What do you get the Star Wars fan that has everything? Studios Central is reporting that Star Wars Weekends (weekends May 18 through June 10, 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) will be offering a ‘Carbon Freeze Me’ opportunity in which guests can be digitally scanned to produce a likeness of themselves frozen in carbonite.
The site reports the experience will be offered inside ‘Sounds Dangerous’ and will cost $99.95. The final product will be delivered via mail within 3 – 4 weeks.
No further details have been offered at present, but it’s quite likely the product will resemble the ‘Custom Carbonites‘ by Paul Pape Designs which replicate the personalized iconic image in plastic and Super Sculpey, as pictured here. Paul Pape Designs is not affiliated with the Star Wars Weekends experience at Walt Disney World, but is able to provide custom carbonite sculpts based on photos and is arguably cheaper, offering a 4 1/4″ long sculpt for $50′along with a 12″ long sculpt for $300 (at this time, the dimensions and materials for the Star Wars Weekend version is unknown). Pape also offers a couples version.
Photos © copyright and courtesy of Paul Pape Design. Used with permission.
UPDATE #1: 5/4/12 – According to Cast Member information, the figure will be 8″ in length and appointments are required to participate. Appointments can be made by calling 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324).
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 official Disney Parks blog has revealed the full line-up of celebrities attending this year’s Star Wars Weekends event taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 20 through June 12, 2011.
Once again, Jedi Mickey and Princess Leia Minnie will be joined by some of the brightest stars from the saga. Celebrity Hosts for the event this year are James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Ashley (seen in the photo above with R2-MK and Jedi Mickey) will host “Clone Wars: Behind the Force,” a closer look inside the popular animated TV series. James will present another event-first: he will star in a one-man show that showcases some of the many voices he has performed throughout his career, including those from The Clone Wars.
Opening weekend will kick off the month-long event in grand fashion, as fan favorite Anthony Daniels (seen in the photo above at a filming session for the new “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” attraction), who brought C-3PO to life and is the only actor to appear in every theatrical chapter of the Star Wars saga, will make a golden return to the event. Dave Filoni, the talented artist and supervising director of The Clone Wars, also will be a special celebrity guest for Weekend I.
Star Wars Weekends II, III and IV will feature celebrities from the live-action feature films and voice artists from The Clone Wars. Here’s the complete event celebrity lineup (*talent subject to change) scheduled to appear:
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
The Clone Wars Special Guest: Dave Filoni (Supervising Director)
Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Bruce Spence (Tion Medon)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex)
Ray Park (Darth Maul)
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Matt Lanter (Anakin)
Ray Park (Darth Maul)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
The Clone Wars Voice Talent Guest: Tom Kane (Yoda)
More than 60 Star Wars characters will be roaming the theme park, posing for pictures and signing autographs.
From the special “welcome” Guests receive at the turnstile areas from the stormtroopers and Star Wars trivia contests to Jedi Training Academy and the spectacular Hyperspace Hoopla, Star Wars Weekends 2011 will have more fun than you can shake a gaffi stick at. And of course, throughout the event Star Wars Weekends Guests will have the chance to take a ride aboard “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” when the attraction launches in 3-D on May 20.
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.
This year, the SWW merchandise shop (Boba’s Bounty and Dark Side Depot) can be located near the Studio Backlot Tour, across from the Studio Catering Company.
Limited Edition Disney-Star Wars Kooky Pen Set Release and Artist Signing at Walt Disney World May 21 & 22
On May 21 and 22 from 10 am – 11 am and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Kooky pen creator Brent Reese and Disney Design Group Senior Character Artist Cody Reynolds will be on hand to meet guests and sign the newest Kooky pen releases at The Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Each set is limited to a production run of just 5,000 pieces. Kooky Kollection #7 features the heroes of the Disney-Star Wars universe: Mickey as Luke Skywalker, Minnie as Princess Leia & Stitch as Yoda while Kollection #8′s ink goes a tad darker with Goofy as Darth Vader, Donald as Darth Maul & Stitch as the Emperor.
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.
Sorry, Carl, but you’re being evicted from the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no number of balloons are going to save you now. The final date for the UP crew of Carl Fredricksen, Russell and Dug is May 1. On May 9, Lotso from Toy Story 3 will be taking that spot as previously reported. We hear that Lotso’s backdrop will be that of the Sunnyside Daycare.
Thanks to @PaulChadkin, we have learned that while Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for its upgrade from tomorrow through May 14, Jessie from Toy Story and Bolt from Bolt will be making rare appearances, greeting the crowds.
We also get an update from WDW Character Hunt which now informs us that for Star Wars Weekends, Asajj Ventress will be offering meet & greets, trading off with Ahsoka Tano and that both ladies will also appear as part of the Jedi Training Academy which should prove to be fairly interesting.