Original Ahsoka Tano Surprises Fans at Hollywood Studios Lightsaber Meet-Up

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

Last night, Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios theme park hosted a lightsaber meet-up in its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area.

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

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As amazing as it was for Star Wars fans to be able to safely gather — social distancing and face masks were enforced — Disney (and Ashley Eckstein) had a big surprise up their sleeves.

Ashley voiced Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, Ahsoka Tano, in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series for all seven seasons, which aired between 2008 to 2020. The final season exclusively streamed on Disney+.

The voice actress is a fan favorite within the Star Wars community, so her unexpected appearance at last night’s Disney World lightsaber meet-up was an especially welcome surprise. She took to Instagram to explain how she and Disney pulled it off.

Ashley wrote:

Tonight was a dream! Watch my story to see how we pulled off a surprise, safe, socially distant saber meet-up on Batuu @waltdisneyworld AND we launched Ahsoka Tano’s NEW Clone Wars (and color changing!) Legacy Lightsabers at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities tonight! Plus, I autographed a couple hundred saber cases that you can get now while supplies last! Thank you to all of the amazing cast members and fans who made tonight possible!

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein

After a video explaining what she and Disney World officials had planned for the evening, Ashley posted this picture of her sneaking up on lightsaber meet-up participants with the caption, “Hi. Do you mind if I join your photo?”

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

She then shared this image of some Galaxy’s Edge Guests posing in front of the Star Wars themed land’s Millennium Falcon replica.

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

Ashley also thanked everyone who made the meet-up happen in her Instagram Stories. She wrote, “Thank you @WaltDisneyWorld for allowing this safe and socially distant saber meet-up!”

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

She also thanked the fans (and shared a super cool photo!), writing, “Thank you to all of incredible @StarWars fans who let me crash their photo tonight!”

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Credit: Ashley Eckstein Instagram

Finally, Ashley thanked Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Cast Members — many of whom have unfortunately been impacted by Disney’s recent layoffs — for their part in last night’s magical event.

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Fans who were at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last night also took to social media to share photos of Ashley’s appearance.

@SWGEDiscord wrote:

We are that “Lighsaber Discord”! Big thanks to @disney @waltdisneyworld @starwars and @ashleyeckstein for making this Meetup amazing!

@tk7932 also shared thoughts about the evening, posting:

My last day at Disneyworld [sic], and the 1 and only Ahsoka Tano shows up. Talk about a way to end my trip to Disney. Thank you again for signing my Ahsoka plush.

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