death star fire pit

Do you like entertaining people and celebrating the destruction of the Death Star every single time you throw a shindig? KG Fire Pits has got you covered. It’s not cheap (you’ll need $1,000 to purchase the smaller version and $1,300 for the larger one), but this is certainly one of the cooler Star Wars-themed items you could place in your backyard.

It seems that J.W. Rinzler’s The Making of The Force Awakens book has been cancelled for reasons unknown (it has even vanished from the publisher’s site). This is sad news because his other books, The Making of Star Wars, The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, and The Making of Return of the Jedi, are required reading for Star Wars fans and offer the most comprehensive look possible at the making of those movies. They are nothing short of incredible. However, they’re incredible because enough time had passed to allow everyone involved to open up and get completely honest about the process. I’m not sure why The Making of Force Awakens was cancelled, but it may have something to do with the fact that the film is still brand new, Lucasfilm is still producing Star Wars films on the regular, and everyone involved wants to keep their job. Give it twenty years. Then we’ll get a great book on the making of The Force Awakens.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World are currently undergoing extensive construction to bring their respective Star Wars lands to life. While these new areas aren’t expected to be finished until 2020 at the earliest, Disney shed new light on what to expect at their Awaken Summer event. Disney Imagineer Scott Trowbridge revealed new details about the Millennium Falcon-themed ride that will be one of two major attractions to arrive with the Star Wars lands:

Step aboard that iconic spaceship, the Millennium Falcon and take the controls yourself. You’re actually going to pilot this thing. You’re going to be the one in complete control, steering it through outer space, firing those lasers cannons, it’s all up to you so please be gentle with her. She’s an older ship.

Everyone assumed that the Millennium Falcon ride would be a motion simulator, but the news that it will be controlled by riders is new and very interesting. I can imagine one of two scenarios here: Disney has actually gone above and beyond and has taken simulator rides to the next possible level…or it will be like EPCOT’s Mission: Space attraction, where visitors are given the illusion of control over a ride that actually runs itself. For additional details, including updates on dining and entertainment in the area, watch the video above.

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For Star Wars fans who want something to do at Disney theme parks before 2020, a fifteen minute fireworks and lights show titled Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Florida this June. Details remain under wraps, but the show will involve projecting-mapping tech that will place images from the films over the Chinese Theater at the center of the park.

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And did you think Disney was going to let May 4th go by without a proper celebration? Disneyland Park in California will celebrate Star Wars Day in style, screening the Star Wars Rebels episode “Shroud of Darkness” at the Tomorrowland Theater. There will also be “a unique, themed photo location” and collector glasses for “Jedi and Sith alike.” The Galactic Grill Stage will also host a “fan celebration,” complete with “Star Wars trivia and other special surprises will take place throughout the evening.”

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