Star Wars Weekends 2014: Inside Darth’s Mall & Rebel Rendezvous Review

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I attended today’s Rebel Rendezvous event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This hard ticketed affair gave guests the opportunity to pre-purchase limited and open edition merchandise. There were also some gifts, meet and greets and artists signings inside the event. Rebel Rendezvous also gave attendees a look inside Darth’s Mall, the Star Wars Weekends merchandise shop, one day before the general public.

Before we take a look at the photos, let’s answer the question everyone was asking me: “Was Rebel Rendezvous worth the $250?” I’d have to say no. It was great being assured all my merchandise without having to brave hours and hours of lines on Friday morning. But the price of the ticket did not seem to cover the entertainment and gifts offered. There was a meet and greet, but it was the same four characters all day… Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald. Granted, all 4 at once with no line is a treat, but I would have like more. The artist signing was great, but a presentation would have been welcome. The initial gifts were okay (great messenger bag), but no departing gift was a fail.

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In the end, I wanted a “Wow!” unexpected, unadvertised moment for my money… and I didn’t get it.

Now, take a look at all that awaits guests to Star Wars Weekends…

First, Darth’s Mall this year is located inside Sound Stage One (next to Toy Story Midway Mania). The welcome room area that guests will queue up in before entering the shop itself has some merchandise preview cases as well as some Star Wars props.

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Now we venture inside the shop…

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Rebel Rendezvous RSP pick-up area

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Star Wars Lightsaber Umbrellas and Lamps

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Although this was the Rebel Rendezvous, Stormtroopers freely roamed the halls???

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Latez Jabba

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R2-D2 Bank

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Stormtrooper statues lurked over the crowd

 

 

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As you walk in, you are greeted by plush. A new X-Wing Micky and Yoda Duffy

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Star Wars Weekend logo merchandise

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The 2014 calendar is fulled with the SWW ads over the years

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X-Wing Pilot Mickey

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Chewie Plush

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Bantha Plush

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New Duffy pre-dressed as Yoda visiting WDW

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The 2014 mug is full of detail. Raised lettering, date on handle and Rebel Mickey logo on the inside bottom

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I love the X-Wing Mickey and R2-MK logo and this shot glass is great

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SWW logo tumblers and frame

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Also available is the Jedi costume for Duffy

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Shadowtrooper and R2 bank

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Beach towel has Darth Goofy fighting Jedi Mickey

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This year, the Disney Design Group released a second series of the popular Pixar Cars as Star Wars die cast…

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New this year…

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Luigo as C-3PO and Pitties as Jawas combo pack

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Chick Hicks as Boba Fett

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Ramone as Han Solo

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Red as Chewbacca

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Mater as Vader and Doc as Obi-Wan

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Disney Store Talking 14″ poseable figures. Love these! Real movie lines recorded with clear playback

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Ashley Eckstein, meets with fans

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Trays of Star Wars series 4. And the chaser is…

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Wampa!

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Star Wars headphones for $199.95

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Star Wars headphones listening stations

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Star Wars car wraps

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An anamatronic Admiral Ackbar drinks out of the new Stormtropper stein

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This amazing custom Vinylmation sold within an hour of shop opening

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There is a character meet and greet area

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Star Wars name tags are available again this year. This one was exclusive to Rebel Rendezvous event.

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Nick LoCicero

Nick LoCicero has over a decade experience in the Orlando radio market. He has worked on numerous Disney related media projects and currently co-hosts WDW News Tonight. He has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1982. After moving to Orlando in the late 90's he became a passholder, developed a fascination with the history of the attractions and has spent way too much money on theme park merchandise.

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  • Good Niff !! Star Wars was has already been done to death, and now Disney world is making the same mistake….
    doing star wars to death, Good Grief.
    Even the poor pixar cars are being made up as star wars characters, when will the insanity end .
    If i remember correctly, the star war movies was not even done by disney, i don’t want to sound like a “wet blanket”
    but enough with the star wars nightmare disney.

  • I agree with Mike. I liked Star Wars Weekends better when it wasn’t quite so “disneyfied.” I also dislike the idea of having to pay extra money to buy stuff first or see stuff first Please make the overpriced, way-too-overboard marketing machine stop before everyone is sick to death of Yoda teddy bears! ARRRRRRRGH!

    The only way it will stop is if people stop paying these outrageous prices– but we know that won’t happen . . . sigh.

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