Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

The University of Central Florida Knights men’s basketball team gathered around the table for Thanksgiving dinner with Mickey Mouse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort on Wednesday, on the eve of the 12th annual AdvoCare Invitational tournament.

The Knights are competing in the three-day tournament – which tipped off Thanksgiving Day at HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort – and faced the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first round.

The tournament, regarded by basketball experts as one of the best early season tune-ups in college basketball features 2016 NCAA Sweet 16 team West Virginia, as well as the Knights (2-0), who were National Invitational Tournament (NIT)semifinalists last season.  Other participants include Long Beach State, Marist, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State and St. John’s.

Date Time Game Network Thu, Nov 23 11:30 p.m. Missouri vs. Long Beach State ESPN2 2 p.m. St. John’s vs. Oregon State ESPNU 6 p.m. UCF vs. Nebraska ESPN3 8:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Marist ESPNEWS Fri, Nov 24 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNEWS 1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3 5:00 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2 7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3 Sun, Nov 26 12 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU 2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU 7 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPN3 9:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

 

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It’s Thanksgiving! A time for eating turkey, spending quality time with relatives, and counting down the days until the next Star Wars film (it’s 22, for the record.) But while you’re sitting down with your real family or friends, take a second to think about which Star Wars table you’d love to crash and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Would you feast with a family like the Skywalkers or enjoy a steaming bowl of rootleaf stew with Luke and Yoda? Stick with the scavengers on Jakku or brine a bantha with the Lawquanes? Vote in our poll and let us know why you’d have a great meal in the comments below. Happy Thanksgiving from StarWars.com!

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The holidays are in range. You need gifts for the Star Wars fans in your life. (And maybe for yourself.) But you’re lacking the right intel. What are you going to do?

Fear not! StarWars.com has just completed a recon mission on the best presents — and Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals — in the galaxy. Check out our official holiday gift guide below, featuring everything from Star Wars toys to clothes, books, and more! May the Force (and gifts) be with you!

Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi Figures and Accessories

The fine folks at Hasbro have a wide range of new Star Wars toys available, including many based on The Last Jedi, in various scales for all ages. The 6-inch Black Series figures (like Kylo Ren above) are beautifully sculpted and highly-detailed, while their line of masks, helmets (see Poe Dameron’s above), lightsabers, and more bring Star Wars dreams to reality. Perfect for the toy chest, display cabinet, or even the office. (Especially the Poe helmet. It commands instant respect in important meetings.)

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 25% off all Star Wars and find more deals at Toys R Us; Star Wars toys and more on sale at Kohl’s; Black Series Darth Vader and more on sale at Best Buy!

ANOVOS’ Star Wars Helmets and Armor

If you know any aspiring troopers or rebel soldiers, ANOVOS has the gear you need with screen-accurate helmets, armor, and costumes from across the saga. (And that red stormtrooper helmet is just perfect for this time of year.)

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 20-50% off all IN STOCK Star Wars items November 24-27 at ANOVOS.com. New releases of Star Wars products will also be revealed and offered at special introductory pricing!

ThinkGeek’s Jedi Robe Sleeved Blanket

Perfect for your sitting-on-the-couch-with-a-bowl-of-ice-cream Jedi training, the Jedi Robe Sleeved Blanket is available only at ThinkGeek.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get the Jedi Robe Sleeved Blanket for $17.99 and find more Star Wars deals at ThinkGeek.

Sphero’s App-Enabled Droids

We know you’ve heard it a million times already, but this time we mean it: These are the droids you’re looking for. Sphero‘s app-enabled droids, including BB-8, The Last Jedi‘s BB-9E, and R2-D2, look stunning and are technological wonders. So really — if you’re looking for droids (and who isn’t!), these are the ones you want.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: shopdisney.com and Disney Stores are offering a free Force Band with purchase; various droids are on sale at Sphero.com and other retailers!

Disney Store’s Star Wars Mega Figure Play Set (Plus shopDisney.com and Disney Store’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!)

This massive collection of 20 figures is available only at Disney Stores and shopDisney.com. (You’ll have to make the lightsaber sounds and say “Yub nub” yourself.)

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get up to 50% off select Star Wars toys (including the Mega Figure Play Set), apparel, and role-play on shopDisney.com and at Disney Stores!

littleBits Droid Inventor Kit

It’s time to build your own astromech! The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit will turn anyone into a droid inventor — it’s easy to use and customizable, encouraging fun and creativity. And who hasn’t wanted their own R2 unit?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 20% off the littleBits Droid Inventor Kit at Walmart.com!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Books

If you want to go inside the world of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, there are some amazing books already available and on the way. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Visual Dictionary features incredible photos and deep insight into the film’s characters, worlds, and weapons; Canto Bight includes four novellas set in The Last Jedi‘s new casino city; and let’s not forget Chewie and the PorgsFeel the Force of reading this holiday season!

Radio Flyer’s Landspeeder

Radio Flyer’s awesome take on Luke’s landspeeder in Star Wars: A New Hope has room for two riders, an interactive dashboard with lights and real movie sounds, and a 5 mph. driving speed. Hit the accelerator.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get $100 off at Toys R Us with free shipping! 

Funko’s POP! Vinyl Figures

Super-cute, super-cool collectibles, Funko‘s line of POP! figures are massively popular. Funko has made toys of tons of characters from the entire saga. Give in to the POP! side!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get free shipping on orders of $50 or more at the Funko Shop! Plus, be sure to pick up Hot Topic’s Black Friday exclusive gold R2-D2 POP!, pictured above!

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Propel’s Star Wars Drones

Star Wars drones. What else is there to say? Pretty much one of the coolest things ever.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get $50 off at propelrc.com

A.T. Cross’ Star Wars Pens

These beautifully-designed pens from A.T. Cross — including C-3PO, Darth Vader, and more — are perfect for any galaxy. Each features a color finish based on its character, emblems, and salient design details. The Click & Jotzone Gift Set version includes a leather-bound journal good for jotting down rebel plans or Imperial schemes.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Exclusive for StarWars.com readers — get the Cross Star Wars Click & Jotzone Gift Set on sale $39.99 (originally $75)! Use promo code STARWARS17 at Cross.com at checkout. Ends 11/27 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Cufflinks

For the stylish Jedi in your life, Cufflinks.com has cufflinks in the design of the Millennium Falcon, the Rebel Alliance insignia, and more, as well holiday-themed socks and other offerings.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 25% off at Cufflinks.com from 11/20 – 11/30 with promo code STARWARS25!

Petco’s Pet Toys and Costumes

Chewbacca and porg throw pillows for dogs. Ewok costumes. AT-AT chew toys. These brilliant creations and more are all available at Petco.com. Your pet will be strong with the Force this holiday season.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 25% off select Star Wars products at Petco.com!

Garmin’s Star Wars Vivofit Jr. 2

Available in BB-8 and First Order styles, Garmin‘s Vivofit Jr. is a kids activity tracker featuring chore management and schedule alert tools for parents, plus BB-8’s Adventure: A Star Wars Story app adventures, which children advance in by meeting 60-minute daily activity goals. Star Wars and parenting go well together!

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get the BB-8 and First Order (a Best Buy exclusive) versions for $79.99 each through 12/23.

Picnic Time’s Star Wars Totes and More

Now, you can picnic with the power of the Force. Picnic Time has several Star Wars offerings, from the Darth Vader lunch tote to a Star Wars logo sports chair. Be the envy of all Star Wars fans in the park.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 35% off the Empire Icon Serving Tray and Knife Set, the Star Wars Logo Sports Chair, the Darth Vader Pranzo Lunch Tote, the Darth Vader Blanket Tote, and the Darth Vader Artisan Serving Plank.

Pendleton’s Star Wars Blankets and More

How do you improve on blankets, travel kits, and portfolios? Easy — add Pendleton’s gorgeous Star Wars craftsmanship and aesthetic. Pendleton has a variety of looks available, including many based on Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 25% off all Star Wars items at Pendleton.com!

Disney Store and shopDisney.com’s Toybox Star Wars Figures

Based on designs from the Disney Infinity video game, the new Toybox line of Star Wars figures have a fun, animated style that we love. (For more on the line, check out StarWars.com’s feature on the first wave of toys.) Available exclusively at Disney Store and shopDisney.com. Press start!

Terez’s Star Wars Leggings

Stylish, fashionable, and as comfortable as any Jedi robe, Terez‘s Star Wars leggings come in a variety of looks and are sure to please fangirls everywhere.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 25% off at Terez.com on 11/27 only!

Underground Toys’ Star Wars Household Items

Who needs any other kind of kitchen storage when there’s a droid container set? Underground Toys’ Star Wars household items are charming and colorful, and great for Resistance- and First Order-aligned homes alike.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get the droid container set and more of Underground Toys’ items at ThinkGeek.com

Robe Factory’s Star Wars Schematics

Now you can have your own Death Star plans. (And the Falcon‘s, too.) Robe Factory’s Star Wars Schematics Illuminated Display is a handsome decorative item, allowing you to swap out Death Star and Millennium Falcon blueprints in its illuminated base. Just keep it away from astromech droids.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 40% off at ThinkGeek.com!

Tee Turtle’s Star Wars T-shirts

You don’t know the cute side of the Force! Well, you will with Tee Turtle‘s adorable takes on the heroes and villains of Star Wars on their unique tees.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals: Get 50% off at TeeTurtle.com on Black Friday and Cyber Monday! 

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Minnie Mouse unveiled her cool new soccer uniform on Wednesday, just in time for the 2017 Disney Girls’ Soccer Showcase presented by AS Roma taking place Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-26) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

Minnie’s new look – which has a modern feminine fit – includes a purple and white horizontal striped jersey, purple shorts and a stylishly red headband, an updated twist to her customary polka dot hair bow.

Minnie will wear No. 9, which is athletically significant.

The number is normally worn by players who play the “striker” position in soccer – usually reserved for a team leader who scores most of the goals – the same number worn by two-time Olympic Gold medalist of Mia Hamm.

Minnie’s not the only one showing up to the sports complex with a new look.  This year, the Disney Girls’ Soccer Showcase has some modifications, as well.  The tournament, normally played in December, has been moved to late November and this year, a new age group (U11-U14 added this year) join the previously existing U15-17 age groups.

 

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Two of Star Wars‘ greatest villains, together at last.

The Star Wars Show revealed today the cover of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn: Alliances — the highly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s bestselling Thrawn novel. It’s a striking image featuring both Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Empire’s deadliest enforcer and perhaps its most gifted strategist. The book finds Thrawn on a secret mission for the Emperor and joining forces with Vader himself; good for us readers and fans, not so much for anyone else. Check out the cover below:

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Thrawn: Alliances arrives summer 2018.

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Military motifs, a keen attention to detail, and a dedicated fan following are all synonymous with the fashion label rag & bone and the Star Wars universe. Now the two have combined forces to rule the galaxy, or rather, release a line of contemporary apparel with subtle hints to the space saga.

Launching in waves beginning December 1 at rag & bone stores (with select pieces available at ShopDisney.com), the limited edition capsule collection will offer a selection of the fashion label’s timeless styles remixed with classic Star Wars elements. rag & bone has also teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney for the Ultimate Galactic Experience Sweepstakes, ending November 26, in which fans have the chance to win a tour of Lucasfilm in San Francisco and much more.

StarWars.com recently sat down with rag & bone’s chief executive Marcus Wainwright (en route to the office after an important diplomatic mission at a parent-teacher conference) to give us his insights on the line’s conception, and talk about his love of stormtroopers, meeting Mark Hamill, and fusing his passions for a collaboration that is, to quote his favorite T-shirt in the line, “More powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

StarWars.com: There’s a timelessness to the classic rag & bone aesthetic, pieces that are tailored and really functional with an edge, a lot of quilting and military details, which we also see in the Star Wars universe. So when you’re aiming to integrate this sort of modern Jedi concept into the line, what’s the process you’re going through?

Marcus Wainwright: Yeah, I mean it’s fairly similar to the way we do everything, to be honest. We obviously had to take some references from Star Wars, but we were very conscious not to make it look like costumey. It needed to look like something that one of our customers would actually want to wear and see as a rag & bone piece. At the same time, we wanted it to be something that a pure Star Wars fan who maybe didn’t know anything about rag & bone would also see as a Star Wars piece and something that they could genuinely wear in their day-to-day life. It’s pretty difficult in some ways to restrain yourself from going too much into the Star Wars thing, but so many of the Star Wars pieces have literally evolved by subtly referencing vintage military stuff. And it’s a huge base of what rag & bone does, we have a huge vintage archive. I actually went to Pinewood (Studios) a few years ago and met the costume designers from Rogue One, and we were referencing the same pieces as they were for that film in our daily exploration of vintage military stuff. So it was pretty straightforward. We wanted something clean and timeless so we didn’t want to overwork it with too much Star Wars paraphernalia.

StarWars.com: How do you define where the line is between something wearable and something that belongs in wardrobe on a film set?

Marcus Wainwright: It’s a sort of gut check of “Would the girls in the office or the guys in the office wear the product?” And that’s the gut check for a lot of what we do anyway and “Would you wear this in your day-to-day life?” I mean, obviously, we had to push it more in a Star Wars direction than the normal rag & bone stuff. That’s the acid test. “Would you wear this and does it fit with the language of rag & bone?” And luckily we’ve referenced that stuff so many times and we’ve actually referenced Star Wars multiple times as inspiration for the clothes. It was quite easy, that part. Just take sort of iconic rag & bone references and sort of twist them into this project.

StarWars.com: Some of the pieces give a nod to the inspiration in the name, like the Echo Jacket in Hoth, which looks like it could be pulled from The Empire Strikes Back, but also something you could wear in real life. When you were mining the saga for inspiration were you trying to honor specific characters and favorite places or were you more trying to capture the feeling of watching Star Wars?

Marcus Wainwright: I think all of the above, really. We didn’t necessarily want it to be like this obviously referenced from Hoth. I mean, we didn’t necessarily want it to feel like that. But all of those things we were trying to do. And it’s a fairly broad collection. There’s some very obvious things like the T-shirts where we just wanted it to be cool T-shirts that a Star Wars fan would love.

StarWars.com: I think the X-wing T-shirt seems to be the most overt reference in the whole collection other than maybe the piece with the quote, “More powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Marcus Wainwright: I mean, who doesn’t want an X-wing on a T-shirt? There was no point in being that subtle about that one. Or the quote, which is one of my favorite quotes. There were a few that were on the table. I would have loved to have done more, to be honest with you, of the quotes.

StarWars.com: While we’re talking about the T-shirts: the T-shirt that says rag & bone translated in Aurebesh.

Marcus Wainwright: It was fun! Graphic T-shirts in fashion, it’s always been a big thing but it’s very popular at the moment. It just felt like a very timely and relevant way to do a T-shirt that a lot of people would understand and they’d be happy to wear.

StarWars.com: There are some really amazing but subtle nods to the films woven into the capsule collection. The Ellis Force Boots are just gorgeous on their own, but they also have the symbol for the Alliance or the Empire tucked away on the inside of the strap. The Yavin 4 jacket with the lining with the jump to lightspeed motif. I love them all! What made you decide to hint at some of those more overt elements or use them for interior pieces?

Marcus Wainwright: We wanted most of it to be very subtle on the outside where there are little Aurebesh velcro labels and  patches. That’s something we did generally in the collection, which feels vaguely military. We wanted everything to be subtle apart from the lining. “Let’s do the jump to lightspeed. No one’s going to know from the outside.” But you as the wearer, that is for the Star Wars geek. For me. Everything else was pretty subtle. We wanted it to be wearable and putting the jump to lightspeed [on the outside] would have also been wearable, but for less people and wouldn’t have fit in quite so well with the rest of our line. We wanted this stuff to sit on the same racks as the rest of our clothes so, yeah, subtle nods or unsubtle nods on the inside. It’s a free-for-all. We can do whatever we wanted there.

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StarWars.com: Since this is StarWars.com, let’s talk about your personal experience with Star Wars. Do you remember how and when you first got introduced to the films?

Marcus Wainwright: It’s difficult to remember. My first memory of Star Wars, which may or may not be my actual first memory at the age of 42 looking back to 1980 or whenever it was, I think was my mum taking me to see Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back back-to-back as a matinee. But it might well have been The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi because I’m not sure my mum would have taken me at age 5 to that. I don’t know if she can remember, but I was very young — five, six, seven — and going to cinema in those days, obviously there’s no Netflix, nothing, no DVDs, the movies weren’t out on tape. So, yeah, it was a big moment to go up to London and go to the cinema and see the movies. And I don’t know if I was already collecting the figures, but I started collecting the Star Wars figures, Star Wars stuff after that. Yeah, I definitely remember Christmas getting speeder bikes and saving my pocket money for Star Wars figures when I was six or seven years old.

StarWars.com: I think the toy lines were really a gateway for a lot of people. It was just such an extension of everything that was on the screen.

Marcus Wainwright: Yeah, I mean you didn’t get to see the films that often because, you know, you got to the cinema and sometimes they were on at Christmas, but that was it. You couldn’t binge watch Star Wars the way you can now. So the only access to that sort of dream was the figures and going to Hamleys, which was this big toy shop in London. It was something that was always very exciting to spend my Christmas or birthday money on, on a figure, and I still have them.

StarWars.com: Are they all out of the package?

Marcus Wainwright: Oh yeah. I find that…no I’m not going to say that on StarWars.com. But I think having a toy that you don’t open is a little redundant. I don’t get it. Had I kept them in the package they would be worth a lot more money now, but that’s not what it’s all about.

StarWars.com: And it doesn’t sound like you’re considering parting with them either.

Marcus Wainwright: No. Definitely not.

StarWars.com: There’s a photo of you as an adult meeting Mark Hamill and you look positively elated. I’m told Luke Skywalker is your all-time favorite Star Wars character. What is it about Luke or his journey that speaks to you so much?

Marcus Wainwright: I mean it’s every boy’s sort of fantasy, isn’t it? Not the farm boy fighting evil necessarily, but having the Force was pretty much every kid’s dream in those days. I mean, I’m sure every girl that was into it wanted to be Princess Leia, but for me the straight-up Han Solo character with the gun was super cool, but there’s something about the Force which is just a little bit cooler. I was pretty convinced that someday someone would invent a lightsaber.

StarWars.com: It could still happen.

Marcus Wainwright: Yeah, it could still happen. I just always related to that character. I can’t really tell you why. And meeting Mark, it was amazing. I mean, I don’t often get starstruck and I’ve got to meet quite a lot of cool people over the years, but that was definitely one of the high points. And my son [Henry] was with me which was an awesome experience for him. For both of us, as you can tell by the picture. No, he was amazing. He was so kind to Henry and so generous with his time. He didn’t need to be, but he really was and they got on amazingly well for the two days we were there. And it was something he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

StarWars.com: Were you doing a set visit or was this part of your research for the collection?

Marcus Wainwright: No, we were shooting Mark for something we call The Men’s Project. It’s on the website. But we often shoot or film iconic people in rag & bone and the concept is rather than casting someone in a classic campaign and telling them what to wear and where to go and what to do — as you would, as a lot of brands do — it’s a collaboration with whoever it is. We like to pick people that we just admire being true originals in that series. John Tuturro, Wiz Khalifa, Mark was one of them, and Harvey Keitel. We went to them, “Would you be up to doing this as a portrait series? You can wear whatever you want. Do it whatever you want. You just have to wear whatever you feel comfortable in.” [Mark] was one of them and no one one that I knew had ever taken his photograph like that. The pictures were incredible, and that’s why I was there, just to do the fitting and the shoot.

 

StarWars.com: Let’s talk about how this collection fits into the Force 4 Fashion charitable initiative. When The Force Awakens came out, you had designed a special outfit to be auctioned for charity as part of the same program. Why was it important to you to continue to support Force 4 Fashion?

Marcus Wainwright: I think, you know, these days…anything you can give back is something you have to do. So when we get an opportunity to support any kind of charity, pretty much, we’re up for it. We did it two years ago. We did two outfits based on Kylo Ren and Rey and they were one-offs. And that was really fun to do and it was fun to be part of. Normally we’re quite strict about that kind of thing, what we do and who we’re doing it with, and the other brands. But for that project, Star Wars was enough of a hook. Getting to see a real live stormtrooper was all it took to say yes to that.

StarWars.com: And how does this collaboration fit into the mix with Force 4 Fashion?

Marcus Wainwright: There’s only one piece for this one, one T-shirt that they asked us to contribute towards it. So that was the “More Powerful” T-shirt, the quote. And so that came sort of after. We were doing the capsule anyway and they asked us to be part of Force 4 Fashion, so we just wanted to add another T-shirt. We just thought it’s a damn cool quote from the movie, which is difficult because there are so many of them. “I find your lack of faith disturbing” was the other one, but well maybe I’ll do that next time.

StarWars.com: If you were absolutely forced to choose, what’s your favorite single piece from the line? What is it that makes it stand out for you as something exceptional?

Marcus Wainwright: Personally, it’s probably that quote T-shirt. Just because it’s culturally very relevant at the moment. Star Wars is timeless for so many reasons. But I think just the general message that it has, the humanity, and what is going on in the world is pretty dark some of the time. I didn’t mean to get into the political side of it but I just think people should feel very empowered at the moment and that’s why I think that T-shirt is kind of cool. And it just transcends and means so many different things to so many different people. I mean, I love all the clothes. I love all of it. But I think that, personally, the first thing that I’m going to wear is that.

StarWars.com: And is there anything else you wanted to share about the capsule collection?

Marcus Wainwright: We’re really excited. It’s an honor to be part of the Star Wars story in any way and, you know, it’s a generational thing in some ways. Some people haven’t even seen Star Wars, but for me it was a big and important part of my childhood. It’s something I’ve referenced a lot growing up and continue to love. I watched A New Hope and Return of the Jedi this weekend with my kids. They love it. And the fact that it can last for 40 years…it’s incredible and it speaks to the timelessness of the concept. To be part of something like that is an opportunity that I just didn’t want to turn down. So it was great working with Disney and great working with Lucasfilm, we don’t often do this type of thing. I don’t think we’ve ever done anything quite like this. And we tend to keep to ourselves and stay on brand but this was an opportunity I couldn’t really miss.

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. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them!

The galaxy far, far away is coming to your favorite hardwood courts and hockey rinks.

The NBA and NHL are celebrating Star Wars — and the release of The Last Jedi — with special Star Wars Night events featuring costumed characters, unique giveaways, and more. Take a look at the full schedule and get your tickets at the links below!

NBA

  • 11/30 Denver Nuggets
  • 12/1 Utah Jazz
  • 12/2 Dallas Mavericks
  • 12/2 Brooklyn Nets
  • 12/6 Orlando Magic
  • 12/9 Charlotte Hornets
  • 12/10 New Orleans Pelicans
  • 12/11 LA Clippers
  • 12/11 Houston Rockets
  • 12/13 Chicago Bulls
  • 12/15 Milwaukee Bucks
  • 12/17 Detroit Pistons
  • 12/20 Portland Trail Blazers
  • Date TBD Golden State Warriors 
  • Date TBD San Antonio Spurs 

NHL

  • 11/25 Arizona Coyotes
  • 12/1 Florida Panthers
  • 12/2 Carolina Hurricanes
  • 12/2 Tampa Bay Lightning 
  • 12/7 Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 12/8 New Jersey Devils
  • 12/9 Los Angeles Kings
  • 12/11 Anaheim Ducks
  • 12/16 Colorado Avalanche
  • 12/16 New York Islanders
  • 1/25, 2018 St. Louis Blues
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Here’s a sneak peek at just some of the giveaways, which are all custom designed for each team:

Pittsburgh Penguins

Anaheim Ducks

Carolina Hurricanes

Tickets are on sale now, so make the jump to lightspeed and get yours before they sell out. May the Force be with you…and your favorite teams!

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 14:50

Holidays at Downtown Disney

DOWNTOWN DISNEY DISTRICT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) − Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has “decked its halls” for an over-the-top holiday experience. Planters are bursting with oversized ornaments and bright holiday lighting, and a Christmas tree sparkles in the center of the promenade. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) DOWNTOWN DISNEY DISTRICT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) − Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort has “decked its halls” for an over-the-top holiday experience. Planters are bursting with oversized ornaments and bright holiday lighting, and a Christmas tree sparkles in the center of the promenade. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Disney California Adventure Park Expands Lunar New Year Festivities to  24 Days, Featuring ‘Hurry Home – Lunar New Year Celebration,’ ‘Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession’ and More

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2017) – Disneyland Resort will bring its biggest Lunar New Year celebration yet to Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 26 to Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. To commemorate the Year of the Dog, guests will experience more Lunar New Year fun than ever before as the celebration expands to 24 days full of multicultural performances, fun-filled activities, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise to celebrate the start of a new year.

Guests at the Lunar New Year festivities will discover plenty of Disney magic as they experience Asian culture through inspired food, music and entertainment with their family and friends. Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year. Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure will include:

  • God of Good Fortune Goofy and Pluto greet guests at the Disneyland Resort Lunar New Year celebration, along with pals Mickey, Minnie, Mulan and Mushu, all dressed in their Lunar New Year attire
  • “Hurry Home—Lunar New Year Celebration,” the heartwarming nighttime water show at Paradise Bay prior to “World of Color” which tells the tale of a little lantern’s quest to reunite with family for the annual celebration of good luck and fortune
  • “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” a magical celebration hosted by Mulan and Mushu that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship
  • Three Asian marketplaces offering delightful foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, as well as a special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill
  • Live, daily performances with authentic musicians, and an area for guests to try their hand at arts and crafts with local artisans
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, where guests may add their own wishes for a wonderful future
  • Beautiful Lunar New Year décor, including ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia
Special items all the way from Shanghai Disney Resort, including traditional red envelopes for gift-giving, Mickey Mouse plush, Minnie Mouse snow globes and a limited-edition pin Commemorative items featuring special Lunar New Year designs, including adult tees and hoodies

For a limited time, guests of the Disneyland Resort will celebrate the lively and colorful traditions of Lunar New Year, only at Disney California Adventure. Guests may check for daily entertainment schedules as they become available, at Disneyland.com/LunarNewYear.

 

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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.

 

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Disneyland Resort Public Relations 714-781-4500

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While most Americans will be preparing Thanksgiving dinner, the men’s basketball teams competing in the 12th annual AdvoCare Invitational will be going through shootarounds on Wednesday, right before tournament play gets underway on Thanksgiving Day at HP Fieldhouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.

The AdvoCare Invitational – one of the premier early season Division I college hoops tournaments – features 2016 NCAA Sweet 16 participant West Virginia, as well as NIT semifinalist UCF. Other participants include Long Beach State, Marist, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon State and St. John’s. Teams competing in the AdvoCare Invitational will hold shootarounds on Wednesday, November 22. Please see schedule below for media availability: 

9:00 – 9:55 a.m.                               Missouri – Closed practice

10:00 – 10:55 a.m.                           St. John’s – Closed practice

11:00 – 11:55 a.m.                           Long Beach State – Open practice

 Noon – 12:55 p.m.                           Oregon State – Practice open for first 10 min.         

1:00 – 1:55 p.m.                               UCF – Players before practice – practice open for first 10 min.

2:00 – 2:55 p.m.                               West Virginia – Closed practice

3:00 – 3:55 p.m.                               Nebraska – Practice open for first 10 min.      

4:00 – 4:55 p.m.                               Marist – Open practice

Games start on Thanksgiving Day, with teams competing once per day, advancing with a victory. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 ET on ESPN2. Tournament play starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday when the Missouri Tigers take on the Long Beach State 49ers. Other first-round games include St. John’s vs. Oregon State (2 p.m.), UCF vs. Nebraska (6 p.m.) and West Virginia vs. Marist (8:30 p.m.)

Date Time Game Network
Thu, Nov 23 11:30 a.m. Missouri vs. Long Beach State ESPN2
2 p.m. St. John’s vs. Oregon State ESPNU
6 p.m. UCF vs. Nebraska ESPN3
8:30 p.m. West Virginia vs. Marist ESPNEWS
Fri, Nov 24 11 a.m. Semifinal #1 ESPNEWS
1:30 p.m. Consolation #1 ESPN3
5:00 p.m. Semifinal #2 ESPN2
7:30 p.m. Consolation #2 ESPN3
Sun, Nov 26 12 p.m. 3rd Place Game ESPNU
2 p.m. 5th Place Game ESPNU
7 p.m. 7th Place Game ESPN3
9:30 p.m. Championship Game ESPN2

Previous winners of the AdvoCare Invitational include Arkansas (2006), North Carolina State (2007), Gonzaga (2008), Florida State (2009), Notre Dame (2010), Dayton (2011), Gonzaga (2012) Memphis (2013), Kansas (2014), Xavier (2015) and Gonzaga (2016).

Media credentials will be available for pickup prior to the start of each game at the credential tent outside the main gate at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  To apply for media credentials, visit www.SportsSystems.com/espnevents.

For more information, visit www.espnevents.com/advocare-invitational or www.disneysportsnews.com.

 

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