I just returned home from my first Star Wars Weekends, and I wanted to share the experience. It was only three days, but the impact will last a lifetime.
Upon arrival, I received a glorious gift basket full of Star Wars goodies…
As well as a huge white chocolate Mickey Mouse — along with chocolate-covered strawberries! Disney made me feel so welcome!
I wore my Her Universe X-wing dress, and I was ready for take off!
But nothing could prepare me for the parade!
I had just met the Florida Garrison 501st and Rebel Legion backstage!
This was my view from the car as the parade started. Hearing the Star Wars soundtrack as the gates opened, I completely lost it.
Ashley Eckstein was right in front of me! So was Jedi Mickey!
This was a surreal moment once we got on stage! #TeamAhsoka!!
An amazing crowd! With younglings!
James Arnold Taylor, Ahmed Best, and Peter Mayhew on stage (from L to R).
Selfie with Ashley Ekstein on stage!
Selfie with Ezra and Sabine from Star Wars Rebels!
Posing for parade finale!
Next up was an autograph session!
I got to meet all kinds of really cool kids!
Then it was time for BEHIND THE FORCE!
Ashley and I discussed Hera and Star Wars Rebels. We had a blast!
Then I had a little break, so I went over to the Darth’s Mall to get more Her Universe gear. I ran into some of my favorite “Fangirls Going Rogue!” Tricia Barr and Teresa Delgado!
I got to ride on TOY STORY MIDWAY MANIA with my Disney Guide Molly (whom I adored)!
I got to meet Ahmed Best! Jar Jar!!
Later I had another autograph signing, and fans brought me their art to sign!
Eventually I waltzed over to Epcot! Made a quick call in UK!
I enjoyed authentic Canadian Poutine at Le Cellier with my friends Bob Joles and Pat Brady. OH CANADA!
I rocked my Her Universe Boba dress!
Another selfie on stage during parade!
Boba looked great onstage!
So did everyone else!
Another autograph signing with cool kids!
And some really cool adults!
Savanna Kiefer from the 501st Legion!
Another great BEHIND THE FORCE with Ashley!
Chopper, Ezra, and Sabine showed up!
Afternoon signings? We were on security detail!
I was approached by the Galactic Academy Tatooine Campus Puerto Rico, given a patch, and asked to become an honorary member!
Of course I said yes!
For dinner I got to go to the Magic Kingdom and experience “Be Our Guest!”
I loved the Grey Stuff!
Then I got to see spectacular fireworks!
Make a wish!
Another magical day and night!
I decided to wear my Darth Vader Her Universe dress, so I could be a “Rebel spy!” I got all kinds of intel out of these Imperials!
They kindly gave me a patch!
And a challenge coin!
Also had the honor of meeting my favorite! Plo Koon!
The parade was about to start!
Check out the Star Wars Family!
Obi-Wan and BEYOND!!!
Ran into these two!
More fun signing autographs!
Had fun meeting new friends!
Had a powerful final Behind the Force show!
I brought a gift from a fan, and I got very emotional!
More autographs with my buddy Dennis!
And more friends with presents!
Another challenge coin!
From the Wolffe Pack! Such an honor!
More fan art as well! Love this button!
And new friends!
Finally it was time for STARS OF THE LEGEND. James Arnold Taylor invited me out to STOMP with Ahmed Best!
We had a quick chat!
Peter Mayhew joined us!
Then we celebrated Peter’s 70th birthday!
Best birthday cake ever! Made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs!
Got my first pair of Mickey Mouse ears from James Arnold Taylor! #JediMickeySelfie!
Could I look any happier?
Thank you for the best Star Wars Weekend ever!
I will treasure it always!
Vanessa Marshall is the voice of Hera on the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series. Follow her on Twitter at @vanmarshall.