Star Wars Land : Concept Art

During the “The Wonderful World Of Disney: Disneyland 60” TV special on ABC in American, actor Harrison Ford revealed some exclusive new details about the Star Wars theme park areas coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

Though there wasn’t much in the way of news in the segment, there were a few details given about one of the new attractions in which guests will take a ride in the Millennium Falcon. This interactive ride will make you the pilot and give you control over the guns too.

Disney has also officially released some of the concept art in high-resolution.

Disney says: “Star Wars Land promises to bring this galaxy to life” through the combined forces of Lucasfilm and Disney Imagineering. Guests will have the chance to take “complete control of the Millennium Falcon, and get caught up in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little less adrenaline-pumping, you can walk around Star Wars Land meeting droids and aliens, entering an otherworldly street market,” “actually tasting the local delicacies” (including blue Bantha milk), “going upscale at the planet’s best dinner club,” or “heading down to the local cantina.”

On a little geeky note, one piece of concept art which caught my eye was the one with the sweet little nod to Darth Vader’s apprentice ‘Starkiller’ from the The Force Unleashed 2 in his Ultimate Sith Edition attire…see below

The ones below look like some ‘Princess’ themed Naboo areas

The life-size Millennium Falcon area also looks spectacular.

The Star Wars Marathons

runDisney Star Wars 5K Marathon Medal 2016 run disney
runDisney Star Wars 5K Marathon Medal 2016

As a self-proclaimed Star Wars Geek I’ve collected a lot of merchandise over the years, all of my workspaces at home and work are adorned with bits my collection, it’s my way of showing off my pride in the films. Some of the newest collectables are nothing like any of my collection, as you have to physically run for them, as they are the runDisney race medals for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathons, Dark Side Challenge and The Kessel Run races, sadly I won’t be collecting these as running was something I gave up a some years ago after a knee injury.  😦

runDisney Star Wars 10K Marathon Medal 2016 run disney
runDisney Star Wars 10K Marathon Medal 2016

Disney/LucasFilm Press Release Information

If you aren’t familiar with runDisney, they put on races across the Disney Parks with multiple themes. Star Wars fans got in on the action in January 2015 at the inaugural runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in California. That race returned in 2016 with all new medals and a light-side theme. That was where I completed my first half marathon and really became hooked on the whole experience.

This coming April, the first East Coast Star Wars race comes to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This all-new race is dark-side themed, and like the others, features special Star Wars touches during the run and all weekend long. The races vary in length and include Kids Races, a 5K run, a 10K race, and a half marathon too. Runners who sign up for the Dark Side Challenge must complete both the 10K and the half marathon, but are rewarded with an additional medal for the accomplishment.

runDisney Star Wars The Dark Side Half Marathon Medal 2016
runDisney Star Wars The Dark Side Half Marathon Medal 2016

The most dedicated runners who signed up for the runDisney Kessel Run Challenge will run two half marathons: One this past January in Anaheim and the upcoming race in Florida. What’s reward for such a feat? You guessed it, another medal.

Collecting runDisney medals is unlike collecting anything else. Like so many highly sought after collectables, they are limited in number, as they are only given out to race finishers. On top of that, they are only available for a limited time because they are different every year. Medals are a bit like convention exclusives too: You have to travel to the event to get them. Perhaps what makes them most special is how you get them. The medals are earned by participating in the races: That means training, sweating, and working hard. If you are an inexperienced runner like me, it means pushing yourself to do something new.

In the end, I think that is what makes them so special. Unlike everything else in my collection, I am proud of how I earned each and every medal. Each one tells a story too. I look at my collection of medals from 2015 and 2016 and see just how far I’ve come. In just a year, I’ve gone from never running to doing two half marathons. They remind me of all the great friends I see at the events and the people I’ve met along the way. Without a doubt, the runDisney medals are the only items in my collection that people say “congratulations” when they see them.

Are you ready to start building your collection? Now is a great time.

The only way to get these medals is to sign up and start running. Registration opportunities for the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon — The Dark Side event are open again for a limited time. Races sell out fast, so I recommend signing up at as soon as possible. I also recommend following the advice and guidance of the runDisney training plans found at And if you ever need a little motivation, here is a look at the medals you could be running for.

runDisney Star Wars The Kessel Run Marathon Medal 2016
runDisney Star Wars The Kessel Run Marathon Medal 2016

Following the dark side race theme, the medals coming this April feature our favorite villains and bad guys. The Kids Race medallion — with its epic rendition of Darth Vader — makes me wish I was a kid again. The 5K finisher medallion features a trio of stormtroopers and is a favorite of mine. The 10K medal is all about the TIE fighter that looks screaming fast. In fact, I dare you to not make the TIE fighter sound while wearing it!

runDisney Star Wars The Dark Side Challenge Marathon Medal 2016

The half marathon medal includes a dual-sided spinner featuring the Empire’s best bad guys. On one side is the Emperor and the other is Darth Vader. I love the fine detail of Vader’s lightsaber, too. Runners who finish the Dark Side Challenge will receive a Death Star-themed medal. I’m sure you will be proud of that technological terror. Rounding out the 2016 runDisney Star Wars medals is the Millennium Falcon-themed Kessel Run Challenge medal. It’s no hunk of junk!

Disney can’t wait for you to join the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend — The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, so they’ve set up Twitter and Instagram accounts at @runDisney to join the fun using the hashtag #StarWarsHalf. 

Kylo Ren: The Teenage Years

At this point, it shouldn’t be a spoiler anymore to mention that Kylo Ren is Ben Solo, the son of Han and Leia. Seriously, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you probably don’t care about it anyway. For the rest of us who have seen it, we can be amused at these hilarious series of gifs that imagine the teenage life of Kylo Ren and a permanently cynical Han and a stressed out Princess– oops, General — Leia trying to raise a lanky kid who’s obsessed with Grandpa Anakin.

Mamalaz over on Tumblr has created a magnificent series of GIFs called “Modern Solo Adventures” which use footage of Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Billy Dee Williams from other movies to make a modern version of Kylo Ren: The Teenage Years. Some of these actually made me laugh out loud…and nearly made me Pirates of Penzance. 🙂

Episode 1: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The Pilot episode in which Han tries to order Ben a Cola.

Episode 2: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The episode where Kylo asked Han to tell the ashes of Darth Vader he loves him.

Episode 3: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The one where Kylo tries to (unsuccessfully) force-wave his father and Han tries to work out where his life went wrong.

Episode 4: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
In which Kylo tries to recruit his father to the cause. Han shows his interest the way he usually does.

Episode 5: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
It’s Leia’s birthday and Kylo sends his favourite parent a video message. He goes to some effort.

Episode 6: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Lando comes to visit. He ends up seeing more of Ben Kylo then he wanted to.

Episode 6: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
In which Kylo laughs at his own jokes and Han feels like he’ll never laugh again.

Episode 7: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Han finally admits he loves his knucklehead son. Unfortunately, said knucklehead son has to ruin the moment.

Episode 8: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
The episode when Hux calls for Kylon to come out and play, but says he’s grounded.
Meanwhile, Kylo is upstairs in his room, live-streaming his time in captivity.

Episode 9: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Kylo needs some money to get started on his world domination. His dad isn’t complying.

Episode 10: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Kylo is grounded, Luke is concerned, Leia is a boss and Han, for once, is amused.

Episode 11: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Luke thinks it’s high time the family got over all their awkwardness and had a nice sit down dinner.

Episode 12: The Modern Adventures of Han and Ben Kylo
Han doesn’t approve of Kylo’s attire during a sensitive day