Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Disneyfication of Star Wars

My family and I went on vacation to Disneyworld in Orlando, FL in June. When I dumped all of our pictures on my computer, I meant to post these here on my blog. I'm certain that the hardcore Star Wars toy collectors and fans are well aware of these, but for us “average” Star Wars fans these should be an eye opener.
My son got to do the Jedi Training Academy.

There were tons of Star Wars related things at Disney Hollywood Studios. I'll try not to bore you with all of them. Here is my son and daughter on Speeder Bikes.

My son loves Indiana Jones ever since he caught a snippet of the second movie on cable. They had an Indiana Jones stunt spectacular thing that we all enjoyed. They also had this exclusive 5 pack of action figures which my son begged me for but I told him no. When he was in the restroom I bought it and stuffed it in my backpack. He'll get it for his birthday soon.

We also did Universal Studios and the Universal Islands of Adventure. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror gift shop had these sweet action figures that I wanted but didn't buy because I buy too many comic books.

They think they're Batman. Wrong universe, hatchlings mine.
There was a Toonville thing there, and I saw this Prince Valiant image on the pillar and was so geeked. I am currently reading Volume 1 of the Fantagraphics series of hardcovers and am loving it. I would have totally bought a T-shirt but there wasn't a scrap of Prince Valiant merchandise to be found in the shop. I voiced my displeasure at this development to the employee who looked at me like I was a nut. “Who is Prince Valiant?” 
All of the parks are Coca-Cola exclusive. I was twitching and scratching my arms for a Diet Mountain Dew fix. I finally got a bottle at the airport. Their bottles look way different than our 20 oz. bottles do here in Michigan.


  1. We're going to Disney World in a few weeks...I'm sure that a buttload of the stuff you took pictures of will be coming home with us. I'm pretty much over Star Wars, but my 4 year old Son's enthusiasm for the films and characters is hard to say no to.

  2. Make sure that you get to the Jedi Training Academy first thing in the morning to reserve your slot. We were there maybe 20 minutes after the park opened and had to do a 7PM class. It fills up quick!