Celebrities Appearances Announced for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeginning May 21st and running every Friday-Sun through June 13, this year’s annual Star Wars Weekends pays special tribute to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).

The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:

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Photo: Olympian and DWTS Champ Shawn Johnson Goes Toe-to-toe with Minnie Mouse

Shawn Johnson with Minnie Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Matt Stroshane/Disney)Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson poses Feb. 27, 2010 with Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Johnson, a past champion on ABC-TV’s “Dancing with the Stars” series, was at Walt Disney World appearing at “ESPN The Weekend,” a sports fan festival held annually at the theme park. She also was a special celebrity guest for the grand “re-launch” of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rashard Mendenhall to Greet Fans at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Feb 26

To commemorate the opening of the Champion Custom Tee Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports located at the Walt Disney World resort, Steelers’ running back and Champion brand ambassador Rashard Mendenhall will greet guests on Friday, February 26 at the Champion Sports Zone at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Mendenhall will be greeting his fans from 12 – 2 pm. No purchase is required to meet with Mendenhall, however admission to the park is required.

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WDW Refurb Update: Muppet*Vision 3D Closed End of April – Mid May

Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now currently scheduled to be closed from April 24 through May 14.

Without a reason for the closure, one might suspect that this is the upgrade Disney announced during D23 that Muppet fans have been waiting for in which the attraction will receive a new digital print. With rumors swirling around that Star Tours will close for its anticipated upgrade shortly after Star Wars Weekends concludes, it also seems an appropriate time to tend to Muppet*Vision so that the number of unavailable attractions is mitigated.

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Holographic Stitch, Star Tours Cast Member Featured in New Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Collectibles

Buried under extensive coverage of Star Wars at the International Toy Fair, StarWars.com recently brought us news of a couple of new exclusive limited edition releases coming soon to Disney Parks.

In honor of The Empire Strikes Back which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary during Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2010 comes this extremely limited edition action figure of Stitch as the hologram of Emperor Palpatine. Limited to a run of only 1980 (get it?), each piece is accompanied by an individually numbered card and branded as being specific to the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event, thus it will be available exclusively at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Boba Fett Confronts Jedi Mickey in Official Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends

Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosThe official artwork for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends was released today on StarWars.com. Featuring Boba Fett taking on Jedi Mickey, the artwork does give credence to the speculation that the weekends’ festivities will be focused on bounty hunters.

What is known for certain about the special event, which takes place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fridays – Sundays from May 21 – June 13, is that it will pay respect to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World for ‘Summer Nightastic’; Tower of Terror Upgrade

At a media event taking place this evening at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, Walt Disney World has confirmed a ‘Summer Nightastic’ line-up of events beginning in June in which the historic Main Street Electrical Parade will find its way back along the streets of the Magic Kingdom. With updated LED technology, a new audio system and even new floats, featuring Tinker Bell, Pinocchio and Snow White, the classic favorite is sure to thrill a whole new generation.

During the summer-long event, it’s also expected that Wishes will be temporarily replaced by Magic, Music and Mayhem, the odds-on favorite from the former Pirate and Princess Parties.

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New Muppets Ink and Paint Cel Release on March 20: The Wocka Wocka Room

Ink and Paint Cel: The Wock Wocka Room featuring the MuppetsOn March 20, join Disney Design Group artist Costa Alavezos and Ink and Paint artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger, Sharon K.Vincent as they introduce The Wocka Wocka Room featuring the Muppets at Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Studios Animation Gallery from 10 am – 1 pm and 2pm – 5 pm.

The Wocka Wocka Room is a limited edition, hand-painted cel with an edition size of only 1500 pieces. An exclusively designed pin has been created to commemorate the release of the new cel, the pin is available with the first 750 orders placed for a framed cel only.

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WDW Refurb Update: HISTK Playground to Remain Open; Bibbidi Bobbidi and Sunshine Tree Terrace

A few changes to the Walt Disney World refurbishment schedule:

First, the official list from Disney that once listed the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure removed it a few days ago and there are no signs of it coming back, so I removed it from the list here.

Second, we have two additional, unverified additions: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Downtown Disney Marketplace to be closed from January 18 through March 6 and the Sunshine Tree Terrace quick service location in the Magic Kingdom, from January 17 through February 12.

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Win a Trip to ESPN The Weekend from ESPN and Dick’s Sporting Goods

ESPN and Dick’s Sporting Goods are offering the chance for four lucky winners and up to three guests each to enjoy a sports-filled weekend at Walt Disney World’s 2010 ESPN The Weekend event, taking place between February 25 – 28, 2010.

The winners’ trips will take place between February 25 and March 1 and includes round-trip air and one standard room at a Disney owned resort (resort transportation offered via Disney’s Magical Express). Each guest will also receive 5 day MYW tickets with park hopping plus $1500 in Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards for each of the winners.

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