Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jan 31, 2011
    Kathleen from NY Asked

    Ok, so I've heard the star wars attraction is under refurbishment. My son loves Star Wars. Is there anything at all Star Wars related going on while the refurbishment is underway? We will be at the parks between Feb21-Feb25 2011.

    Hi Kathleen,

    Your trip is oh so close & I know you're super excited!

    You've heard correct - Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS) is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and isn't scheduled to reopen until May 20, 2011. When the all-new Star Tours reopens, it will take Guests to destinations in 3-D.  

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

    If your son is between the ages of 4 and 12, he can participate in the Jedi Training Academy (JTA) which is very popular among young Star Wars fans.  After completing their training, each participant "battles" Darth Vader. JTA is located next to Star Tours and 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 and they start registration first thing in the morning and 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 must be present with you to register. They will ask him a couple of questions to make sure he can follow some basic directions.  It is way cute!

    All Guests can have pictures taken with Darth Vader and a couple of Storm Troopers next to the entrance of Star Tours.  They appear intermittently throughout the day usually between JTA sessions.

    Oh - and across from Tatooine Traders there is a model of one of the racers (don't laugh - I don't know the exact name of it) 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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