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Star Wars Giveaway

November 23, 2015

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, James Hansen!

It’s time for a Star Wars Giveaway!  With less than a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the theaters, the Force has guided me to team up with my good friend Jessica from Any Adventure Goes Travel to give away an awesome, limited edition Star Wars statue!

Star Wars Giveaway - Stitch as Yoda Statue

This collectible Stitch as Yoda Statue is from Star Wars Weekends in 2013.   The statue is fully sculpted in resin and is approximately 8″ high.  The base opens for storage and it comes with a collectible pin, too!

Entering to win this Star Wars giveaway is easy!  Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below to awaken the Force within you.  The giveaway ends on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11:59pm.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The end of Star Wars Weekends and new permanent Star Wars experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

November 9, 2015

 

the end of Star Wars Weekends

There has been a great disturbance in the Force!  Changes in the Star Wars experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are coming, and these changes are both good and bad.

Very soon, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Star Wars in the park in an all-new way – every day! New experiences will open starting Dec. 1, 2015, bringing that galaxy far, far away, a little bit closer.

Star Wars Launch Bay will take Guests into the Star Wars saga and the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, special merchandise and opportunities to encounter Chewbacca and Darth Vader.

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue will be home to a brand new adventure inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. During the opening months, Disney will make sure that everyone who rides Star Tours will experience the new adventure. After that, it will be up to the will of the Force.

There is also new information about “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi.” It will feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, which will open in early December. This reimagined Jedi Training experience will take younglings to the secret site of an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader along with the Seventh Sister – a new villain from the Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels.”

And work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new construction, unfortunately, means the end of Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.  Even Yoda cannot foresee whether Disney will resume the special events and celebrity appearances once the new land is complete.  (My guess is they will not.)

With Star Wars Launch Bay, the new Jedi Training experience, “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” and a new destination in the Star Tours attraction opening in December, you’ll be able to step into the Star Wars saga every time you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience at Star Wars Weekends

May 6, 2015

 

Rebel Hangar Food - Mini Cupcake Trio

Mini Cupcake Trio

If you are heading to Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® this year, you’ll be able to find shelter and sustenance in the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience.

 

Rebel Hangar Food - Chips and Sith

Chips and Sith

 

There will be a menu full of Star Wars-themed food and beverage offerings that are out of this world, including:

  • Pilot’s Pomme Frites – these are tossed with parmesan cheese, garlic and parsley with a garlic aioli for dipping
  • Ensalada Naboo – seared chicken breast, bibb lettuce, grape tomatoes, watermelon radish, almond frica, and a parmesan-peppercorn ranch dressing
  • Lightsaber Bites – hand-dipped corn-battered knockwurst sausages with house-made chips and mustard dipping sauce
  • The Dark Fried – Chicken and Darth Vader waffles served with maple syrup and sweet barbecue sauce
  • Trio of Thermal Detonators – spicy pork wings topped with spicy piquillo-pepper sauce and slaw
  • Slider Sampler featuring “The Sith” barbecue-braised brisket with cole slaw and “The Jedi” with barbecued pulled chicken with arugula
  • Fruit and Cheese “Sabers” featuring Tillamook cheddar, Brie, goat cheese, pickled vegetables, crostini, cheddar crackers, blueberries, raspberries, honeydew melon, strawberry, olives and gherkins
  • Chips & Sith – hummus with red pepper coulis, black sesame dust, and corn tortilla chips
  • Yoda Key Lime Cake
  • Trio of Star Wars mini cupcakes, including Mini Darth Vader (chocolate-peanut butter), Mini Yoda (chocolate-hazelnut), and Mini Jabba the Hutt (salted caramel latte) served in the Han Solo Carbonite Souvenir Box
Rebel Hangar Food - Yoda Key Lime Pie

Yoda Key Lime Cake

 

A new drink menu will also be available:

  • Imperial Blue – Maker’s Mark Whisky, Cointreau, Blue Curacao, sweet and sour, topped with Sprite
  • Tatooine Sunset – Stoli vanilla, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, pineapple juice with grenadine
  • Rebel Red – Grey Goose vodka, Chambord, sour mix and a splash of grenadine
  • Dagobah Swamp Juice – Midori, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, sweet and sour, topped with lemon-lime foam
  • The Dark Side – Stoli vanilla vodka, Bailey’s liqueur, crème de cocoa and brownie garnish
  • Alderaan Ale

 

Rebel Hangar Food - Fruit and Cheese Sabers

Fruit and Cheese “Sabers”

 

The Jabba the Hutt and Yoda cupcakes will also be available at Tusken Fridge Raiders, Trolley Car Care, Starring Rolls Café and Backlot Express. The Darth Vader cupcake will be available at all quick-service locations, including Starring Rolls Cafe, and Trolley Car Cafe and Tusken Fridge Raiders at Darth’s Mall.

Menu items range in price from $5.49 to $16.99. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.

 

Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities

April 4, 2015

Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities

 

Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities have been announced!  The biggest news here is that Yoda himself — Frank Oz — will be appearing on the 5th weekend.  Another first is that Ian McDiarmid — Emperor Palpatine — will be appearing the first weekend.  So Star Wars Weekends 2015 will open with the ultimate Sith Lord and close with the ultimate Jedi Master.  Not bad.  In between, there will be a number of new and returning celebrities, including the ever-popular Ray Park — Darth Maul — and my personal favorite, Ashley Eckstein — Ahsoka Tano — who happens to be the nicest celebrity you’ll ever meet and who has an incredible line of sci-fi and Superhero clothes for women!

 

If you’d like to learn more about what goes on at Star Wars Weekends, you can read my two-part blog post.  If you’d like to visit Disney World for Star Wars Weekendsrequest a quote.

 

Here are the Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities currently scheduled to appear:

Weekend I (May 15 – 17)
Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities

  • Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II (May 22 – 24)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones;Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III (May 29 – 31)

  • Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend V (June 12 – 14)
Star Wars Weekend 2015 Celebrities

  • Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Of course, Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars andStar Wars Rebels) will be appearing every week, and in addition to Ashley Eckstein’s Weekend IV guest spot, she will also be joining us every day of the event as host of “Padawan Mind Challenge – Family Edition.”

Details are still coming together for the event, but some of the highlights of what’s new for Star Wars Weekends 2015 include:

  • Star Wars: Rebels” – Relive the adventurous twists and turns of the first exciting season of the Disney XD series “Star Wars: Rebels,” in an all-new show with Star Wars Weekends host James Arnold Taylor and a special guest from the show’s voice cast … along with a few surprises!
  • Autograph Opportunities – For the first time, autograph sessions with Star Wars celebrities will be held in an indoor location, just off Commissary Lane near Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. For complete details about autograph opportunities, be sure to visit StarWarsWeekends.com prior to your visit.
  • Darth’s Mall – Can’t find the droids you’re looking for? Head over to this new complex of shops near Streets of America for the best selection of Star Wars merchandise in this galaxy or any other!

All this, plus dozens of Star Wars characters appearing throughout the park, yummy Star Wars-inspired treats and the spectacular fireworks finale, “Symphony in the Stars.”

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Weekends 2015

December 3, 2014

Star Wars Weekends 2015

 

Disney has announced the dates for Star Wars Weekends in 2015!

Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 15-June 14, 2015.  The special events of Star Wars Weekends take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World as follows:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

Traditionally, Star Wars Weekends offers many unique experiences, including:

  • Official Star Wars characters meet & greets
  • Meetings with Star Wars celebrities
  • A Star Wars motorcade
  • Special Star Wars merchandise, including limited edition collectibles and art
  • Special live shows featuring Star Wars celebrities
  • Star Wars Character Dining
  • Special Star Wars food items

 

 

Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast

This cosmic breakfast at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant features favorite Characters from a galaxy far, far away, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Greedo, Jawas and Stormtroopers.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 8 a.m.-11 a.m. The price for the Star Wars Dine-In Galactic Breakfast is $49.99 per adult and $31.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

SWW Character Breakfast 1

Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, Including Fantasmic! Dining Package

This unique dining experience allows you to celebrate the Star Wars saga with special décor, themed menu options and stirring music – followed by the evening’s first Fantasmic! show. This intergalactic feast includes appearances by favorite Disney pals dressed as popular Characters from the Star Wars universe, including Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale.

This experience will take place daily May 4-June 14, 2015 from 4:15 p.m.-8 p.m. The price for the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, including Fantasmic! Dining Package is $57.99 per adult and $34.99 per child ages 3-9. Prices include tax, but not gratuity.

Advanced reservations for both of these dining experiences are highly recommended. Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required. Entertainment and Character appearances are subject to change.

 

While there is no official information yet on which Star Wars celebrities will be there on any given weekend, I’m hoping we’ll see more classic Star Wars actors, such as Mark Hamill.  I’m also curious if the cast of the Clone Wars animated series will be featured as much as they have been in the past, considering the series is over and Star Wars: Rebels is the hot new thing.

 

Do you want to visit Disney World for a Star Wars Weekend in 2015?

Contact me for a free, no-obligation quote!

 

Tasty Tuesday – Desserts at Star Wars Weekends

May 27, 2014

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios also means desserts themed to Star Wars! Here are three of them:

Yoda Cupcake

 

Blue Milk Milkshake

 

 

Yoda Dessert

 

In case you were wondering, you just saw a chocolate-hazelnut cupcake, a “blue milk” milkshake, and Key Lime Pie.

Star Wars Weekends – Part 2

January 4, 2013

One of the things I anticipated most about attending a Star Wars Weekend at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was going to special character meet-n-greet opportunities!  It was great fun, but I have to say that I’m glad that I was by myself on a research trip rather than with my family.  I learned some very important things that will really help me to prepare my kids for what to expect when we go.  I’m going to pass my wisdom along to you!

First of all, special character greetings begin around 10:00am, although specific characters may appear sooner or later.  Regardless, you want to get on line early.  Here I was a solo traveler with nothing to hold me back, so I made sure to get on line as soon as I found out the location of a character I wanted to meet.  I got on line to meet Mickey Mouse in Jedi Knight robes 45 minutes before he was scheduled to appear.  There were already 20 people in front of me by the time I got on line.  About five minutes before Mickey was scheduled to appear, here is what the line looked like behind me:

I couldn’t even see the end of the line from where I was standing!  Did I mention that I was basically standing in the sun this entire time?  It was pretty hot and it was only around 10:00am.  But Mickey Mouse finally arrived!  I took a picture of him making his way to the photo location.

Mickey Mouse as a Jedi Knight

Mickey Mouse as a Jedi Knight

The line finally started moving as Mickey greeted the Guests.  When I was about six people away from the head of the line, Mickey took a break.  That is normal and expected.  What I didn’t expect was for Minnie Mouse, as Princess Leia, to arrive five minutes after Mickey left.  The line began to move forward, and I ended up getting a photo opportunity with Minnie instead!

Yes, that’s right.  I waited 75 minutes to meet Mickey Mouse and ended up meeting Minnie Mouse.  That’s when I learned that multiple characters meet at the same location, usually one at a time.  There is no guarantee that you’re going to be able to meet a specific character.  Who you get to see depends on who is there when you reach the front of the line.  In this particular location, I could have met Mickey (as a Jedi Knight), Minnie (as Princess Leia), Donald (as a Storm Trooper), or Goofy (as Darth Vader).  I later found out that there are signs telling you which characters appear and where.

Multiple Characters appear in rotation at a given location.

 

Now, as an adult, it didn’t bother me at all.  However, I’m quite sure my kids would have been extremely upset had they been on line for that long expecting to meet Ahsoka Tano and ending up meeting Ventress.  But it’s all about what they expect, and now I know how to prepare my kids for these meet-n-greets:

1. Arrive early.
2. Expect to wait.
3. Be prepared to wait exposed to the elements.
4. Don’t expect a specific character & be happy with who you get.

That being said, I had a ton of fun meeting the Star Wars characters.  They really play their parts well, some more than others.  (The best, by far, was Boba Fett! I could have watched him greet people all day long.)  I really can’t wait to go back with the kids!

Captain Rex is going to take a break.

 

Darth Goofy

 

Shaak Ti greets a Youngling

 

A Stormtrooper is surrounded by fans.

Princess Leia & The Mouse Planner

 

Jango Fett poses with Guests

 

Jango Fett’s “handler” is more dangerous than Jango!

 

Chewbacca the Wookie

 

Anakin Skywalker and The Mouse Planner

 

Clone Troopers roam the Studios.

 

Commander Cody takes his orders from The Mouse Planner.

 

Boba Fett captures a notorious scoundrel.

Star Wars Weekends — Part 1

August 22, 2012
Star Wars Weekends

Star Wars Weekends

 

Star Wars Weekends – you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious…

Oh, wait. That’s Mos Eisley Spaceport. Sorry.

Not everyone is a Star Wars fan, and you don’t have to be a Star Wars fan in order to enjoy spending time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during this special event! If you want, you can ignore all the special character meet-n-greets. You can ignore all the special Star Wars presentations. You don’t have to visit the special Star Wars merchandise tent. In fact, Star Wars Weekend won’t interfere with your enjoyment of the theme park at all.  However, if you are a Star Wars fan, you need to be prepared for what things are going to be like.

First, expect to see Guests dressed up as Star Wars characters.

From kids in simple costumes…

Star Wars Weekends Little Leia

 

To kids who go all out…

Star Wars Weekends Darth Maul

 

From old…

Star Wars Weekends Character Greeting 1

 

To young…

Star Wars Weekends Ahsoka Tano Fan

 

From solo…

SWW Mandalore

 

To group…

SWW  Jedi

 

From light side…

Star Wars Weekends Jedi Mickey Mouse

 

To dark side…

Star Wars Weekends Boba Fett Meet and Greet

In Part 2 of this series, I’ll tell you about the special character meet-n-greet opportunities at Star Wars Weekends.