Star Wars Weekends - Join the Rebellion
May 16-18, 23-25, 30 - June 1, 6-8, 13-15, 2014
Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker, will be making his first appearance at Star Wars Weekends! Hamill will be attending Weekend IV (June 6-8) and will participate in the daily "Legends of the Force" motorcade and a featured talk show. He will not be signing autographs.
- A fifth Weekend has been added - June 13-15.
- Symphony in the Stars fireworks will take place each night of the event.
- The Hyperspace Hoopla party will no longer take place. There will be a "nightly curtain call moment" with several of the Star Wars characters
- James Arnold Taylor will return as the celebrity host.
Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios
There are costumed characters available for photo ops. Just be warned, there are also diehard fans who dress up for this. While I'm sure that most of them won't mind posing for pictures, they won't be the 'real thing.' (How they walk around in Florida in June in 1,000 degree temps in full Star Wars regalia is beyond me, but I digress.)
The daily parade features celebrity guests from a Star Wars movie. There are also members of the local Star Wars fan club. (Some of their costumes are pretty impressive.)
As the name implies, Stars Wars Weekends takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A regular Disney's Hollywood Studios admission is all that's needed to attend this event.
The centerpiece of this celebration is the Star Tours attraction.
More than 60 characters will be there representing all six of the Star Wars films: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Guests will have opportunities to meet Star Wars characters. (NOTE: These are characters, not the actors who portrayed them.)
There's a little known Jedi Knight who always makes appearances; none other than Mickey Mouse himself. He's a cutie with his scaled down light saber. Definitely a great photo op.
There will be scheduled interviews of the celebrities and creative forces involved in Stars Wars. Click here for the list.
The “Jedi Training Academy” began with this event and has now become a permanent part of Disney's Hollywood Studios entertainment. No doubt it will be considerably busier during this event.
Guests 12 and under can test their Star Wars knowledge when they appear in front of the Jedi Council at the Padawan Mind Challenge.
Behind the Force lets you see what went into the making of the Star Wars movies.
A Galaxy of merchandise will be on display and available for purchase at "Darth's Mall," designed just for Star Wars Weekends. There will be event-exclusive merchandise including limited edition pins as well as Vinylmations, posters, clothing, and other items that commemorate this special occasion. You can even get a nametag with your name written in Aurebesh, a Star Wars alphabet. My advice, get there early as they can sell out.
At the end of each day's events, Hyperspace Hoopla brings fans and the Star Wars characters together for a fun conclusion to the activities. - This has been cancelled for 2014.
You must have a FASTPASS ticket to receive an autograph.
May 17-19, 2013
- Ray Park (Darth Maul)
- Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
- Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex - The Clone Wars)
May 24-26, 2013
- Ray Park (Darth Maul)
- Warwick Davis (Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick)
- Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka - The Clone Wars)
May 31 - June 2, 2013
- Warwick Davis (Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick)
- Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar)
- Sam Witwer (Darth Maul - The Clone Wars)
June 7-9, 2013
- Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
- Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
- Tom Kane (Yoda - The Clone Wars)
Guest appearances subject to change without notice.
Disney's FASTPASS Service will be used for all Autograph sessions during Star Wars Weekends. A limited number of FASTPASS tickets are available. You will pick up your ticket with a scheduled autograph return time. You are free to enjoy the park until your FASTPASS autograph return time. At your designated time return to the autograph location. Each guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS. Once the tickets for an actor are gone, Disney will distribute a limited number of stand by tickets with a return time. See park guide for more details.
2013 Characters that may appear during the Weekends.
- Autograph Sessions throughout the day
- Motorcade at 11:00am
- Celebrity Welcome (Main Stage) 11:15am
- Stars of the Saga Talk Show and Q&A Session (Premier Theater) - 3:30pm
- Jedi Training Academy - 8:45am, 9:20am, 10:05am, 10:35am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm
- Behind the Force (Premier Theatre) - 12:00p, 1:45pm
- Obi-Wan and Beyond (Premier Theater) - 6:30pm
- Visit to the Maul starring Ray Park (Premier Theater) - 5:00 pm
- Padawan Mind Challenge at 2:10pm and 4:30pm
- Hyperspace Hoopla (Main Stage) - 8:00pm
- Star Wars Character Encounters- 8:00am - 7:30pm
D-Tech Me Carbon-Freeze Me experience
The popular Carbon-Freeze Me experience is back, but is expanded yet again this year. Guests will have the chance to make one of their Star Wars dreams come true - to see themselves frozen in carbonite, just like Darth Vader did to Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back. Using an 3D high-resolution face scanner designed by Disney Imagineers, an image of the guest's face will be taken and then processed by computer and sent to a high resolution 3D printer. The result will be a 3D, seven-inch figurine of the guest frozen in carbonite.
In addition to the carbonite figure, last year's Stormtrooper will be available, as well as two new figurines - an Alderaan Princess and X-Wing Pilot. Both male and female options are offered for the X-Wing Pilot, Carbon-Freeze Me and Stormtrooper figurines. A 16-inch figurine is available, as well as the smaller 7-inch size.
The whole experience takes about 10 minutes. 7-inch figurines are $99.95 each, plus shipping and sales tax. 16-inch figurines are $1,499.95 (no, that's not a typo!), plus shipping and sales tax. Figures will mailed 7-8 weeks later. Call 407-WDW-TECH for questions or to reserve a spot. This experience is only available during Star Wars Weekends (May 16 – 18, May 23 – 25, May 30 – June 1, June 6 – 8, and June 13-15).
Rebel Rendezvous - Thursday, May 15, 2014
Disney's Hollywood Studios from 10:00am - 5:00pm
Attendees will receive exclusive access to Darth's Mall a day before it opens to the public. Cost to attend is $250 per person. Attendees will receive a limited edition recruitment pack with items like a custom messenger bag, cadet hat, tumbler, lanyard, pin and medal set; the opportunity to purchase select 2014 Star Wars Weekends merchandise; special meet and greets with characters and Disney artists.
Registration begins 3/4/14 at 1:00pm EST at www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.
Webmaster Bob was sent to Star Wars Weekends.
(You can't miss him. He's that handsome dude in the ECV.)
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