Dateline Disney World takes you to the first of six Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today. This is one of Disney World’s most popular festivals. Let’s take a look . . .

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Welcome to the Studios!

The map for SWW is interactive this year through an augmented reality smartphone app.

Nikon represented here now.

Darth’s Mall used to be behind Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, but is now by the backlot.

Typical character meet and greets are throughout the park, but one of my favorite ones was missing, which was the walkaround characters. Perhaps I just missed them, but I did multiple loops through the park, and never encountered them.

They were advertising car decals.

Gotta have booze.

Premier Theater is the home of all the special shows during SWW.

Photo ops are also scattered throughout the park.

There is a Maleficent preview happening where Sounds Dangerous used to play.

SWW merchandise.

There was lots of activity at the Sci-Fi Dine In since they are doing a Star Wars themed breakfast here during the event.

Before the motorcade, the Citizens of Hollywood came out to have fun with guests.

It draws big crowds for sure.

Time for lots of motorcade photos.

501st Legion.

Ashley Eckstein, voice of Asohka Tano.
Ahmed Best, voice of Jar Jar Binks. GET HIM!
Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca himself!

James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Clone Wars series.

There are also fireworks at the end of the night now that replace the Hyperspace Hoopla. Unfortunately, I was unable to stay late to photograph them, so this is all I’ve got for you this week.

Do you brave the crowds for Star Wars Weekends? Sad the Hoopla is gone? Let us know in the comments!!

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