To Star Wars fans, May 4th means more than just the day before Cinco de Mayo. It is Star Wars Day and Disneyland set aside some special surprises for guests visiting the resort to celebrate the occasion.
After a brief closure, Space Mountain once again re-emerged as Hyperspace Mountain. The indoor thrill ride now has a temporary Star Wars-themed overlay.
At around noon, the wait time was 55 minutes with Fastpass return times beginning at 5pm. The line would have been a lot longer, I imagine, if not for the uncomfortably hot weather. Here’s where the enclosed 2nd floor queue area will come in handy!
Another impressively long line could be found at The Star Trader, where May the Fourth merchandise was available for purchase. The store had a themed shirt, a baseball cap, a travel mug, and a purse.
The AT-AT popcorn bucket, while not new nor exclusive to Star Wars Day, was still a popular item.
The area which used to be Tomorrowland’s Starcade was transformed into a hall containing two special Photopass spots. The first was the trash compactor from “A New Hope” and the second was the ice cave in Hoth from “The Empire Strikes Back.” With only a few signs outside alerting guests to this area’s existence, the line (in the early afternoon, at least) was very short.
Storm Troopers roamed Tomorrowland as they tend to do on most days but guests seemed more interested in interacting with them. For soldiers of a deadly empire, they are quite talkative fellows.
The Star Wars Launch Bay didn’t have anything new from what I could see (and still no new stock of those trading cards). However, it was more packed with people than I had ever experienced before. The character meet and greets are usually walk-ons but today was definitely not the case. Rey’s line was an hour long!
How did you spend your Star Wars Day?