Archive for ‘Disney Weekends’



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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Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Celebrate May the 4th

Gary Buchanan | April 26, 2013

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For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will offer a Limited Time Magic event for the annual, fan-proclaimed Star Wars Day, May 4 — a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the 4th be with you!”

Separate from our month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this Limited Time Magic celebration features special Star Wars-themed entertainment, including characters, exclusive merchandise, a dance party and a fireworks show to cap off the day.

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Hello, What Have We Here? Billy Dee Williams to Attend Star Wars Weekends 2013

Gary Buchanan | April 5, 2013

Billy Dee Williams at Star Wars Weekends

Today we’re pleased to announce that everyone’s favorite galactic smuggler, gambler, and scoundrel will temporarily leave Cloud City and board the Millennium Falcon with a course set for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as actor Billy Dee Williams returns to Star Wars Weekends for the 2013 edition.

Williams, a fan favorite for his portrayal of Lando Calrissian in the film saga, will attend Weekend IV, June 7-9, 2013.

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A Villain and Hero Highlight ‘Star Wars’ Weekends and a First Look at the 2013 Event Logo

Gary Buchanan | March 14, 2013

One of Mickey Mouse’s favorite things about Star Wars Weekends is that he gets to dress in his Jedi best and join the galactic fun. Each year, Mickey seems to take on a different role in the official Star Wars Weekends logo. This year, his imagination takes him to the Forest Moon of Endor, where he is seen zipping away from scout troopers with Chip and Dale. Mickey’s wild speeder bike ride on this year’s artwork has historical significance, as 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi — the film that featured the Battle of Endor.

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Star Wars Weekends 2013 Dates Announced

Gary Buchanan | December 27, 2012

“Luke, We’re gonna have company!” — Han Solo

If your starship can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs (I’m still trying to figure out how fast that is), set your hyperdrive for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios sector for May and early June, for the 2013 edition of Star Wars Weekends.

This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17-June 9.

James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein share a laugh on-stage at Star Wars Weekends 2012.  The pair will return as Celebrity Hosts in 2013.

James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein share a laugh on-stage at Star Wars Weekends 2012. The pair will return as Celebrity Hosts in 2013.

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A Padawan’s Journey…All Roads Lead Back To Disney!

Ashley Eckstein | November 7, 2012

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One could say that I “grew up Disney.” My Dad started working for Disney when I was two years old and my earliest childhood memories revolve around Disney. Growing up in Orlando, Florida, with a parent that was a Disney “cast member” definitely had its perks. I got to go to the Disney parks all the time for free, I got in to advance screenings for Disney movies, my summer camps were at the Disney resorts, and I had special opportunities like going to live tapings of The Mickey Mouse Club. I bring this up because Disney was and always has been a MAJOR influence in my life and has definitely shaped the person I am today.

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Weekly Roundup: June 12, 2012

StarWars.com Team | June 12, 2012

Wondering what’s been happening here at StarWars.com? Here’s a quick roundup of what you might have missed over the past few weeks, including a reveal of the next big Star Wars video game, a world of information about Celebration VI, and a major announcement about the future of Lucasfilm.

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New Disney Star Wars Action Figures Coming to Disney Parks

StarWars.com Team | March 5, 2012

DisneyParksBlog recently updated with several photos of their 2012 Star Wars Weekends figure series which will give Star Wars favorites Cad Bane, Commander Cody, Aurra Sing, General Grievous, and Jawas that magical Disney spin!

From Disney:

“We’ve been working on the wave five figures for more than two years,” explained Cody [Hampton, developer for Toys and Games]. “We originally wanted to release them last year at Star Wars Weekends. With so much great new development for Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at that time, we pushed out [the action figures] release date to spring 2012. I’m thrilled to see these figures arriving soon as they are some of my favorites.”

The new figures will be available exclusively at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort sometime this month (they will not be available at the Disney Parks Online Store) — sounds like a good reason to squeeze a Disney Park trip into your summer plans this year!

Check out the original DisneyParksBlog post for more details and images!

Maul-icious Posters

Pete Vilmur | January 20, 2012

1999: Darth Maul transit poster from Hong Kong

With our Darth Maul-themed week of content giving way to “Droids” on Monday, we wanted to squeeze in one last bit of retro Maul material before the week closes out. To that end, we’ve dug up eight poster images featuring Episode I’s enduringly vogue villain, from the 1999 international campaign to Koto’s ukiyo-e style Maul of 2011:

1999: Unisource Papers used a Maul visage which now appears hopelessly outdated by today’s CGI standards, but no less intimidating

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The Middle Actor Meets Darth Goofy

StarWars.com Team | November 29, 2011

Actor Atticus Shaffer, better known as “Brick Heck” from ABC’s comedy series The Middle, made a stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida today and giddily posed for a portrait with Darth Goofy in front of the new revamped Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction. According to Shaffer’s bio at ABC.com, the actor is a “huge fan of everything Star Wars,” and even showed up in his own Stormtrooper t-shirt!

Photo above by Matt Stroshane/Disney, photographer.