disneyland float

Disneyland‘s contribution to next year’s Rose Parade has been unveiled in art form: a float celebrating all things Disney… which now includes Star Wars. Disney has owned this franchise for years now and honestly, we’re still getting used to it.

In other theme park news that shouldn’t come as much of surprise (although it will certainly leave a number of people disappointed), Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park has cancelled their annual Star Wars Weekends event. The news is buried at the bottom of a post about a variety of Star Wars-themed events hitting the park this December, which is classic Disney – hide the negative news in a pile of fun news. Anyway, the decision makes sense. The park is about to undergo radical construction that will see the addition of an entire Star Wars land. It no longer needs Star Wars Weekends because every weekend will be a Star Wars Weekend in a few years.

When the “final” The Force Awakens trailer arrived, YouTuber James Darling spliced together every available second of footage from the new movie into one epic trailer. The result was very satisfying. Since then, a few TV spots and an international trailer bearing new footage have arrived online and that old video quickly become obsolete. Thankfully, Darling is more obsessive than most fans and he cut a new version. That video above contains nearly five minutes from the new Star Wars movie, everything that has been made public so far. Enjoy.

maz kanata

We have yet to get a truly clear look at Lupita Nyong’o‘s Maz Kanata. We glimpsed her hand in the the second trailer (she’s the one handing a lightsaber to a pair of still-anonymous hands), we heard her voice in the latest TV spot, and she’s a tiny figure among many in the Force Awakens poster. But if you zoom in on her picture from the poster, you can see that this diminutive alien wears some kind of googles. According to EW, those aren’t a simple fashion accessory:

We’ve only seen her on the poster – a smallish figure with black goggles. Her eyes are covered because they hold a secret power. That’s why her narration is significant: “I have lived long enough to see the same eyes in different people. I see your eyes. I know your eyes.”

Rumor have suggested that Maz is essentially the Yoda of the new movie and this is the kind of news that gels perfectly with that. She may not be a Jedi, but maybe she can utilize the Force to see what others cannot.

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As is often the case, our first look at a new Star Wars character has arrived via merchandise. In this case, it’s our first look at Max von Sydow‘s Lor San Tekka. The exact nature of the legendary actor’s role in the movie is under wraps (there are spoilers out there though, should you care to break out the Google), but you can see an illustrated version of the character on the cover of the children’s book seen above. Note that he’s chatting with Oscar Isaac‘s Poe Dameron, with BB-8 hanging out nearby. Also note that Stormtroopers are swarming right outside. Similarly, another children’s book cover has revealed Finn sitting in the Millennium Falcon’s gunner seat. For all we know, that’s an image J.J. Abrams fought to keep hidden, but what are you gonna’ do? Kids gotta have their Star Wars books.

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And finally, the always in-depth and reliable Drive Thru Review YouTube channel has posted a video comparing the vanilla edition of the Star Wars Risk board to the “Black Series” edition. The latter may cost significantly more money, but as you can see, the component upgrade is worth the extra dollars for dedicated fans with money to spend.

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