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You're invited...

 After a few weeks of planning, I'm pleased to announce a very special event that I would like to invite everyone who is reading this week's column to attend. Once again, Studios Central is hosting a special dinner event during Star Wars Weekends this year on May 23rd at 6:30pm. This is a really special event and I'll explain what this event is along with why you should attend.

Last year was the first year we held the dinner during the first weekend of Star Wars Weekends 2008. Previously, we had held impromptu mini-meets during Star Wars Weekends where members of Studios Central would meet to say hello. These meets usually were outside in the heat of early summer and generally either the impact of the heat or the need to attend other events and/or attractions forced those who did attend to leave after a short while. It was nice, but I wanted something more. One of the great thrills in my life is the wonderful friends I've made through this site and certainly I wanted to have more than just a friendly hello.

I wasn't the only one who wanted a little bit more and some of the members of Studios Central took it upon themselves to look forward to something more for 2008. Colin Kean, better known as The Dark Lord of the Sith to many who frequent this site, made a group dining reservation for the middle of the afternoon on one day for 2008. This got me thinking of what else we could do. I wanted to have something unique that would be of interest to nearly anyone who will be attending Star Wars Weekends but it also has to avoid conflicting with the events that are going on. So after some careful planning, I came up with an idea.

The idea turned out to be a special dinner event held in a private room inside the Studios. I wanted to make sure it was in the Studios so it wouldn't be a hassle to get from Star Wars Weekend events to the dinner. Included in the event is obviously dinner, but also some wonderful desserts and even some fun for all in the form of trivia. While not everyone may be huge trivia buffs that want to prove their Star Wars IQ, the spectacle of watching is still of interest, especially if these are members of the community. I like to think those in attendance last year had a wonderful time and we had some nice surprises, such as Storm Troopers stopping by to "check on us".

With all of that being said, it's 2009 and Studios Central is hosting this special dinner event again. It's being held on Saturday, May 23rd, which ought to work for many people since it's right in the middle of the weekend. In addition, it's once again being held in the Studios Prop Shop. If you haven't seen this room, it's a special private room backstage at the Studios just for us. Moreover, it has a wide array of old props from attractions that were around Walt Disney World and words really can't do it justice so click here to view photos of the room. Keep in mind that the props can change so there will be some surprises waiting for us at the dinner.

What makes this so much fun is that it's an event for Star Wars fans, but also folks that frequent this site. There are folks from other sites as well and I can all but guarantee that you'll be certain to make some friends and reconnect with some old ones. At last year's dinner, there definitely were friendships that were forged from those in attendance. It's wonderful to be able to connect with those who you may have seen their screen names or just meet people who share a common interest of Star Wars and Disney.

So if this sounds like a great idea to you, you simply need to get a quote for a resort stay for Weekend One of Star Wars Weekend this year. Click this link for more information on that, and it what you're looking into is at the very least a resort stay somewhere at Walt Disney World and with that, you'll receive tickets for everyone in your group to the dinner event. If you need theme park admission or anything else Disney offers, you can also get that added onto your package and the best news is you'll receive the best price available there, even if prices drop down the line, we'll adjust your rate automatically! Keep in mind that at this time, we're looking to fill the event with those booking these packages and have no plans to offer just tickets for sale at this time. That may change as we get closer, but don't lose out on your chance to join us again this year because I think after last year, I expect space to go quickly.

I'll see you on May 23rd!

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Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 by