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The Force is Strong with Star Wars Weekends Merchandise

posted on May 17th, 2011 by Dara Trujillo, Manager, Merchandise Synergy, Events, and Communication


Year after year, I have watched the fan excitement unfold at Star Wars Weekends. Much like the Force, it’s everywhere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – from meeting celebrities from the Star Wars galaxy to being the first guests in line to face Darth Vader at Jedi Training Academy. I like visiting Jabba’s Hutt, a specially designed merchandise location created just for Star Wars Weekends (by the way, it’s located near Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster this year). The excitement in the “Hutt” is overwhelming as guests from all over the world descend upon this location for “must-have” Star Wars Weekends merchandise. This year promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever.

Star Wars Weekends 2011 Apparel

How do I know that this year will be bigger and more exciting for event merchandise? Well, I could tell you that the Force is strong with me (like my fellow author Steven Miller pictured below). In reality, I got a sneak peek of the merchandise from our product developers. For more than a year, they have worked closely with the creative minds at Lucasfilm Ltd. to create a selection of highly collectible and fun merchandise for this event. I caught up with Art and Collectibles Product Developer Deanne Hill to learn more.

Original Star Wars Weekends Artwork

“Working with the Disney artists on Star Wars Weekends merchandise is so exciting,” exclaimed Deanne. “There is so much passion around the [Star Wars] films and the artists love the characters and stories. You can see their passion as they infuse some of Disney’s most popular characters into their favorite Star Wars scenes for these original works of art.”

Medium-Sized Star Wars Weekends Figurines

Besides the original works of art, Deanne is most excited for a new line of commemorative figurines that were developed to capture the essence of Star Wars Weekends, especially for guests who may not be able to “feel the Force” at Walt Disney World Resort this year.

“We’re over the moon of Endor about our new collection of medium-sized figurines featuring Disney characters dressed as Star Wars characters,” continued Deanne. “They are a nice complement to the big figurines we’ve developed in previous years.”

There are five figures in this new collection – Mickey Mouse as Luke Skywalker, Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia, Donald Duck as a stormtrooper, Goofy as Darth Vader and Donald Duck (again) as Darth Maul. Each figure has an edition size of 1977 (note the significance to this special number) and comes complete with a pin.

Steven Miller with Goofy as Darth Vader Figurine

Now for some more really exciting news! To celebrate fans of Disney and Star Wars everywhere, we are making these limited-edition figurines available for pre-order via ArtofDisneyParks.com! No matter where you are, you can order the figurines today and bring the Star Wars and Disney Parks fun home!

With so much information to share, we’ve put together a complete Star Wars Weekends Merchandise site at ArtOfDisneyParks.com. I invite you to stop by and see all of the original Star Wars Weekends artwork created by Disney Design Group artists. You can also get a glimpse at the commemorative items created for Star Wars Weekends 2011.

May the Force Be With You!

Take a look back at the merchandise and art from last year’s Star Wars Weekends:

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11 Comments 4 Replies

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Thorsten from Bayern on May 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Any idea when this pre sale of the figurines will start ? Can’t find them on the website… My son is a huge star wars fan and he would love to have one! Will the shirts also become available online ?

 

Dara Trujillo on May 17th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Pre-Sales for the Star Wars Figurines began this afternoon . Visit: http://psc.disney.go.com/eventservices/artofdisneyparks/event/wdw_starwarsweekends2011_originalart1.html and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to get a closer look at the figurines and find ordering information. Hope this helps!

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Dana on May 17th, 2011 at 11:18 am

By chance do we have any pictures or updates for the 2011 Big Figs and DVC, Passholder Star Wars Pins?

 

Dara Trujillo on May 17th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Here’s the website to view the pins for Star Wars Weekends 2011: http://eventservices.disney.go.com/pintrading/event?id=57525

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Lynne on May 17th, 2011 at 11:51 am

Where is the merchandise on the website? I can not find it on there anywhere.

 

Dara Trujillo on May 17th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Hi Lynne – Sorry for the problems locating the site! Visit http://psc.disney.go.com/eventservices/artofdisneyparks/event/wdw_starwarsweekends2011_originalart1.html for all Star Wars Weekends Merchandise details.

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Kara from WI on May 17th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I ordered mine! I was told I was the first to call. Yay me!

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Jason on May 17th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I think this is the one thing I’m jealous of WDW over. Everything else I’m happy to be living closer to Disneyland for :D

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Rachel on May 17th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Will there be a special fast-pass line for merchandise as they have done in previous years?

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Cecilia from CA on May 17th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Any word on whether they will have star wars lanyards? I have been wanting one since forever and I still haven’t seen one. Who do I talk to so that someone can make a Disney/Star Wars lanyard for my Star Wars pins!

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Kevin on May 17th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hey will there be any cool t-shirt designs besides the ones you shown in the post in the future.

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Dominic on May 18th, 2011 at 9:22 am

Any chance we could see the pins that accompany the sculptures?

 

Dara Trujillo on May 18th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hi Dominic – We just posted an image of the Star Wars Figurine pins online at: http://psc.disney.go.com/eventservices/artofdisneyparks/event/wdw_starwarsweekends2011_originalart1.html !

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chris on May 18th, 2011 at 3:12 pm

was wondering where can you order the t-shirts. would like one of them

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Anonymous on May 30th, 2011 at 11:51 am

HI! We are Pass Holders and want to come back up for the special Passholder Star Wars Weekend Lanyard next weekend. Where will those be given out? only at Jabba’s Hut? (spent a worthwhile 3 hours in there on the 20th!!) Just want to know if any other sites will have them.

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