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Past, Present and Future Galactic Stars Shine at Star Wars Weekends 2014

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Here’s a little trivia: did you know former “Cheers” star and the Disney•Pixar “lucky charm” John Ratzenberger once appeared on the silver screen in the Star Wars saga? Before he frequented the watering hole where everybody knew his name, he braved the frigid planet Hoth in a minor role in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Next stop for Ratzenberger (or, as he may be known to Star Wars fans: Major Bren Derlin) will be Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2014.
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Today, we’re pleased to announce the full talent lineup for this year’s event. Celebrities scheduled to attend include Star Wars actors and actresses from the past (from the Star Wars film saga), present (from the popular animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and even the future (from the eagerly anticipated Disney XD animated series Star Wars Rebels).

As we previously announced, acclaimed voice actor James Arnold Taylor is the official celebrity host of this year’s event. We’re pleased to announce today that Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in The Clone Wars, a former Walt Disney World Resort parade performer and now a successful fangirl fashion designer, will be the host of a special “Behind The Force” show each weekend. This year, “Behind The Force” will showcase some of the main cast members from Star Wars Rebels.

Also of note: Weekend V will feature the most Star Wars celebrities to appear at one time in the event’s history.

Here’s the lineup (*subject to change):

Weekend I: May 16-18

Ahmed Best: Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II: May 23-25

Warwick Davis: Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Wald (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Capt. Jeremoch Colton (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith)

Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III: May 30-June 1

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

John Ratzenberger: Major Bren Derlin (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back)

Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV: June 6-8

Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope; Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Darth Bane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

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

Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)

Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend V: June 13-15

Dee Bradley Baker: Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Cat Taber: Padmé Amidala and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Tom Kane: Yoda, the series’ narrator and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

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23 Comments 4 Replies Add Yours

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Joshua on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:05 pm

so which of the celebs are signing and which are not?

 

Gary Buchanan on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Joshua,
All celebrities with the exception of Mark Hamill will participate in autograph sessions. Mark will participate in the Legends of the Force motorcade and a special talk show so as many fans as possible can see him during his time at the event.

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Laurie on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Where can we see them? meet and great them?

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Michael on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:25 pm

WOW! Weekend IV looks unbelievable!!!

 

Gary Buchanan on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Michael,
I agree. Anytime you can have Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian and Darth Maul in one theme park, it’s definitely something bigger than a moon…or a space station.

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Shelby on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I’m disappointed at the final weekend, especially since it was added on. Wish we would have picked a different time now. We would have liked to get an autograph from at least one person in one of the live action movies.

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Rebecca on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:38 pm

When will we be able to view times and locations for the events and shows on the Walt Disney World website, so we can add them to our MyDisneyExperience account?

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Kameo on April 23rd, 2014 at 2:58 pm

How will Fastpass+ reservations work for this event? I am SOOOO excited about the lineup weekend 4!!

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Julia on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Will everyone (besides Mark Hamill) be doing autograph sessions? Has there been any change in the procedure for obtaining an autograph ticket?

 

Gary Buchanan on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Hello Julia, Rebecca & Kameo,
Thanks for writing. For celebrity talent autographs, you can head to disneytheforce.com and click on “Autographs with the Stars” for details. My advice, as always, is to arrive early.

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Andra on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:12 pm

We were there for weekend 2 last year and saw Warwick Davis then. Will he be in the same show he did in 2013? I’m a little disappointed we won’t be able to see someone else this time around.

 

Gary Buchanan on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hello Andra,
Yes, our pal who portrayed one of the heroes of the Rebellion will once again talk about his life on Endor & beyond in “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” at this year’s event. That’s one I plan on seeing myself. Warwick is a great storyteller and entertainer.

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william on April 23rd, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I just wish the opening weekend would have more going on.

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Jon on April 23rd, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Weekend V is nothing but voice actors. I love it!

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Teresa on April 23rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Rebecca the shows and the parade never had fast passes before the new system it was first come first serve unless Disney says otherwise I am assuming it will be the same this year. Autographs you have to get in line early before park open to get in line for a fast pass. These lines get very long and people do show up in the wee hours of the morning for their favorites

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Norman on April 23rd, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Wow, Rytlock Brimstone and Countess Anise will be in Weekend V! :)

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Ziro on April 23rd, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Fantastic to see the Clone Wars cast together again ! I hope some of the crew will be around too, maybe for a Rebels panel ?

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Ernest on April 23rd, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Are there any rules or new policies for when your able to start lining up to get a fastpass for autographs during Star Wars wkend? I read something about no longer able to show up the day before only a couple hrs prior to park opening?

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Kimberly on April 23rd, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Thanks for the update Gary… I have to ask though… traveling with disabled members and getting fast passes was a challenge (actually just didn’t do it) the last time we came… Any tips on how early you really need to be out in line.. The shows, will they have fast pass/disabled seating… would love to understand the process more before getting there.

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Michael on April 24th, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Will James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein be part of the autograph signings?

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Matthew on April 24th, 2014 at 10:51 pm

How many items will each Celebrity sign per person? Will the sign non-disney items? This will be my first time going and I am unsure what to bring. Thank you for any help!

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Tracy on April 25th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Will there be Star Wars Rebels merchandise available for the Rebels celebrities to sign?

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Kristen on April 29th, 2014 at 11:24 am

Gary, Is Ashley one of the celebrities you need a FastPass for autographs for? As she is not listed as an official guest and will be there every weekend, I would just like to know the process to follow to meet her. She is my daughter’s favorite and we are trying to insure that she gets to see her and meet her. Thanks so much! REALLY excited only 31 days to go!

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Jacqueline on May 7th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

What an incredible line up of stars! I showed this post to my brother who is a huge Star Wars fan and things are shaping up for his very first Walt Disney World visit this month.

He finally crossed over to the magical side of things!

Thank you,
Jackie

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Noel from FL on May 11th, 2014 at 3:50 am

why can you only book star wars weekend events on windows devices but not apple?

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Kathleen on May 14th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Hello! :) Gary, the talk show Mark Hamill will be on, is it open to everyone? Are reservations needed? Thanks!

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Sylvia on June 2nd, 2014 at 3:31 pm

hi Gary! I’m with Kathleen – there hasn’t been any further information on Mark Hamill’s appearance. I “hear” there is a 3 o’clock show… there aren’t any additional shows listed in fastpass+ Thank you!

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