Local 6 Theme World: Star Wars Weekends launch

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Author: Ken Pilcher, Producer, kpilcher@wkmg.com
Published On: May 17 2013 04:18:13 PM EDT   Updated On: May 17 2013 07:00:37 PM EDT

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May 17, 2013
Star Wars Weekends Launch


May the long lines be with you. Epcot has Flower & Garden and Food & Wine. Universal has Mardi Gras & Halloween Horror Nights. For Disney's Hollywood Studios -- it's Star Wars Weekends.

Reports from today claim there was a 2 hour line to get into Darth's Mall -- the giant merchandise tent full of Star Wars Weekends merchandise.
Inside the Mall - and new this year --  you can take your picture with Jabba the Hutt's pet rancor. It is 17 feet long and weights over 700 pounds.

Here is video showing how it was put together



Also new this year -- your chance to pay $99 + Tax & Shipping to get your face on a Stormtrooper figure



Of course you'll get your chance to wait in lines to meet  Star Wars Celebrities - like Ray Park (Darth Maul), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) not to mention Luke & Leia Mickey and Minnie.




And expect longer than normal lines at the rides and attractions -- especially at Star Tours.


The popular Hyperspace Hoopla show returns at 8 p.m.
 Star Wars Weekends takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 7.  
Here's a link to more information and a complete calendar.

That's it for this week!  More next week on Antarctica's imminent opening. Keep your emails, questions, and comments coming!

Here's a link to my most recent Theme World Blog entries.

See you in the parks!