Disney Accidentally Spoiled Entire ‘Star Wars’ Franchise For Guest

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Rey and Chewbacca at 'Star Wars': Galaxy's Edge

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Star Wars is an iconic piece of cinematic history and ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, it’s had an increasing presence in the Disney Parks.

From Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the Galactic Starcruiser hotel, Disney has fully incorporated the IP. But before those two Star Wars-centric locations debuted, only a few smaller Star Wars installations existed in Disney Parks. One of those was Star Wars: Path of the Jedi — a short film located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios across from Echo Lake.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (left) dueling Darth Maul (right)
Credit: Lucasfilm

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Most Star Wars fans love the immersive additions to the Parks, but the short film was far too much for one visitor. Twitter user @NintendoFanGirl shared her 2015 experience with this short film in celebration of May the 4th.

Having never seen any of the original Star Wars films, @NintendoFanGirl planned to watch them all when she returned from her Walt Disney World vacation in December 2015, before the release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)

It was December 2015, one week before The Force Awakens was set to launch. I had never seen ANY Star Wars movie, my boyfriend was a fan though so we had midnight showing tickets for TFA and plans to marathon the 6 prior movies the week after this Disney trip (before TFA release.)

https://twitter.com/NintendoFanGirl/status/1521912288852201472?s=20&t=MlWmAbBASO4UgBlB4oVKJw

She even mentions that she managed to avoid every spoiler for the films except the iconic line, “No, I am your father,” though she made the common error of believing the line is “Luke, I am your father”:

I had somehow made it many years on this earth without really knowing the plot/ending of any Star Wars story outside of “Luke, I am your father” I had pretty high hopes and was actually excited to watch through them all with my clean slate brain.

So when @NintendoFanGirl was on vacation and spotted Path of the Jedi, she read the description outside the theater before viewing. It read:

Master the ways of The Force in this exclusive screening that follows Luke Skywalker on his journey from farm boy to Jedi Knight.

luke skywalker x wing
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Since she found this description a little vague, she asked a nearby Cast Member what the short film was about. She wrote:

So cue coming across this theater in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show description is brief (seen here) so I ask a CM what it actually was and got a response that was something like… “oh you know just a cute show about Star Wars.”

Since it seemed not to require a ton of knowledge about the Star Wars franchise@NintendoFanGirl went ahead into the screening. It only took a few minutes to realize she was led wrong. The short film takes the audience through the original trilogy — Episode IV –  A New Hope (1977), Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) — showing clips from the major conflicts in each movie and their respective resolutions.

She found herself laughing the whole way through, realizing decades of spoilers — including the destruction of the Death Star, the Battle of Hoth, and the Battle of Endor — that she’d managed to avoid had been shown to her en masse in less than 15 minutes.

(l-r) luke skywalker, chewbacca, han solo, and c-3po in the empire strikes back
Credit: Lucasfilm

She shared Tweets about the entire experience:

I’ll tell you what the show ACTUALLY was. 10 minutes zipping through episode 4-6 basically playing 1-2 clips of each movie’s conflict followed by 1-2 clips of the movie’s resolution. It was literally just a 10 minute overview of every spoiler in the original Star Wars trilogy 😂 I laugh-cried through the whole thing because it was funny to me that I made it 25 years without spoilers and then had them ALL played for me, in a movie theater format, in Disney World, less than one week before I was prepared and excited to actually watch these 35+ yo movies.

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For anyone concerned, @NintendoFanGirl didn’t let this ruin her Star Wars fan experience. She still watched all of the films and finds herself buying plenty of intergalactic merchandise. She wrote:

End story. I did still watch them all. Rogue One is now my favorite Star Wars movie. I’m not up speed on the side series [The Mandalorian, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, etc.] but would like to watch them eventually. And I’ve continued to spend too much money to see/buy Star Wars things inside disney even though they betrayed me.

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As for future Star Wars films, many fans are hoping Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) wasn’t actually the end of the Skywalker Saga, though there has been no official confirmation that Star Wars: Episode X is in the works. The next feature length film on the Lucasfilm production schedule is Patty Jenkins’s fighter pilot project, Star Wars: Rogue Squadron.

Thor franchise director Taika Waititi and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige are both also working on Star Wars films. It is unknown if Rian Johnson’s trilogy — rumored to heavily feature “broom boy” — will ever actually go into production, though the Knives Out director has said the three films have not been shelved.

Has anyone ever spoiled a Star Wars film for you? Tell us your story in the comments. 

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