For weekend one, Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) talked with host James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars). But before they came out, Arnold introduced a surprise video message from Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, direct from London where the movie is being produced. Video: Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams talks to Walt Disney World crowd Nothing new was revealed about the upcoming trilogy, but the message was welcomed by fans. From visit site there, Ahmed Best took the stage in a fairly rare appearance since his much-maligned role as Jar Jar Binks. But he was lively and personable, winning over the crowd with laughter. Video: Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best talk show at Star Wars Weekends 2014 The audience was more eager to see Peter Mayhew, who walked on stage to a standing ovation.
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Attention is then fixed on host Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars, who also brings out C-3PO and R2-D2 for assistance. But its the appearance of two new characters, Imperial officers, that begin to connect this show to Hyperspace Hoopla. One of the officers is definitely a familiar face, perhaps a close relative of Snig. And before beginning this trivia contest between the chosen family and the Empire, this officer makes a point of showing off the fate of those who cross him by making examples of Snig and Oopla, now trapped in an unfortunate state. Video: Padawan Mind Challenge reveals Hyperspace Hoopla hosts fate Yes, it appears Snig and Oopla have been frozen in carbonite. Of course, we know that Han Solo survived this fate so its conceivable that we will see them again some day. As for the Padawan Mind Challenge, its a bit rough around the edges but the new Imperial officers really make the show worth seeing by way of their fantastic comedic timing and improv skills, particularly during the lightning round near the end. (Where else will you hear Star Wars jokes referencing Barbara Walters and Schindlers List?) It seems Disney is still trying to find the balance between taking Star Wars seriously and keeping it fun and upbeat.
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disneyland prices – May. 19, 2014
“Disney is trying to get people to look at Disneyland as more of a vacation destination as opposed to a place for day visits,” said Robert Niles, editor of the “Theme Park Insider” blog, which closely follows all things Disney. Niles said Disney consistently raises theme park prices, sometime twice a year. “As long as attendance keeps going up, and they’re rising prices – Disney will keep on raising them,” he said. Disney World raised prices back in February. “Like any business, we periodically evaluate our pricing and make adjustments based on a variety of factors. A ticket to our theme parks represents a great value, particularly when you look at the breadth and quality of attractions and entertainment we offer,” Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in statement
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