Review: Rebel Hangar — A Star Wars Lounge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Welcome to the Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience!

Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience

Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge Experience

In conjunction with Star Wars Weekends, an entire half of Backlot Express at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been completely transformed.

Entrance to Rebel Hangar

Entrance to Rebel Hangar

Backlot Express transformed into Rebel Hangar

Backlot Express transformed into Rebel Hangar

From now through June 14th, instead of entering the standard theming of the movie production warehouse, guests will walk into a long-abandoned building that once served as a busy spaceport in the Sullust system.

The story of the Rebel Hangar

The story of the Rebel Hangar printed in the menu

From 4:00 – 9:00 pm daily throughout the run of the Hangar, weary galactic travelers now have the opportunity to take a moment to relax and enjoy Star Wars-themed food among the “discarded remnants” from over 100 planets.

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Our Advance Dining Reservation to hangout in the Hangar wasn’t until 8:50 pm — 10 minutes prior to the final seating. So I took some time during the day to check out the spot, arriving somewhere around 1:00 pm. That’s right — day guests coming in for the typical Counter Service menu at Backlot Express were able to enjoy much of the atmosphere, too!

Part of Backlot Express transformed

Part of Backlot Express transformed

Backlot Express transformed

Backlot Express transformed

I, for one, was taken aback by the transformation. I hadn’t realized anything more could be tucked into Backlot Express, already so well-themed for its purposes. But lo and behold…

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

Rebel Hangar atmosphere

It was a blast spotting ways in which the typical Backlot “props” were incorporated into the Hangar theme.

Backlot props redecorated

Backlot props redecorated

Backlot props redecorated

Backlot props redecorated

Backlot props redecorated

Backlot props redecorated

You can see where “decay” has settled into this space in the many years since it last served its original purpose as a spaceport.

Decaying spaceport

Decaying spaceport

"Discarded" helmet

“Discarded” helmet

It appears a graffiti artist has even taken advantage of the abandoned spot ;) .

Graffiti wall

Graffiti wall

Graffiti wall

Graffiti wall

Hidden Mickey

Hidden Mickey

Even the tabletops were [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Disney Mug-a-Palooza!

With cooler temperatures on the rise (wait… that’s not right ;) ), it’s that time of year to curl up with a warm beverage in your favorite mug! Of course, it happens to coincide with the time of year to think of gift-giving (and receiving!). So let’s take a look at some super fun Disney mugs that hit the scene in a veritable Mug-a-palooza! If you’d like to get a little shopping done while you’re at it, just click any of the links below…

Okay, I don’t know how much she’ll help you against the chill, but this purple Elsa Mug captures the Frozen Queen quite nicely…

Elsa Mug

Elsa Mug

For Halloween, Christmas, or anytime of year, really, you gotta love this awesome Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas Mug!

Sally Mug

Sally Mug

“Red 5 standing by.” Leave it to Luke Skywalker… not only is he preparing for the Deathstar Battle, he’s also serving up your morning cuppa joe as a Mug version of himself!

Luke Skywalker Mug

Luke Skywalker Mug

It’s a three-fer! This set of Star Wars Stackable Mugs let’s you twist-and-match Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and a Stormtrooper.

Star Wars Stackable Mugs

Star Wars Stackable Mugs

This festive Mickey Mouse Mug comes with its own spoon to stir an extra dollop (or two!) of whipped cream into [Read more…]

Disney Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Star Wars Kitchen Goodies

Could you use a little help from The Force with your gift-giving this holiday season? Well, we might have a few ideas to get you started… And the best part is you don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to nab them!

Star Wars Baking Accessories

’Tis the season for all things gingerbread men… but what about the oft overlooked gingerbread sith lord, hmm? These Star Wars Gingerbread Cookie Cutters include Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, Yoda, and (the cutest ever) C-3PO.

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Star Wars Gingerbread Cookie Cutters

What could be more helpful than having a droid in the kitchen while baking up all those cookies? This R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set includes 4 measuring cups and 4 measuring spoons.

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R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set

This Darth Vader Apron is for the cook who really likes to be in control of their kitchen or grill.

Darth Vader Apron

Darth Vader Apron

Star Wars Chopsticks and More

“Your feeble skills” may be no match for the Dark Side, but if you can use chopsticks, you’re [Read more…]

New! Star Wars Light Saber Pocky

While Pocky isn’t exclusive to Walt Disney World, many guests first sample these delicious, chocolate-dipped cookie snack sticks during a tour of Epcot’s World Showcase. A stop by Mitsukoshi, the department store in Japan, is a fun diversion!

And we’ve got news! Pocky has finally joined forces with the Dark Side…and the light side. ;-) Yep – light saber Pocky is now available for those of us who need all of our food Star-Wars-ified!

Light Saber Pocky!

I love the idea of [Read more…]

Will Disney World Get A Star Wars Cantina Restaurant?

Welp, rumors have been circulating since Disney bought LucasFilm last year about the potential for a Star Wars themed land coming to the Disney parks. And I thought it was high time to weigh in on what would obviously be the best part of one — the potential restaurant!

Negotiations at Mos Eisley Cantina

Yep — sources are swirling about not only a repeat of Disney California Adventure’s Cars Land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but also a Star Wars Land of some sort!

According to one source, a Chalman’s/Mos Eisley Cantina-themed Star Wars restaurant could be on the horizon for Disney World as part of the proposed Star Wars expansion. (Though other sources put the Cantina in Disneyland Paris.)

Why would this be a totally rad idea? Well, I’m always up for more restaurants in Disney World; AND the Star Wars Cantina scenes are relatively well-known and referenced in popular culture. But that aside, here are a few of my reasons for supporting the proposal:

  • Characters: I have no idea how it would work, but it would rock to have a Star Wars character meal — even if it’s just for breakfast. My guess is you’re going to see Leia, Han, and Luke the most. I can’t really imagine Darth making airplane sounds while he feeds your baby and signs autographs, but you never know.

  • Food Options: The right chef could have a blast developing new and unique menu items for a restaurant like this. Here’s a great start. Of course guests would be able to order Blue/Bantha Milk and Blue Milkshakes.
  • Bar/Lounge: Right now, Tune In Lounge is a great place to kick back and relax in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the Star Wars Cantina would obviously lend itself to an incredible bar/lounge theme. Even if you extended a full restaurant to the back of the original Cantina, I could still see this being [Read more…]

Friday Fun: Star Wars and Marvel Kitchen Goodies!

It’s been a while since our last Star Wars food awesomeness post; and since Christmas is now less than 2 months away (I KNOW, right?), I knew it was time to start sharing a few gift ideas. ;-)

The best part? Some of these are SUPER on sale right now (score!). So, I give you permission on this Friday to goof off a little at work and take a peek at some uber fun comic-worthy goodies. Click on the links or photos below to purchase!

Darth Vader and R2D2 Ice Cube Trays / Candy Molds

He’s as cold as ice — and these Darth Vader ice cube trays and candy molds will bring Imperial taste to your kitchen.

Use the sturdy silicon trays to make BOTH ice cubes and chocolates — just not at the same time. ;-)

Darth Vader S'mores

Vader Ice Cube Tray

R2D2 keeps your beverages cold as space with these ice cube trays. Or fill them with chocolate and make little-droid candy!

r2d2 ice cube tray

White chocolate R2D2s

Millennium Falcon Bottle Opener

Smuggling some tasty beverages? Using this metal Star Wars bottle opener shaped like the classic Millennium Falcon, you’ll surely keep Imperial ships at bay.

It even sticks to your fridge! (You can thank the “force” for that one…the magnetic force that is! Yuk yuk yuk!)

Millennium Falcon Bottle Opener

Marvel Comics Pint Glasses

Quench your SUPER thirst with a beverage in a Marvel Comics glass! If you loved the Avengers monorail in Disney World, wait until you see these [Read more…]

Disney Food Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 1

Remember when we had a little bit of Christmas back in August with these fun Star Wars items? It’s been a busy fall with all of the festivities going on around WDW and Disneyland, but now we can finally take a moment to share our weekly Holiday Gift Ideas!

Each week, we’ll share some fun gift-giving ideas for the Disney and/or food fans in your life. And isn’t shopping right there from your computer so much easier than trudging through the crowded malls? Consider this your shopping FastPass to beat the crowds!

Star Wars Hans Solo Chocolate Carbonite Bar

Um…this is just awesome even if you’re not a Star Wars fan. Hans Solo is frozen in this treat straight from Tattoine! This makes a great stocking stuffer for your Star Wars and/or dark chocolate fan. You can get your chocolate Hans Solo from a galaxy far, far away…where Jabba is apparently busy making seasonal treats.

Star Wars Hans Solo Carbonite Chocolate Bar

Alice in Wonderland Tea Press Gift Set

A perfectly classic and understated gift for your sophisticated tea-drinker friends! ;-) This tea set includes everything you need for a great cup of tea — just add water! To get it, visit [Read more…]

Star Wars Kitchen Accessories

Every once in a while we have a little fun posting some interesting Disney-related kitchen products, and our recent trip over to Think Geek has me thinking it’s time for a little Christmas in August post. ;-)

Stock your kitchen with this exclusive Star Wars stuff!

Star Wars Cookbook
Outlines Galactic recipes to make in your own Cantina! The whole family will enjoy making out of this world cuisine such as Wookiee Cookies, Jedi Juice Bars, and Twin Sun Toast.

I wonder what Tusken Raider Taters are… Get the Wookiee Cookbook here!

Death Star Giant Cookie Jar
Place your cookies inside the Death Star to protect them from outside forces. Everyone will join the Dark Side in order to reach in for a tempting treat!

The best part is, half the people who come to your house won’t even know what it is, so they’ll just think you’re all post-modern. Get yours here.

Darth Vader Cookie Jar
If the Death Star doesn’t do it for you, maybe Darth himself will! He’s sporting his Lightsaber, so you can always pretend to win a duel to get your cookie, therefore deserving it that much more. Darth Vader Cookie Jar here (cookies not included).

Star Wars Vader’s Dark Side Roast Coffee
Don’t let a day in your universe begin without coffee manufactured by Stormtroopers. We can’t vouch for the taste, but surely it has to be better than Nescafe.

Have a cup while raiding your Death Star cookie jar. Get yours here.

Star Wars 10 oz. Glasses
Let the Force flow through you when enjoying your favorite Jedi Juice in these [Read more…]

“Food Network Challenge: Star Wars Cakes” This Weekend

Celebrating the grand reopening of Disney’s Star Tours attraction that debuted in May, The Food Network will showcase a new episode of Food Network Challenge – “Star Wars Cakes”!

Using The Force to shield the Dark Side, four cake artists will face off in this galactic battle to re-create Star Wars cakes. Beware of Jedi mind tricks! Will a sensory distraction such as the smell of WDW caramel corn be unleashed?

Darth Vader Cupcake

The challenger that presents an epic cake wins $10,000 and a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. (Lucky ducks.)

Set your coordinates for one of these showings (Eastern Time Zone):
July 3 at 8:00 PM
July 4, 2011 3:00 AM
July 4, 2011 11:00 PM

See the Star Wars items that were on sale during Star Wars weekends this year.