Via the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has released further details for its upcoming Star Wars Weekends celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for weekends between May 18 and June 19, 2012. In addition to the previous announcement regarding James Arnold Taylor acting as the Star Wars Weekends’ celebrity host and Ashley Eckstein as the host of the ‘Behind the Force’ special presentations, the following celebrities and autograph FASTPASS information has been released:
Weekend I (May 18 – 20)
- Ray Park – (Darth Maul, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Jerome Blake (Rune Haako/Mas Amedda, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex and Commander Cody, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’)
Weekend II (May 25- 27)
- Andy Secombe (Watto, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Ray Park (Darth Maul, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Tom Kane (voice of Yoda, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’)
Weekend III (June 1 -3)
- Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Silas Carson (Nute Gunray, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- TBD (from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’)
Weekend IV (June 8- 10)
- Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
- Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
- Daniel Logan (Boba Fett, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones)
- Nika Futterman (voice of Asajj Ventress, ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’)
The popular nightly stage show, ‘Hyperspace Hoopla,’ is scheduled to return and be performed nightly at 8 pm on a stage in front of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat on Hollywood Boulevard.
The guidemap for the first weekend of the 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort has now been made available online.
Half the park is split between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire as usual with the Star Wars Weekends merchandise shops finding themselves amongst the Siths. At Boba’s Bounty, one will find merchandise exclusive to the event while Darkside Depot will offer more traditional fare.
Weekend #1 (May 21 – 23) features SWW hosts Jeremy Bulloch and Ashley Eckstein along with fellow Star Wars celebs Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan and Dee Bradley Baker. As usual, FASTPASSes will be required to attend the celebrity meet & greet opportunities (but not required for the Star Wars characters themselves) and can be obtained outside the main entrance of the park (distribution may begin prior to park opening).
Here are the details for the first weekend as well as the map for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event, courtesy of WDWMagic.com.
Disney Parks has just released this tv ad that’s running in the Orlando market to promote Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios which commences at Walt Disney World this Friday, May 21.
In addition to announcing the personal appearance of R2-MK at Star Wars Weekends this year, Disney Parks has also confirmed closure dates for the Star Tours attraction at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
As we already advised back in March, the attraction is scheduled to close on September 8 with an expected re-opening date of May 20, 2011 in Orlando while the Anaheim version will close much earlier than originally anticipated on July 27 with an expected re-opening date of May 10, 2011.
Ever wonder what it would be like to parallel park an AT-AT Walker, how Disney’s horticulturists really create all those neat character topiaries for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival or what benefits having a couple of extra arms yields you at the parks?
Then look no further at the new batch of Orlando International Airport posters promoting this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Studios Central has them all which also includes a makeover for Darth Maul (pictured) and Chewbacca along with Yoda, General Grievous and Darth Vader.
Star Wars Weekends 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort is slowly creeping upon us and the news is starting to seep in. So far we’ve learned about the extremely limited edition and extremely awesome Stitch as the Emperor’s Hologram action figure (buy us ten!), the celebrity guest list and little more.
Today, the tides have changed a bit (probably due to the Forest Moon of Endor) and we have news from the Disney Parks blog on upcoming SWW exclusive pins, including Annual Passholder and — for the very first time — DVC Member exclusive items as well as special pins and sets commemorating the 30th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.
The blog entry also takes a peek at Star Wars influenced open-edition pins such as the R2-MK and a Muppet Star Wars pin series.
A little clone birdie also tells us that with the Weekends comes news of new meet & greet characters for the event. The beautiful but excessively deadly, not-quite-a-sith-but-as-close-as-one-can-get-without-actually-being-one Asajj Ventress will make her debut as will a certain member of the clone army. We haven’t been given confirmation yet but we hear he looks quite a bit like Commander Bly (but don’t hold us to that, otherwise we’ll look to hire Asajj).
UPDATE: According to a thread on Studios Central responding to this item, Asajj will be appearing only as part of the Jedi Training Academy during the event and it is in fact Commander Cody offering meet & greet opportunities, not Commander Bly.
The theme park exclusive 2-figure pack featuring the R2-MK Droid action figure will become available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts beginning April 1.
As previously reported, the 2 pack, which also includes a Jedi Mickey action figure, will retail for $18.95.
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:
May 21-23 — Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan and Dee Bradley Baker Send in the clones to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Empire. Morrison played Jango Fett as well as the clone troopers in the live action movies, while Daniel Logan played Boba Fett and all the clone cadets in Episode II. Baker is the voice of all the clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the ever popular Captain Rex.
May 28-30 — Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane Some true Masters are in attendance. In addition to providing the rasping voice of General Grievous and his chatty battle droids, Matthew Wood is also a sound editor on the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars. Lorne Peterson is a veteran ILM model-maker who worked behind-the-scenes on all six Star Wars movies. Tom Kane is the voice of Yoda in The Clone Wars, and also the narrator who begins each show with a rousing introduction.
June 4-6 — Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and Dave Filoni Hello, what have we here? Williams is of course famous for his role as Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City and Rebel hero. Ray Park is the energetic, acrobatic villain Darth Maul from Episode I, and Dave Filoni is the supervising director of The Clone Wars
June 11-13 — Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor Ray Park returns for a second weekend, and he is joined by Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the walking carpet — Chewbacca the Wookiee. James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, as well as Plo Koon.
Appearances are subject to change at any time. We will update as we become aware of any such changes.
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The 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.
On its official blog, Disney Parks has announced the dates for the 2010 Star Wars Weekends event to take place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The dates are as follows: May 21 – 23, May 28 – 30, June 4 – 6 and June 11 – 13