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How to train a Storm Trooper

Saturday, December 18, 2010

There are just some things you don't do at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Cut in line. Cross a barrier. Stop half-way through the aisle at MuppetVision 3D. But one that is certainly above all of the aforementioned no-nos, is never - ever - tick off one of the guards of Vader, the soldiers in white...I'm talking about the Storm Troopers.

One would be crazy to mess with Storm Troopers. I mean, think of it: if they capture you, and take you to Lord Vader, you're finished for sure. Unless you have the guts of a 9-year-old girl who will confront a Storm Trooper and tell him/her that they're misbehaving. Enter my sister, not even at the age of ten, who managed to stop a Storm Trooper in their tracks for a photo.
It was a hot, muggy Florida day during spring break in 1997. As you could imagine, the sun was shining, the crowds were huge, and there was a sense of misdirection as it was our first time ever in a Disney park.
After making our way throughout the Studios, we found ourselves in front of the giant (or full-scale replica, I suppose) AT-AT outside of Star Tours shooting water at us. We took our first trip on the Starspeeder 3000, and it soon became my dad's favorite attraction (I can't wait to see him go on Star Tours 2 for the very first time!).
We were still walking in the vicinity of Star Tours when Lord Vader walked by us, with two Storm Troopers. It was one of the first characters we saw. I remember my jaw hit the floor, and my sister's eyes bugged out of her head. She was shocked to see Lord Vader walking around!
Suddenly, two more Storm Troopers passed by us. That was all my sister could handle. She burst out to one of the Storm Troopers while waving, "HI!" The Trooper, in character, ignored her and kept walking.
"HI!" my sister burst out again. "Can I get a picture with you?!" The Trooper kept walking.
My sister then blurted out so loudly that I figured the Bellhops in Tower of Terror might be able to hear, "HEY! We came all the way from Winnipeg, Canada and the LEAST you could do is stop for a photo!"
I was in disbelief, as were my parents.
But suddenly, the Storm Trooper stopped, turned around and posed, we got the photo with my sister and a Storm Trooper, she thanked the Trooper, and she came back to us with a huge grin. "I put him in his place!" She exclaimed.
To this day, that memory stands out like it was yesterday. To see the look on my sister's face after successfully ordering a Storm Trooper to behave, is only a memory that you can create at a magical place like Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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Chris Reid is the host of Cosmic Reid's Starlight Cafe on Magical Mouse Radio and loves to talk about Disney's Hollywood Studios


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