Wars Artwork | Motorcade
| Star Tours | Endor & Tatooine
Other Star Wars Weekends coverage: Denton
& Jackie Allen
week I made my first trek to the annual Disney Star Wars Weekends event. We
all enjoyed a week of Disney, capped off on Friday with the opening day of the Star
Wars event. I hope you enjoy my observations and images.
roaming around Disney's MGM Studios a few days before the official Star
Wars Weekends opening day, I was wondering what they were going to
do to give it a complete Star Wars feel. Of course, you had the
always cool Ewok village and full sized AT-AT which were regulars at MGM,
but what about the rest of the park? Well, seemingly overnight the entire
park was transformed into a mini Star Wars Celebration! Every where
you turned there were banners, signs, merchandise booths, photo backdrops,
and (of course) Star Wars characters.
Not only were
you visually engulfed in Star Wars, the audio all around the park
featured music from the Star Wars movies. So, from one end of the park
to the other you got a small taste of what it was like to be at one of
the official Star Wars Celebration events. Oh, and there were long
Featured below are just a very few of the signs, billboards, banners,
and backdrops featuring new and old artwork.
of the Force: A Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade
after the park opened, fans were treated to the Legends of the Force motorcade.
Characters from all across the Star Wars universe marched down
the streets of Disney with plenty of music and commentary. For the first
weekend, Rick McCallum, Peter Meyhew, and the 2006 celebrity host Warrick
Davis were the guests of honor. Jedi Mickey led the parade in his custom
landspeeder! The costumes and makeup were top notch, with Darth Maul sporting
the best likeness since before he was diced in The Phantom Menace!
would Star Wars at Disney be without the always cool Star Tours ride?
As you make your way to the shuttle, you are fully engulfed in a futuristic
tour ride facility. Full size droids and shuttles are scattered about
in this mock docking bay.
the focal point of all that is Star Wars at Disney is the full sized AT-AT
making its way through the full sized Ewok village! Being able to walk
beneath this gigantic walker gives you a feel for how dangerous (and massive)
these machines really were on Hoth! Full of detail, you almost expect
it to start walking at any moment.
When you are done walking through the jungles on the moon of Endor, step
next door and you are immersed in Mos Eisley where you can find the very
popular Tatooine Traders store. There you can find a full store dedicated
to Star Wars merchendise.
was packed with people celebrating Star Wars. Having just spent
the week at Disney, Friday was by far the most crowded day, no doubt due
to Star Wars fans invading MGM. Everywhere you looked were people,
adults and kids alike sporting Star Wars shirts, carrying Star
Wars goodies, and posing for Star Wars related photographs.
Last but not least, the whole family got to enjoy all of the Star Wars
around us. From riding speeder bikes through the forest moon of Endor,
getting painted up like Darth Maul (make that Darth Trent), and
hanging out in Tatooine, to narrowly avoiding getting stepped on by that
AT-AT that suddenly sprung to life, Star Wars Weekends is highly
recommened to Star Wars fans at least once!
Did you attend Star
Wars Weekends in 2006? Let
us know and we'll tell you how you can add your own Star
Wars Experience to our 2006 Star Wars Weekends coverage!
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Denton & Jackie Allen