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March 3, 2015

Galactic Gathering Star Wars Weekends Kick Off May 14

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Galactic Gathering is a special merchandise event being held Thursday, May 14th from 10am - 3pm. This event is similar to last year's Rebel Rendezvous.

For $250 per person (plus you will need admission to the park separately) you can purchase event specific and limited edition Star Wars themed merchandise.

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Special Guests at the event will be various Disney characters, Disney Design Group Artists and Ashley Eckstein from Her Universe.

Packages for the Galactic Gathering will include the following:

'Rebel' or 'Empire' retail MagicBand (Guests can choose their side when registering online) * (*These items will only be available to Galactic Gathering attendees.)

Commemorative trading pin * (*These items will only be available to Galactic Gathering attendees.)

Darth's Mall Light Speed Pass which gives expedited entry into Darth's Mall for all five weekends.* * (*These items will only be available to Galactic Gathering attendees.)

First opportunity to pre-purchase select merchandise including personalized Aurebesh nametags, D-Tech phone cases, Dooney & Bourke handbags, Galactic Gathering Disney Gift card, retail MagicBands, limited edition pins and Vinylmation.

First opportunity to purchase the new designs of Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Cards.

Han Solo-inspired popcorn bucket with popcorn.

You will be some of the first to purchase the new Star Wars figures for D Tech-Me including a Jedi Knight and TIE-Fighter Pilot

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Registration will begin on March 4 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on http://www.DisneyParksMerchandise.com.

The number of packages available is limited and available while supplies last on a first come, first serve basis. Event package and content are not subject to discounts. Appearances are subject to space and time availability and are not guaranteed. Tickets are non-refundable. Event information subject to change without notice.


March 26, 2014

Star Wars Weekends Dining Experiences

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Great news for our Star Wars™ fans and Guests! Beginning March 26, two new dining experiences will be available for booking for Star Wars™ Weekends from May 4 to June 15, 2014.

Jedi Mickey's Star Wars™ Dine at Hollywood and Vine

The Fantasmic! dinner experience at Hollywood and Vine has been transformed into a Star Wars™ themed venue where Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Chip & Dale will all be dressed as their favorite Star Wars™ characters (Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, Stormtrooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip & Dale). The characters will meet and greet and interact with Guests throughout the evening.

Dates: May 4 - June 15, 2014

Times: 4:15pm to 8 or 8:30 pm (sometimes 9pm to 9:30 - based on park close)
Price: Adult - $59.99 with Fantasmic! Package or $55.99 without
Child - $36.99 with Fantasmic! Package or $32.99 without

A digital photo of the party with the Ewoks Chip & Dale on a commemorative PhotoPass card is included.


Star Wars™ Dine-In Galactic Breakfast
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater becomes the Star Wars™ Dine-in Theater for this character dining experience. Characters include Stormtroopers, Jawa, Greedo, and Boba Fett and a Darth Vader Meet & Greet after check-in. Additionally, the traditional Sci-Fi clips will be replaced with Star Wars™ clips, trailers and music.

Dates: May 4 - June 15, 2014
Times: 8am - 12pm
Price: Adult - $47.99
Child - $29.99

A digital photo of the party on a commemorative PhotoPass card is included.

December 27, 2012

Star Wars 2013 Weekends Announced

Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 - June 9, 2013.

James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein are returning as celebrity hosts for the annual special event.

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James, the voice behind many of the most famous animated characters in film, television and commercials, is known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series.

Ashley, who started her show business career as a parade dancer at Disney's Hollywood Studios, is the voice of Anakin's ambitious Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

James is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013, and Ashley is Celebrity Host of "Behind the Force," a live show that takes fans behind-the-scenes in the Star Wars universe.

May 18, 2012

Her Universe Star Wars Spring/Summer Apparel Line to Debut at Disney's Star Wars Weekends and Online

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15, 2012 - It's a good time to be a fangirl of the Star Wars saga as Her Universe, the female sci-fi genre line of fashionable apparel and accessories, revealed its new Spring/Summer line to debut at Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, running each weekend till June 10, and online at www.heruniverse.com on May 21.

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Created by actress Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the current seasonal offering from Her Universe Includes a racer back tank top and fashion tops featuring such beloved characters as Princess Leia, R2-D2 and Darth Vader as well as a unique Princess Leia zip-hoodie and a fun Ahsoka Tano youth tunic created to help young girls feel just like Anakin's Padawan learner on The Clone Wars.

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To accentuate the new Star Wars apparel, Eckstein and Her Universe are offering two new charms - a Boba Fett design and a Japor Snippet replica, the good luck charm given as a gift to Padme from a young Anakin Skywalker. All of this Star Wars treasure can be carried in the new cotton canvas Star Wars tote bag featuring the Star Wars symbols. Several new apparel pieces are also being introduced for the younger "Jedi-in-training" including several Star Wars youth designs and, for the first time, a Jedi onesie for the tiniest followers of the Force featuring the adorable art of popular Star Wars illustrator Katie Cook.

"I was very excited when Ashley approached me to do kids' designs for Her Universe," said Cook. "She's doing a wonderful thing for the female fan community already... and she's doing those of us with little girls an even bigger favor by giving the littlest fangirls nerdy gear of their own!"

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In addition to the new product line being available at Disney's Star Wars Weekends, Eckstein will also, for the fourth year in a row, be co-hosting the Behind The Force live stage show and signing autographs each weekend of the event.

"Disney's Star Wars Weekends is one of my favorite events of the year," said Ashley Eckstein. "I truly enjoy meeting Star Wars fans of all ages and that's why I am so excited to be offering merchandise for women, girls and now babies! As the voice of Ahsoka Tano, I cannot wait to see baby girls in an Ahsoka "Jedi in Training" onesie or little girls running around in Ahsoka's new costume top!"

Her Universe was launched in 2009 by Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica. Visit www.heruniverse.com to purchase the new Star Wars collection or visit a Hot Topic store near you to find select Her Universe items. You can also learn more about Her Universe by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 18th through June 10th, Disney's Star Wars Weekends is an annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park celebrating the Star Wars Saga, as well the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Each weekend offers fans a unique opportunity to join Jedi Masters, Sith Lords and Star Wars celebrities for special shows, presentations and memorabilia. For more information on Star Wars Weekends, visit: disneyworld.com/starwarsweekends or disneyparks.com/blog.

May 17, 2012

Wookiees, Jedi and Droids, Oh My! Star Wars Weekends Returns to the Walt Disney World Galaxy in May/June 2012

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Star Wars Weekends returns to the Walt Disney World Resort during May and June 2012, as Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park celebrates the Star Wars film saga and the hit animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The annual special event, included in regular theme park admission, will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 18-June 10, 2012.

The power of the Force and magic of Disney combine as more than 60 Star Wars characters - including Wookiees, droids, Rodians, Ewoks, bounty hunters and Jedi - roam the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios for meet-and-greet opportunities with guests.

Star Wars celebrities highlight the event, appearing in themed parades, talk shows, star conversations, behind-the-scenes presentations and autograph sessions. Here are the celebrities attending Star Wars Weekends 2012 (*subject to change):

Weekend I (May 18 - 20)

* Ray Park - (Darth Maul - Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

* Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Clone Captain Rex and Clone 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/Ki-Adi-Mundi - Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
* Catherine Taber (voice of Padmé Amidala - 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 centerpiece of the celebration is the spectacular 3-D attraction, "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue." The attraction, which opened last year, uses eye-popping 3-D, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology to immerse guests in the Star Wars galaxy like never before on a theme park attraction.

Limited-edition and event-exclusive merchandise is offered each year, and the ever-popular "Hyperspace Hoopla" ends each Star Wars Weekends day with a show filled with comedy, dancing and high-energy music.

For more information and future updates, guests may go online to disneyparks.com/blog (keyword search: "Star Wars Weekends") disneyworld.com/starwarsweekends or starwars.com.

May 8, 2012

Carbon-Freeze-Me Experience at Star Wars Weekends

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The new D-Tech Me Carbon Freeze Me experience will debut during 2012 Star Wars Weekends and is now available to book for a limited time only. Using the latest 3D facial scanning technology, you can receive a personalized 8-inch figurine of yourself "frozen" in carbonite like Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. The Carbon Freezing Chamber will be located adjacent to The American Idol Experience.

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Reservations are required for this experience and may be made now through June 16, 2012, by contacting 407-939-8324. NOTE: Same-day reservations cannot be made within two hours of a reservation time. Event Dates: May 18, 2012 through June 16, 2012. Price: $99.95 plus shipping and taxes per person (maximum of two people per reservation). You'll also receive a light-up wristband for participating. You can order additional figurines using the same image scan for $74.95 each. It will take up to four weeks for you to receive your figurine.

No discounts apply unless otherwise noted. You must be at least 3 years old to participate, and children must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age or older during the entire experience. A valid accepted credit card number is required at time of booking. There's a $25 cancellation fee for no-shows or if a reservation is cancelled within 48 hours of scheduled experience. Due to its personalized nature, there are no refunds or exchanges.

January 30, 2012

Star Wars Weekends Returns to the Walt Disney World Galaxy in May 2012

Star Wars Weekends returns to the Walt Disney World Resort during May and June 2012, as Disney's Hollywood Studios celebrates the Star Wars film saga and the hit animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

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The annual special event, included in regular theme park admission, will be held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 18-June 10, 2012.

The power of the Force and magic of Disney combine as plenty of out-of-this-world characters - including Wookiees, droids, Ewoks, bounty hunters and Jedi - roam the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios for meet-and-greet opportunities with guests.

The centerpiece of the celebration is the spectacular 3-D attraction, "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue." The attraction, which opened last spring at Disney's Hollywood Studios, uses eye-popping 3-D, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology to immerse guests in the Star Wars galaxy like never before.

"Jedi Training Academy," one of the interactive entertainment experiences at the theme park, allows young guests to learn from a Jedi Master before testing their newly acquired skills in a battle with Darth Vader.

Also featured at Star Wars Weekends: the chance for fans to purchase one-of-a-kind Star Wars memorabilia, Star Wars games, plus there's special Star Wars parades and motorcades, star conversations and autograph sessions with Star Wars actors and creative talent (celebrity lineup will be announced at a later date). The ever-popular "Hyperspace Hoopla" ends each Star Wars Weekends day with a show filled with comedy, dancing, high-energy music and many of the famed Star Wars characters.

For more information and future updates, guests may go online to disneyworld.com/starwarsweekends or starwars.com.

May 20, 2010

Star Wars Weekends Brings Sci-Fi Saga to Life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jedis, Wookiees and Ewoks, Oh My!

Once again, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine in May and June for Star Wars Weekends, a sci-fi fan-fest inspired by the popular film saga. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 21-June 13, 2010, Disney's Hollywood Studios becomes the galaxy's home for out-of-this-world characters including Sith, Bith, droids, bounty hunters, Twi'leks and Rodians.

Dates are May 21-23, May 28-30, June 4-6 and June 11-13. This year's event will celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back," which first appeared in theaters May 21, 1980.

More than 50 Star Wars characters will roam the streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios for meet-and-greets and photo opportunities. Also featured: the chance to purchase special- and limited-edition Star Wars memorabilia, Star Wars trivia contests, Jedi Training Academy, Star Wars parades, rides aboard Star Tours and the popular "Hyperspace Hoopla" dance party.

Celebrities from the Star Wars films and creative geniuses who helped create the saga will be on hand each weekend for star conversations and autograph sessions.
(*Talent subject to change)

The celebrity hosts for each weekend are Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett in "Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi")and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano from "Star Wars: The Clone Wars").

Special guests making weekend appearances include:

May 21-23: Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett in "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones"), Daniel Logan (Boba Fett in "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones"), and Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars")

May 28-30: Matthew Wood (voice of General Grevious in "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), Lorne Peterson (model-maker who worked on all six Star Wars live-action films) and Tom Kane (voice of Yoda in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars")

June 4-6: Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back" and "Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi"), Ray Park (Darth Maul in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace") and Dave Filoni (director of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars")

June 11-13: Ray Park (Darth Maul in "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace"), Peter Mayhew (who played everyone's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca, in four of the live-action films) and James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars").


Event activities are included in theme park admission. For more information, guests may go online to starwars.com, disneyworld.com/starwarsweekends or disneyparks.com/blog.

March 18, 2010

Disney Star Wars Weekends Guest List

It's time once again to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! The annual event at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida celebrates the Star Wars movie saga as well as Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It begins May 21st (which, by the way, is the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back) and runs for four consecutive weekends through June 13th.

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.


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The celebrity hosts for each weekend will be Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett from Empire and Return of the Jedi) and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka from The Clone Wars.

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May 21-23 -- Temuera Morrison, Daniel Logan, and Dee Bradley Baker Send in the clones to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Empire. Morrison played Jango Fett as well as the clone troopers in the live action movies, while Daniel Logan played Boba Fett and all the clone cadets in Episode II. Baker is the voice of all the clone troopers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including the ever popular Captain Rex.

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May 28-30 -- Matthew Wood, Lorne Peterson and Tom Kane Some true Masters are in attendance. In addition to providing the rasping voice of General Grievous and his chatty battle droids, Matthew Wood is also a sound editor on the Star Wars prequels and The Clone Wars. Lorne Peterson is a veteran ILM model-maker who worked behind-the-scenes on all six Star Wars movies. Tom Kane is the voice of Yoda in The Clone Wars, and also the narrator who begins each show with a rousing introduction.

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June 4-6 -- Billy Dee Williams, Ray Park and Dave Filoni Hello, what have we here? Williams is of course famous for his role as Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City and Rebel hero. Ray Park is the energetic, acrobatic villain Darth Maul from Episode I, and Dave Filoni is the supervising director of The Clone Wars.

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June 11-13 -- Ray Park, Peter Mayhew and James Arnold Taylor Ray Park returns for a second weekend, and he is joined by Peter Mayhew, the gentle giant behind the walking carpet -- Chewbacca the Wookiee. James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, as well as Plo Koon.

http://www.starwars.com/fans/events/disney2010guests/

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