Come meet author Ryder Windham as he signs copies of his book, Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, on Saturday, June 6 at Wicket’s Warehouse (at Soundstage 1 near the Backlot Tour entrance). Windham has authored over fifty titles including junior novelized versions of Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies and will be signing his book from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.
StarWars.com has produced a really great video full of tips for surviving Star Wars Weekends. While the big figs displayed at one point are actually from last year, the video is new and current and includes vital information such as the change this year with celebrity FASTPASSes being distributed outside the park. To some extent, the video also features the Prop Shop which is a backstage venue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Check it out here.
Come meet Chris Reiff as he signs copies of his book, Star Wars Blueprints: The Ultimate Collection, on Saturday, May 30 at Wicket’s Warehouse (at Soundstage 1 near the Backlot Tour entrance). Reiff is a frequent contributor to Star Wars Insider magazine, co-founder of the Parts of Star Wars and the designer of the Riddell miniature Star Wars helmets and will be signing his book from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), the show will consist of the celebrity guest and even a participant from the audience performing a live reading of the script as the sequence plays out on screen.
The first week’s celebrity guest will be James Arnold Taylor (Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi).
Come meet the ‘rock star of illustrators,’ Matt Busch as he signs copies of his book, You Can Draw Star Wars, on Saturday, May 23 at Wicket’s Warehouse (at Soundstage 1 near the Backlot Tour entrance). Busch is a professor of Media and Communication Arts art Macomb College, north of Detroit, Michigan and will be signing his book from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm.
You Can Draw Star Wars teaches you how to draw characters, vehicles, clothing, weapons, equipment and more from the world of Star Wars. You’ll also learn vital comic book skills such as penciling, inking and coloring.
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.
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:
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.
Time to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! Starting in May, fans get to meet an impressive lineup of special guests attending four weekends of Star Wars fun at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. From May 22 to June 14, 2009, fans of all ages will converge to celebrate the heroes, villains, creatures and droids of the saga. In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.
Here’s a look at the celebrity guests which include Star Wars cast members from the entire saga. Please check back here for future updates to the guest list as it may be subject to change.
Debuting at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland this June, the new series of Disney Star Wars racers features Jango Fett (pictured, left), Wattoo, AT AT, Jawa and Lando as Skiff Guard designs. In addition, there is an Indiana Jones design (pictured above) which includes bumper stickers of all of Indy’s treasures. The cars will retail for $4.95 each.
For more information and to see the other designs in the series, click here.
According to their official websites, David Prowse’s schedule confirms he’s set to appear at Star Wars Weekends June 5-7 and Peter Mayhew has listed his appearance but not offered dates, although he is booked elsewhere June 5-7.