Celebrating Force Friday

Aleisha M. (NDM#150) (45 Posts)

Growing up inn the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Aleisha has never let distance stop her from enjoying Walt Disney World vacations. From an early age, whether it be on a family vacation or tagging along with a friend on her vacation, she fell in love with the magic and the joy that Disney brought. Now making her own memories as a DVC member with a Star Wars obsessed little boy, she tries to capture the same magical feelings into every day life. She has quickly established a reputation with friends, relatives and coworkers as a real-life Belle. Always with a book in her hand and available to help others plan their magical Disney vacations.Beyond Disney, Aleisha is a lover of all genres of music; craves a good concert from time to time, considers her food allergies a blessing rather than a curse and can be seen at the good old hockey game during the NHL season.


 

Jedi Training

Jedi Training

I may be all about Disney, but when it comes to Star Wars, I admit I am at a loss. That being said, having both a son and a husband who are fanatics over anything to deal with the matter means they countdown to the next Star Wars movie, they are the ones that celebrate May the Fourth and they have full blown conversations around the dinner table regarding the movies, most of which I fully admit to having no clue or understand what is being discussed. So it was only natural that when Disney announced they were rolling out the new Star Wars merchandise on Friday (dubbed Force Friday) we knew we had to partake in it.

We are thankful that we have a Disney Store not too far away and we made our way over to check out the festivities and the new merchandise line. After all, we couldn’t think of a more magical way to celebrate the day than heading there first. The moment we stepped in to the store, the Force was strong. Usual displays that were princess filled were now covered with the latest Star Wars t-shirts, jackets and odds and ends. The theater in the back of the store had been transformed into a spaceship where they played nothing but Star Wars clips on the large screen.

Bikes!

Bikes!

While the Disney Store did have figurines, masks and related toys, we were expecting a lot more than there was displayed. Whether this was due to the fact that several things had already been sold out or not, I cannot say, but both the husband and my son mentioned they thought there would be more. They did however have plenty of clothes and other merchandise, mugs, and phone cases etc. What they did have, however, was Star Wars related activities, which other places did not. During the time we were there, my son decided to partake in the Jedi Training session. He was taught some special moves and signs to look for in order to become a great Jedi and after the 15-minute session each kid got a medal for his or her training mission. The activity definitely made my young Jedi’s day.

We had better luck finding toys and other merchandise (including for the big kid in my husband) at a local Target. We were pleasantly surprised at the selection. Anything from t-shirts and Lego sets, to Star War themed bikes, helmets and spaghetti-o’s in the shape of your favorite characters.

The clothes at Target

The clothes at Target

Both my son and husband enjoyed the ability to take pictures with full size Chewy cutout and as a fighter even if they were only cardboard. While they may not have had the same sort of magic that the actual Disney Store had nor did they have any of the activities. We all agreed that when it came to selection, perhaps you are just as well looking here as you did at the actual store.

Whether you were at a Disney Store, Target or shopped online for Force Friday, here is hoping the Force was strong with you no matter where you enjoyed it.

What were some of your Force Friday finds?