Archive for ‘Disney Weekends’



Star Wars – D-Tech Me Returns to Star Wars Weekends

Steven Miller | April 9, 2014

Star Wars D-Tech Me at Star Wars Weekends

I recently shared with you a first look at new merchandise coming to Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning May 16. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that the Star Wars – D-Tech Me experience will return this year with a few new options for guests. This year, the experience will be located inside Darth’s Mall, located in Soundstage 1 between Studio Backlot Tour and Toy Story Midway Mania.

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Imagineering Star Tours, Part 2: Lightspeed to Endor

Jason Surrell | March 27, 2014

Star Tours poster 

It is a period of rebirth at Walt Disney Productions. Although the company had almost been destroyed by an evil empire of corporate raiders, a small band of freedom fighters led by Roy E. Disney thwarted the attack and restored order to the company. 

New CEO Michael Eisner and president Frank Wells have dispatched the creative wizards at Walt Disney Imagineering to restore hope to the company’s theme parks in the form of innovative new rides and attractions.

Now, working from their hidden base in Glendale, a group of Imagineers including veteran storytellers Tony Baxter and Tom Fitzgerald has forged an alliance with master filmmaker George Lucas to bring his beloved galaxy to life at Disney theme parks across the planet…

Sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist. How often do you get to write your own Star Wars crawl? Plus it was a good way to quickly recap part one in this series of posts on the creation of the original Star Tours.

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Mark Hamill to Appear at Star Wars Weekends for First Time Ever

Gary Buchanan | March 20, 2014

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His most famous film character has destroyed the Death Star, received the Medal of Bravery following The Battle of Yavin, and resisted a turn to the dark side — so what is he going to do next?

He’s going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!

No wait, wrong answer. He’s going to Disney World!

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Star Wars Weekends 2014 Gets New Merchandise and “Rebel Rendezvous”

Steven Miller | February 28, 2014

Star Wars Weekends Rebel Rendezvous

One of my favorite events returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 16, 2014 — Star Wars Weekends! Today, I’m delighted to give you a first look at some of new merchandise we’ve created for this year’s event. I also have some details about a new merchandise ticketed event coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 15, the day before Star Wars Weekends officially opens. I’ll share more about that event in a moment, but first let’s take a look at the new merchandise poster.

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Star Wars Weekends 2014 Extended! (Thanks to Darth Sidious)

Gary Buchanan | February 21, 2014

Star Wars Weekends 2014 art

As the Rebel Alliance continues its fight for freedom and democracy in the Star Wars galaxy, the phantom puppetmaster himself, Darth Sidious (a.k.a. Emperor Palpatine), has issued a new galactic decree about Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Ewok Hater Vs. Warwick Davis: Horror Beyond Imagination

Jason Surrell | January 31, 2014

Warwick Davis with some Ewok friends at Star Wars Weekends

With apologies to Blue Harvest (in reality Return of the Jedi, née Revenge of the Jedi), I would argue that the tagline “Horror Beyond Imagination” actually applies to another, far lesser known Warwick Davis production. And I was the one who experienced the horror. Allow me to explain.

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Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May/June 2014

Gary Buchanan | January 6, 2014

Jedi Mickey and Minnie at Star Wars Weekends

Gather your favorite droids, nerf herders, walking carpets, and scoundrels and make plans to attend Star Wars Weekends 2014. We’re pleased today to announce the dates for next year’s Force-filled special event.

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My Photo Album from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2013

Ashley Eckstein | June 18, 2013

Being the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars has truly changed my life. It’s given me the opportunity to do so many amazing things, and one of the opportunities I’m most thankful for has been the chance to co-host Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, which I’ve done for the past five years. I had a blast this summer with my fellow cast mate, James Arnold Taylor, as we spent a month at Disney World meeting fans and celebrating Star Wars!

I took SO many photos and thought I would share some of my favorites. Check them out after the jump!

This was my view from the stage during the motorcade. It's amazing to look out and see a sea of Star Wars fans!

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Star Wars Day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Holly Frey | May 10, 2013

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I was lucky enough to be in Walt Disney World for their May the 4th Be With You celebration this year. This one-day party at Hollywood Studios was clearly intended to be a warm-up for the upcoming Star Wars Weekends. It was way bigger and more involved than I expected, and the crowd was awesome. I didn’t do a scientific sampling, but it seemed like roughly 75 percent of the people we saw were wearing Star Wars shirts or even costumes. It was like an awesome fan street festival.

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It’s (Not) a Trap! Countdown to Star Wars Weekends Continues at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Gary Buchanan | May 8, 2013

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As the Limited Time Magic “May the 4th” celebration fades into the galaxy, the team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is busy wiping out its droids’ memories and resetting them for Friday, May 17, opening day for Star Wars Weekends 2013.

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