/ Friday, May 4th, 2018
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Today, May 4, 2018, marks the biggest holiday not found on calendars, Star Wars Day! What started off as just a pun (May the “Fourth” Be with You) has grown into an annual celebration endorsed by Lucasfilm. Many great Star Wars activities exist both in and out of Walt Disney World for you to take part:

 

Shopping

May 4th has become a way for retailers carrying Star Wars products to offer numerous one day only deals. The official Star Wars website offered up an extensive list of where you can score discounted Star Wars items. This year Disney Store locations and ShopDisney.com will be offering up a slew of new items, including a die-cast Darth Vader figure with removable helmet as part of their exclusive Elite Series Line.

The LEGO Store is releasing a new Ultimate Collection Series Y-Wing. Nearing almost 2000 pieces, its a huge brick built reprodution of a classic Star Wars ship for $200. If you spend over $75 on Star Wars LEGO sets, you will also recieve an exclusive mini BB-8.

If you find yourself in a Disney park, be sure to pick up one of this year’s new May the 4th pins. The price of collecting can add up quickly. (But you’ve got plenty of Plasma to sell, so try not to worry about it!)

 

Eating

If you are lucky enough to be at Walt Disney World today, there are a variety of Star Wars themed goodies to consume at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Backlot Express offers up Dark Side Chicken and Waffles. Each waffle is imprinted with the iconic image of Darth Vader.

If you are stuck at Home, the best way to eat Star Wars is to make Wookiee Cookies. A recipe for them can be found in The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes. Fun fact: the first appearance of Wookiee Cookies was in the Star Wars Holiday Special.

 

Watching

The most obvious way to consume Star Wars is to re-watch the movies. However, there is a lot more out there beyond the nine theatrical releases. Watching a Star Wars documentary will give you great insight on how the movies were made. Check out Empire of Dreams, which covers the development and impact of the original trilogy. If you want something a little more modern, The Beginning follows the entire process of how of everyone’s favorite film Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was made.

 

Listening

If nothing else, Star Wars is a vehicle for sprawling soundtracks. Between the movies, games, and TV Shows, there are countless hours of music to play. If you do have time to spare, I also would recommend listening to the NPR Star Wars Radio dramas. An often forgotten piece of Star Wars media, the radio dramas tell the story of the original trilogy in the style of Old Time Radio.

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate remember: The Force will be with you, always.

 

(Photo copyright Disney)

 

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