups to try as many – and as much – as you want.
- Tip: While my toddler isn’t allowed to drink soda at home, we do let him have a tiny bit of VegitaBeta, which is described as a “non-carbonated beverage with apricot and passion fruit flavors and is rich in beta-carotene.” It’s probably the “healthiest” and least sugar coma-inducing option there, with the exception of the Beverly (if an adult in your group has been getting on your nerves, encourage them to try the Beverly…).
A first visit to Walt Disney World is special enough, but there are also a number of other “firsts” your child (or even you!) can experience to make even more magical memories.
(Tip: On a first visit, be sure to get a free “1st Visit!” Disney pin to wear. You can pick one up from Guest Services, the front desk of Disney hotels, and often from the check-out counters of Disney stores in the parks or Disney Springs.)
Uniquely Disney “Firsts”:
- Disney Park – Tater’s first park (and the first park that many visit) was the Magic Kingdom. Nothing says “Welcome to Disney” like walking down Main Street and getting your first glimpse of the Cinderella Castle.
- Disney Ride – We chose Dumbo as Tater’s first ride, as it was one of my favorites as a child. Sure enough, he’s been on it half a dozen times now, and it remains a must-do any time we visit the Magic Kingdom.