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Fun Find Friday

June 6, 2014

Location: Echo Lake, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Weekends is having a historical moment this weekend with a first time ever appearance by Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. In honor of this historic moment, this week we will be taking a look at a sign in Disney's Hollywood Studios that pays homage to Luke's home planet of Tatooine! The sign is for the Star Tours shop, Tatooine Traders:

Tatooine Traders

Prior to the shop being named Tatooine Traders, it was known as Endor Vendors (referring to the moon of Endor where the Ewoks take up residence). When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, it was decided that the name and theme of the shop would be switched to a planet predominately featured within the film along with Episode IV and VI. The name of the shop was changed, but a mistake was added to the sign (seen above).

As you can see in the picture, the sign reads Tatooine Traders in both English and Aurebesh, the language of the Galactic Empire. While the added words in the Aurebesh language help guests be embraced by the world of Star Wars on a deeper level, the inclusion of it is a mistake. How so?

During Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, decide to take their ship which is carrying the Queen of Naboo to Tatooine due to the fact that the planet has no Imperial control. If that were the case, the language of Aurebesh would not be found on Tatooine or on the sign. Once the shop was open, several fans pointed out to Imagineers the mistake that had made, but it was decided to keep the Aurebesh language to keep a nice effect.


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