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Star Wars Weekends 2015 – My Experience in Pictures

Star Wars Weekends has become my go-to event for expressing my Star Wars fandom each year. After making my debut at Disney last year, I was looking forward to re-connecting with friends in my Star Wars Family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but not before stopping by Downtown Disney Thursday night.

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Definitely not Frozen in Orlando.

We got together for an amazing dinner with the podcaster extraordinaire Steve Glosson and RebelForce Radio’s Jimmy Mac and the Mac clan.

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Good times at Downtown Disney

The following morning launched our big Star Wars Day. Friday began the last Star Wars Weekend event and we were ready to ring it in with a big splash. We made it in time for the parade which we got to see with Tom from the Ion Cannon Podcast after running into each other on the Streets of America. The SWW parade always features the absolute best of the best in the world of SW costuming. The 501st were there as always to represent the forces of the empire.

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This Wookiee… Amazing

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Cue the Imperial March

We also discovered the exclusive Ewoks at Darth’s Mall.

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Yub Yub Commander

Bethany was a big fan.

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This is the face of happiness.

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Just warming by the fire.

After our exploration of Darth’s Mall, we got ready to head over to the RebelForce Radio listener meetup.

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Jimmy, Steve and Tricia doing their thing.

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Selfie at the RFR meetup!

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Jimmy Mac doing what he does best.

After we wrapped up the Meetup, 38 of us all raided Star Tours and had the ride of our lives! then it was time to go catch Frank Oz on stage at SWW

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Frank Oz at SWW

Fortunately, our evening wasn’t over yet. We then headed to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular where our buddy Steve was selected to be part of the show. Be sure to watch his amazing death scene!

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Steve becomes a Star.

We then headed to Darth’s Mall where I ran into Youtuber and Star Wars Celebration coverage host Cory Vidal.

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Corey Vidal in Darths Mall

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Moisture Vaporators in Darths Mall

Outside of Darth’s Mall, we took some time to pose for some photo-ops. Goofiness ensued.

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Look out Sebulba!

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Cue the Force theme.

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Oh no!

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Steve is dreaming of… well, podcasting – who are we kidding.

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Jimmy doesn’t approve of the twin suns.

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Never cross a Clone.

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Me, Jimmy and Steve.

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Bethany and R2D2

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The whole gang!

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Bethany made some trooper friends.

We had an amazing weekend. Friday came to a close and we had to call it a day. However, our  adventures weren’t over yet.

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The opening ceremonies after the parade on Saturday.

I even had the pleasure of interviewing Ashley Eckstein and talked all about Her Universe and Ahsoka Tano. The interview will be up on the blog here later this week, and the audio will be up on the SWR podcast In July.

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Talking to Ashley

We had a blast with family all day Saturday and then got to hang out with Steve for one last Hurrah on Sunday.

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We got introduced to Ms. Pacman.

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Fuzzy picture of us ready for Jurrasic World!

And thus our time down in Orlando came to a close. What an Amazing weekend with friends and family. I can’t wait for next Year!

-Riley

Podcast Commentary: A New Hope – SWR #169

Howdy folks!

In this episode, we commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign with a special live commentary of the Star Wars Film that started it all – A New Hope!

Joining us for the ANH commentary will be Nerdist writer and StarWars.com blogger Amy Ratcliffe and Radio broadcaster extraordinaire and host of My Star Wars Story, Scott Ryfun.

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We Have a Patreon! – SWR #168

Howdy folks!

In this episode, we commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign with a special themed episode where we feature a litany of special guests talking about their favorite moment in A New Hope.

If you’re so inclined, please consider supporting the SWR podcast through Patreon to help make a bigger, badder, and better show and get some really cool rewards along the way. Click through to learn more!

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Thanks for your Patreon support!

  1. We’re joined by Stephen Stanton as he gives his top 3 Tarkin moments in ANH
  2. Justin Robert Young talks about just about the amazing culmination of the film
  3. Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado talking about their favorite moments
  4. And finally, Brian Brushwood calls in with a throw-back to the Radio Dramas

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Stephen Stanton and Special Guests Join Live Patreon Launch Show

We’re thrilled to announce that the one and only Stephen Stanton himself will be marshaling in our live broadcast this Saturday at 12pm EST to commemorate the launch of the Star Wars Report podcast Patreon campaign. Stephen is a great friend of the show, and an actor extraordinaire that has voiced numerous characters for many Star Wars projects but we all know an love him as the delightfully evil Wilhuff Tarkin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

Be sure to tune in live at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live/ this Saturday at 12pm EST!

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Afterwards, we will be featuring a litany of special guests and friends of the Star Wars Report Podcast talking about their favorite moment of A New Hope and then launch into our live commentary of the Star Wars film that started it all. Joining us for the ANH commentary will be Nerdist writer and StarWars.com blogger Amy Ratcliffe and Radio broadcaster extraordinaire and host of My Star Wars Story, Scott Ryfun.

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Join us this Saturday for what promises to be a great afternoon of live podcasting and we hope you consider supporting the Star Wars Report podcast through Patreon.

-Riley

 

Commemorate the Launch of Our Patreon Campaign With Our LIVE Commentary of A New Hope!

The Star Wars Report Podcast is taking things to the next level! We will be starting a new era of the podcast and launching our Patreon page on Saturday May 23rd at 12:00pm EST with a live show and then a broadcast of our audio commentary of A New Hope. The broadcast will be sure to feature some special guests (to be announced) as well as our take on the Star Wars film that started it all! It’s Star Wars Month and come celebrate with us!

For almost 4 years, The Star Wars Report podcast has brought Star Wars Fans everywhere entertaining and engaging commentary and discussion of that galaxy far, far away.
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The flagship show of starwarsreport.com, hosts Riley Blanton and Mark Hurliman talk about all the latest Star Wars news. From Star Wars Rebels to the upcoming theatrical films, and all other new Star Wars projects, they cover it all. The show also features conversation and coverage of Star Wars Celebrations, Dragon Con, and other fan gatherings. Packed with in-depth interviews, reviews, can’t-miss coverage and commentary, the Star Wars Report is YOUR Star Wars podcast home.

By supporting The Star Wars Report through Patreon, you’re helping the show improve in quality and quantity. You’re opening doors to an even higher quality weekly program. And as thanks for your support, we have some awesome rewards and bonuses.  

The podcast will always be free, however producing a high-quality weekly program costs precious time and resources. Riley is a full-time student and AFROTC cadet. Mark is juggling the responsibilities of work and being dad. Supporting The Star Wars Report through Patreon will allow us to defer those costs and focus more on creating a quality show.

-Riley