Disney's Star Wars Weekends: A Recap

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012 at 8:06 p.m.

So I just got back from Star Wars weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it was a blast. I have a couple pictures and videos to share so if you are interested, read on.

The first thing I did was run to the merchandise stand and went to see what limited edition stuff they were selling.  To my surprise, the place was huge and there was a 3-4 hour wait to purchase anything in the place, but it was well worth the wait.  They had all kinds of Star Wars merchandise to choose from and it was an awesome experience with other Star Wars fans.  The event merchandise was sold in Darth’s Mall (funny right?) which was a huge tent.  There was a line to get into the place, and a line that wrapped around the building once you were inside (if you were there for limited edition stuff which most people are).

SWW DarthMall

The selection of merchandise was endless as I stated before.  A lot of people were just there to sell the Star Wars weekends merchandise on eBay.  A person next to me checking out spent $3,833 on this stuff.  Insanity.

SWW DarthMall3     SWW DarthMall2

After buying my Star Wars goodies, I thought it was about time to go over to Tatooine Traders to create my own droid with my wife.  The picture is below, mine is the one on the right and hers is on the left.  Disney also provides you with a sheet filled with letters so that you can name the droids as well.  Mine was themed after Captain America from the Avengers.

SWW BuildADroid

Throughout the day there were a bunch of shows and celebrity appearances.  The celebrities that were there that week were Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano from Clone Wars), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi from Clone Wars), Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex from Clone Wars), Andy Secombe (Watto from Episode I: The Phantom Menace), and Ray Park (Darth Maul from Episode I: The Phantom Menace).  They each held autograph sessions throughout the day.  There were also some behind the scenes videos shown of the next season of Clone Wars as well as hundreds of voice impressions by James Arnold Taylor who truly is a talented human being.  Another cool performance was a martial arts performance by Ray Park who is a professional martial artist/stuntman and probably the nicest guy you’ll ever meet.  One of the videos that we recorded is below.

The night ended with something called Hyperspace Hoopla.  If you’re a Star Wars purist, you may not like the fact that the Emperor is rapping or Darth Vader is doing the moonwalk.  However, if you like comedy and want to see the Star Wars characters dancing like fools, this is for you.  I thought it was hilarious and to see Vader and Boba Fett dancing to Smooth Criminal was pure greatness.

Star Wars weekends was tremendous fun and I highly recommend it.  If you have the chance to head down to Disney World in the future I suggest you go down during this time if you are a Star Wars fan.  The shows are great, the celebrities are abundant, and the merchandise is awesome.  What more do you need?  May the force be with you.

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