Ewoks are celebrating, Max Rebo is playing a happy keyboard tune with his feet, and the droids are happier than C-3PO in an oil bath. Why? Because Star Wars Weekends launched its galactic celebration today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Here are some new things to keep your electrobinoculars looking for during the event:
A giant rancor has taken up residence this year in Darth’s Mall. The intricate, fan-created beast from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi is sculpted from 2,000 square-feet of expanded polystyrene foam.
Our lovable pair of chipmunks, Chip and Dale, get into the Star Wars fun this year by dressing as Ewoks. Clad in their Ewok best, the duo also is depicted on this year’s event logo with Jedi Mickey.
Stormtroopers will be “on the move” this year, with mobile sentry outposts along Hollywood Blvd. These new outposts offer the Empire’s shock troops new vantage points to survey the areas for Rebel spies.
Tosche Station, made famous as the place where Luke Skywalker wanted to pick up some power converters, finds a new home this year at Star Wars Weekends at the main stage on Hollywood Blvd. Atmospheric entertainment keeps the galaxy festive throughout the day before transforming into a DJ dance party.
Warwick Davis, the actor who brought Wicket the Ewok to life on the silver screen, hosts a new one-man show entitled “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” for two weekends this year.
Star Wars Weekends takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 9. Most event activities are included in regular park admission.
Join the conversation online by using the hash tag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.
Are you a fan of both Disney Parks and “America’s Funniest Home Videos”?
Then you won’t want to miss this Sunday’s episode of “AFV,” which was filmed in New Fantasyland, right here at Walt Disney World Resort. The maker of this year’s winning video will take home a grand prize that includes a vacation for four to the Walt Disney World Resort, plus a guided vacation with Adventures by Disney to one of 16 destinations.
This episode of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” will air Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.
What do these three photos have in common, besides being taken at Disney California Adventure park? To me, they all show how wind can affect a photo. The wind was blowing really hard when I set out to take photos for this “Disney Parks After Dark” post. This changed what I had hoped to capture – I think for the better.
The spinning windmill at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land immediately caught my attention. I don’t remember ever seeing it spin that fast before!
For the next photo, of Sarge’s Surplus Hut, I used a flash at full power to stop the motion of the flag.
My favorite of the three is the view of Paradise Bay with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background. With a 13-second exposure, the water should be fairly smooth – but if you look closely, you can see what appears to be small waves being pushed by the wind.
I know there are a lot of Dooney & Bourke fans out there. Just wait until you see what’s coming your way. I just received word from the Merchandise Special Events team that a Dooney & Bourke release, along with a signing opportunity with Ian Ray, has been added to the calendar of events for May 2013!
This summer is like no summer before with the promise of adventure through our upcoming Monstrous Summer, a handful of secrets you may not know, and not to mention awesome out- of-the-Park activities that you absolutely must check out. Join me on a ride through the entire Walt Disney World Resort and let’s explore some of the most fun summer adventures both inside the Theme Parks and out!
Get whistles while you work or play sporting this “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”-inspired outfit. Red jeans are the foundation for the tee, featuring a lovely portrait of Snow White. Then it’s off to work for the dwarfs as they come together to tote your things in the canvas carryall. The bag is large enough to hold all of your essentials, including some Beautifully Disney cosmetics and compact mirror (just in case you need to double check who is the fairest of them all). Snow White also graces the face of the stylish timepiece, with black caviar beading around the bezel and a patent leather strap to complete the look.