The Disney theme parks offer plenty of out-of-this-world experiences for Star Wars fans, including the popular attraction Star Tours and the Jedi Training Academy experience for young padawans. But a real Star Wars aficionado is going to want to show their rebel (or imperial!) pride once they get home too, and luckily there’s a wide array of Disney Parks merchandise dedicated to the Star Wars universe.
The force is strong at Tatooine Traders at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Star Trader at Disneyland, where you’ll find an assortment of Star Wars collectibles, unique toys (did you know they sell a thermal detonator “hot potato” game?), trading pins and gifts with Mickey and Minnie dressed as Luke and Leia, Jedi bathrobes, clever t-shirts (including the ever popular “Judge Me By My Size, Do You?” shirt – perfect for vertically challenged fans), and more. Those cuddly Ewok plush are impossible to resist…I think they might have Jedi mind powers! You can customize your own lightsaber or build your own mini R2 unit (complete with mouse ears!) at the Droid Factory station.
When Star Wars Weekends roll around on select dates during May and June at Walt Disney World, there’s even more fan gear to choose from. A special retail space called Darth’s Mall is open (for 2015 it will be located across from the Studio Catering Company), and it’s a whole galaxy of limited edition and one-of-a-kind souvenirs, artwork, apparel, and collector’s items. Tatooine Traders has a photo studio where guests can have their face inserted in classic Star Wars movie posters and images, but Darth’s Mall features D-Tech Me, where guests can have a 3-D figurine created of themselves as a classic Star Wars character. It starts at $120 for the smaller figurine, and reservations are recommended for this experience.
If browsing through all those tie fighter models and Boba Fett helmets at Darth’s Mall has made you hungry, you can pick up a drink and a treat at the Ackbar Snack bar before you head back out into the park. Darth’s Mall is a popular destination, and there can be a line to get in, so make sure you budget some shopping time into your Star Wars day!