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Star Wars Guided Tour added to Disney upcharge list

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Banking on the popularity of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and well ahead of the opening of a Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World today launched Star Wars Guided Tours.

The seven-hour tour will set guests back $129 plus the $102 price of admission. The private tours are offered on Mondays and Saturdays only.

The tour includes VIP access to stars at the screening of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and reserved seating for the live shows, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and March of the First Order. Children 4-12 can learn how to battle Darth Vadar with a lightsabre in a Jedi training class. There’s a Star Wars themed dinner, a character greeting with Chewbacca and Kylo Ren along with a dessert party and up-front viewing for the evening fireworks.

Super fan Amy Barber, who has seen every Star Wars movie, said she and her husband have tickets to Disney but would pass on the Star Wars tour.

“I wouldn’t pay that,” said Barber, who lives in Maitland. “We have premium passes, so we go once a month and chip away at the Star Wars stuff. We’re already investing a lot to go to Disney.”

Disney began construction of a 14-acre Star Wars land at Hollywood Studios last spring. Another Star Wars land is being built at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Opening dates for both have not been released.

The Star Wars tour is part of Disney’s Enchanting Extras Collection, which charges guests an additional fee for VIP tours of all four parks, dessert parties and dining adventures.

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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