Last month I was honored to be invited to attend the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As a lifelong fan and Walt Disney World College Program Intern, I leapt at the chance to return to one of my favorite places on earth. A tremendous gift of this event has to be found in meeting the many talented Disney Cast Members who make it all come true. One very special Cast Member is Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor for the Disney Parks Blog. Pictured here with Jodi Grundig, Disney Moms Panel member, and me, Gary is not only hilarious but truly insightful about how to create fantastic content, entertaining video, and how to make your work so much fun you’ll never know the difference.
We spent our official conference day learning from social media giants like Amy Jo Martin, Peter Shankman, and more. However it was Gary’s portrayal of Luke Skywalker as he shared the details of this year’s return of Star Wars Weekend that is right on time. Opening tomorrow, May 18th and running through June 10, 2012, the event takes place each weekend between. Check out Gary’s run down of why its the Galactic Event of the Century you simply don’t want to miss!
A few highlights:
- Star Wars Weekend is based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- The Hollywood Studios attraction Star Tours – The Adventures Continue is the anchor for the event. Wildly popular, it uses 3-D, music, and motion simulator-based technology to take guests into the virtual Star Wars galaxy.
- Characters will canvas the park ~ more than 60 from storm troopers to wookies, Chewbacca and more, spending time with guests, signing autographs, transforming the universe to feel just like home.
- Each weekend will host celebrity appearances. From presentations to autographs, parades and more, every weekend will offer stars you won’t want to miss.
Almost 5 years ago we took a family vacation to Walt Disney World Halloween week. Our trip was full of magic, from our daughter’s first visit meeting her favorite princesses to our children actually Trick-or-Treating their way through the Magic Kingdom on Halloween Night. But for our middle son in late elementary school at the time, it was our day spent at Hollywood Studios where he had the chance to participate in a Jedi Training skit that made his week. We waited patiently…or not so patiently….through 3 shows before he finally got picked from the crowd… that’s not exactly short amount of time. But more than anything, it was the chance to fight Darth Vadar and train with the Jedi Master that made his trip complete.
Being part of the magic in such memorable way is something only Disney can do with such lasting impact. When I shared Star Wars Weekend info with this child who is now a young man that stands taller than I, he immediately asked if we’d have the opportunity to go. Maybe next year buddy…but for now, we are grateful for each Star Wars memory that we share with Hollywood Studios and our wonderful visit years ago. Tell me…
Have you visited Hollywood Studios Star Wars Weekend before?
What is your favorite part?
Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!
Disclosure: Thanks to Disney Social Media for inviting me to attend Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about this event at any time. My opinions are entirely my own.