Top Picks for Star Wars Fans at Disney World

From building your own lightsaber to meeting some of your favorite characters, Disney World Resorts offer visitors many chances to immerse themselves in the world of "Star Wars." If you're planning your trip to Disney World with a "Star Wars" fan of your own, be sure to check out some of these great attractions, performances, rides, and character appearances.

Especially because of the revitalization of the franchise in recent years, you'll likely run into more and more new characters each year you go to Disney World, and the park has even announced plans to expand the "Star Wars" area of Hollywood Studios.

Be sure to check out the official Hollywood Studios website for the most up-to-date information on attractions and performances times and to book your reservations in advance. Fortunately, all of the "Star Wars" related destinations are centered around this one area of the park, so if you're planning a trip to Disney World Orlando with your...MORE "Star Wars" fan, you won't have to go too far to find something he or she will enjoy.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since 2000.

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    Kids play with light sabers at Disney World
    ••• Now find Star Wars merchandise at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney Springs' Once Upon a Toy year round. © The Walt Disney Company

    Visit the "Once Upon a Toy" shop in Disney Springs or the "Tatoonie Traders" inside Hollywood Studios (at the exit to the Star Wars ride) and build your very own lightsaber!

    No Jedi is complete without one, and you can create your own custom design, or make a lightsaber like the one carried by a favorite Star Wars character. No matter what you decide, your little Jedi will be able to take home their own authentic lightsaber replica at a pretty decent price.

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    Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

    Young Disney World guest participates in Jedi Training at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    ••• This Youngling was brave enough to face villians and sign on for Jedi Training at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © The Walt Disney Company/David Roark, Photographer

    Younglings who wish to participate in the show should head to Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost in Disney's Hollywood Studios to register as soon as the park opens.

    Those participating in the exciting Jedi training session will come face to face with Darth Vader and other notorious "Star Wars" villains. The 20-minute Jedi Training session takes place adjacent to the Star Tours ride at various times throughout the day.

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    Star Wars Characters Meet and Greet

    Guest to Disney's Hollywood Studios pose with Chewbacca from Star Wars saga.
    ••• Meet the characters from the Star Wars sagas at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © The Walt Disney Company/Matt Stroshane, Photographer

    While Disney is promising more characters to come to Star Wars Launch Bay, currently you may run across Chewbacca, Wookiee, Kylo Ren, or a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers who perform the "March of the First Order" daily up Hollywood Boulevard to Center Stage.

    Also be on the lookout for "BB-8 Astromech on Duty" at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Animation Courtyard, where everyone's favorite new robot puts on performances twice daily.

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    Star Wars Launch Bay

    Star Wars' Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    ••• Celebrate everything Star Wars at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © The Walt Disney Company

    Star Wars Launch Bay (previously Magic of Disney Animation) is Star Wars central at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Step inside to encounter beloved Star Wars characters, explore galleries full of memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, play the latest Star Wars interactive video games, and access Star Wars merchandise.

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    Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

    Star Tours ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    ••• The re-imagined 3-D Star Tours - The Adventures Continue at Disney's Hollywood Studios features a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology. © The Walt Disney Company

    Fasten your seat belt and blast off on a thrilling 3-D tour of the Star Wars galaxy at "Star Tours: The Adventures Continue" in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Your voyage will take you to an amazing alien world where you will come face to face with the likes of Yoda, Chewbacca, or even Darth Vader.

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    Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

    Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    ••• Star Wars fans enjoy the perfect ending to their day at Disney's Hollywood Studios with Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular. © The Walt Disney Company/Chloe Rice, Photographer

    Guests to Disney's Hollywood Studios can end their day at the park with a dazzling out-of-this-world "Star Wars" themed light show set to the sweeping scores of the franchise's films.

    Combining great scenes from the movies, a spectacular projection-mapped light show, and a dazzling fireworks display into one nightly event, your "Star Wars" fan won't want to miss "Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular."

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    Unique Star Wars Merchandise and Memorabilia

    Mr. Potato Head: Star Wars Darth Tater
    ••• Little tikes can join the Star Wars mania with a Mr. Potato Head dressed as Darth Tater. © Hasbro/Disney

    When you visit Disney World you can find unique, "park only" Star Wars merchandise at Disney's Hollywood Studios including mini collectible figures, Vinylmations, themed Disney pins, Darth Tater (Mister Potato Head with a makeover from the Dark Side), Jedi Mickey and friends stuffed animals and figures, "Star Wars" artwork and prints, and "Star Wars" clothing, costumes, and accessories.

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    Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Star Wars lands at Disney World and Disneyland
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     Including scenes from "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," this new live-action show immerses audiences in all the action of the franchise, where all of your favorite characters take to the stage to reenact some of the biggest moments in the series.

    This new, all-ages show runs multiple times daily, and your "Star Wars" fan won't want to miss a chance to see some of the great big-screen characters come to life in "Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away."