SamsDisneyDiary Episode #50: Star Wars Weekend “Feel the Force” Premium Package

Star Wars Weekend "Fell The Force" Premium Package

Star Wars Weekend “Fell The Force” Premium Package

The recent announcement of the Feel the Force Premium Package and its expansion in 2015 provided the perfect opportunity to look back at my experience from last year.  The package premiered in 2014 and was billed as a VIP experience with special parade viewing and a Fireworks Dessert Party to go along with the all new “Symphony in the Stars” Star Wars Fireworks.

While the video edition of SamsDisneyDiary #50 provides a look at the experience, to get the full impact of the fireworks they truly need to be experienced in person.  While I did my best to maneuver from the Stage Show hosted by James Arnold Taylor to a spot to view the fireworks, it will be very interesting to see how the removal of the Sorcerers Hat will impact this experience… In a positive way!!!

SamsDisneyDiary Video Episode #50:  Feel The Force:  Click the image to watch! 

There was a single package available in 2014 “Feel the Force Premium VIP Package”; while that package remains for 2015, Disney has added a Deluxe Premium Package and the Ultimate Day at Star War Weekends VIP Package.  More on those in a second…

Star Wars Weekend "Fell The Force" Premium Package Dessert Menu - Yes Please!!

Star Wars Weekend “Fell The Force” Premium Package Dessert Menu – Yes Please!!

For the 2014 Feel the Force Premium Package, we checked in near Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner, received our wristbands and headed out to experience other Star Wars Weekend entertainment.  We returned before the Celebrity Motorcade for our VIP viewing location.  The VIP area for the parade included soft drinks and select ice cream including Mickey Bar, very nice touch!

Star Wars Weekend "Fell The Force" Premium Package - Specialty Beverages - One of Each - That's the right Answer!

Star Wars Weekend “Fell The Force” Premium Package – Specialty Beverages – One of Each – That’s the right Answer!

After the parade, we attended some of the premier theater events.  Check out SDD43 for more on that.

The Parade Viewing was a bonus, but we are really here for the Fireworks Dessert Party, and WOW!  It was outstanding.  A variety of desserts all themed to Star Wars along with adult and kids themed drinks!  The Dessert Party offered great views of the Stage Show and views of the fireworks, albeit you had to move away from the Sorcerers Hat to view the fireworks.  The removal of the hat is indeed an upgrade for this, and other fireworks events.

Some of the desserts:

Star Wars Weekend "Fell The Force" Premium Package Dessert Menu - Yes Please!!

Star Wars Weekend “Fell The Force” Premium Package Dessert Menu – Yes Please!!

Dex’s Diners Ronna Lemon Tart with Raspberry

C3PO Golden Laced Pot de Crème

Naboo Gungan City Rice Crispy Bon Bons

Jabba the Huitt Dantooine cane syrup infused carrot cake and cream cheese parfait

Chocolate salted caramel ration bars

Yoda’s Chocolate Crunch Cupcakes

Dart Vader Cupcakes

Outpost Frozen Mickey Ice Cream…  and specialty adult beverages…

The Jedi Mind Trick, The Force, The Dark Side and Kid Friendly Padawn and the Ewok.

In true Disney fashion, Disney has +ed the event for 2015; here is what you get in 2015. Choose Wisely…  To get your reservation visit www.starwarsweekends.com.

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Feel the Force Premium Package

Darth's Mall was the place to be for Star Wars Merchandise.

Darth’s Mall was the place to be for Star Wars Merchandise.

The Force is stronger with a Feel the Force Premium Package during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Read More

Feel the Force Premium Package during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Premium Package includes:

  • A reserved viewing area with soft drinks and water for the Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade.
  • Reserved seating for one of the Celebrity Talk Shows in Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Show time will be selected at check-in. There are a limited amount of seats per show and times are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A reserved viewing location for the nightly Symphony in the Stars fireworks show, paired with…
  • A Star Wars-themed dessert party with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package

Star Wars Weekend "Fell The Force" Premium Package - "Jabba the Hutt" - Dantooine Cane Syrup Infused Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Parfait with Light Saber

Star Wars Weekend “Fell The Force” Premium Package – “Jabba the Hutt” – Dantooine Cane Syrup Infused Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Parfait with Light Saber

Expand your universe of choices by calling (407) 939-3463 to upgrade to a Feel the Force Deluxe Read More

Expand your package by upgrade to a Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package. The Deluxe package includes all the benefits of the standard package, and more:

  • A reserved viewing area with soft drinks and water for Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade at the front of the park at the parade start, with the opportunity to follow the motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard!
  • Reserved seating for ALL of the Celebrity Talk Shows in Theater of the Stars on the day of the package!
  • A reserved viewing location for the Symphony in the Stars fireworks and Star Wars-themed dessert party with specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Priority access to mega-popular Darth’s Mall, the Star Wars merchandise mecca (in a new location across from Studio Catering Co.) throughout the day of the package, plus…
  • Your own commemorative lanyard and credential to honor the special day.
  • BUT WAIT There is more!!!

The Ultimate Day at Star War Weekends VIP tour

New map every weekend!

New map every weekend!

What is the Ultimate Day?

  • Premium seating for Star Wars Weekends shows at Theater of the Stars, such as Stars of the Saga—a Star Wars-themed talk show that’s as entertaining as it is surprising
  • Expedited access to attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Midway Mania! and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Reserved viewing location during the Legends of the Force Motorcade
  • One (1) opportunity to meet a Character from the Dark Side
  • Early access to Darth’s Mall—no waiting required
  • Private deluxe continental breakfast at The Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Table-service lunch at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Post-tour access to the Jedi Training Academy for your Padawans
  • Plus, after your guided experience comes to a close, you’ll have time to enjoy the park on your own before ending your day the Ultimate way with VIP viewing of the Summon the Force finale show and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks spectacular!

 

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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #49 – Keys to the Kingdom Backstage Tour

Sams Disney Diary Episode #49 – Walt Disney Worlds Keys to the Kingdom backstage tour.

The Video Edition “SamsDisneyDiary Episode #49” below, features a ride on the Jungle Cruise like no other, inside information on the Haunted Mansion, The Enchanted Tiki Room and Pirates of the Caribbean, The video is direct from our Keys to the Kingdom tour guide. Hope you enjoy!

Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom backstage tour… Keys to the Kingdom! This 5-hour walking tour focused on the creation, development and daily operation of the Magic Kingdom. A simple walk down Main Street is transformed into a history lesson with intriguing stories about Walt, his vision, philosophies and accomplishments. The tour is age restricted; all guests must be over 16 with a photo ID. Previously, I had participated in the Epcot Segway Tour, a great way to combine a futuristic means of transportation with a behind the scenes look at World Showcase. I blogged about the Segway tour here at samsdisneydiary.com.

Keys to the Kingdom is just one of the many Magic Kingdom Tour Offerings

Keys to the Kingdom is just one of the many Magic Kingdom Tour Offerings

One of the biggest differences was Keys to the Kingdom included a trip backstage. It was a combination of “onstage” and “backstage” locations. I was able to use my camera while the tour was “onstage”, but it was restricted while “backstage”. The backstage location included the parade building, the building where all of the parade floats are kept. The parade building is between Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean, which alone was interesting. These attractions are normally a 15 minute walk from each other onstage. Standing backstage looking at the two buildings, they are now a mere 2 minute walk away. Wow.

9:00 am Tour… Guests Must be Accompanied by Magic Kingdom Tour Guide, so much for exploring the utilidoors on my own ;-)

9:00 am Tour… Guests Must be Accompanied by Magic Kingdom Tour Guide, so much for exploring the utilidoors on my own ;-)

I’m getting a little ahead of myself. There are 3 tours a day, starting at 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30am. Check park hours, as always times and locations are subject to change. For the latest information and to book your tour check the official Disney parks page for Keys to the Kingdom. Our tour was 9:00 am, the same time as rope drop. We arrived about 15 minutes early (you can get into the Magic Kingdom and check in at the Chamber of Commerce). Once checked in, Main Street was just about empty!!! I recommend an early tour because the photo pass photographers will be out and more than willing to take a picture on an empty Main Street for you. You’ll get to pick your lunch, as the tour stops at Columbia Harbor House, and get a headset so you can hear your tour guide. Of course I had my camera, but most of the audio from the tour itself is bad. I used what I could in the video edition of this blog.

Walt has two windows on Main Street… This one, above the Ice Cream Shop is considered a “closing credit” the only windows seen as you leave the Magic Kingdom. Sort of a wave good bye…

Walt has two windows on Main Street… This one, above the Ice Cream Shop is considered a “closing credit” the only windows seen as you leave the Magic Kingdom. Sort of a wave good bye…

Being in the park at the Chamber of Commerce Building before opening gave me the unique view of watching the rope drop and the wave of people running down Main Street… I’ve heard about it, so it was interesting to witness. After a few minutes, the crowd had moved down Main Street, and we started our tour. The tour traced the history of Walt Disney World, and our tour guide James surely had a passion for the story. He pointed out windows along Main Street and gave a quick history lesson on each. Did you know Walt has two windows on Main Street USA? There were stories about original Imagineers and about the strategy for acquiring the land that would become Walt Disney World.

One of the most interesting parts of the tour was riding two classic attractions. First was the Jungle Cruise, but this was a Jungle Cruise like no other. In fact, the skipper handed the microphone to our tour guide who gave us a history lesson about the Jungle Cruise and shared some of its secrets, such as, “I Love Disco”. I was able to record that cruise, and it’s part of the video. After the Jungle Cruise, we found a place to sit at the Tortuga Tavern and continued our history lesson of park development. It’s amazing to me how many places 10 people could find to just sit and talk while everyone else in the park was running ride to ride. It helped that Tortuga Tavern was running seasonal hours, but isn’t it always?

The Back Stage exit we used to access the parade pavilion, you can see a small piece of the “second” back stage line.

The Back Stage exit we used to access the parade pavilion, you can see a small piece of the “second” back stage line.

After a quick restroom stop, we headed backstage…finally! We made the left just past the Golden Oak Outpost, before Splash Mountain where the parades start. You would think as soon as you pass the gate you’re backstage. In reality, there is another line that actually starts backstage. The parade performers start and end their performances based on the out of sight backstage line. So if you’re watching the parade end, the performance continues until the performers are out of public view.

We walked down a ramp to an area between Splash and Pirates; the buildings from the back are very plain, in fact not even marked. We saw lots of ride vehicles in various stages of restoration, all neatly placed and ready to be worked on. The parade building was straight ahead, a large shed housing all of the Magic Kingdom parade vehicles. Elliot, Pete’s Dragon, just fit while Big Ben (Clock Tower) from the Main Street Electrical Parade needed to have the top lowered. Like an umbrella, the center folds down for storage. The Boo to You Parade and Christmas Parade were both under clear plastic, and I had to ask about Spectro Magic. According to the tour guide, Spectro was in the building until “earlier this summer” (about the time the rumored fire

Lunch at the Columbia Harbor House is included with the tour… Fired Shrimp for me!

Lunch at the Columbia Harbor House is included with the tour… Fired Shrimp for me!

destroyed most of the floats). Note to self, if you’re storing lights for an extended period of time, take the batteries out.  After the parade building and quick look at the Splash Mountain Reservoir, we headed back “onstage” and headed through Frontierland towards the Columbia Harbor House. Our tour guide continued to tell us stories about the history of Frontierland as we traveled the Wild West to New England. Lunch was waiting for us upstairs in a private area of the Harbor House; it’s been a while since I’ve eaten at the Harbor House. I’m not sure why, but the food was great!! Don’t let anyone try to tell you what’s good and bad about any restaurant; give it a try. The Fried Shrimp was great!

After lunch, we headed for our second group ride… the Haunted Mansion. It wasn’t the same as the Jungle Cruise, but our tour guide told us what to look for, and we talked about it after the ride. We made our way from the Haunted Mansion towards the Crystal Palace. This is where we

The Window for M.T.Lott Real Estate Investments served as our transaction into the history of land acquisition for Walt Disney World. Some of the factious companies used by Disney included: Bay Lake Properties. Reedy Creek Ranch Lands and Compass East Corporation.

The Window for M.T.Lott Real Estate Investments served as our transaction into the history of land acquisition for Walt Disney World. Some of the factious companies used by Disney included: Bay Lake Properties. Reedy Creek Ranch Lands and Compass East Corporation.

made our second trip “backstage”. We went through a Cast Member entrance near First-Aid and the Baby Care Center. That basically put the Jungle Cruise on our right and the back of Main Street on our left. There were lots of people and activity here, unlike the parade building which was empty. We walked toward the front of the park and entered the back of the Emporium. That’s when we took the steps down into the Utilidors! Finally… the stuff of legend! The tunnels below the Magic Kingdom, I’m not sure what I was expecting, are more like hallways as in any office building. There are rooms for electric, storage, conference rooms, supplies, offices and break rooms. It was disconnected from the rest of the Magic Kingdom with real music was playing, not background music. It was just cool to be under Main Street. The tour continued “around” Town Square, toward the front of the park, then down the opposite side of Main Street USA.
Our tour guide continued his story of the Magic Kingdom with pictures and props placed along our tour. It was obvious that this was the “Tour” area of the Utilidor, the “almost” backstage, but not actually backstage area that’s set up for tour groups. The tour was very controlled and planned, and one of the coolest stops for me was the Pin Check-In Center. This is where cast members get their trading pins for the day. Wish I could have traded right there We finished the

The park was crowded as we started down Main Street USA. James continued to point out interesting facts all the way down main street.

The park was crowded as we started down Main Street USA. James continued to point out interesting facts all the way down main street.

tour backstage behind Tony’s Town Square Restaurant and headed back to the Chamber of Commerce. Where did the 5 hours go?

Overall, the tour was great!! I’m glad we decided to add it to our adult trip, and I would do it again. Park Admission and advance reservations are required. The cost?…A reasonable $79.00. For reservations call 407-WDW-TOUR (407) 939-8687 or check the latest details online. Be sure to ask for discounts, Disney Visa, Annual Pass, D23, DVC and even AAA may be accepted.

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SamsDisneyDiary #48 – Star Wars Weekend “Galactic Breakfast” at the Sci-Fi

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast.  Photo Opp

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast. Photo Opp

Welcome back to SamsDisneyDiary Episode #48.  The official announcements have been made, and the ever popular “Star Wars Weekends” will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios covering 5 weekends from May 15 – June 14, 2015.  Along with all of the Star Wars Weekends festivities, the “Galactic Dine In Breakfast” will also be returning to the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater, and not just during the weekend.  The Star Wars themed character breakfast will run daily from May the 4th through the end of Star Wars Weekends June 14th, 2015.  Every day from 8-11am, the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater is transformed into a cosmic breakfast featuring some of your favorite Star Wars characters.  Reservations are definitely recommended to join in the festivities; the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater goes back to its normal operation for lunch and dinner.
You’ll check in for your breakfast at a podium outside the restaurant.  When your name is called and you enter the building, you know right away that something is different.  You are greeted by none other than Darth Vader and Boba Fett, both waiting for you to arrive.  This is the only time you’ll have a personal interaction with both of these characters, so take your time.   If you have a big Vader fan in your group, make sure you get a picture!  Let them pose solo and then get a group.   Remember, part of the cost of breakfast is for the character interaction.  Don’t be shy, use the Photo Pass photographer.  This will most likely be your only opportunity to see Darth Vader and Boba Fett one-on-one.  Boba Fett will be happy to take a “selfie”, Darth Vader – not so much!

Watch SamsDisneyDiary Episode #48 the video… then keep reading!

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast.  Breakfast Pastries including Vanilla Cream Turnover, Almond Pastry, and Double Chocolate Muffin

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast. Breakfast Pastries including Vanilla Cream Turnover, Almond Pastry, and Double Chocolate Muffin

When you finish the character interaction, you’ll head to your table.  Well, if you’re familiar with the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater you know that you’re headed for your car, situated in a 50s style drive-in theater high in the Hollywood Hills.  That’s a topic for another SamsDisneyDiary.  For now, the theater is converted to a Star Wars paradise.  With Star Wars clips and interactive characters including Greedo, Stormtroopers and Jawas walking table to table (or car to car as it is).

Let me be clear, this is a Disney Character Breakfast.  If you’ve experienced any other Character Breakfast, you know that they typically have a breakfast buffet where you help yourself while characters travel table to table.  While it’s similar, Greedo and the others will come to you, there is no buffet.  If you think about it, where would you put it especially with the dim lighting?  Instead, as soon as we sat down, we were greeted with a platter of “Star Wars Breakfast Pastries” all wonderfully themed, Vanilla Cream Turnovers, Almond Pastries and Double Chocolate Muffins.  We were also presented with a menu.  As I mentioned, there is no buffet; however, you can and are encouraged to view this as an “All You Can Eat Buffet – Menu”.

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast.  The Dune Sea (House Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs, Wild Mushroom Potato Hash with Multi Grain Toast Slathered with Goat Cheese Butter

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast. The Dune Sea (House Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs, Wild Mushroom Potato Hash with Multi Grain Toast Slathered with Goat Cheese Butter

Pick an Anchorhead Appetizer.  I went with the Greek Yogurt Parfait with Fresh Berries and Homemade Granola (and Yoda garnish), then you can pick an Entrée:  All wonderfully themed to match the Star Wars theme.  Entrees include:

The Dune Sea:  House-Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs, Wild Mushroom Potato Hash with Multigrain Toast Slathers with Goat Cheese Butter

The Kessel Run: Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes.

Tatooine Sunrise: Scrambled Eggs, Nueske’s Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes

Imperial Delight: Caramelized Banana-Stuffed French Toast with Caramel Sauce and Strawberry Compote

Ackbar Surprise: Smoked Paprika-Dusted Shrimp Pan-Seared and served with Cheesy Grits

Mos Eisleys Morning:  Egg White Omelet with Shitake Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions, Garlic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Greek Yogurt with Berries.

Like more than one?  Try one first, then you can switch to something else.

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast.  The Kessel Run.  Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes

Star Wars Weekend Galactic Breakfast. The Kessel Run. Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes

While you’re enjoying breakfast, the Hollywood Hills Drive-In will feature a wide array of Star Wars clips.  There is something from all of the movies to date, providing a common bond between generations.  Disney has also produced some original clips specific for the breakfast and dug deep into the archive to bring back clips from the “Star Wars Holiday Special” 2014.  It was the first time it had been shown since 1978 – and when you see it, you’ll know why.  Maybe most interesting is that it includes the first appearance of Boba Fett, almost 5 years before the Empire Strikes Back was released.  I captured lots of video and included about 15 minutes of it in the SamsDisneyDiary Video #48.

The additional character interactions can be quite entertaining… If you’re just after a picture with Storm Troopers, Jawas or Greedo, you can do that.  But, they are willing to “play along”, and you can make

Bobba Get Selfie

Bobba Get Selfie

the interaction quite interesting.   Ask Greedo, did he shot first?  Turns out, Stormtroopers can be very funny, and the Jawa’s love to barter…that’s what they do.  If you have something loose on the table such as a camera, button, pin or even a pencil, they will reach into their bag and try to trade.   It can be quite interesting and entertaining.  I was able to trade a dead AA battery (I mean a Power Generator) for a Chuck-E-Cheese token.  If you’re going, take something shiny or something inexpensive, maybe a string of beads or a glow stick (since the theater is dark, and they light up nicely).   Most of all have fun with it.  You’re here for the experience, so take advantage of it.  If you’re here just for breakfast, it’s the wrong place.

Be sure to check out the video of my experience.  Thanks for watching, reading and listening.  Be sure to follow me on twitter @SamsDisneyDiary, Instagram www.instagram.com/SamsDisneyDiary,  www.facebook.com.samsdisneydiary and check out the Disney Nerds Podcast subscribe in your favorite RSS reader here.

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SamsDisneyDiary #47 – Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Score the MAX!

You too can be a Galactic Hero, scoring the maximum 999,999 on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Don’t tell anyone, it’s our little secret!

Need to Help? Check out the video below… and good luck Space Ranger!!

Thanks for watching…

Score the Maximum on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (999,999)

Score the Maximum on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (999,999)

When Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom opened “Buzz Light Years Space Ranger Spin” (November 1998), the world of video games and dark rides collided.  Buzz Light Year is the original, leading the way to Buzz Light Year of Star Command (Disneyland) and Toy Story Midway Mania (California Adventure/Hollywood Studios) and countless shooting games at amusement parks across the country.

If you want to score the Max, you better be ready, the first 100,000 point target, the largest, is in the first room! Look for the BOXOBOT.  The big points are inside the robots left hand.

The story behind Buzz Lightyear is simple.  You are the newest “Star Command” recruit and are on your way to defend the “crystallic fusion cells” needed to power the space vehicles of the “Little Green Men”.   The “Evil Emperor Zurg” is looking to steal the “crystallic fusion cells” for his own use against Buzz Light Year.  It’s your opportunity to become a “Galactic Hero”.

One of the three Secret 100,000 Point Targets

One of the three Secret 100,000 Point Targets

With any game comes a score and with a score comes a competition….all friendly, of course.  The largest wager is usually a Dole Whip but mostly bragging rights.  If you’re like me, you want to have that high score.   At some point though, you start to notice your children’s scores are starting to rival yours.  Then that fateful day…your children pass your score!!!  If you have that high score every time, you can stop reading and don’t need to watch the video.  You rock, and no one will ever catch you.

If you’re still reading, I can help!!!  It’s time Mom and Dad get the 999999 Galactic Hero rank.  What’s the secret?  The secret is all in positioning.

Aim for the bottom of Zurg’s Ship, it’s worth 100,000 Points

There are at least 2 targets worth 100,000 points each, and if you position yourself correctly you can hit them at least 5 times each.  You find them and get 999999 – Galactic Hero.

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Floor Plan with 100,000 point targets

Secret Blue Print to the Big Points (Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin)

Secret Blue Print to the Big Points (Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin)

First tip:  You want to be the first into the vehicle because the first 100,000 target is on the left of the vehicle (traveling forward).  If you’re on the right, you may be blocked by the person in the car in front of you and there are no points for the back of their head.  The first target comes up quickly, so be ready.  Second tip:  You need to control the spinner (which should be easy early in the ride).  Turn the vehicle slightly left and look for the first robot (Boxobot).  The target you want is the inside of his left hand.  If positioned well, you could hit this target 8 times, and that’s 800,000 in the first room.

You’ll find a 50,000 point target on top of the volcano in the second room, the second highest point total of any target.

The second 100,000 point target is in the third room located at the very bottom of Zurg’s ship.  It’s a little tricky to position, but you should be able to hit it before and after passing the ship.

Three targets, and that’s all you need to master Buzz Light Year Space Ranger Spin and become a Galactic Hero!

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SamsDisneyDiary #46 – Magic Kingdoms Secret Recharging Station – No, It’s not that one!

SamsDisneyDiary #46 Recharge Station Story Book Circus 4If you’re like me, your electronic devices have become absolutely essential at Walt Disney World. Cameras to capture memories, phones for keeping in touch with others in the park, or smart phones for making last minute dining reservations or Fast Pass Plus changes.. We are lost without power! Finding a place to charge your devices can be a challenge…
SamsDisneyDiary #46 Recharge Station Story Book Circus 3Recently I found the perfect location in the Magic Kingdom; no, not the “Tangled” themed rest rooms that everyone talks about, but the secret spot over in Story Book Circus!
It is the perfect spot for a quick recharge, both for your devices and YOU! Located next to Pete’s Silly Side Show and behind Big Top Treats, the location is a perfect spot to sit in the shade and enjoy a treat from the Big Top.

SamsDisneyDisey Episode #46

SamsDisneyDiary #46 Recharge Station Story Book Circus 1The location was the Fast Pass distribution location for the Dumbos and Barnstormer (Featuring the Great Goofini). When the classic Fast Pass locations were closed, this location became a hidden gem. There is really no reason to venture into this back corner of the Magic Kingdom, making it a perfect hideaway. Complete with seating, couches and lounges you just can’t get any better… As long as you have a nice cold treat from Big Top Treats that is!

The location is occasionally used for character meet and greets, specifically during special events – Like Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but is typically wide open! Take advantage of it while you can!SamsDisneyDiary #46 Recharge Station Story Book Circus 2

Remember – Keep it our secret.

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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #45 – New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Studios

New Years Eve Fireworks at Hollywood Studios

New Years Eve Fireworks at Hollywood Studios

New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World… if you’re like me, you’ve always wondered what it would be like… the countdown, the fireworks, the special events!   It’s on my bucket list, and I will get to see the events in person someday.  Until then, this may be the closest I can get…. A birds eye view of the New Year’s Eve Countdown at Walt Disney Worlds Hollywood Studios!

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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #44 – Lumberjacks Invade Epcot’s Canadian Pavilion!

The Mill Stage is the home for the Canadian Lumberjacks

The Mill Stage is the home for the Canadian Lumberjacks

After nearly 17 years of continuous performances, Off Kilter, the Canadian Celtic-Rock Band played its last set at “The Mill Stage” on September 28th 2014.

The Canadian Lumberjacks

The Canadian Lumberjacks

The Mill Stage was quickly updated and opened just 7 days later on October 5th, 2014.  This time the sounds of Celtic Music were replaced with the sounds of Chain Saws.

I just happened to be in Epcot for the first day of soft opening; in fact, it was the second show ever.  I had my camera and captured the moment.  I was a little surprised and didn’t have my tripod, but I did my best.  I know Off Kilter has some diehard fans, and many were upset by their removal from the Canadian pavilion.  Only those on the inside know exactly why the decision was made; regardless, here is the second ever “Lumberjack Show” from Epcots Canadian Pavilin.

SamsDisneyDiary Episode #44 – Lumberjacks Invade Canada!

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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #43 – Star Wars Weekend 2014 – “The Premiere Theater”

Star Wars Weekend 2014 - Premiere Theater

The Premier Theater is a hub of activity at Star Wars Weekends. See one you like? Get a fast pass!

For years now, Star Wars Weekend has taken advantage of the space provided by Hollywood Studios “Premiere Theater”. The space, behind Muppet Vision 3D near the Streets of America, was originally used for the Beauty and the Beat Stage Show (1993-1994), then the Spirit of Pocahontas (1995-1996), then The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996-2002), and most recently the Frozen “First Time In Forever Sing-Along” (July 5th 2014 – today) and has been used seasonally for special events including Star Wars Weekends (2008 – now). The recent closing of the American Idol in the “Superstar Television Theater” has many people speculating that the Frozen Sing Along will move to the bigger venue in early 2015, allowing Star Wars Weekend to once again utilize the Premiere Theater.

 

SamsDisneyDiary #43 a look inside the Premiere Theater during Star Wars Weekend!


The Premiere Theater provides an indoor facility for some of the most interesting Star Wars Weekends presentations. The presentations change each weekend based on the celebrities attending and new for 2014, they all have Fast Pass+ reservation options. The “high-energy” shows available the weekend I attended included:

  • Behind the Force: Stars of the Saga

    Behind the Force: Stars of the Saga

    Behind the Force: Star Wars Rebels (Listen closely as host Ashley Eckstein-the voice of Ahsoka Tano-and some special guests take you on a behind the scenes “sneak peek” of the new television show Star Wars Rebels.

  • Stars of the Saga: Join Star Wars Weekends celebrity host James Arnold Taylor as he puts on this entertaining 30-minute, Star Wars- themed talk show. Experience the fascinating life and movie- making adventures of Star Wars celebrities.
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond Staring James Arnold Taylor: Feel the force flowing as Star Wars Weekends celebrity host James Arnold Taylor takes his audience on a fun and fascinating journey into the world of voice acting. In this Star Wars Weekend exclusive, James performs over 200 popular and iconic characters.

 

Each of the shows happened once a day each day of the weekend. While all of them had a Star Wars theme, I found the last show, Obi-Wan and Beyond as the most entertaining of the three. I would call this show high energy – James Arnold Taylor put on a masterful performance of characters ranging from “Obi-Wan” to “Fred Flintstone” to a “Pop Tart”. Voice Acting is an amazing art that is easily overlooked, and James brings a human and humorous touch to the art. This episode of Sams Disney Diary features the best of that session. Hope you enjoy!!


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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #42 – Star Wars Weekend 2014 Recap

StarWarsWeekend2014 (8)Yep, I’m a Disney Nerd – and I’m a Star Wars Nerd!  It should be obvious based on past blog posts, Star Wars Weekend 2013 and Star Wars Weekend 2012.  I was able to attend Star Wars Weekend 2014 this past June, and while the blog is overdue, it feels like yesterday!  Being a Star Wars Weekend veteran, my focus this year is on what’s new:  The “Feel the Force Premium Package”, the Symphony in the Sky Fireworks and the Galactic Breakfast in the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.

With so much happening at Star Wars Weekend, it was impossible to get everything in a single video.  This episode is all about what’s new for 2014.   Star Wars Weekend expanded to 5 weekends in 2014, extending the traditional event by a full week.  I attended the final weekend, June 13-15, with celebrity appearances featuring Star Wars Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.  It also happened to be Father’s Day weekend, and Disney introduces some cool Star Wars father related t-shirts including “The Galaxy’s Best Dad” featuring Darth Vader.

Legends of the Force Celebrity Motorcade.

Legends of the Force Celebrity Motorcade.

Darth’s Mall was back in Sound Stage 1, its original location.   I was just in time for the introduction of the limited edition Star Wars Weekend Magic Bands – available in Green (Yoda) and Red (Darth Vader), they introduced a bonus feature.  Within Hollywood Studios, when you return for a Fast Pass using a Darth Vader Magic Band, the kiosk lights up red and you hear Darth Vader breathing!!!  Cool – I can also verify that the Magic Bands only work at Hollywood Studios and were still working in October 2014 (Yes, this blog is a little late).  Check out the video!

Star Wars Weekends are full of Star Wars related activities.  James Arnold Taylor, the host of Star Wars Weekends, re-caps the day’s events on the main stage right after the celebrity motorcade… Hope you enjoy the preview and future episodes of Star Wars Weekend.

 

Shortly after returning from my Star Wars Weekend trip I spend some time on “The Disney Nerds” podcast talking about the experience, you can listen to it here.

The Disney Nerds Podcast Episode #38:

The Disney Nerds Podcast Show #38 – Star Wars Weekend 2014

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SamsDisneyDiary Episode #41 – Hidden Epcot Surpirse, be a Canadian Ranger!

You never know exactly where the clues will be, I found Justin in the hat display.

You never know exactly where the clues will be, I found Justin in the hat display.

When I tell my non-Disney Nerd friends I’m headed back to Walt Disney World, I get the same reaction and puzzled look, again? My answer is always the same, “Yep, again!” I’ve given up trying to convince most of them. It does bother me to know the only experience some of them will have is a single hot summer day in the Magic Kingdom with huge crowds, no Fast Passes, no dining reservations and no pre-planning. Ouch! That’s not Disney World at all! Everyone reading this knows exactly what I mean!

So why go back? No matter how many times you visit, you’ll discover something new. Case in point, after dozens of trips into Epcot’s Canadian pavilion, I discovered something I hadn’t noticed before… At the top of the steps next to the totem pole on the left, you’ll find the Northwest Mercantile, a sleepy little gift shop that’s a little out of the way (a little being at the top of the steps). Inside that small shop you’ll find a hidden adventure that isn’t publicized. You won’t find it on any park map, and you’ll have problems finding references to it on the internet. In fact, you’ll need to ask a cast member or find one of the clues to complete the adventure and become an Honorary Canadian Forest Ranger!

SamsDisneyDiary the Video Episode #41 – Canadian Adventure 

The best of the hidden Canadian secrets required to be an honorary park ranger?  Justin Beaver!

The best of the hidden Canadian secrets required to be an honorary park ranger? Justin Beaver!

You may have noticed some of the clues last time you visited, but just didn’t ask the next question. There is a series of 6 hidden stuffed animals with small Canadian references hidden throughout the store. Best part, they are NEVER in the same place… they are moved by guests and by cast members throughout the day. Can you find all of the animals and name them? The only thing that will give them away is the name tag they are wearing. Look up, look down, look behind things… they are in the store someplace, sometimes in plain sight.

I’ll give you my favorite, but you’ll need to find the others…

Justin Beaver. You’ll need to find them all. Who could the others be? Make that part of your next adventure in Epcot, and maybe a reason to check out a part of the Canadian pavilion that you may not have explored otherwise! Way to go Canada, ah!

Thanks for watching, and I hope to see you at the 2014 Food and Wine Festival!!! Follow me on twitter @SamsDisneyDiary for details!!

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