Alana Met The Characters of Star Wars Weekends

Alana Met The Characters of Star Wars Weekends

We thought Star Wars Weekends would be a great opportunity for Alana to have fun finding some new characters, but never imagined she’d fall so in love with the event.  The final night was this past weekend, and yet Alana is currently watching Star Wars Rebels on TV so she can see all of her new friends.

We ended up attending every weekend of the five-weekend event at Hollywood Studios.  In the end, I feel we pretty much nailed every picture we wanted to take.  We discovered that many photo opportunities are not as easy as they seem – and yet, with a LOT of luck and some great friends with some good advice, we managed to nail every single picture we attempted over the course of this event.

Below is a collection of Alana posing with all of the different characters that can be found at Star Wars Weekends.

Luke-Leia-R2D2-C3PO-2015-06-06This picture is our home-run shot of the entire event.  Luke and Leia meet throughout the day, but only limited weekends had all four characters out together – and only for 20-30 minutes per day.  This combined with a 45-60 minute wait made getting at line at just the right time a real challenge.  We were the second to last family to meet them, so it worked out perfectly!

Cantina-Band-2015-05-16-01The Cantina Band is one of Alana’s favorite.  Each band member meets individually, but the band took a liking to Alana and pulled her aside for a quick group picture.  Alana will practice playing an instrument this year so she can be an official band member next year.

Darth-Vader-2015-05-16The force is strong in this little one.  In actuality, we spent 45 minutes in line convincing Alana that Darth Vader is really a puppy dog under the mask – that way, she wasn’t afraid to take her picture with him.  Unfortunately, Vader yelled at Alana the next week so she doesn’t like him again – and rightfully so.  Darth Vader is a jerk.

Darth-Maul-2015-05-23Darth Alana isn’t afraid of Darth Maul – plus it doesn’t hurt that we convinced Alana that Darth Maul is a kitty cat.  Made for some confusing conversations later when Alana would tell other guests.

Greedo-2015-06-06-04Greedo doesn’t meet in the park but does appear at a separately-ticketed character breakfast.  Alana found him leaving the restaurant and quickly used the force to trap him long enough to take a picture.

Stormtroopers-2015-05-23The Stormtroopers are very protective of their own!

Imperial-Forces-2015-06-06The Imperial Guard could tell that Alana was dedicated to the dark side by the way she would only wear her Darth Vader and Stormtrooper outfits.

Queen-Amidala-2015-06-06-02Queen Amidala spent some great quality time with Alana in her private garden.

Chewy-and-Logray-2015-05-23Alana loved getting hugs from Chewbacca and Logray.

Wicket-2015-05-24Alana was really excited about meeting Wicket, so imagine her excitement when Wicket invited her to walk together hand-in-hand through the park.  An absolute joy and such a special moment for Alana.

Disney---Jedi-Mickey-and-Leia-Minnie-2015-05-16Alana really likes the Star Wars characters, but her heart is always with Minnie Mouse.

Disney---Stormtrooper-Donald-and-Darth-Goofy-2015-05-23Stormtrooper Donald took a strong liking to Alana’s Stormtrooper costume.

Jedis---Mace-Windu,-KIt-Fisto-2015-05-16She might not have the hand sign mastered, but Alana really enjoyed her time visiting Jedi Masters Mace Windu and Kit Fisto.

Jedis---Shaak-Ti,-Anakin-2015-05-16 Shaak Ti and Anakin Skywalker also helped Alana with her Jedi training.

Ezra-and-Sabine-2015-05-14Finding Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren from Star Wars Rebels was a real treat because they don’t do meets in the park.  Alana found them wandering on the last day, but promised she’d keep their location a secret…

Bounty-Hunter-2015-06-14But deep down, Alana is a Stormtrooper at heart and quickly ratted out her Ezra and Sabine to this bounty hunter.

Boba-Fett-2015-05-30-01Alana was initially scared of Boba Fett but appreciated him by the end of the event.

Jango-Fett-2015-05-24Despite her love for Boba Fett, she never quite felt the same way towards Jango Fett.

Jawas-2015-06-09Alana’s absolute favorites of the entire event at the Jawas.  It’s sad thinking that she won’t get to see these new friends for another year.  They carry a basket of trinkets, so Alana always made sure to bring beads and pins to trade with them.  One Jawa gave her an R2D2 statue, while another gave her a Boba Fett pin, and yet another gave her a small stuff puppy dog named Ati Koki.  It wasn’t just the toys though, as Alana LOVED talking to them, hugging them and overall playing with them.

Disney---Chipwoks-2015-05-23Alana loved seeing the Chipwoks – Chip and Dale dressed as Ewoks!

Clonetroopers-2015-06-14The Clonetroopers didn’t have formalized meets, but rather would choose guests from a crowd to approach and take a photo.  Alana was excited when she’d get chosen for her turn.

Ahsoka-Tano-and-Asajj-Ventress-2015-05-24Ahsoka Tano and Asajj Ventress from Clone Wars were happy to see Alana.  Funny story about this picture.  A random guest took a photo from the side and posted to her Twitter – which was then retweeted by the official Star Wars account.  Next thing I know, people are letting me know that hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are talking about Alana on Twitter.  Seeing as we only use Instagram and Facebook, it was quite the surprise to see the conversation going on.

Captain-Rex-and-Commander-Cody-2015-05-30Captain Rex and Commander Cody, also from Star Wars Clone Wars.

Bith-Pilot-2015-06-10-01While not a member of the band, this Bith is a pilot that would hang out in the Rebel Hangar – a Star Wars Lounge event.  We were lucky that we got a photo with him, as not every character would stop for photos.

Rodian-Mechanic-2015-06-10We also met this Rodian Mechanic at the Rebel Hangar.  He’s not Greedo although he is the same species.

Aurra-Sing-2015-05-24Aurra Sing is a little intimidating, although she was kind enough to sign Alana’s Stormtrooper mask.

Zam-Wessel-2015-05-30Zam Wessel is also a little scary, but Alana eventually warmed up and started calling her Purple Princess.

Tusken-Raiders-2015-06-06-02It took four weeks to convince Alana to take a picture with the Tusken Raiders – but once she found one who made goofy noises and played with her, they suddenly became her best friends.  In the final weekend, she asked every Tusken Raider to take a picture with her.  Needless to say, Alana is no longer scared.

Gamorrean-Guard-2015-05-24Alana never quite warmed up to the Gamorrean Guard, but I don’t blame her.  Those pigs are pretty scary.  This particular weekend, Alana was coloring on the floor when the Guard snuck up from behind.  Alana fled for her life while I snapped a picture that clearly counts as a character meet.

And that’s it.  Five weekends and Alana had a blast finding all these new characters.  It was a great time and Alana is already excited to see everyone again at next year’s Star Wars Weekends event.