One of Disney World’ biggest events takes place this month at the Hollywood Studios theme park. Fans of the Star Wars universe from all over the galaxy flock to the park to celebrate with a combination of experiences designed to please.

You never know who will show up for Star Wars Weekends. Photo courtesy the Walt Disney Company

In 2011 guests began lining up the day before opening day, attendance was significantly boosted by the grand opening of the newly revised Star Tours and the appearance of series creator George Lucas. While this year’s event may not have a brand new ride to unveil, you should still prepare for crowds if you plan on attending.

What to expect from Star Wars Weekends;

Characters: Expect to see plenty of Star Wars characters from the movies and television show. Characters appear all around the Start Tours ride area and in select locations nearby.

Shows: From the Jedi training academy to impromptu music and dance contests (you may even  see Darth Vader do the moonwalk).

Parades: Expect a big parade on opening day, and scheduled parade events each day. Parades feature the characters from the series along with the special guest of the week.

Star Tours: If you haven’t ridden the new Star Tours, make it part of your weekend. The new ride is engineered to offer a different experience each time you ride.

Celebrity guests: Each weekend features different celebrity guests from the movies and film, guests are on hand to sign autographs and for photos at select locations.

Dates: Star Wars Weekends begin May 18 and run through June 10:

  • May 18-20
  • May 25-27
  • June 1-3
  • June 8-10