Thursday, May 26, 2011
It seems like most of my friends have already been on the new (well, updated) Star Tours ride at Disney, and several I know were even there to cover or work the premiere last week with various media outlets. Despite a few invitations I still haven't been; the crowds and heat are keeping me away. Still, I know I'll have to go soon; Star Wars Weekends (which started last weekend) *are* pretty awesome - kind of like a mini convention mixed in with the usual theme park stuff. There are celebrity guests, a special parade, and many fans even show up in costume. (I always pity those people because of the heat, though. All those long robes and armor!)
"These are not the tourists we're looking for."
"Aw, man, they're using those Jedi mind tricks on you!"
Anyway, the absolute highlight of Star Wars Weekends is the Hyperspace Hoopla. Rather than try to describe the Hoopla, I'll just show you a nice video compilation I just found of this year's show:
Most of the comments on Youtube are pretty negative - purists who don't like seeing their beloved characters degraded and used for silly dance routines. I get that, I really do, but I also think the show is great fun. (And thank goodness they finally got a better stage!)
That said, I think the music selections have been a lot better in the past, and I've yet to see anything that beats Vader's 2009 dance:
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