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Here in 2017 we’re used to seeing the dark lord doing his thing in and around Disneyland, Disney World and the other Disney parks across the planet. 

His tenure at the park goes back further than you might think. Read this great piece over at Disney Avenue and step back to 1977, when Darth first stepped into a Disney Park.

Long before the Walt Disney Company owned Star Wars or there were Star Wars weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Dark Lord of the Sith was visiting Disney property. In October of 1977, Darth Vader took time out from his busy schedule to visit the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (Downtown Disney today) during the height of the original Star Wars mania.