Live Coverage of Star Wars Weekends 2012

By Adam Hansen on May 18th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Special Coverage   |    29 Comments

We are presenting live coverage of today’s opening of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The most recent updates will appear at the top of the page. Continue scrolling down the page as they progresses to see earlier updates and photos.

If there is something specific you would like to see photos of throughout the day or questions you need answered, let us know in the comments. Cory, Ryan and Katie are spending the entire day at Holllywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends, so continue checking back for updates.

Also, follow us on Twitter @disphotoblog for even more updates straight from the park!

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Live Coverage Sections:

Hyperspace Hoopla Videos!

All Live Updates

Hoooopla! Hyperspace Hoopla!

Katie has a great spot for Hyperspace Hoopla, can’t wait to see what pics she ends up with! According to her latest tweet, it is raining right now at the Studios. Hope it clears up in time for the start of the show.

The Cantina Band is preparing for tonight’s Hyperspace Hoopla!

Now Boarding…

Do you have what it takes to defeat Darth Vader?


Ryan and the Stormtrooper had a show down at the Studios today. We are sorry to report that Ryan lost and the Stormtrooper will be taking his spot as part of the Disney Photography Blog team.

Ryan and Cory hanging out with one of the Stormtroopers

Stormtrooper Donald!

Cory and Ryan excited to finally have their photo taken instead of being behind the camera!

What is the first thing you do after the parade? Check your photos of course!

Who is ready to take a bite out of the dark side?

Star Wars Parade Photos

I think Disney Photography Blog is ready to show this Star Wars parade we mean business. Hope Darth Vader waves to the camera!!


The Citizens of Hollywood are out and entertaining guests before the parade!


Merchandise Update at 8:45am

The line to get into the merchandise tent goes past the Rock n Roller Coaster area. For those that don’t know, the merchandise tent is in a lot not normally opened to the public. it is between the Tower of Terror and Rock n Roller Coaster. The tent is usually very busy first thing in the morning because of all the fans wanting to buy the limited edition merchandise. If you are looking for the general Star Wars Weekend merchandise, it can be found throughout the park without any lines.


  1. Charlie   |   May 18, 2012

    This is a great idea, thanks for doing it! I have gone to SWW in the past and had a great time. We can’t decide if we want to go back next year or go at Halloween instead. I am really enjoying the photos though and will be sure to check back all day!!

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Thanks Charlie, glad you are enjoying the updates.

      Tough to pick between Star Wars Weekends and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. They are both are a lot of fun to attend. Maybe we will do live coverage of the Halloween party this year and you can compare them to help you decide :-)

  2. Dee   |   May 18, 2012

    We’ve never been fortunate enough to experience Star Wars Weekends in person, but YouTube is a good friend. If we ever get to go, Hyperspace Hoopla looks hysterical!

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Hyperspace Hoopla was the highlight for me last year. Definitely a fun time, even if it is a little odd at times :)

  3. Michelle C.   |   May 18, 2012

    Ahh Hyperspace Hoopla is always my favorite!

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Did you see it last year when it moved to the big stage? Definitely made the show better with more effects. I am looking forward to the updates tonight to see what this years show is like!

  4. Clay R.   |   May 18, 2012

    I am going to have to break down and go to Star Wars Weekends. Of course it will probably cost me more in swag than it will to get to MGM for the actual event.

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      You get points for still calling it MGM :)

  5. Ben   |   May 18, 2012

    Can’t wait to see you guys down there tomorrow!

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Have a great trip!

  6. Sam M   |   May 18, 2012

    How are lines for the characters this morning? I am planning on being there next weekend and trying to figure out when I should get to them.

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Anywhere from 30 minutes to up to 2 hours for people like Darth Vader. Though, you can meet the regular Disney characters today with little to no wait!

  7. Robert A.   |   May 18, 2012

    One of these days, I will need to plan a weekend trip to visit SWW.

  8. Alan Rappa   |   May 18, 2012

    I’m definitely going to try and make it next year.

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      I think we will have to plan a photography meetup for next year. Sounds like there will be a lot of us making sure we are there.

  9. Craig T.   |   May 18, 2012

    I would love to go to Star Wars Weekend… Maybe someday.

  10. Chrissy   |   May 18, 2012

    I have never been but my favorite part would be all the exculsive merch and pictures with the characters

  11. Barb D.   |   May 18, 2012

    Great idea. Love the pictures. Wish we could be there. The coverage is great.

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Thanks. It should only get better as the day goes on. We have the parade starting and then Hyperspace Hoopla tonight!

  12. IslandSnoopy   |   May 18, 2012

    Planning to attend SWW next year! May the Force Be With You!

  13. Kaitlin   |   May 18, 2012

    Hyperspace Hoopla!!!! can’t wait to see at as many times as i can next weekend!

  14. Allison   |   May 18, 2012

    Awesome photos! Wish I was there!

  15. Kristin Z.   |   May 18, 2012

    I love all of the photos! I cannot wait until my daughter and I get to SWW next Friday!

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Have a great time, it is a lot of fun!

  16. Ben   |   May 18, 2012

    Hmmm… with all that camera gear, you guys are lacking Nikon representation. Good thing I’m on my way!

  17. Bryan   |   May 18, 2012

    Awesome photos guys. Next best thing to being there.

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 18, 2012

      Thanks, glad you are enjoying it! We hope to do more live coverage like this for future events!

  18. Jennifer Lynn   |   May 18, 2012

    Great photos, as always! I love that you are doing updates like this, it is a great way for those of us that cannot be there to see what is going on. I really wish I could go someday… Never say never though right?

  19. Sharon   |   May 18, 2012

    Great photos guys! I cannot wait for tomorrow. Now that work has released me for the weekend I am moving into studios for the next two days!!!



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