Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE OFF!’ — Groot visits with guests during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park where they will hear him utter his three favorite words “I am Groot!” Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE OFF!’ — Groot visits with guests during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park where they will hear him utter his three favorite words “I am Groot!” Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE OFF!’ — Groot visits with guests during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park where they will hear him utter his three favorite words “I am Groot!” Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests on Terra (Earth) will find hundreds of artifacts decorating the private office of The Collector, Tivan Tanaleer, featuring objects gathered from around the galaxy. Guests of Disney California Adventure Park can view this as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests will find themselves in the maintenance bay of The Collector’s Fortress on their way to board a gantry lift on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Joshua Suddock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! (April 20, 2017) — The glimmering exterior of The Collector’s imposing Fortress looms over the skyline at Disney California Adventure Park. The all-new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! debuts May 27, 2017 at Disney California Adventure. Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! will take guests through the fortress of The Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! (April 20, 2017) — The glimmering exterior of The Collector’s imposing Fortress looms over the skyline at Disney California Adventure Park. The all-new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! debuts May 27, 2017 at Disney California Adventure. Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! will take guests through the fortress of The Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! — Rocket enlists the aid of guests at Disney California Adventure to help free his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy, who have been captured by The Collector. This all-new experience opens on May 27 (Disneyland Resort) ©Disney/Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! -The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers as night falls at Disney California Adventure Park. The all-new attraction Guardians of the Galax – Mission: BREAKOUT! will take guests through the Fortress of The Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Rob Sparacio/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – Guests will discover artifacts from the Super Hero universe as they tour the Tivan Collection as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests freefall aboard a gantry lift in the rocking attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARRIVE AT DISNEYLAND RESORT – Beginning May 27, guests will interact with cosmic heroes Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park. The new entertainment experience invites guests to encounter these Guardians of the Galaxy, fresh off their appearance in the latest blockbuster film, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2.” Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests freefall aboard a gantry lift in the rocking attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests freefall aboard a gantry lift in the rocking attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — The exterior of The Collector’s Fortress shimmers at dusk at Disney California Adventure Park. The all-new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! will take guests through the Fortress of The Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! (April 20, 2017) — The glimmering exterior of The Collector’s imposing Fortress looms over the skyline at Disney California Adventure Park. The all-new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! debuts May 27, 2017 at Disney California Adventure. Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! will take guests through the fortress of The Collector, who is keeping his newest acquisitions, the Guardians of the Galaxy, as prisoners. Guests will board a gantry lift which launches them into a daring adventure as they join Rocket in an attempt to set free his fellow Guardians. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. As guests join Rocket in his attempt to bust his pals out of The Collector’s Fortress, they will experience randomized ride experiences complete with new visual and audio effects and music inspired by the popular film soundtracks. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! – Asgardian armor is just one of the artifacts from the Super Hero universe guests will discover as they tour the Tivan Collection at the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy”story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! – Ultron is just one of the artifacts from the Super Hero universe guests will discover as they tour the Tivan Collection at the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! – Cosmo is just one of the artifacts from the Super Hero universe guests will discover as they tour the Tivan Collection at the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Guests on Terra (Earth) will find hundreds of artifacts decorating the private office of The Collector, Tivan Tanaleer, featuring objects gathered from around the galaxy. Guests of Disney California Adventure Park can view this as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! — Rocket, known for his uncanny ability to break out of any confined space or prison, emerges in the private office of The Collector to help guests free his fellow Guardians. The epic new attraction Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! – Guests will discover artifacts from the Super Hero universe as they tour the Tivan Collection as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!- Guests will discover artifacts from the Super Hero universe as they tour the Tivan Collection as part of the Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California park. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the ÒGuardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 02:53

Summer of Heroes

RECRUITS IN TRAINING — An aspiring young Avenger trains with the master archer Hawkeye in the interactive show Avengers Training Initiative at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) RECRUITS IN TRAINING — An aspiring young Avenger trains with the master archer Hawkeye in the interactive show Avengers Training Initiative at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) RECRUITS IN TRAINING – Young recruits aspiring to join the ranks of the Avengers participate in the interactive show Avengers Training Initiative at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Ñ The heroine Black Widow canvasses Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park in a black armored vehicle known as the Avengers Armored Transport. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Ñ Agent Natasha Romanov, known as Black Widow, can be found interacting with guests and civilians around the Hollywood Back Lot at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) HEROIC ENCOUNTERS Ñ Agent Natasha Romanov, known as Black Widow, can be found interacting with guests and civilians around the Hollywood Back Lot at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE OFF!’ — Groot visits with guests during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park where they will hear him utter his three favorite words “I am Groot!” Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AWESOME DANCE OFF!’ — Guests can boogie with the cosmic heroes Star-Lord and Gamora during “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) RECRUITS IN TRAINING – Young recruits aspiring to join the ranks of the Avengers participate in the interactive show Avengers Training Initiative at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests will find excitement throughout Hollywood Land during Summer of Heroes with the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye, and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and Spider-Man. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 02:54

Disney Junior Dance Party!

‘DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY!’ – Princess Sofia joins the fun with the DJ and Party Host of “Disney Junior Dance Party!” The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party!” comes to life in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park. This high-energy live concert features interactive entertainment, some favorite songs from Disney Junior TV shows and appearances by beloved characters. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY!’ – Princess Sofia joins the fun with the DJ and Party Host of “Disney Junior Dance Party!” The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party!” comes to life in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park. This high-energy live concert features interactive entertainment, some favorite songs from Disney Junior TV shows and appearances by beloved characters. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) ‘DISNEY JUNIOR DANCE PARTY!’ – Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their”Mickey and the Roadster Racers” costumes entertain guests of all ages at “Disney Junior Dance Party!” The all-new “Disney Junior Dance Party!” comes to life in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure Park. This high-energy, live concert features interactive entertainment, some favorite songs from Disney Junior TV shows and appearances by beloved characters. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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BENICIO DEL TORO — (May 25, 2017) Benicio del Toro at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) ZOE SALDANA — (May 25, 2017) Zoe Saldana at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) GUARDIANS REUNION — (May 25, 2017) Director James Gunn, Pom Klementieff and Michael Rooker at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) KEVIN FEIGE — (May 25, 2017) Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) JOE QUESADA — (May 25, 2017) Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the GalaxyÐMission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the ÒGuardians of the GalaxyÓ story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort) ZOE SALDANA AND KRYLORIANS — (May 25, 2017) Zoe Saldana poses with Krylorian attendants at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) BENICIO DEL TORO AND THE COLLECTOR — (May 25, 2017) Benicio del Toro with the statue of his Guardians character, ‘The Collector’ at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the GalaxyÐMission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the ÒGuardians of the GalaxyÓ story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) POM KLEMENTIEFF — (May 25, 2017) Pom Klementieff finds a ‘WANTED’ poster of her character, Mantis at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) WE ARE GROOT — (May 25, 2017) Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering Senior Vice President Creative, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and Michael Colglazier, President of the Disneyland Resort. at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) (May 25, 2017) Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Zoe Saldana, Benicio del Toro, Michael Booker, Pom Klementieff, James Gunn and Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, at the grand opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy–Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction at Disney California Adventure park, in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday. The epic new adventure blasts guests straight into the “Guardians of the Galaxy” story for the first time, alongside characters from the blockbuster films and comics. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Friday, 02 June 2017 12:15

Summer of Heroes Foods

SUPER HERO SIZED SUB – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) SAVORY STRENGTH FALAFEL PITA – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) SPACE OUTPOST TACOS – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) MULTIVERSE PARFAIT– Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) GAMMA-SIZED DONUT – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) ANGRY LITTLE PUDDING CUP – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) SPIDER BITE – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) THE MILANO – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort) SPINAL FLUID – Guests will find hero-inspired food and beverage at Disney California Adventure Park for the Summer of Heroes from May 27 to Sept. 10. (Disneyland Resort)

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 11:16

Running With the Force Thanks to runDisney

Being able to run is an important skill in the Star Wars universe. You have to run away from explosions, race to board ships before stormtroopers blast you, sprint away from giant creatures with a mass of tentacles — running is sometimes key to survival. In day-to-day life, running is less of a hazardous activity and more for health and fun. The latter adjective especially comes into play if runDisney is involved.

To celebrate Global Running Day and the joy of putting tennis shoes to pavement, we reached out to fans who have participated in runDisney Star Wars challenges. The race weekends include a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon. The first such event took place at the Disneyland Resort in January 2015 with the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. It was the first time I felt inspired to voluntarily put on running shoes, and I wasn’t alone.

Holly Frey is a seasoned runDisney participant, running in almost every race weekend at least once. She’s completed every Star Wars race on both coasts. (Except kids’ races, of course.) Though scoring the medal is one of the most appealing parts about the races for her, she also enjoys the camaraderie: “It’s just really fun to run with thousands of fellow Star Wars fans. There are always so many really great interactions and conversations with strangers in any race. Runners are a friendly bunch!”

Holly tells me before runDisney, she never thought she would run a mile, much less a half marathon. Knowing she’s completed the races despite how impossible it seemed helps her get through challenges in everyday life. And on top of getting through the races in one piece, she often wears different costumes for each race day. She chooses costumes based on a couple of factors. “It’s a two-part decision: What character do I love, and can I find a way to make it that will pack easily? For me, the key in adapting a character to a running costume is making sure the primary design lines are all there. For shorter races, like a 5K or even a 10K, you have a lot more leeway than with a half or full marathon — the more miles you have to go, the more things will start to feel cumbersome/chafe/overheat. Safety always has to be first.”

Devin Reed’s first runDisney experiences all happened in 2017. He participated in all three race categories of the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort and then the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at the Walt Disney World Resort after Celebration Orlando. He was motivated by the galaxy far, far away. Devin explains, “As a massive Star Wars fan, the runDisney events were the perfect motivation to get myself off the couch and back in shape. Plus, if you’re a Disney fan like I am, the thrill of getting to experience the parks in a unique way was too good an opportunity to pass up! Seeing the sun rise over Animal Kingdom or basking in the early morning glow at Cars Land — there just isn’t any other way to experience that.”

Devin says the atmosphere along the race routes is easily his favorite part of the runDisney experience. “All of the details in the Star Wars races are so great — characters in costume, John Williams music blasting from speakers, and giant screens playing scenes from the films,” he says. “My favorite part of the Dark Side half marathon came during a stretch of road with forest on both sides; speakers, laser lights, and fog machines were strategically placed to replicate the sights and sounds of the Battle of Endor. We literally felt like we were in the middle of the film!”

As an experienced runDisney runner, there was no question about Cheryl Flesch joining the Dark Side half marathon weekend. She’s been participating in the runDisney program since 2005. She’s done other races, but she appreciates the entertainment Disney offers on the course and their bling. “I had originally only signed up for the half marathon this year, but when I saw the Death Star medal for the challenge, I changed my entry,” she says. “I had to add that one to my collection.”

Because of her Star Wars fandom, she finds the Star Wars race weekends to be as much about familiarity as running. “For me, running the Star Wars races is the most rewarding of the runDisney events, and the Dark Side will likely be the one I stick with going forward. The biggest reason is because the Star Wars races are like so many other Star Wars events for me. It’s a family reunion, a Star Wars Celebration for runners. I get to see all my friends. I was telling someone recently that Star Wars friends are the best friends because we are family. It shows at these races. Even if you haven’t seen someone for a while, there is always a hug and a smile,” she says.

Cheryl agrees completing the race and donning the medal is a satisfying part of the event. “I feel a huge sense of accomplishment just crossing that finish line and feeling that medal around my neck,” she says. “Those things are really heavy. You feel like you’ve won an Olympic event wearing one of the medals and walking around the park with all the cast members greeting you with congratulations.”

Kirk McDuck’s runDisney history started with the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon. Since then, he’s participated in three Star Wars race weekends total on both coasts. He cites the cheerleaders along the course as a standout moment, specifically 501st Legion members stationed on the route. “They had so much enthusiasm and support, and it was like a jolt of energy when most people are at their low point with exhaustion and fatigue, and it helped me finish out the race,” Kirk says.

He doesn’t really wear the commemorative shirts or do much with the medals from the races, but Kirk treasures the memories. He explains, “I like the feeling of accomplishment of running a 10K and a half marathon, and meeting fellow fans and cosplayers during the weekend is a lot of fun. I keep in touch with them all through social media, and support their outfits in other races.”

Kirk makes the 10K a little more challenging for himself by wearing a flannel shirt and jeans as part of a George Lucas costume. “I run the 10K as George Lucas, and I wear jeans and a flannel shirt. I don’t adapt the outfit at all, even though that would probably be a good idea,” he jokes. “It’s actually pretty easy in Disneyland, because the weather is nice and a 10K isn’t too long (especially with breaks to take pictures with characters), but I was really struggling during the 2016 Dark Side because Florida is too humid.”

I can’t imagine bringing flannel within a 100-mile radius of Florida, but it’s just one of the many ways runners and Star Wars fans show their dedication and enthusiasm during runDisney race weekends. And that’s part of what makes runDisney Star Wars events so special.

Have you participated in any of the runDisney Star Wars challenges? Race to the comments and tell us about your experiences!

Visit runDisney.com for more information!

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek.

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 15:35

25 Great Star Wars: A New Hope Quotes

When it debuted in theaters, Star Wars was regarded as a visual masterpiece, a marriage of mythos and serial drama brimming with fast-talking, quick-witted characters — and it’s impossible to talk about the space saga without quoting some of our favorite celluloid heroes.

Here are some of the finest insults, snappiest comebacks, and greatest quotes that we’re still repeating 40 years on, in order of appearance!

1. “Don’t you call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease!” — C-3PO

When we first meet the snarkiest counterparts this side of the Outer Rim, they’re locked in an epic bickering match that even a hostile takeover by Imperial stormtroopers couldn’t derail.

2. “We’re doomed.” — C-3PO

The perfect overreaction for all of life’s inconveniences, including but not limited to being boarded by Imperials, salvaged by Jawas, and threatened with deactivation or a life of hard labor in the spice mines of Kessel. Thank the maker Threepio is programmed for hyperbole.

3. “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” — Luke Skywalker

We’ve all been there, Luke. You think your day is going one way, and the next thing you know you’re on a smuggling freighter headed for a planet that was recently obliterated by the Empire.

4. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” — Leia Organa

The princess’s heartbreaking plea in the Rebellion’s most desperate hour is the linchpin for everything yet to come.

5.An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

And no matter what anyone says, it’s also a great match for a blaster if you’re interested in deflecting enemy fire.

6. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” — Darth Vader

You may have traveled from one end of the galaxy to the other without seeing any evidence of a cosmic power, but we guarantee that being Force choked is a real quick way to turn someone into a believer.

7. “Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Old Ben shows he’s also the master of semantics with this brilliant warning. Far superior to “It’s dangerous. Someone could lose an arm!”

8. “You don’t need to see his identification…These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

It’s impossible to quote this line without the requisite wave of the hand, but I think I speak for most of us when I say we’re still trying to master the Jedi mind trick that completes the effect.

9. “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.” — Han Solo

Sure, she may be confused for garbage from time to time, but make no mistake about it: she’s fast enough for you.

10. “Sorry about the mess.” — Han Solo

Whether you’ve spilled a glass of blue milk or left the smoking carcass of a Rodian bounty hunter lying face-first on your cantina table, a cool coin flip and a quick apology are in order.

11. “She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid.” — Han Solo

Han doesn’t get defensive about much, but don’t insult his beloved Millennium Falcon.

12. “Governor Tarkin, I should’ve expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board.” — Leia Organa

The princess of Alderaan cowers before no man, as evidenced by this double-edged burn essentially equating the Dark Lord of the Sith to a lapdog while simultaneously insulting the man who literally controls a death ray and is prepared to aim it at her homeworld. Charming, to the last.

13. “I felt a great disturbance in the Force. As if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Here we get our first glimpse of the greater power of the universe’s binding energy, far more substantial than a few party tricks doled out to misdirect the weak minded.

14. “I suggest a new strategy, Artoo: Let the Wookiee win.” — C-3PO

This should probably be added to Dejarik instruction manual. In terms of strategy, it’s flawless.

15. “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” — Han Solo

Speaking of Chewbacca — who didn’t make the list only because our translator seems to have a slight malfunction — having that walking carpet of a co-pilot on your side doesn’t hurt either.

16. “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

And that was no asteroid collision back there.

17. Who’s the more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

Kenobi spends the entire film dropping some knowledge, but this gem may be his finest teachable moment. Two parts philosopher with a dash of sass that renders even the scruffiest smuggler speechless.

18. “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” — Leia Organa

This coming from someone who’s under five-feet-tall herself.

19. “Somebody has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, flyboy!” — Leia Organa

Just in case you were unclear about who was in charge of this rescue mission, Leia sets the record straight while simultaneously blasting her way out of a tight spot and trying out the first of many nicknames for everyone’s favorite nerf herder.

20. “I got a bad feeling about this.” — Han Solo

The smell, the garbage monster, the walls closing in. No reward is worth this.

21. “When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master.” — Darth Vader

In the years since their parting on Mustafar, modesty is not something Obi-Wan’s former apprentice has been practicing.

22. “If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sorry, Lord Vader, but Kenobi is playing the long game here. And he doesn’t even need the high ground this time.

23. “It’s not impossible. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home, they’re not much bigger than 2 meters.” — Luke Skywalker

Our farm boy proves he’s all grown up and ready for his orange flight suit after delivering this humble brag on his sharpshooting prowess. Lucky for the rest of the rebels, their newest recruit is as good as he says…at least, once he turns off the targeting computer and trusts his instincts.

24. “Cover me, Porkins!” — Biggs Darklighter

Red Six would soon be undone, but if there’s one thing we can say about Jek Porkins, it’s that he stayed on target and always had your back.

25. “Use the Force, Luke.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Just don’t get too cocky, kid.

How did we do? Tell us your favorite quotes from the original film in the comments below!

Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.

British rock group Kasabian recently released new album For Crying Out Loud, which signaled the end of Ed Sheeran’s galactic two-month reign at the top of the UK charts. StarWars.com spoke to frontman and Star Wars superfan Tom Meighan (second from left in the photo above) about his dreams of playing a gig on the Death Star, how he’d cover the cantina song, and injuring his toe on Kylo Ren’s lightsaber. Who said rock and roll is dead?

StarWars.com: Tom, how the devil are you?

Tom Meighan: I’m buzzing because Star Wars are calling me, man. I’ve been waiting for this call all my life!

StarWars.com: Well, it took you six albums to get here but you’ve finally made it!

Tom Meighan: I hope so! But I want to be in a film, get me in a film!

StarWars.com: Let’s see after another six albums…

Tom Meighan: You’ve got to! I mean, just a cameo or something.

StarWars.com: Look, don’t hang up or anything but you really are taking to the wrong guy here!

Tom Meighan: Alright, mate! [Laughs]

StarWars.com: But I am the right man to ask you hard hitting questions such as… Favorite new droid, BB-8 or K2-SO?

Tom Meighan: Kaytoo! He’s cocky, really cocky, and that’s why I love him. He’s like half human/half droid, he thinks like a human and just speaks his mind.

StarWars.com: Let’s roll back the light years a little. What’s your first Star Wars memory?

Tom Meighan: My first Star Wars memory was Jabba’s palace in Return of the Jedi. I was born in 1981 so all I remember is this horrible, fat slug-thing lying there on his throne laughing, and I remember Luke Skywalker arriving all dressed in black. That’s my first memory of Star Wars.

StarWars.com: You seem almost traumatized by the experience. Have you been having Jabba the Hutt-based nightmares ever since?

Tom Meighan: No, no. I loved it, but obviously being so young… I mean, I wasn’t born when A New Hope came out and was just a baby for Empire.

StarWars.com: Is it fair to say that you’re the biggest fan in the band?

Tom Meighan: Yeah, of course I am and they know it! They’re all fans but I’m a bit more obsessive than them.

StarWars.com: So, what’s your favorite Star Wars tune? 

Tom Meighan: It has to be the cantina. No, wait. Do you know what? Actually, I’m going to go with the one at Jabba’s palace, the original version! The music matters massively, people subconsciously know it, and it really wouldn’t be the same without it.

StarWars.com: Say Kasabian could be the house band at any Star Wars location, maybe a residency at the Death Star or perhaps a hip rebel bar on Hoth, where would it be?

Tom Meighan: It’s got to be playing for the Empire and the dark side! There’s something about the idea of playing in front of Palpatine, that would be amazing.

StarWars.com: But surely you wouldn’t really want to play a Death Star. History shows that those things aren’t safe…

Tom Meighan: I’d still play it, any day. “Where’s your next gig? The Death Star.” Nobody messes with that! I mean, who cares if we blow up, at least we’ve lived it. [Laughs]

StarWars.com: It’s a pretty cool way to go out, I guess.

Tom Meighan: That’s what I mean, man. Performing in front of Vader and Sidious, why not!

StarWars.com: Let’s talk playlists and potentially your final one. Take the cantina tune, of course made famous by the mighty Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, but how would Kasabian cover it?

Tom Meighan: We’d make it more up-tempo to give it a bit more hype. The place would be crazy if we played that tune. We should cover it one day, actually. Thanks for that idea.

StarWars.com: Who is the most rock & roll Star Wars character?

Tom Meighan: Han Solo would be everyone’s favorite but I’m going with Calrissian. Lando Calrissian is rock and roll! He’s got the cape and that mustache, he’s a scoundrel, and that’s why I like him.

StarWars.com: Now Tom, there is an Internet rumor out there that I’d like to address.

Tom Meighan: Go on…

StarWars.com: Apparently you spent 8,000 of the Queen’s English pounds on life-size replicas of C-3PO and R2-D2. True or false?

Tom Meighan: No, that never happened! I’ve got E.T., though, and I’m in the market for a Gremlin.

StarWars.com: Oh. Well, that’s disappointing.

Tom Meighan: But I do have six lightsabers!

StarWars.com: That’s more like it!

Tom Meighan: My daughter loves them. I’ve got Kylo Ren’s, which she dropped on my toe and because the hilt’s so heavy it made me scream! That happened. I’ve also got Darth Vader’s, Luke’s, Mace Windu’s, Obi Wan’s, and Yoda’s. I don’t know where they are though. They’re all scattered around the house.

StarWars.com: So growing up as a lad, dreaming of being in a band, who would you have said was your musical Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Tom Meighan: Without a doubt it would be John Lennon and Michael Jackson. When I was young I used to watch Michael Jackson videos and dance to them on VHS!

StarWars.com: Ah yes, an elegant format for a more civilized age…

Tom Meighan: I do like Obi-Wan Kenobi, by the way. He’s like a forgotten hero at the minute. I’d love him to make a comeback.

I look like a Jedi, actually, with my beard. Or maybe I’m a Sith behind it all…

StarWars.com: You really need to stop angling for a part, Tom. I’m genuinely not the guy, for crying out loud! Which also happens to be the title of your new album. What do we need to know about it?

Tom Meighan: Well, my dad says it a lot, and Serge’s dad as well. “For crying out loud!” It’s a slang term and people can relate to it. We’ve reverted back to great pop guitar songs, just writing a song with a guitar and playing it live. That’s what we’ve done. I’m a romantic like that. We’ve had loads of electronic loops and breakbeats going on, but this album is a very human one. It’s our roadie Rick, on the front cover.

StarWars.com: It’s been three years since your last album 48:13. Did you take a break, or has this been three years in the making?

Tom Meighan: Three years in the making and it’s the best record yet! I’m very proud of our band and how far we’ve come. It’s wonderful. Listen, rock and roll has got a hole in it at the moment, right at the heart, and we need to fill it.

For Crying Out Loud is out now.

Kasabian photo by Phil Knott.

Jamie Stangroom is a UK based broadcaster who proudly models his appearance on Chewbacca. He first became engrossed with Star Wars when he choked on a C-3PO Tazo in his cheese and onion crisps, back in 1998. Follow him on Twitter @jamiestangroom.

Monday, 05 June 2017 13:11

8 Great Life Teachings from Yoda

Need a life coach? Master Yoda, the ultimate wise and wizened elder of indeterminate origin and unmistakable syntax, is here to help.

1. Be mindful.

“A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing.” — The Empire Strikes Back

The stern reprimand of Luke’s wanderlust is a prescient reminder for all of us: It’s tempting to think we were happier yesterday or could be better off still tomorrow, yet none of that matters if we overlook today. Daydream all you want, but you’re missing out if you don’t at least try to live in the moment. Perhaps Yoda said it best during Luke’s lesson in handstand-assisted stone stacking: “Concentraaaaaaate!”

2. Stop focusing on the negative and commit.

“Always with you what cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say?…You must unlearn what you have learned….Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — The Empire Strikes Back

No list of Yoda’s best lines is complete without the classic and infinitely useful meditation on the black and white nature of success and failure. But back up and it seems he’s more specifically warning against undermining your own successes with self-doubt. Luke is positive he’s never seeing his X-wing again after his shaky Force-wielding sends it plunging deeper into the murky swamp water. “You want the impossible!” he cries. We’ve all been there, farm boy.

But ever the patient teacher, Yoda demonstrates the error of Luke’s thinking by effortlessly delivering the ship to dry-ish land with the wave of one tridactyl hand. “I don’t…I don’t believe it,” Luke exclaims.

Yoda may be infinitely even-tempered but even Jedi Masters have their limits, and he is having none of Luke’s nonsense. “That is why you fail,” he says, in what would come to be known among future generations as the original mic drop.

3. Also, you’re not psychic. Quit trying to predict your fate and bend it to your will.

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.”  — The Empire Strikes Back

Rarely does life go exactly as planned, and that’s OK. But if you convince yourself that you know exactly how this is going to play out, you’re setting yourself up for certain failure. Just because you’re delivered directly into the rancor’s lair or the belly of a sandcrawler doesn’t mean all hope is lost and your fate is sealed. Assess the situation at hand, figure out your options, and take decisive action. However, that doesn’t get you off the hook on making terrible life decisions because…

4. Who’s in charge of your future? Oh, right, it’s you.

“Your path you must decide.” — Star Wars Rebels, “Path of the Jedi”

“Which way is the right way?” Ezra asks the ethereal advisor inside the Jedi Temple.

“The wrong question that is.” Here’s the truth we all need to hear: Ezra’s journey both literally in the temple and figuratively in his life are his to decide. Most of the time when you’re choosing between two options, they both have pros and cons, but one thing is for sure: No one can make the decision but you.

We see this again and again when Yoda is chatting with the reckless young Skywalkers. When Luke is completely ready to ditch his training and undermine the entire Rebellion based on the murky predictions that his friends may be in trouble, Yoda adamantly warns him against acting rashly, but the choice is clearly Luke’s to make. Which brings us to little gem, spoken as Luke prepares to rush headfirst into the Empire’s trap in Cloud City:

5. Quit being so selfish and impulsive, man.

“Decide you must how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could, but you will destroy all for which they have fought and suffered.” — The Empire Strikes Back

Or as many a sighing parent has said — the world does not revolve around you! The Rebel Alliance is bigger than any individual person, Luke! Leia knows it. Han, even from the depths of his carbonite slumber, probably knows it. But Luke is still just learning that his decisions impact other people and sometimes he’s not very good at weighing out all the factors. Where’s C-3PO when you actually need him to tell you the odds?

Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi, back from the dead, can deter Luke from his bad decisions. “If you end your training now, if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did, you will become an agent of evil,” Yoda warns in no uncertain terms.

“Patience,” Ben urges, probably feeling a bit like he and Yoda are entering a very difficult phase in co-parenting. For all his backward syntax, Yoda often proves to be the straight talker in the crowd. Is it really worth jeopardizing Han and Leia, Luke asks. “If you honor what they fight for, yes!” Yoda says. But Luke simply has not figured out how to…


6. Learn to let go.

“The fear of loss is a path to the dark side. Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy.

The shadow of greed that is. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.” — Revenge of the Sith

Worrying about what we can’t control and clinging to what we think is ours is wasted time and energy. The only constant in life is change. “Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter,” as Yoda says.

Heavy stuff, I know, and it’s about to get even more intense. Yoda originally delivers a variation on the theme to a pre-asthmatic Anakin, but he utterly exemplifies this life lesson on his deathbed. We see him, at the ripe old age of 900, ready to die. “Soon will I rest, yes, forever sleep. Earned it I have.” Luke, still clearly in need of some tutoring, tells Yoda that he can’t go. Wrong again, kid. “Ah, strong am I with the Force, but not that strong,” Yoda tells him. “Twilight is upon me, and soon, night must fall. That is the way of things. The way of the Force.”

I’m not crying. You’re crying!

But Yoda isn’t quite finished dropping knowledge on his last Padawan.

7. Don’t make rash decisions.

“Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side are they. Once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny.” — Return of the Jedi

Yoda’s advice tends to have a lot of applications and this evergreen, and twice spoken, wisdom is multifaceted. Basically, don’t go full-bore evil and destroy a planet with your shiny new space station. Don’t even give in to smaller infractions like lying about which pet consumed your homework this time. Because once you start rationalizing ways to bend the moral code and cut ethical corners, you’re headed for trouble.

In the same vein, making decisions out of fear or anger is going to be a disaster. Seriously, Luke, go ask your father!

“Is the dark side stronger?” Luke asks.

“No, no, no,” Yoda assures him. “Quicker, easier, more seductive.” But as Yoda and Ben are both quick to point out…


8. Be patient.

“Patience! For the Jedi it is time to eat as well. Mmm?”

“Patience! Soon you will be with him.”

“I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience.” — The Empire Strikes Back

This sort of goes hand-in-hand with the bit about not being evil. The even-tempered but dogged pursuit of your dreams isn’t going to be easy. You’ll need persistence and tenacity. You’ll need to realize that everything takes time. But it’s the only way to learn and ultimately accomplish your goals.

Also, don’t let yourself get hangry and irritable in the process. Take a break and try to relax. Life has a way of working out.

Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Follow her on Twitter @KristinBaver.

Creature Feature explores the ins and outs of monsters and beasts in the Star Wars universe.

“Bor Gullet will know the truth.”

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars standalone, but it continued the grand tradition of introducing different and imaginative creatures to the universe. I’m talking about Bor Gullet. Saw Gerrera kept the octopus-like blob on hand for interrogations. If you’re an extremist like Saw, a creature such as Bor Gullet is ideal for keeping paranoia at bay. Why wonder whether someone’s being honest when you can take a trip inside that person’s mind instead?

Saw explained Bor Gullet can feel thoughts; he told Bodhi, “No lie is safe.” Of course, gaining information comes at a price: the person who finds him/herself in the Bor Gullet’s grasp is likely to lose his mind. It’s risky, and I don’t know about you, but I didn’t get the impression Saw used Bor Gullet sparingly. We haven’t learned a ton about the creature yet, but here are five facts we do know about Bor Gullet:

1. Bor Gullet always had a purpose.

Bor Gullet delved into Bodhi’s mind for answers, but initially it was invented to get inside Jyn’s head. Writer Chris Weitz explained in The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, “He’s an empath; he can understand exactly what you’re thinking, but he also feeds off emotions.” Bor Gullet’s not limited to only enjoying sadness or negative feelings; he likes joy, too. Weitz found the “weird metaphysical, psychological” aspects of the creature intriguing.

2. Behind the scenes, everyone loved the creepy concept.

They decided on an octopod look for the creature because, as Weitz said, “… tentacles could go around people’s necks and heads and into their ears.” Eww. Special creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan’s team was excited by the monstrous nature of the creature and jumped into the design. At first, the character was envisioned as having limited mobility, but that idea didn’t stick.

3. The design came naturally.

Scanlan said, “Bor Gullet was designed in a moment of inspiration.” Creature concept designer and senior sculptor Ivan Manzella had an image in his head as soon as director Gareth Edwards described Bor Gullet. Manzella put the image he saw down on paper, and though it was abstract, Scanlan said, “It was all there from the start.”

4. The creature is a mix of practical and CGI.

Like pretty much all designs, Bor Gullet went through changes. ILM animation supervisor Hal Hickel told Art of VFX that Bor Gullet was initially going to be a mostly practical creation. It started as an animatronic and they planned to add a single digital tentacle. However, Hickel said, “Then the scene changed quite a bit, and we needed the ability to move him, and to have much larger, and more extensive tentacles. Our London studio, under VFX supervisor Mohen Leo, and animation lead Gang Trinh, added movement to the body, and grafted on large tentacles that helped Bor Gullet pull itself forward, and also restrained and ‘interrogated’ Bodhi Rook. He ended up being a really great mix of Neal Scanlan’s practical work, and ILM’s CG work.”

5. Bor Gullet’s sounds come from many things — including a yoga mat.

Every Star Wars film contributes new sound effects to the library, and Rogue One delivered them in spades. Sound editor Christopher Scarabosio told StarWars.com about coming up with the creature’s sound: “Bor Gullet can read minds, so it was an intelligent creature. Sea mammals are intelligent creatures and have an interesting communication sound, so I started there. I wanted there to be some degree of menace, but only to get less resistance from its victim. The finished vocalization was a combination of pitched down Beluga whale and Orca recordings, with a touch of dolphin. There is also some walrus chuffs for the low-frequency element. The other feature of Bor Gullet was its tentacles. That is a combination of pitched down squid movement, a yoga mat, and suction cups.”

Now that you know a bit about Bor Gullet, check out 6 things you might not know about wampas!

Sources: The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Art of VFX

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. Follow her on Twitter at @amy_geek.

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