Robert Ashburn’s 5/29/09 Hollywood Studios Report

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Robert Ashburn of has provided us with photos from his trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Friday, May 29th, to see the stars of the saga (and one in particular from American Idol):

Stormtroopers greet guests above the entrance during Star Wars Weekends


For some reason, Block Party Bash was not on the schedule, despite there being enough room for it

Fairfax Fare was offering breakfast that morning

Some filming was taking place in front of the American Idol Experience since the season winner Kris Allen was there

Plenty of guests were snapping shots from far away

Follow those balloons!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, WDWNT proudly presents the backside of Kris Allen…

The host awaits the end of Kris’ motorcade

Some balloons left to invite you to celebrate your birthday at Disney Parks ;)

Kris was with Mickey Mouse in the car

Kris makes his way to the stage

There goes the Idol-mobile

Kris performed the song “Heartless”

He then had his picture taken with Minnie Mouse

During the next American Idol Experience show…

Kris made a “surprise” appearance

Kris then appeared again at the end of the show

He presented the winner with their prize

Back to Star Wars Weekends!!!

The rebels attacked the base during the ceremony ;)

The San Francisco Street facade is coming along in front of the Premiere Theater

The walls sport a Star Wars Weekends emblem

Wicket’s Warehouse has taken over Soundstage 1 again this year

It is 50% off….

Some sketches and watches for sale designed by Jason Zucker

The Star Wars big figures

Star Wars toys

Even the fire extinguisher is themed

Bobba Fett was doing some meet and greets across from Soundstage 1

The Luxo Jr. “living character” animatronic is being installed on Pixar Place

Of course WDWNT told you about this first in late 2008

90 minute wait for Toy Story Midway Mania!


Up merchandise for sale, looks like Dug is selling better than Alpha, Beta, and Gamma. No surprise.

Cool “UP” hat featuring Dug

Vinylmation Park Series 2 is now available

A look at the 3 inch designs

So long from the Studios!!!

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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