Wednesday was my birthday, but we celebrated last weekend, as we have for several years now (see 2011 and 2012), at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends.
This year we got to stay at the Yacht Club Resort, which is within walking distance of the park. I have decided I absolutely adore this resort and would stay there again in a heartbeat (but only if I can get a fantastic rate again…because even with the comparatively low rate, it was still a splurge).
Aside from loving the decor (the theme is “coastal New England”) we could walk to two theme parks (Epcot and Studios), and they have one of our favorite hidden gems in all of WDW, a cozy little rowing/boathouse themed bar called Crew’s Cup. It’s never crowded, they have 3 types of Sam Adams beer on tap, and their menu includes truffle fries (my weakness). Love that place!
Anyways, the close proximity to Disney’s Hollywood Studios made getting there at 6:45am on Saturday a smidgen easier. The walk was very pleasant, as the weather wasn’t too hot, and we got some pretty scenery along the way.
By the time we got there, the line to get a pass to be able to meet Jeremy Bulloch (who played Boba Fett in the original trilogy) was already this long:
The assigned times to meet him were long gone, but we managed to get waitlist armbands so we could try to meet him if he had extra time.
The day was spent pretty much solely doing Star Wars-related events. We visited “Darth’s Mall”, which was the merchandise area, where Tadd got his yearly Star Wars Weekends commemorative baseball cap, and we got this neat limited edition pivot pin with Han Solo and Boba Fett. Then we met up with some friends and got a spot for the parade, which is one of my favorite events every year.
After the parade, we rode Star Tours, then got our picture taken with Boba Fett.
We had a nice late lunch at Mama Melrose during the hottest part of the day, and eventually Tadd finally got to meet his buddy, the real Boba Fett, Jeremy Bulloch! He signed the baseball cap he had purchased earlier in the day and got a few photos. Jeremy was very sweet and even commented about how much he loved Tadd’s Boba Fett watch and hat. Turns out the real Boba Fett is also a collector of Boba Fett merchanside. Tadd really enjoyed getting to meet Mr. Bulloch.
From there, we saw a couple of the special shows. One was a martial arts demonstration with the very handsome Ray Park (who was Darth Maul in the Star Wars series, but has also been in Heroes, GI Joe, and X-Men). The other was a show about voice acting by James Arnold Taylor (he is most notably the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi in the Clone Wars series). During that show, James does dozens and dozens of voice impressions in rapid succession, which is extremely entertaining and amazing.
We ended our day with the hilarious Hyperspace Hoopla show, which is a dance-off between the rebel and Empire characters. Here’s a video of my favorite part…Chewbacca dancing to Hey Ya. We were dying laughing!
Thanks for tolerating me being a bit self-indulgent in these past few posts. I recognize that I have seem to have hit somewhat of a creative lull in my life. I hope to get back to sharing new recipes, crafts, and sewing projects soon! We have just been SO busy lately, which has left little time to do anything else. It looks like so far the month of June might be a bit slower for us, and I have been in the mood to get crafty!