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.
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.
Now we venture inside the shop…
Rebel Rendezvous RSP pick-up area
Star Wars Lightsaber Umbrellas and Lamps
Although this was the Rebel Rendezvous, Stormtroopers freely roamed the halls???
Stormtrooper statues lurked over the crowd
As you walk in, you are greeted by plush. A new X-Wing Micky and Yoda Duffy
Star Wars Weekend logo merchandise
The 2014 calendar is fulled with the SWW ads over the years
X-Wing Pilot Mickey
New Duffy pre-dressed as Yoda visiting WDW
The 2014 mug is full of detail. Raised lettering, date on handle and Rebel Mickey logo on the inside bottom
I love the X-Wing Mickey and R2-MK logo and this shot glass is great
SWW logo tumblers and frame
Also available is the Jedi costume for Duffy
Shadowtrooper and R2 bank
Beach towel has Darth Goofy fighting Jedi Mickey
This year, the Disney Design Group released a second series of the popular Pixar Cars as Star Wars die cast…
New this year…
Luigo as C-3PO and Pitties as Jawas combo pack
Chick Hicks as Boba Fett
Ramone as Han Solo
Red as Chewbacca
Mater as Vader and Doc as Obi-Wan
Disney Store Talking 14″ poseable figures. Love these! Real movie lines recorded with clear playback
Ashley Eckstein, meets with fans
Trays of Star Wars series 4. And the chaser is…
Star Wars headphones for $199.95
Star Wars headphones listening stations
Star Wars car wraps
An anamatronic Admiral Ackbar drinks out of the new Stormtropper stein
This amazing custom Vinylmation sold within an hour of shop opening
There is a character meet and greet area
Star Wars name tags are available again this year. This one was exclusive to Rebel Rendezvous event.