Revisiting Star Wars Hyperspace Hoopla: Watch all the Dance-Offs

by Banks Lee

Back when Star Wars Weekends was held annually at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, each event night ended with a special Hyperspace Hoopla celebration featuring a Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars.

Hyperspace Hoopla

As we start 2020 with the openings of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” in theaters and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at the Disney Parks, we thought we’d compile all of our videos from past Hyperspace Hooplas into one place, starting with 2008 and going until its final year in 2013.

Editors Note: Hyperspace Hoopla was presented in years before Disney bought Lucasfilm. The one Hoopla to happen while Disney owned Lucasfilm was the final year of the show in 2013.


See Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the princesses dance to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” Chewbacca and a Jawa dance to “Footloose,” and more.


The highlight of the hilarious Hyperspace Hoopla that concludes each day of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars during which Star Wars characters get down to popular music. The 2009 playlist includes hits from the ’90s and is not to be missed.


See Darth Vader dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” complete with the famous sequined glove. See Boba Fett and the other Star Wars characters getting down to Lady Gaga, and many hits from the ’80s.

Last Tour to Endor Special Edition

A special edition of Hyperspace Hoopla with the Dance-Off with the Star Wars Stars was held during the Last Tour to Endor event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll see Han and Chewie doing “Greased Lightning,” Luke and Leia dancing to a song from the film “Dirty Dancing,” the ladies of Star Wars and Darth Vader doing his best Michael Jackson impression. Stay tuned for an appearance by Boba Fett.


This year’s theme was Rock ‘n Roll, and it’s the good guys versus the bad guys. See the Emperor, his guards, Boba Fett, Jango Fett, and Darth Maul get down to AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” See Chewbacca, Jawas and Ewoks dance to Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.” And stick around to the end to watch C-3PO do (what else?) the robot and moonwalk.


You’ll see Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtroopers dancing to Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal,” Chewbacca, Slave Leia and Padme dance to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” (and C-3PO wearing the LMFAO Shuffle Bot head), Emperor Palpatine and Imperial Guards dancing to LL Cool J’s “Momma Said Knock You Out,” and other Star Wars stars dancing to Adam Levine’s “Moves like Jagger,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” and more.


For the final year, Darth Vader and Boba Fett dance to Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” the “Harlem Shake” viral dance is done, all the characters dance to a “Gangnam Style” and “2 Legit 2 Quit” mashup, and for the first time in Hyperspace Hoopla history, Jedi Mickey makes an appearance to dance to “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull.

Even though our coverage started in 2008, there were Hyperspace Hooplas that also took place in 2006 and 2007. Take a look at highlights from the 2006 version below from our friends at Mousesteps:

Hyperspace Hoopla 2006 Dance Off With Star Wars Stars Highlights, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca - MGM

Which year and/or song from Hyperspace Hoopla was your favorite? Comment below and let us know!

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Robby January 9, 2020 - 3:31 pm

“Snig” here…thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!! So much fun!!!

rich March 29, 2020 - 3:08 pm

they should of never canceled, should of made it a permanent, with its own sound stage and seating..


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