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.
This 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!
The 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.
The 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.
Greedo 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.
Finding 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…
Alana’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.
Ahsoka 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.
While 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.
It 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.
Alana 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.