The lagoon which was originally incorporated into the Studios design to form one of the ears in the enormous Hidden Mickey that the park was initially intended to resemble, is now surrounded by numerous attractions and services themed to the “California Craze” from Hollywood’s Golden Age and even has an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza displaying busts of past and present television icons.

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The nearby pavilion is also where you can find the events being staged during the Star Wars Weekends held annually since 2003 over the months of May and June that features appearances by cast and crew from the franchise and Disney characters dressed accordingly. Not to mention the three Lucasfilm inspired attractions that can be found here. We weren’t able to take in the live-action Indiana Jones Stunt show, but did manage to catch one of the Padawan training session at the Jedi Training Academy – though I have to agree with Nicole that it’s unfortunate adults aren’t permitted to do something similar – and we couldn’t resist going on the 3D Star Tours ride four times while we were at the park that day. Having learned that there are over fifty variants on the experience, not to mention the chance of being selected as the “rebel spy” the Imperials are searching for that cause the trip to go “off course,” we really couldn’t resist, and found a lot of other visitors in line were doing the same. But the Fastpass system really is good at getting you quickly through all the queues and back out into the park for your next adventure. So make sure you take advantage!

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Walt Disney World Gallery Photo

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