“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in the creative imagination of a man named George Lucas, a new mythology was created. He called it Star Wars. The timeless battle of good versus evil hit the big screens more than thirty years ago. Its universal appeal to the plight of humankind transcends the World when fans converge on Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) for the annual Star Wars Weekends.
The event occurs over four consecutive weekends, beginning May 17, 2013, and concluding June 9, 2013. It features celebrity appearances, autograph sessions, and a nightly Hyperspace Hoopla, an outworldly party with Ewoks, Wookies, Stormtroopers, and more.
If you’re like me and are not able to get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends, one attraction lets you experience the action all year round. You can’t miss the entrance to Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. Just look skyward for a towering AT-AT and a replica of the moon of Endor. The indoor ride queue includes R2D2, C-3PO and other movie visuals. While in line, listen for pages calling Egroeg Sacul (George Lucas spelled backward) and an announcement for the owner of a star speeder with license plate THX 1138 to remove their vehicle from the no-hover zone. THX 1138, produced in 1971, was the first movie George Lucas made.
At Star Tours: The Adventure Continues, C-3PO heads up Human-Cyborg Relations for the intergalactic travel company, Star Tours Spacelines. He greets Guests aboard the Starspeeder 1000 when he enters the cockpit to perform a preflight check. The system soon malfunctions, leaving C-3PO to pilot the vehicle. As it lifts off, Imperial troops stop the ship, flash an image of an onboard Guest, and accuse the crew of harboring a rebel spy. With R2D2’s help, C-3PO shakes the craft free and escapes, flying warp speed across the galaxy with Darth Vader’s forces in hot pursuit.
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues opened in May of last year after months of being reimagined. Events now take place between Episode III and Episode IV of the Star Wars saga, following the tradition of the movies and making this a prequel to the its former self. The new and improved ride now features 54 ride sequences, offering motion-simulated 3D journeys through a wide variety of settings and story lines. And as I just learned from my friend Beth’s Tiggerific Tuesday post, to experience every one of those ride sequences, I’d have to ride Star Tours for six hours straight! I don’t think my tummy could stomach that, lol! My family did ride Star Tours three times on our recent visit—though not in a row—and each was a different experience. We zipped through trees on the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk, weaved through wrong-way traffic on the city-planet of Coruscant, slid down treacherous slopes on the snowy planet of Hoth, and hung on for several other thrills before landing and safely delivering the spy to rebel headquarters.
The first time we rode Star Tours, my youngest had just gone through Jedi Training Academy, and he was spotlighted as the rebel spy aboard our flight. Good thing the Force was with us!
The stories of Star Wars take place “long ago in a galaxy far away,” but their sword-fighting skills are not unique to the world of Wookies and Siths. Visit The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts to learn about the ancient art of fencing, its stances, terminology and weaponry. Then, supervise your students as they dual with their own toy light sabers. If they do not have one, they can follow this simple tutorial from Disney Family on how to make a toy light saber using paper towel rolls, fluorescent poster board and printable templates.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, Recess!
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary
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