Yesterday Walt Disney World concluded another year of Star Wars Weekends featuring celebrity appearances, character meet-and-greets, and a few special appearances during the final Hyperspace Hoopla of 2013.
Now that the event has ended, we take a closer look at highlights from its final day, ending up with some surprises during the ever-popular Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars.
Beginning with the end, “The Clone Wars” voice actors and Star Wars Weekends hosts James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein appeared before a excited fans to finish off the event with one final appearance, introducing the Hyperspace Hoopla to a massive Disney’s Hollywood Studios crowd. Then the show ended with space bad boy Lando Calrissian making a rare appearance on stage.
Video: Star Wars Weekends 2013 concludes
But it wasn’t only Lando that made a special appearance for that final moment. More on that below.
First, taking a step back to earlier in the day, it was clear that some of the furriest Star Wars characters were also the most popular at Star Wars Weekends, including Chewbacca and Wicket, the Ewok.
Even Chip and Dale decided to get in on the furry fun this year, enhancing their look with Ewok costumes for the first time, always drawing a big line.
But one of the biggest stars on the last days of Star Wars Weekends 2013 was the man behind Chewbacca’s furry outward appearance, Peter Mayhew.
Also in attendance during this final weekend was Tom Kane, voice of Yoda in “The Clone Wars” (as well as Admiral Ackbar in the Star Tours attraction and the 2012 narrator of Walt Disney World’s monorails).
There were plenty of Clone Troopers on hand to ensure everything operated smoothly at Star Wars Weekends.
Some patrolled the backlot streets ensuring everything was orderly.
But elsewhere in the park, Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (also known as the Cantina Band) were having a good time hamming it up with guests.
And as the day’s end drew near, I had a rare close encounter with Emperor Palpatine himself, just minutes before he was due on stage to take over the Hyperspace Hoopla.
And so the Hoopla began, dishing out another oversized dose of hilarity as Star Wars characters danced to popular songs from the past 30 years. We first shared video of this year’s entire show from opening night, the Dance-Off portion of which is again included below for your viewing convenience.