Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

Luke Skywalker could feel the conflict within Darth Vader, but Emperor Palpatine hoped that instead of saving his father, the two would become bitter rivals. In April, runDisney celebrates the competitive spirit of these and other Star Wars characters at the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, when you can challenge yourself or a friend to go the distance and snag one (or more!) of the covetable finisher medals.

Today, StarWars.com has your first look at these finely-crafted depictions of some of the most enduring rivalries across the Star Wars saga!

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run 5K | Finn and Captain Phasma.

Star Wars Rival Run 5K | Finn and Captain Phasma

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run 10K | Han Solo and Boba Fett

Star Wars Rival Run 10K | Han Solo and Boba Fett

runDisney medal for Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon | Rey and Kylo Ren

Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon | Rey and Kylo Ren

runDisney medal

Star Wars Rival Run Challenge | Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader

runDisney medals for the runDisney Kids Races | BB-8 and BB-9E

runDisney Kids Races | BB-8 and BB-9E

runDisney medal for the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon | R2-D2

Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon | R2-D2

runDisney medal for the Kessel Run Challenge

Kessel Run Challenge

Whether you line the streets to cheer on your fellow fans, tackle your first 5K, or plan to crush the half marathon like an Imperial going after the Rebellion, we’re excited to see you there! Meet Star Wars characters, enjoy music and entertainment before and after the race and along the course route, and dress up as your favorite characters! The races are designed for runners of all ages, experience, and abilities, including a mile-long race just for younglings. Race participants can collect these Star Wars-themed finisher medals and other commemorative merchandise throughout the weekend. It’s a new year and a new you, so fuel your Force and join the fun.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend is coming to Walt Disney World Resort, April 4-7, 2019! Visit runDisney.com for more information, and be sure to register to get your hands on your own finisher medals.

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The 26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ranks among the nation’s most popular destination races, growing from 8,200 runners in 1994 to more than 100,000 athletes and spectators expected this year. As one of Central Florida’s largest sporting events, the four-day race weekend offers activities for runners of all ages and levels including the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, runDisney Kids Races and runDisney Health and Fitness Expo. Race activities begin on Thursday with the Walt Disney World 5K and culminate on Sunday with the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon.

There are more than 14,000 Florida runners participating in Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races, including more than 5,000 from the Central Florida area.

See below information about race start times and locations:

Walt Disney World 5K Race:

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
Walt Disney World 10K Race: Date: Friday, Jan. 11

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 3:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Race:

Date: Sunday, Jan. 13

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 3:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.

Media interested in covering the weekend events must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance to arrange for credentials.

Media Contact: 

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The 26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ranks among the nation’s most popular destination races, growing from 8,200 runners in 1994 to more than 100,000 athletes and spectators expected this year. Among them are thousands of runners participating on behalf of a cause, as a triumph over adversity, or simply as a celebration.

Please see below six storylines from runners participating in Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events:

Tampa man running 48.6-mile Dopey Challenge despite undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments to battle cancer

After Ron Wertley of Tampa, Fla., participated in the 48.6-mile Dopey Challenge in the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, a trip to the doctor revealed he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (A.L.L.), a very aggressive form of cancer. He was given a 40% chance of survival. He began an extremely grueling and aggressive chemotherapy regimen shortly afterwards. After months of fighting the illness and many rounds of chemo, Wertley went into remission in July and he was cleared to run the Dopey Challenge again this week, despite having to continue monthly preventative chemo treatments. Unfortunately, in late December, the cancer returned. Wertley is determined to still do the Dopey before starting the aggressive chemo treatments again, which will begin with a 30-day hospital stay after the races this week.

Colorado woman who ran to raise money for cancer patients now battling her own cancer with support from fellow runners

Deb Armstrong of Colorado used to run races on behalf of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to raise money for cancer patients. But now the tables have turned and it’s Armstrong who finds herself needing support after being diagnosed with cancer in late 2017. After spending all of 2018 undergoing chemo, the same people she ran with to help cancer patients have now banded together to help her, pooling their personal money together to send Armstrong back to the Walt Disney World Marathon because she couldn’t afford it on her own because of her medical bills.

Indianapolis Army Veteran uses running to cope with a string of tragedies, medical challenges and combat injuries

Eric Donahoe of Indianapolis, Ind. has experienced many challenges throughout his military career and at home in his personal life. In 2006, his wife and fellow veteran miscarried at seven months pregnant, while he was deployed as a scout sniper in Iraq. In 2009, after returning to Iraq, he was hit by a roadside bomb and sustained head and neck injuries, as well as was diagnosed with traumatic brain issues. Donahoe was medically retired in 2009, but struggled to adjust to life back at home. His wife not only miscarried several more times, but she was also diagnosed with cancer and he lost two friends from his military service to suicide. He began to have dark thoughts of his own, but reached out to veterans programs and sought out counseling. Donahoe ultimately got into running as a means to cope with life’s challenges, and is participating in the Walt Disney World 5K to continue his journey towards good health.

Miami woman, inspired by her ailing son, overcomes cancer diagnosis and a spinal surgery to participate in Walt Disney World 5K

Arlen Martinez’ son was born with serious medical issues, having been diagnosed with Amniotic band syndrome. He was born without a left thumb or radial bone, a clubbed left hand and a cleft palette. Shortly after his birth, Martinez herself was diagnosed with cancer. The Miami, Fla. mother underwent a spinal cord surgery as part of her treatment, and was told that she may never walk again. Martinez defied her diagnosis, and is participating in the Walt Disney World 5K as a triumph over her own medical challenges, as well as her son’s.

Motivated by the deaths of her family members, Winston Salem woman embarks on crusade to save the lives of her fellow church members

When she was 7-years-old, Ja’Net Adams of Winston Salem, N.C., lost her father to a heart attack. She also lost her aunt and uncle to heart disease. As an adult, Adams has launched a program at her church to help her fellow church members avoid the same fate through better eating habits, increased exercise and weight loss. To date, she has significantly helped several church members avoid heart disease and, perhaps, saved their lives. Adams is running in the Walt Disney World 5K to raise awareness for the prevention of heart disease and other ailments.

St. Louis teen participating in Walt Disney World 5K after asthma nearly plunged him into a life of inactivity, bullying and low self-esteem

Jeremiah Boothe of St. Louis, Mo. was born with severe asthma and had been unable to do any sort of physical activity. He struggled to even walk up one flight of steps, leading to him being ostracized and teased at school. But through a new asthma management program, he is now able to do physical activity and is even on the football team. He is running in the Walt Disney World 5K – his first-ever 5K race – as a triumph over his asthma.

Media interested in doing any of these stories must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance to arrange for credentials, interviews, etc.

Media Contact:

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Monday, 07 January 2019 13:00

5 Star Wars Hairstyles We Love

Whether it’s Leia Organa’s unforgettable hair buns or Padmé Amidala’s decorative headdress, Star Wars is chock-full of iconic looks. While these hairstyles are no doubt unique and head-turning, many of them are also steeped in symbolism or cultural meaning. From Anakin’s over-the-shoulder braid to Rey’s hair knobs, they’re often associated with tradition and history.

Here are five of our favorite hairstyles from the Star Wars films:

Leia at the medal ceremony.

1. The Alderaanian braid

In Claudia Gray’s book Star Wars: Leia, Princess of Alderaan, we learn that the residing Alderaanian monarch typically wears braids. While the book doesn’t dive into anything deeper than this, they seem to be associated with tradition, nobility, and family. And, despite the loss of Alderaan, Leia continues to honor her heritage (especially her adoptive mother) by wearing them.

2. The Padawan braid

The Padawan braid may not be my favorite look (hello there, rat tail), but it holds a deep meaning to the Jedi Order. Traditionally, a training Jedi wears a tight braid that stems from the neck and drapes over one shoulder. But it’s more than just a tangible representation of your rank; it’s a symbol of dedication and sacrifice. In addition to abstaining from romantic relationships, they’re forced to sever ties with their families, as well.

3. Rey’s three hair knobs

Rey’s signature three-knob hairstyle is very practical. Whether she’s scavenging for parts on Jakku, training on Ahch-To, or running away from stormtroopers, she needs to keep her hair out of her face.

While the film doesn’t specifically address the meaning behind her hairstyle, I want to believe it has something to do with her childhood. In The Force Awakens, we see her rocking the same hairstyle as a kid. Is this how she stays connected with her family?

4. Padmé Amidala’s headdresses

Not only is Padmé Amidala the Queen of Naboo, she’s also the queen of elaborate hairstyles and ensembles. Her ornate headdresses are so big, they look like they have their own gravitational pull. And don’t even get me started on the array of colorful dresses. Whether it’s a senate meeting or a fancy dinner, she must have one heck of a bedroom closet.

My favorite look is Padmé’s throne room ensemble. Between the lightbulb-like embellishments on her bell-shaped gown and the gold and red headpiece, this look stands out above the rest. It’s head-turning, for sure, but it also says a lot about her exalted status, as it’s a symbol of power and wealth. She may be a child queen, but this look leaves no doubt that she can command a room.

5. Chewbacca’s glorious mane

This list wouldn’t be complete without an entry dedicated to one character who’s covered in hair: Chewbacca. Long and silky, Chewie’s luxurious brown mane is really the stuff of legends. It’s not a hairstyle, per se, but it’s obvious he takes care of himself (and has even been known to borrow Lando’s hair products in a pinch). If he ever sells haircare routine secrets to the galaxy, he’ll be one rich Wookiee.

 Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo is an editor at Reviewed, a division of USA TODAY. She also occasionally writes for Geek & Sundry and StarWars.com.

Friday, 04 January 2019 16:16

Southern California Resident Ticket 2019

The thrilling Incredicoaster at Disney California Adventure Park brings guests the first ride-through attraction in the world featuring characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Anchoring Pixar Pier, the Incredicoaster takes guests on a super adventure with the Parr family to capture the elusive baby Jack-Jack. Exciting character figures, special effects, lighting, new music and distinctively colored vehicles make the thrills on this coaster even more incredible. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) The thrilling Incredicoaster at Disney California Adventure Park brings guests the first ride-through attraction in the world featuring characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” Anchoring Pixar Pier, the Incredicoaster takes guests on a super adventure with the Parr family to capture the elusive baby Jack-Jack. Exciting character figures, special effects, lighting, new music and distinctively colored vehicles make the thrills on this coaster even more incredible. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse don new outfits bursting with color to commemorate 90 years of magic in celebrations across Disney Parks. Beginning in January 2019 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., guests are invited to Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebration. The special party will feature new entertainment and decor at Disneyland park, plus limited-time food and beverage offerings and festive merchandise available throughout the resort. (Disney) At Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park, guests can pal around with their favorite characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles,” including Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (pictured), Frozone and Edna Mode. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival takes place March 1 to April 23, 2019. Guests will explore California-inspired cuisine and beverages, plus live entertainment, family-friendly seminars and cooking demonstrations. Kids can even join the fun with hands-on ÒcookingÓ experiences that end with a tasty surprise. (Disneyland Resort)

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Guests may visit for as little as $60 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket, and also enjoy special offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

Now’s the time to Celebrate Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Lunar New Year and Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2019) – The Disneyland Resort is celebrating the new year with a special ticket offer just for Southern California residents. Beginning Jan. 7, 2019, eligible guests may visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park for as little as $60 per day with the purchase of a three-day, one-park per day ticket. Now is the ideal time to enjoy even more spectacular entertainment, favorite festivals, the newly reimagined Pixar Pier, Super Hero experiences and the biggest celebration ever for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. In addition to this special ticket offer, the three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort are offering special rates on standard and premium rooms for a limited time.

Southern California Resident Limited-Time Ticket Offer

The Southern California Resident Ticket Offer* provides special values to enjoy magic and adventure for three days, including one day of Magic Morning** in Disneyland. For a limited time, Southern California residents may select from these specially-priced ticket options and save on select multi-day tickets:

  • 3-day, 1-park per day ticket for $179
  • 3-day Park Hopper ticket for $234

These specially-priced tickets are an ideal way for Southern California residents to make memories by spending time at the Disneyland Resort with family and friends. Guests using these special tickets will enjoy a variety of classic attractions and entertaining shows throughout the resort, as well as exciting new experiences.

These three-day tickets are available for purchase from Jan. 7 through May 20, 2019, and may be used on a consecutive three-day visit or three separate days throughout the travel period. Tickets expire on May 23, 2019 and blockout dates of April 14 through April 22, 2019 apply.*

Starting Jan. 7, Southern California residents may purchase tickets at www.Disneyland.com/SoCal and at Disneyland Resort ticket booths. Guests who purchase tickets online may print their tickets at home. Proof of residency is required for purchase and theme park admission.

Must-Do Magical Experiences in Early 2019:

  • Get Your Ears On ­– A Mickey and Minnie Celebration: The biggest party for Mickey and Minnie in Disneyland history begins in January 2019. Celebrating 90 years of magic with this beloved pair, guests will discover new and enhanced entertainment, and for a limited time, specialty foods and merchandise. The fun starts with “Mickey’s Mix Magic,” a new, high-energy projection show that creates a family-fun dance party throughout Disneyland park nightly beginning Jan. 18. This show immerses guests in an all-new experience with projections, lighting and lasers – plus fireworks on select nights – while “DJ” Mickey spins a twist on Disney classic songs. The party also welcomes back a fan favorite, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade,” returning to Disneyland Jan. 25. Mickey leads the parade in a new, larger-than-life opening with two whimsical floats to kick off a musical procession of Disney characters.
  • Lunar New Year: Disneyland Resort will ring in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year in Disney California Adventure, from Jan. 25 through Feb. 17. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, the Lunar New Year celebration welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate the tradition with beloved Disney characters, and welcome another year of good fortune. Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession, a limited-time offering during the Lunar New Year celebration, is a bright and bold parade hosted by Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu. As a special treat for the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs will join the procession. Delicious Asian food and kid-friendly crafts and activities will be available as well.
  • Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: From March 1 through April 23, 2019, seasoned foodies along with culinary newbies will delight in experiencing this eight-week celebration of California-inspired cuisines. Guests will enjoy indulging in favorite dishes and broadening their palettes with more than a dozen delicious Festival Marketplaces, featuring small plates, specialty wines and craft beers. From celebrity chef appearances to family-friendly cooking demonstrations, there is something for connoisseurs of all ages to enjoy. In addition, children can participate in Junior Chef, a fun, hands-on “cooking” experience, specially designed for young chefs. Participants will receive a sweet surprise following the seminar.***
  • Pixar Pier: Beloved Pixar stories and characters come to life in this recently reimagined land in Disney California Adventure that features the thrilling Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round attractions, the high-scoring fun of Toy Story Mania!, plus imaginative neighborhoods, Pixar-inspired food, the Lamplight Lounge, exciting entertainment and more.
  • Heroic Encounters: In Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure, fans may have the opportunity to meet some favorite Super Heroes such as Spider-Man and Captain America, as well as Black Panther and Captain Marvel coming soon for a limited time. Additional Super Heroes will also appear to interact and take photos with guests.
  • Digital Experiences: To enhance a visit to the Disneyland Resort, guests may download the official Disneyland App to purchase tickets and get useful information at their fingertips, including attraction wait times, Disney FastPass return times, maps, entertainment guides, Mobile Order and other special features.****
  • Downtown Disney District:  The Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort is a fresh, one-of-a-kind Disney experience, immersing guests by day and night in an exciting mix of family-friendly dining, shopping and entertainment. The Downtown Disney District has been undergoing an exciting, promenade-wide transformation, bringing multiple new venues and significant refurbishments to marquee dining and retail locations. This includes the opening of Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the Disney Home store, The Disney Dress Shop, Salt & Straw scoop shop, a modern new look for Wetzel’s Pretzels and the newly reimagined World of Disney store. Coming soon: the renovated Naples Ristorante e Bar and the debuts of Ballast Point brewery and Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes.

Save Up to 25 Percent at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort

Disney vacationers who wish to stay and play in the heart of the magic will enjoy special savings with room offers at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort. Hotel guests can save up to 25 percent off select rooms, Sunday through Thursday nights, based upon availability from Jan. 6-April 11, 2019. Guests may save up to 20 percent on standard rooms and 25 percent on premium rooms at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa; up to 20 percent on standard rooms and 25 percent on premium rooms at Disneyland Hotel, and up to 10 percent on standard and premium rooms at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. These room offers may be reserved now through March 16, 2019.Ϯ To learn more, guests may visit www.disneyland.com.

The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort offer easy, convenient access to both parks, with benefits and magical touches that only a Disneyland hotel can provide. Whether it’s discovering whimsical Disney art at the Disneyland Hotel, stepping back in time to the golden days of California beachfronts at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, or appreciating Craftsman-style elegance at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, staying at any of the resort hotels provides Disney magic from check-in to check-out.

Enchanted experiences only available at the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort include character dining, wake-up calls by request and themed room elements. Hotel guests may make the most of their time with the Extra Magic Hour, with their valid theme park ticket. Extra Magic Hour offers park admission to a designated theme park one hour earlier than the general public and is available for guests who stay at a Disneyland Resort Hotel. ϮϮ

For more information and to book a Disneyland Resort vacation, visit www.disneyland.com or contact a travel agent.

Starting Jan. 7, details on the Southern California ticket offer will be available at www.Disneyland.com/SoCal. For park hours and entertainment schedules, guests may review the resort’s daily calendar at Disneyland.com.

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About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.


*Valid only for Southern California residents within ZIP codes 90000-93599 and Northern Baja California residents within ZIP codes 21000-22999; proof of eligible residency, including valid government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. May purchase up to 5 tickets per person per day with valid ID. Tickets are nonrefundable, may not be sold or transferred for commercial use and exclude activities/events separately priced. Offer may not be combined with other ticket discounts or promotions. Subject to capacity, restrictions and change without notice.

***Separate admission to Disney California Adventure Park is required. Additional fees for select events, demonstrations and seminars may be required, and space at the events is limited.   Guests must be 21 years of age or over to consume alcohol and to participate in some events; valid photo ID required.  Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.

****Message, data and roaming rates may apply for use of Disneyland App. Availability subject to handset limitations and features may vary by handset or service provider. Coverage and app stores not available everywhere. If you’re under 18, get your parents’ permission first.

Ϯ Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room at the same hotel for most Sunday through Thursday nights from January 6, 2018 through April 11, 2019. Book now through March 16, 2019; travel must be completed by April 12, 2019. Premium room types included in offer are Premium, Deluxe and Woods/Garden/Courtyard rooms; select Concierge rooms; and only Paradise, Artisan, Junior and Regal suites. Not valid on previously booked rooms. Advance reservations required. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Excludes applicable fees and taxes. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and occupancy restrictions apply per room. Not valid in combination with any other hotel discounts or offers. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Separate Theme Park admission required to enjoy the Parks.

Ϯ Ϯ Extra Magic Hour currently allows registered Disneyland® Resort hotel guests admission into select attractions at Disneyland® Park on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Disney California Adventure® Park on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday before the applicable park opens to the general public. Each registered hotel guest (ages 3 and older) must have a valid theme park ticket and active hotel room key card.  To enhance the Extra Magic Hour experience, it is strongly recommended that guests arrive at least one hour and 15 minutes prior to regular park opening.  Applicable theme park, days and times of operation and all other elements including, but not limited to, operation of attractions, entertainment, stores, restaurants and appearances of characters may vary and are subject to change without notice.  Subject to capacity, cancellation and other restrictions.

 

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In the original Star Wars trilogy, no character embodies dreams like Luke Skywalker. Looking to the future, his mind on what could be…and how much fun he could have on any of the infinite number of adventures waiting for him just over the horizon.

Luke Skywalker in A New Hope.

If there’s one thing Star Wars inspires us to do, it’s dream.

The power of the Force is the power of imagination. Who among us hasn’t waved their hand at an automatic door, or stretched out toward a TV remote that’s out of reach with the thought that maybe, just maybe… it’ll actually work this time.

Through the epic characters and extraordinary adventures of Star Wars, fans of any age can enter a place where anything is possible. For children, it’s the chance to take the first steps into a larger world of powerful imagination in a galaxy far, far away. For parents and mentors, it’s an irresistible opportunity to reconnect with our own child-like wonder as we engage with our young ones, helping them to explore their hopes and wishes.

As we begin to explore Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures, the new animated shorts on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel, a series of guides will help you pass on what you have learned.

Luke Skywalker Galaxy of Adventures guide.

Click to open as a downloadable/printable PDF.

This Galaxy of Adventures guide helps you talk to the young apprentice in your life about their fantasies. Taking its cue from “Journey Begins,” which you can also watch below, it uses Luke Skywalker’s aspirations as a jumping off point for a talk about their hopes.

Along the way you’ll also learn how to craft a lightsaber vase, and learn more about Luke’s journey with Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts. Then, only then, can your Padawan pass their trivia trials: three questions about the origins of Luke Skywalker.

For more Galaxy of Adventures, visit Star Wars Kids on YouTube and StarWarsKids.com.

Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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No one weaves a tale quite like the greatest pirate in the galaxy, Hondo Ohnaka! The self-declared hero and incorrigible schemer has captured Jedi, led rowdy Weequay pirate gangs, and traveled from one end of the galaxy to the other in search of riches and fame.

In his newest adventure, Star Wars: Pirate’s Price, a new book by Lou Anders and illustrated by Annie Wu as part of the Flight of the Falcon series, Hondo is back in the spotlight and — what else? — talking his way out of things, regaling feared bounty hunter Bazine Netal with stories of his heroic deeds aboard the famed Millennium Falcon.

Today, StarWars.com is pleased to give you your first look at the opening pages from the new book as well as a glimpse at a second excerpt, torn straight from one of Hondo’s daring escapades. As many Star Wars fans and readers already know, soon you’ll be able to visit the planet Batuu and the village of Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, coming this summer to Disneyland Park and this fall to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Learn about this exotic Outer Rim destination below and pick up your own copy for additional stories including Hondo’s run-in with the mighty Wookiee Chewbacca, the pilot and scoundrel Han Solo, and more.

The story begins in the Outer Rim, at the galaxy’s edge, on the planet of Batuu…

As far as wretched hives of scum and villainy went, Bazine Netal thought that Black Spire Outpost seemed friendlier than most. Certainly, the Trandoshan running the supply company was more than willing to point her in the direction of her quarry. He didn’t even ask her why she was looking for the Weequay. He just sold out his neighbor for a few credits.

She moved through the crowded streets. Although she looked striking in her black leather skull cap and Rishi eel ink–tipped fingers, no one paid her any attention. The locals were used to all manner of beings coming and going. Still, Bazine knew better than to turn her back on any of them. Especially not when she was so close to her goal.

She had been a long time getting there.

After being led on a chase across the galaxy, she had tracked the Millennium Falcon to the planet Batuu and its infamous port—Black Spire Outpost. Glancing above the roofline of the buildings, Bazine could see how the place found its name. Rising above the shops and dwellings were the petrified trunks of what were once giant trees that had dominated the skies of that world. Now their blackened remains stood as silent sentinels on the outskirts of the town.

The outpost was not an easy place to find unless you knew about it first. It was located where the Unknown Regions met Wild Space, a stopover for smugglers and those of less savory occupations—a place for rogues and opportunists, con artists, thieves . . . and of course, pirates.

So it made a sort of sense that her target would be there. After all, the infamous Hondo Ohnaka had been all those things and more.

Bazine’s intelligence had told her that the notorious Weequay scoundrel was there on Batuu, where he was running a shipping operation called Ohnaka Transport Solutions. Doubtless it was a thin front for a smuggling operation. But it didn’t matter to Bazine what it was. She wasn’t interested in his services—just his ships . . .or rather, one of them in particular. One very special ship.

She found the old pirate in a busy cantina where a repurposed RX-series pilot droid was playing upbeat music to an audience that mostly ignored it. But there was Hondo. He was sitting at a corner table playing sabacc with a nervous-looking Ithorian, a furry Yarkora, and a grinning Suerton.

Surprisingly, the Weequay didn’t even have his back to the wall. If she had gone there to kill him, he would already be dead. Fortunate for him, then, that she wasn’t planning to. At least she wouldn’t unless she had to. And that remained to be seen.

Still, the way he had his back to half the room struck Bazine as unnecessarily careless and ridiculously trusting. It certainly spoke to his legendary overconfidence. In fact, Hondo wasn’t so much sitting in his chair as sprawling in it, a drink in one hand and three sabacc cards in the other. He wasn’t playing it close to the vest, either, but swinging his sabacc cards in time with the music. As she approached him from one side, Bazine could easily glance at his hand. He had a two, a three, and the face card known as a sylop, sometimes called the idiot. He was grinning like one, too, although, judging from the pile of credit chips on the table, it looked as though the Suerton was the one who was winning the most.

“My friends,” said Hondo, his voice ringing out with a happy lilt that was almost musical, “I cannot tell you how much it pains me to take all of your credits today. But you make it too easy. And as my sweet mother used to say, if you’re going to bet, bet big.” He tossed an impressive handful of credit chips onto the growing pile in the center and waited for the others to ante up.

“You’re bluffing,” growled the Ithorian from one of his twin mouths.

“I never bluff,” Hondo replied. Then, after a slight pause, he added, “Except maybe for those occasions when I do. But this is not one of them”—another pause—“as far as you know. Which is not very far.”

“So you are bluffing?” asked the Ithorian, confused.

“How can you be sure? I could be bluffing about bluffing,” said Hondo. “Hmmm . . . or bluffing about that.”

“Bah,” growled the Ithorian from both mouths at once. But then the Yarkora spotted Bazine. He gave a little start, and it amused her to wonder which of his two stomachs had done a flip.

“What is it?” said Hondo. “Have I got something on my face? I mean besides my so very attractive frills?” He brushed the backs of his fingers across the barbs that grew from his jowls. They had gotten longer as he had gotten older. Perhaps he thought they made him look distinguished. But then he caught sight of the newcomer out of the corner of his eye.

“Oh, we have company, don’t we?” Hondo said. He swung his legs around and turned in his chair to face her. “Well, well, won’t you join us for a game . . .Bazine Netal?”

A map for the Flight of the Falcon series.

With his trademark panache, Hondo acts as host and narrator, recounting a litany of tales for Bazine and readers, from his first time aboard the storied to ship to the time he got into the cockpit and flew the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy…

The day started out like so many others.

I woke up in a strange spacecraft. I was alone in the cockpit. The control console was smoking and sparking. Crackle, crackle, fizzle, spark!

Oh, and it seemed that two Imperial TIE fighters were shooting at me.

Keeooo-keeooo!

It was all very exciting.

How did I get there?

I had only the vaguest memory. I recalled something about a party, excitement and dancing.

Oh, yes, and a strange drink called Sarlacc Juice. In hindsight, I don’t recommend it.

Oh, and I think there was an Imperial garrison commander.

He was the one doing the dancing.

Because I asked him to.

By “asked,” you understand, I mean I was firing blaster bolts at his feet. And he was hopping about so as not to get shot in the foot. It was so amusing, for me at least. But perhaps he was not having as much fun.

Ah.

So that explained why the Imperial TIE fighters were shooting at me.

Well, there is always a price for a good time.

And this was another good time.

But all good times must end.

And the strange ship didn’t look like it was going to last much longer, not with the smoking and the sparking and the shooting—keeooo-keeooo!—and everything coming apart around me.

So I looked for a place to land.

There was a planet up ahead.

The navicomputer said it was Galagolos V. Do you know it? It is one of those swampy, stinky planets. Not much to look at and you have to be careful where you put your feet. But beggars cannot be choosy when their ships are on fire, I always say.

So I set down.

I went careening through the atmosphere, black smoke billowing behind me. It must have really been quite a sight.

And do you know, it was a perfect three-point landing.

By that I mean, I hit three separate points before I finally came to rest.

What was left of the ship skidded to a stop right in an empty docking bay. At least I think it was empty.

There were some bang-crash-crunch-crunch noises at the end before I stopped moving. I hopped out quickly. The service droids were getting excitable.

“Sir, sir, you can’t dock here,” they said, rushing up to me and waving their metal arms about.

I tossed them a handful of what might be credit chips.

Or maybe just pieces of the control console.

“Keep the change,” I said.

Then I rushed through the doors before they could stop me, and I was in the spaceport proper. I hoped to quickly lose myself in the crowd. Oh, it was a busy place for such a stinky, swampy planet. That was good. But the air was all sweaty and wet. Sticky, sticky. Nothing like the dry heat of my beloved Florrum. It was no matter.

I didn’t plan to stick around for long.

But to get off that stinky ball, I would need a new ship. That was, of course, merely a momentary setback for a great pirate such as myself. And there I was lucky enough to have crashed in a spaceport. Opportunities abounded for the unscrupulous and the bold. And I am both of those things.

I began to look around.

So many people. And I did not know any of them.

The day was alive with possibility. I had a feeling that something was bound to happen.

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