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

posted on May 8th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


As the Limited Time Magic “May the Fourth Be With You!” 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. Actors and voice artists from the Star Wars film saga and Star Wars: The Clone Wars are ready to hop aboard Starspeeders and head to the park for the annual event. A trio of talent will appear each weekend, along with celebrity event hosts James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein.
Ray Park Will Perform His One-Man Show, 'A Visit to the Maul,' at Star Wars Weekends 2013

Here’s a list of scheduled celebrities for this year’s Force-filled fan fest:

Weekend I (May 17–19)
Ray Park (Darth Maul – 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)
Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend II (May 24-26)
Ray Park (Darth Maul – Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Jim Cummings (voice of Hondo Ohnaka – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend III (May 31 – June 2)
Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar – Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Sam Witwer (voice of Darth Maul – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Weekend IV(June 7-9)
Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian – Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca – Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Tom Kane (voice of Yoda – Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Also new this year is a photo opportunity with a “life-size” rancor. The giant beast, which was Jabba the Hutt’s prized pet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, will be on display during the event. The handcrafted replica is 17 feet long and weighs more than 700 pounds. The reptomammal sculpture is well-traveled — it’s a popular piece at Star Wars events around the globe and will make its way to our park for Star Wars Weekends.

A trio of specialty “one-man shows” will be presented this year, giving guests a peek into the on- and off-screen worlds of three Star Wars celebrities — James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Warwick Davis.

  • “Obi-Wan & Beyond” (each event day) stars James Arnold Taylor. James takes audiences on a journey into his wonderful world of voice acting.
  • “Visit to the Maul” (Weekends I and II) features Ray Park. Guests can see a demonstration of amazing martial arts skills by the actor who portrayed Darth Maul on the silver screen.
  • “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” (Weekends II and III) stars Warwick Davis. Guests get a unique look into the fascinating world of this Star Wars legend.

As you plan your visit to Star Wars Weekends, be aware that many of the behind-the-scenes shows reach capacity quickly, so arrive early. Also, you’ll want to arrive early to the park if you would like to get a celebrity autograph.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.

Star Wars: © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
(*celebrities and entertainment schedule subject to change)

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12 Comments

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Matthew on May 8th, 2013 at 2:55 pm

We are going the second week and would like to see some of the shows but also would like to make dinner reservations… are there times for these shows yet?

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Lani on May 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Any word on if they will be bringing back the daytime parade during Star Wars Weekend and also if they will be offering the SW fireworks show they had on May the 4th be with you? Can’t wait!!

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Jon on May 8th, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Who do I need to hug for bringing down Jim Cummings (a.k.a. the voice of my childhood)? This year’s SWW is going to be amazing!

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Drew on May 8th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

In years past Disney has posted this schedule way earlier than this. It would be appreciated if going forward this can be done so people can plan and book their vacations. Posting it 9 days before the first weekend is a little tight! Force is not strong this time around ;-) .

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Wendy on May 8th, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Oh my goodness…bless you, Disney, for bringing Jim Cummings. That man is a treasure; his voice resonates through the childhood of 3 generations. I’m not an autograph seeker, but I will be there very early to ensure I get his. What an exciting guest announcement!

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Kelsey on May 8th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

i wish i was going this year just to meet Sam Witwer or Jim Cummings!! i would die!

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James on May 8th, 2013 at 11:55 pm

I can not wait to go. My Birthday is today and I am going down next week to celebrate.

Star Wars Weekends are always a great time!

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Tim on May 9th, 2013 at 12:33 am

@Lani- the parade will be at 11am {I would know; I’m marching in it. GO REBEL LEGION!!!}

@Matthew- Not sure, but Ray runs his show after his autograph sessions (wss previously @ 5:45pm). Warwick is a wild-card; I have no idea when his show is scheduled. Your best bet will most likely be to schedule dinner late (i.e. after 7pm)

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Albert on May 11th, 2013 at 9:19 am

We are wondering if Ashley Eckstein will be available for autographs after the Behind the Force live show? My daughter is a huge fan and would really like to meet her and get her autograph.

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Pam on May 11th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Will the parade be at Hollywood Studios at 11:00 AM each day of Star Wars weekends?

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Tim on May 11th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Yes, Pam– that’s the scheduled time.

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Juan on May 13th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I’m looking forward to attending my first Star Wars weekend this weekend. Thanks for the great updates.

I have some questions on merchandise…

Is the merchandise only sold at Darth Mall? Where is Darth Mall located? Do they put limits on the amount of items or multiples of the same item you can purchase?

thanks for your help.

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