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Star Wars Weekends 2012 Opening Day: Celebrity Motorcade & Welcome, Stars of the Saga Stormtroopers, Hyperspace Hoopla! and Much More – Photos and Video

Hi everyone!

Yesterday was a very busy day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for opening day of Star Wars Weekends! We arrived about a half hour before the Celebrity Motorcade, yet the streets were already fully lined with guests. Jedi Mickey leads the Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade with Darth Goofy, Princess Leia Minnie, and Stormtrooper Donald (below, right).

Star Wars Celebrity Ray Park points to a guest in the from his car (below, left). Bounty Hunter Zam Wessel (below, right) stakes out the crowd around her.

Video #1 – Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Motorcade 5/18/12 Jedi Mickey, Ray Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – This is the first Celebrity Motorcade for Star Wars Weekends 2012! Includes Ray Park, Ashley Eckstein, James Arnold Taylor, Dee Bradley Baker and all your favorite characters, including Jedi Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader!

We always try to get a good spot for the Star Wars Celebrity Welcome, which follows the motorcade. James Arnold Taylor is flanked by C-3PO and other characters from the Star Wars galaxy (below, left). Younglings hold their swords high as the celebrities and characters welcome the audience (below, right).

Video #2 – Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Welcome w/James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, Ray Park, Oopla – Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Welcome with host James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park, Ashley Eckstein, Dee Bradley Baker plus all your favorite Star Wars characters!

New this year is the opportunity cast yourself in carbonite with the Carbon Freeze Me Chamber (below, left)!  For $99.95, guests can buy this experience which creates a three-dimensional, 8 inch carbon-like figurine (below, right). It seems to be a guest pleaser!

Celebrity co-host Ashley Eckstein watches Dee Bradley Baker in the Behind the Force show, which features actors from The Clone Wars. James Arnold Taylor (below, right) tries to get an audience member to mimic him (below, right) as they create a scene of dialogue from the show.

Video #3 – Dee Bradley Baker Voices Perry the Platypus & More! 5/18/12 Star Wars Weekends – W/ Ashley Eckstein – Voice Actor Dee Bradley Baker performs a variety of voices, including Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb during Star Wars Weekends! Actress Ashley Eckstein hosts this Clone Wars show “Behind the Force” each weekend!

The Stormtroopers have a new skit this year before Stars of the Saga during which they don Mickey Mouse ears. (below, left). In this years finale Darth Maul (below, right) cuts a stormtrooper in half with his lightsaber. We look forward to this each year as we do the Hyperspace Hoopla!

Video #4 – Star Wars Weekends Stormtrooper Skit before Stars of the Saga 5/18/12 Walt Disney World – The Stormtroopers have a new skit this year before Stars of the Saga, one of several daily shows put on during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Watch for the surprise finale!

The Stars of the Saga show is hosted by the Star Wars Weekends host, James Arnold Taylor (below, left). He always deftly handles asking questions of the other celebrities in attendance, including Ray Park and Andy Secombe (below, right).

Video #5 – James Arnold Taylor Voices Demo, Stars of the Saga, Incl. Fred Flinstone, Star Wars Weekends 5/18/12 – James Arnold Taylor showcases his amazing range at the Star Wars Weekend Stars of the Saga show! From Fred Flinstone to Mini Wheats, to Johnny Test, he can voice nearly anything!

Jedi Mickey arrives to the stage, as James Arnold Taylor, Andy Secombe and Ray Park don their Mickey ears for the Mickey Mouse Club finale (below left and right).

Video #6 – Stars of the Saga w/ Jedi Mickey Finale 5/18/12 Star Wars Weekends, James Arnold Taylor and Ray Park – Jedi Mickey Mouse joins James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Andy Secombe on stage at Star Wars Weekends for the Mickey Mouse Club finale!

I enjoyed half of this delicious Darth Vader cupcake (below, left). Clouds were gathering above Darth’s Mall (below, right), where guests were able to buy merchandise to their Star Wars heart’s desire!

We love taking photos of characters, especially at the Dark Side. Stormtroopers menace the crowd (below, left) and a Gamorrean Guard stares down a young boy (below, right).

This years Hyperspace Hoopla is possibly the best yet and includes the always popular “Dance Off with the Star Wars Stars“! The show gets more popular each year as I secured my front row spot at 6:50pm for the 8:00pm show (including about 45 minutes of rain which very few guests left). Below is definitive proof that Kit Fisto did come out (!), joined by Snig and Oopla (below, left). Fireworks rain down on Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (below, right).

Bad Guys Emperor Palpatine and his royal guards dance to Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J. Emperor Palpatine strikes a pose, as Aurra Sing struts her stuff beside him (below, left). Good Guys (and girls) Slave Leia, Padme, Chewbacca, C-3PO and other Star Wars stars dance to Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO. Chewbacca raises his arms in the air as Princess Leia shows some Angelina Jolie style leg in the background (below, right). Enjoy our video below and be sure to get to Star Wars Weekends in person if you have the chance!

Video #7 – Hyperspace Hoopla ENTIRE Show 5/18/12 Star Wars Weekends, Dance Off With The Star Wars Stars – This is the full Hyperspace Hoopla! show from Star Wars Weekends including the always popular “Dance Off with the Star Wars Stars.” Recorded from a perfect front row location – even Kit Fisto comes out!

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

Latest Release: Celebrate Spring – Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2012:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2012

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2012.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2011, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2009, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

All New – The Very Best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Jeff Lange Presents: Walt Disney World Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World to experience the very best of Disney’s Nighttime Fireworks Spectaculars!

Featuring: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky, Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams – 40th Anniversary Special Edition, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Let There Be Peace on Earth Finale, Fantasy in the Sky New Years Eve Fireworks and BONUS: The Magic, The Memories, and You! (Romance Segment).

Running Time: 66 min

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Remember Christmas: Holiday Treat 2011 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2011 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2011)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2011 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, The Magic, The Memories and You! (Holiday Segment),Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween at Walt Disney World (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011) – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2011)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2011 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Br’er Rabbit’s Laughin’ Place Candy Patch, The Headless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Dance Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 8 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2011) – Click HERE

All New Summer Releases – Disneyland Summertime 2011 and Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011

Join Jeff Lange as he brings the magic of Disneyland into your home with “Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Summertime 2011″!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean with Blackbeard, The Magic, The Memories and You! plus BONUS: “Magical” A Fireworks Spectacular!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2011

Celebrate the summer of 2011 in style, as Jeff Lange brings you the newest offerings from Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Featuring the following 2011 summertime favorites: Entrance Scenes, Haunted Mansion Interactive Queue, Haunted Mansion Ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic, The Memories, and You! plus BONUS: Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky Fireworks Spectacular !

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Recent Releases – Frontierland Classics, Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Frontierland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Frontierland” attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following: Splash Mountain (1992), Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (2006), Country Bear Jamboree (1992), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1997), Tom Sawyer Island (2006) and more!

Running Time: 65 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This fourth volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

 

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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