Star Wars Weekends Host Jay Laga’aia Officially Turns to the Dark Side


The 501st Legion reported earlier today that Star Wars actor-turned-Star Wars Weekends host Jay Laga’aia has officially joined the dark side and has enlisted as a stormtrooper (TK 6352 to be exact). In fact, Laga’aia even assumed a false identity during the application process to keep it a secret.

The 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion provide characters for the Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and its parade (all but Darth Vader I believe). No word on whether Laga’aia will be participating in the parade as a stormtrooper or himself, but I’d place most bets on the latter.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Map and Schedule Now Available

Stitch Kingdom is proud to be one of the very first to bring you the SWW 2009 map and schedule in PDF form. This is the same map you will be able to get in person at the park.

Here’s a brief rundown of the event’s events:

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It appears that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein will be appearing only for their respective events and will not be offering formal autograph sessions as the rest of the celebrities will.

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First Look: Carl, Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s ‘Up’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

UP's Russell, Carl and Dug appearing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © Gene Duncan/Disney

UP's Russell, Carl and Dug appearing at Disney's Hollywood Studios. © Gene Duncan/Disney

As we reported earlier, guests can meet the stars of Disney/Pixar’s UP at the animation building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning tomorrow, May 15.

Here we get our first look at the trio as they visit the park a day early to take in the sites. No word yet if the animation building will be taking flight any time soon.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Merchandise and Pin Preview (Photos) (Updated 5/7)

Star Wars Weekends 2009

Star Wars Weekends 2009

Note: this article was updated to include additional merchandise as well as some pricing and sizing information.

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In addition to those displayed, there will be four other spinner pins: Senator Amidala & Senator Palpatine with Republic Symbol, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker with Jedi Order Symbol, General Grievous & Ventress with General Grievous Symbol and Darth Maul & Court Dooku with Sith Symbol

Images courtesy of StarWars.com

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Rhino Bolts from DHS to Make Way for Up

This is expected to be the last week for the Bolt characters to be appearing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Bolt, Rhino and Mittens (occasionally) will be leaving the animation building to make way for Disney’s newest residents: Carl, Russell and Dug from Disney/Pixar’s Up. The trio wi – SQUIRREL!

Sorry. The trio are expected to make their debut on May 15 but there may be a delay in their introduction.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Big Figs Now Available for Pre-Order

Retailing at $195.00, each member of the final edition of the Disney Star Wars Big Figures is being offered in a limited edition of 600. 500 pieces will be available at Walt Disney World with the remaining 100 at the Disneyland resort.

The figures are set to be released during the second weekend of Star Wars Weekends (May 29-31) but the resort is accepting pre-orders now. Availability to pre-orders is extremely limited, so order today. Once allocated pre-orders have been sold, remaining buyers will be placed on a wish list for any figures not sold after SWW ends.

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The Curious Case of the Missing Imagineering Field Guide

Imagineering Field Guide - DHSSurely I couldn’t have been the only one with bated breath waiting for the release of the fifth member of the Imagineering Field Guide, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disneyland took fourth place honors). Scheduled to be released on April 28, 2009, the timing could not be more perfect, coinciding with the park’s 20th anniversary.

Checking online just a few days before, Amazon was accepting pre-orders (they now promise shipping in 12-14 days). Barnes and Noble had it ready to be sold on April 28. Only Borders’ website was showing a release date of April 2010 (?!).

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Report: Meeting Captain Rockhopper at Walt Disney World

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to meet Captain Rockhopper himself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Captain brought along a penguin friend as well.

Club Penguin's Captain Rockhopper and friend greet guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios from April 30 - May 13 © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Rese

Club Penguin's Captain Rockhopper and friend greet guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios from April 30 - May 13 © Stitch Kingdom. All Rights Reserved.

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Star Wars Weekends 2009 Backstage Posters

Meant to promote awareness of the annual event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios amongst Cast Members, StarWars.com provides us with a look at some of the eye candy normally only seen by those who work for the Disney Empire.

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Katy Perry and Hayden Panettiere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos – Updated)

panettiere-and-perry-at-disney-161079777Wearing Minnie Mouse ears, singer/songwriter Katy Perry (left) and actress Hayden Panettiere (right) strike a pose April 25, 2009 with Minnie Mouse herself at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The duo was enjoying the theme park prior to their evening performance for the Disney Grad Nite, an annual, in-park celebration for high school seniors. Panettiere stars on the hit NBC series “Heroes.” Perry is a multi-platinum recording artist who hit #1 on the “Billboard” charts with two singles from her latest album, “One Of The Boys.” (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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