Star Wars Day Star Wars and Disney

This year the big news this year is of course that Disney has doubled down on Star Wars. Long a fixture at Walt Disney World with the Star Tours ride, Disney opened more – including a store, a meet and greet, and a projection/firework show shortly before our visit in 2015. Now they are working on opening a Star Wars land in both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios (personally I think they ought to have a whole park to themselves) scheduled to open in 2019.

Star Wars characters at base entrance
Photo of Stars War Land – Courtesy of Pauly Tee

Links

I don’t have a great story to share this year so how about some links?

60 Facts About the Star Wars Universe for Star Wars Day courtesy of Mental Floss

All We Know about Star Wars Land courtesy of Variety

Previous Trundlebed Tales Posts

May the Fourth Be With You – I Love You More Than Star Warsa great song

Saving Star Wars May the 4th

That Time the Government Built a UFO May the 4th

Giant AT-AT walker outside Star Tours at Walt Disney World
AT-AT Walker (my favorite thing at Star Tours) – courtesy of Pauly Tee

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

May the Fourth Be With You – I Love You More Than Star Wars

Every May the Fourth is Star Wars Day. It’s because May the Force/May the Fourth (I love a good pun.) It’s especially appropriate this year with the great Force Awakens promising future quality movies once again. I’m sorry I’m a little late this year, but I hope you’ll still take another “May the Force be with you.”

Me and Darth
Me and Darth

This is me and Darth Vader courtesy of our local Drug Town about the time of Return of the Jedi.

So in honor of Star Wars Day, here’s a song from a couple years ago that I keep coming back to.

Also check out the time they saved Tattooine and the time the US government built a UFO.

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

That Time the Government Built a UFO May the 4th

There are a couple of holidays in the calendar that are where they are due to a happy coincidence of date and speech. For example, Pi Day is March 14th since 3-14 reminds people of 3.14. This is the other one – May 4th is Star Wars Day because May the fourth reminds people of “May the force be with you,” the most common farewell in the Star Wars universe. Last year I posted about the great work saving our cinematic history with the restoration of the Tattooine set from the original Star Wars trilogy.
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/saving-star-wars-may-the-4th

Trying to top that wasn’t easy. It took a huge inflated government program and work by the National Archives to put materials online. This year, learn all about “That time the Government Built a UFO” and if you don’t believe me click on the links and take a look. If that thing isn’t a UFO, I’d like to know what it is. And doesn’t it look like that guy is wearing Luke Skywalker’s uniform from the attack on the Death Star in the video? (And in case you don’t know it I’m a Star Wars fan from when they first came out in theaters.)

Me and Darth

Read Time Magazine‘s history of Star Wars Day:
http://time.com/87062/may-the-4th-be-with-you-a-brief-history-of-star-wars-day

Flight Tests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opD86VZSWpo

Model Tests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMF99kJGLQc

And from me and Darth, courtesy of our local Drug Town store, May the Force Be With You!

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Saving Star Wars May the 4th

There are a couple of holidays in the calendar that are where they are due to a happy coincidence of date and speech. For example Pi Day is March 14th since 3-14 reminds people of 3.14. This is the other one, May 4th Star Wars Day because May the Fourth reminds people of May the Force, the most common farewell in the Star Wars universe. In honor of the holiday I’ve been saving a special story. I love learning about and visiting movie locations that make you feel you are really there. I doubt I’ll ever get there, George Lucas might not have gone to another planet to shoot Tatooine, but he sure went as far away as he could in this world, but out there the set remains of Tatooine still stand due to the work of devoted fans. It’s on a deserted stretch of terrain Tunisian village of Tataouine.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/06/20/star-wars-superfans-rebuild-luke-skywalkers-crumbling-tatooine-home/

Tattooine Endangered Pre-Restoration Images

More background on the site, and pre-restoration photos
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673064/massive-sand-dune-threatens-to-destroy-tatooine

Photos including pre-restoration of Skywalker homestead
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1672518/a-photographer-rediscovers-the-crumbling-remains-of-tatooine#1

Google Earth Views

Google Earth Map
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=203488998624929794830.0004dcec48cb5a0fcdffa&dg=feature

Virtual Globetrotting
http://virtualglobetrotting.com/map/star-wars-tatooine/view/?service=0

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.