Star Wars Weekends 2009 Merchandise and Pin Preview (Photos) (Updated 5/7)


Star Wars Weekends 2009

Star Wars Weekends 2009

Note: this article was updated to include additional merchandise as well as some pricing and sizing information.

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In addition to those displayed, there will be four other spinner pins: Senator Amidala & Senator Palpatine with Republic Symbol, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker with Jedi Order Symbol, General Grievous & Ventress with General Grievous Symbol and Darth Maul & Court Dooku with Sith Symbol

Images courtesy of StarWars.com

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Rhino Bolts from DHS to Make Way for Up

This is expected to be the last week for the Bolt characters to be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Bolt, Rhino and Mittens (occasionally) will be leaving the animation building to make way for Disney’s newest residents: Carl, Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s Up. The trio wi – SQUIRREL!

Sorry. The trio are expected to make their debut on May 15 but there may be a delay in their introduction.

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ABC’s ‘Wipeout’ to Kicks Off its ‘Road Trip’ at Walt Disney World May 10-11

ABC’s wild and wacky obstacle-filled game show Wipeout is set to begin its second season on television May 27 and it’s not coming quietly.

The show will be taking its act on the road and its first stop is Walt Disney World. On both May 10 & 11 between 1pm – 8pm, guests will be invited to join the show at Downtown Disney’s West Side between DisneyQuest, Cirque du Soleil and the House of Blues where they will be able to participate in two different stunts taken directly from the hit show.

If you happen to see Skunk Boy, tell him we said hi.

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Walt Disney World Guests ‘Go Galactic’ In New Live Tomorrowland Show: ‘Stitch’s SuperSonic Celebration’

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He’s been called the “Guru of Gross-Out” and “the Maker of Mischief.” Now Stitch stars in his very own live show, “Stitch’s SuperSonic Celebration,” an out-of-this-world spectacle that combines comedic quips and musical madness for Walt Disney World guests.

The all-new show at Magic Kingdom stars the cosmic cut-up from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Lilo & Stitch” as he invades a zany interactive experience at the Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrowland. Guests join in a Galaxy Day celebration when the outdoor stage comes alive with high-energy music, dazzling dance moves and real-time animation.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Big Figs Now Available for Pre-Order

Retailing at $195.00, each member of the final edition of the Disney Star Wars Big Figures is being offered in a limited edition of 600. 500 pieces will be available at Walt Disney World with the remaining 100 at the Disneyland resort.

The figures are set to be released during the second weekend of Star Wars Weekends (May 29-31) but the resort is accepting pre-orders now. Availability to pre-orders is extremely limited, so order today. Once allocated pre-orders have been sold, remaining buyers will be placed on a wish list for any figures not sold after SWW ends.

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Agents Wanted: The Definitive Guide to Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure Now Available

528051701_ge797-lIntroducing the newest member of the famous Stitch Kingdom Definitive Guide series, the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure. Stitch Kingdom takes you deep undercover into Epcot’s new in-park high-tech game, providing you with tons of information you won’t and can’t find anywhere else in true Definitive Guide style.

Check it out at http://stitchkingdom.com/kimpossible. Spread the word!

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Tour and Photo Gallery of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village

Swahili for necklace, Kidani promises to be the jewel of the Walt Disney World resorts. From the moment you walk up to the resort, you are immediately greeted with a sense of what the resort is about: a beautiful style with such intricacies that it could be said that even the details have details.

For those who don’t know already, Kidani Village is considered half of Animal Kingdom Lodge. The original portion of the resort is now known as Jambo House. While the common areas of Kidani are smaller than those of Jambo, they are infinitely more impressive.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Imagineering Field Guide

Imagineering Field Guide - DHSSurely I couldn’t have been the only one with bated breath waiting for the release of the fifth member of the Imagineering Field Guide, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disneyland took fourth place honors). Scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009, the timing could not be more perfect, coinciding with the park’s 20th anniversary.

Checking online just a few days before, Amazon was accepting pre-orders (they now promise shipping in 12-14 days). Barnes and Noble had it ready to be sold on April 28. Only Borders’ website was showing a release date of April 2010 (?!).

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Report: Meeting Captain Rockhopper at Walt Disney World

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Captain Rockhopper himself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Captain brought along a penguin friend as well.

Club Penguin's Captain Rockhopper and friend greet guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios from April 30 - May 13 © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Rese

Club Penguin's Captain Rockhopper and friend greet guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios from April 30 - May 13 © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

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Review and Photo Tour of Kidani Village’s Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village

Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village

Sanaa (pronounced sah-NAH) is Walt Disney World’s newest restaurant, located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Kidani Village. Its name is Swahili and translates to either beauty or work of art and both the restaurant and the new DVC resort itself not only live up to the name but exceed its definition.

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