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Last Tour To Endor - Special Event

In case you didn't know, Star Wars Celebration V (the official Lucasfilm fan convention) was held August 12-15 in Orlando. That means thousands of Star Wars fans came to Central Florida for the convention and to celebrate all things Star Wars. As a tie-in to the Star Wars Celebration V convention, Walt Disney World hosted the "Last Tour To Endor" special event at Hollywood Studios, Saturday, August 14. This was a special admission ($75.00), after hours event; Hollywood Studios closed at 7 PM for regular guests. This event ran from 8 PM till 1 AM. However, the special event ticket did allow you to enter Hollywood Studios starting at 4 PM.

Here's what Disney had to say about this event: "You can 'be the first to be among the last' passengers aboard Star Tours before the famed attraction “powers down” to make way for its new “reimagining” in 2011. Star Wars fans of all ages will have the chance to experience the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combining for one special night. And it’s all designed for guests attending Star Wars Celebration V."

Here's what the schedule of events for the night looked like:

- Bespin Stage Dance Party (Sorcerer Hat) 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM

- Hyperspace Hoopla (Sorcerer Hat) 11:15 PM

- Death Star Disco (Playhouse Disney) 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM

- Jedi Training Academy (Star Tours stage) Various times throughout the evening

- Character Appearances (Playhouse Disney) 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM

- Special Event Merchandise (Tatooine Traders) 8:00 PM - 1:00 PM

- Symphony in the Stars Fireworks Spectacular (Over Sorcerer Hat) Midnight

- Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of Epic Proportions (Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular) 8:20 PM, 9:50 PM and 12:15 PM

In addition, the following attractions were up and running: The Great Movie Ride, The American Idol Experience, Star Tours, Muppet Vision 3-D and Toy Story Midway Mania.

I arrived at Hollywood Studios around 7 PM. Guests with event tickets had to enter through special designated turnstiles and were given wristbands to wear and a special brochure with the schedule of events, locations and times. After 7 PM only guests with the wristbands were allowed on any of the attractions.

I'm not good at estimating crowds, but I do know that this event was extremely well attended. The park had the feel of a regular nighttime crowd.

There was a large sign outside of the main entrance to Hollywood Studios promoting the event.

Sign at entrance

Here's what the special brochure looked like:

Brochure

Brochure

The first thing I did was head over to Star Tours for my final ride. I wanted to get my ride in before the line got too long.

Star Tours

Star Tours

Star Tours

Star Tours

Special event merchandise was on sale at Tatooine Traders (located near the exit to the Star Tours attraction). All evening long there was a line to get into this shop. It was mobbed with Star Wars fans looking for Last Tour to Endor T-shirts and other event collectibles.

Tatooine Traders

R2D2 had his Mickey Ears on and was interviewed for the Disney Blog.

R2 - D2

Between shows on the Sorcerer's Hat stage, Snig and Oopla ran Star Wars trivia contests. Prizes included Star Wars action figures.

Snig and Oopla

Snig and Oopla

The Bespin Stage Dance Party was a hoot. The DJ, who I thought was terrific, had everyone in a party mode. Lots of folks knew the dance moves, but for those who didn't he taught them. It was a very hot and humid night, and lots of people were in costume, but that didn't stop anyone from dancing and having a good time.

Bespin Stage Dance Party

Bespin Stage Dance Party

Bespin Stage Dance Party

Bespin Stage Dance Party

Bespin Stage Dance Party

Over at Playhouse Mickey was the Death Star Disco. This event was mainly for children. Here you could see all your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Star Wars costumes. Children of all ages were dancing with the characters as well as getting autographs.

Death Star Disco

Death Star Disco

Death Star Disco

Death Star Disco

Death Star Disco

The Jedi Training Academy is popular every day, but getting Jedi training on this night was very special for the boys and girls.

Jedi Training Academy

As with the Star Wars weekends, there were lots of fans walking the streets of Hollywood Studios in costume. Here's a sampling of some of the costumes. (Note: there's a couple of "professionals" mixed in.)

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

Star Wars costumes

The Hyperspace Hoopla, with Snig and Oopla was a fan favorite! Here's both pictures and a couple of videos for you to enjoy:

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

Hyperspace Hoopla

The "Raiders of the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom: A Fan Film of Epic Proportions" was billed as "a special show where the worlds of Indiana Jones and Star Wars meet for the creation of the world's greatest fan film". I wasn't quite sure how this would work, but it did. It was pretty funny; lots of humor and had the added touch of some real live Star Wars actors and actresses being included in the show.

Here's some videos of this show:

The night concluded with the Symphony in the Stars Fireworks Spectacular. As with all the Disney fireworks these were fantastic! Here's a video showing part (not all) of the fireworks display:

Well I hope you enjoy this review. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

I had a great time and although I'm a big fan of the Star Tours attraction I can't wait for the "new" Star Tours to open next year. In case you missed it, here's a link to the new Star Tours video: New Star Tours Video.

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Comments (11)

Zach:

Oh my Vader I wish I was there. I wanted so badly to go to Celebration V but wasn't allowed to. What made it worse is that it looked fun so I missed out. :(
Can't wait for Celebration VI though!

Jen S.:

WOW, great Blog Mike. I am a huge Star Wars and Disney fan!! I really love Star Wars weekends at the Studios and try to plan my trips around that. Looking forward to seeing the 'new' Tour to Endor next year!! Keep up the great work!!

Nancie:

Thanks for your thoughts on The Last Tour to Endor! I spent Sunday searching the web for videos from the evening. Sure wish I could have gone :) Do you know if Tatooine Traders will be open while the attraction is down? I won't make it to Orlando until December and am hoping I can at least shop Star Tours.

DizneyMike replies: Nancie, I haven't heard anything about Tatooine Traders being renovated, so I assume it will be open when you come down in December....Mike

Jenn Bush:

Great post....wish I could have been there, I go for every Star Wars weekends. I really hope Disney would put on fireworks for Star Wars weekends like this - I would love it!

Tom:

Just for further reference the astro droid is not R2D2. The red astro droid with Mickey Ears is known as R2MK

DizneyMike replies: Tom, thanks for the information! Obviously I didn't know that...Mike

Pat:

Mike,
Here are some suggestions for other lists of favorites:

Favorite 3D attraction
Favorite roller coaster
Favorite Disney villian
Favorite song from a ride or attraction
Favorite gift shop

I enjoy your lists and hope you have more in the future!

DizneyMike replies: Pat, great ideas, I will use some of them. Thanks again....Mike

Jaime:

Thank you SO much for posting the videos! I can't wait to show my 7 year old!! I LOVE the videos from Raiders of the lost Jedi Temple of Doom! I laughed so hard I woke the baby!!! Wish I could have been there!!

Kelley Morris:

I never got close enough to see Hyperspace or the Indy/Star Wars shows. Thanks for posting the vdeo here at least I did get to see those here! The event was so much fun! I do wish Disney would have had more meet and greets with the characters though, was a little disapointed in that! My sister had never been to Star Wars weekends and would have loved to meet Vader! Thanks again for the great recap!

DizneyMike replies: Kelley, thanks for the nice comments. Like you, I was surprised that there weren't more meet and greets...Mike

Liz Balcueva:

I too had a blast at the Last Tour! (and all of Celebration V - gosh, I'm glad I now live in Orlando!)

The whole event was great. We arrived early and we able to ride Star Tours with no wait.

We were even able to ride Toy Store Mania before the event with only a 15 minute stand-by wait!!

Becky:

Just wondering if you know when the new Star Wars attraction will open. We are going to WDW for the first time in January and my son is a Star Wars nut. I am disappointed that he may miss the Star Wars stuff. Thanks!!

DizneyMike replies: Becky, unfortunately Star Tours will be closed until May 2011. Looks like you'll have to make another trip down when it opens...Mike

Tony:

Another Great Post Mike!!

I am very dissapointed I didn't get to meet you in person at LTtE. I was so excited to be there I probably wouldn't have recognized you if I did see you! My wife and I had Fantastic time at the party. We even got to ride The Great Movie Ride with a Star Wars celebrity and saw Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) in the fianal Indiana Jones show!

DizneyMike replies: Tony, it would have been great if we were to have met up. Maybe next time! Anyway, it was a great night and it sounds like you and your wife made the most of it....Mike

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