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Friday, June 7, 2013

STAR TOURS with the Jawas!

What a thrill riding on STAR TOURS-The Adventure Continues, right?  As least those of you who have had the pleasure of riding on this attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios know this.  For all of us STAR WARS geeks, it's a thrill beyond explaining. 

On my last visit to Walt Disney World, I was lucky enough to be there for a couple special events for the Limited Time Magic that has been going on there and at Disneyland in California.  The one we are talking about here today is "STAR WARS DAY-May the Fourth Be With You!"

I had the pleasure to be with a couple of my very good Disney pals during the day on Saturday May 4th.  One of the most exciting things was riding on START TOURS with my friend Brent Dodge.  As we walked in using our FastPass that we had each gotten earlier in the day, we were directed to our "ship" after picking up our 3-D glasses.  As we got closer to getting in line Brent's face lit up, and he looked at me and said, "we are riding with the Jawas"!  For those of you who do not know what a Jawa is, here is a brief description for you. 
Jawas: were typically short rodent-like natives of Tatooine. They were passionate scavengers, seeking out technology for sale or trade in the deep deserts in their huge sandcrawler transports. A band of Jawas were responsible for locating C-3PO and R2-D2 and selling them to Luke Skywalker's uncle Owen Lars. Another tribe of Jawas, led by Tteel Kkak, found Jabba the Hutt's rancor. They had a reputation for swindling, as they had a penchant for selling old equipment such as outdated faulty droids to moisture farmers. However, they were extremely passive beings, and hardly put up any resistance to colonists of their planet unlike the other natives the Sand people, instead seeing foreigners as an excellent business opportunity.

C-3PO did not have a very high opinion of the Jawas.  He was knows to say things like:
"I can't abide those Jawas! Disgusting creatures!"
So, you get the basic idea here.  When we walked up to our line and saw that they had joined our "party," it was so exciting!  I started taking pictures right away, and even after we boarded.  There were two of them.  They were totally in character, and interacted through the entire ride sequence.  It was really a blast!

Here now, I share with you in pictures, our experience with the Jawas!

In line, interacting with guests!

Posing for the camera!

 I know I can get these things on, somehow!

Buckle up!

Jawa says ready, set, go!

Brent and his new friends!

 Jawas getting a drink!

 Ya baby!!  Let's ride again!  This time we pilot the ship!

 Well, there you have it!  Our fun STAR TOURS adventure with the Jawas!

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