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Star Tours Meet-Up at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 5th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

UPDATE – Wow, we’re thrilled with the great response for our Star Tours meet-up at Walt Disney World. Sign up for the event is now closed. All participants have been or soon will be notified. Thank you for your interest and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for word of additional meet-ups in the future.

Attention Star Tours and Walt Disney Imagineering fans – just after Disney’s Hollywood Studios closes to the public on May 19, parts of the park will re-open for a special meet-up to celebrate the galactic debut of the new 3-D attraction.

Star Tours Attraction

Those in attendance will be among a group at our panel discussion with Walt Disney Imagineers. They’ll offer an insider’s look at Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and share some behind-the-scenes details about the experience. Fans will also have a chance to ask questions about the making-of the attraction and what it’s like to work on this project. There will also be a few surprises you won’t want to miss.

The event begins at 12:01 a.m. on May 20 and runs until 2 a.m. Attendance is limited so sign up early.

To attend, RSVP to and follow these directions carefully:

  • All guests who RSVP for the event must be 18 years or older, but your guest does not need to be 18. You can only bring one guest.
  • Valid RSVPs must include 1) “Star Tours Meet-Up RSVP” in the subject line and 2) your name in the body of the email. All RSVPs will be for the person who responds plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.

We will send an e-mail to those who send their valid RSVP before we reach capacity to confirm their attendance for the May 20 event. Depending on your e-mail settings, you may not receive the confirmation e-mail, so we recommend that you also check the list of attendees on the Disney Parks Blog. We will give an update at the top of this post that will include a link to the list of names of all confirmed attendees. If you do not receive an e-mail from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of attendees, your RSVP was not accepted.

Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation.

Let us know if the “Obi-Wanna-Be” inside of you wants to attend our first meet-up at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Banks on May 5th, 2011 at 11:08 am

Sent! Hoping I made it in!


Jeremiah from CA on May 5th, 2011 at 11:09 am

So excited about this! We are flying out from California for Star Wars Weekends and the opening! I hope I make it on the good list!


Eddie on May 5th, 2011 at 11:13 am

Wish I could be there! Hope u all have a blast!

Have a great day !

May the force be with u,
Steamboat Eddie


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Eddie. We’re really excited about this.


Zach on May 5th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Sounds awesome, can’t wait. Noticing that there’s nothing involving riding the actual ride during this but I don’t care. I’m sure to enjoy it just the same


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Hi Zach, yes…there will be an opportunity to experience the attraction.


Brian on May 5th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Sent my email. Thanks for the opportunity. So excited to be at WDW the week of the 16th culminating with Star Wars weekend and hopefully a ride on the new Star Tours. Can’t wait, let the countdown begin!


Martin on May 5th, 2011 at 11:19 am

Heck yeah I’d love to attend! This has always been one of my favorite rides since my first visit to Disney as a child!


Debra on May 5th, 2011 at 11:20 am

This is most seriously cool. I’m crossing my fingers that the force is with me for this event!


Cheryl on May 5th, 2011 at 11:26 am

OMG! 2 of my favorites Disney and Star Wars!!! Hope I was fast enough and the force is with me as this will be way too cool!!! Can not wait for my trip next week!!


Brandee from FL on May 5th, 2011 at 11:33 am

Stalked the blog all morning waiting for this!!

When will the lucky ones be announced?


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:47 am

Great. We’ll have the list later today.


William on May 5th, 2011 at 11:39 am

Just sent my e-mail, too. Didn’t know this was coming, but I’m hoping that I made the cut for the early look at the new ride. Very cool idea.


Michael on May 5th, 2011 at 11:40 am

I just sent my email in now for the RSVP. I’ll be there May18th-22nd with my lady, so we’re hoping to get the chance to be apart of this!


Lauren on May 5th, 2011 at 11:42 am

Passes required? And will the day count as the 20th or the 19th if I do use a pass. Will be down for at the time, but with a four day pass for 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. NOT 19th. Just curious if I will need to ADD A DAY if I get into the RSVP list?


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:56 am

No passes required…this is a special “after-hours” event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The meet-up is free.


Stephanie on May 5th, 2011 at 11:44 am

Is this a free event? If not, how much is it?


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:48 am

Hi Stephanie, this is a free event.


Stephanie on May 5th, 2011 at 11:48 am

Oh sorry, last question, would we still have to pay for parking, if we only go to this event?


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 11:53 am

No worries…parking will be free too.


Teresa from PA on May 5th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Oh, I wish this was a week earlier to coincide with Destination D! I’m so looking forward to 2.0.


Mary Malinda from AR on May 5th, 2011 at 11:58 am

This is so great! I am 54 and my daughter is 33 and we will be at Disney from May 13-23 to experience a Mother Daughter Experience. It will be fabulous if we get to attend this event. Thank you for a great idea to bring the joy of Star Wars to so many people. We are counting down the days!


Krystalle on May 5th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

*Squee!* Sent in an RSVP, really hope we can get tickets. We’re HUGE Star Wars nerds and can’t wait to see the new Star Tours! Good luck to everyone who entered!


Kara from WI on May 5th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Sent mine in @10:11 central time. Hopefully I made the list too. Will there be any opportunities to take any pictures of what we’ll be seeing?


Evan on May 5th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I sent my e-mail. I hope I get in, I think it’s a sign, since I made Bantha Stew for dinner and Lightsabers for dessert last night. Come on, the force is strong in me (and my son). :-)


Adam on May 5th, 2011 at 12:03 pm

1: Will cameras be allowed?

2: For those staying on property, will there be any bus transportation back to the resorts after the events or will cab’s be available?


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hi Adam. Sure, bring your camera – there will be several interesting opportunities during the meet-up.

And if you receive a confirmation e-mail this afternoon, send me an e-mail. We’ll work something out.


Brook from NY on May 5th, 2011 at 12:14 pm

What a very cool opportunity!!!! Congrats to those of you who made it!


Sabrina on May 5th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Here is hoping. Sent it in a little late, but hoping for some pixie dust!

Good luck to all. :)


Anna from KY on May 5th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Sent in my RSVP at 11:06 Eastern… Really thought I made it in early enough and I’m gonna be reeaaaally sad if we didnt make it in. The 19th is our last night at WDW this time. :(

Anyone reading actually got a confirmation email yet?



David on May 5th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’m staying at the Polynesian, is there transportation that late to the event?


A.J. from OH on May 5th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

@Anna from KY I sent my RSVP at 11:53 Eastern, I haven’t gotten a response yet. I hope I made it in time…I just stumbled on across this a few mins before I sent the RSVP, didn’t know about it till then. Anyone know what time it was posted?


Michael on May 5th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

It’s going to be a nail biter. No confirmation email for me yet, however, gotta stay positive!


maria from FL on May 5th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Is an email that “makes the case” for our entry be better or preferred?
Or do we just send email with names and cross our fingers?

I ask because we attend Star Wars weekend EVERY year (in Jedi gear) and have made special plans for this year.
Staying at Disney resort from May 18-21st.
We would be very happy to “make our case” with images of our participation in previous Star Wars weekends.
My husband has also entertained fellow guests in various waiting lines with his near perfect Darth Vader / Mufasa impersonation. You have to hear it to believe it.



Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi Maria, that’s awesome. No need to “make a case” – email with your information is perfect. Thanks.


Brandee from FL on May 5th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I sent my RSVP @ 11:01am EST. I’m crossing my fingers that it was in quickly enough! Nothing yet.


Jeremiah from CA on May 5th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

So it looks like it was an hour before the “full” sign was posted but going off of all the other sites posting links I would say it was full by about 11:30 am EST. So a half hour is not too bad. I hope I made it in!

Also it does look like a few of us might needs rides back to the hotel….or we could just get in line for fastpasses for Star Wars Weekend stars!


Miles from NY on May 5th, 2011 at 1:11 pm

if we get in should we bring out Galatic Passports?


Travis from NH on May 5th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Any chance that those nifty Disney Parks Blog pins will be given out during this Meet-up? :)

Discussion Kingdom


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Great suggestion, Travis. Expect a few surprises at the meet-up.


Cheryl on May 5th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Just got my email I GOT IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This trip is going to be EPIC!!!!!! Pixar 25th, Cars 2 Downtown Disney, Destination D, Star Tours Event, Star Tours opening, and Star tours weekend!!!!!!!


Anna from KY on May 5th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Confirmation received! Sooooo excited!!!!! 😀


Thomas Smith on May 5th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Congratulations, Anna. Looking forward to seeing you there.


Jennifer on May 5th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Thomas, just received my confirmation and will be staying at the Pop Century. Can you tell me if Disney Transportation will be available other than what was reported in the email? Thank you, and looking forward to a great end to my 30th birthday on the 19th :)


David on May 5th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Any chance some leeway can be given to “late” West Coast RSVPers? This announcement was a little early for our time zone. 😛


Patrick on May 5th, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Sweet! Got my confirmation email, I am in. Now to hold the contest that determines who my guest will be….


Jeremiah from CA on May 5th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I got in!


Ashleigh from MN on May 5th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Got in! Thanks for such a great event!


Jeremiah from CA on May 5th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Thomas – about how many fans will be attending this event?


Brandee from FL on May 5th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I am so thrilled. I am going to have one over the moon child (and, uh, two that will be less thrilled)!


Raymond on May 5th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Still waiting hope I get a confirmation soon will buses run from DIsney resorts?


Sydney on May 5th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Just got my confirmation!! Taking my little brother. Making memories is what this year is all about after all, right? 😉


Michael on May 5th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

No confirmation email yet. I’m sure all of them were already sent out, or? Last chance I have is something is wrong with my email address, and I make the list that will be posted later.


Banks on May 5th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Got my confirmation!!!! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to be part of this!


Evan on May 5th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

GOT IN!! may is a great month (anniversary and star tours!)


Jeffrey from IL on May 5th, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Hi Thomas. Just found out about this. I sent my email anyways in hopes of getting in.


Raymond on May 5th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Still Waiting for confirmation PLEASE hurry Up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Evan on May 5th, 2011 at 2:38 pm

no e-mail, I guess I didn’t get in. :-(


Kara from WI on May 5th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Is there any way to find out the time cutoff for people accepted?


Stephanie on May 5th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

i clicked on the link, but i don’t see a list