Dust off your lightsabers, Star Wars Weekends are about to land at Walt Disney World Resort! Thanks to the magic of Disney, Star Wars fans will celebrate this amazing pop culture phenomenon as the “Force” whisks them off … to Tatooine and beyond!
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning May 18 through June 10, 2012, the special event (included in the price of admission) will feature celebrities, exclusive memorabilia, and over 60 costumed characters from the films – Jedi, Sith, Stormtroopers, Droids, Ewoks, and Wookiees – roaming the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios to meet, greet, and snap pics with Guests from all corners of the galaxy.
Celebrities from the Star Wars film franchise and the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will appear over four consecutive weekends in the “Stars of the Saga” talk show, “Legends of the Force” parade, star conversations, autograph sessions, and behind-the-scenes presentations. Guests should arrive at the Park early (at or before opening) to guarantee a FASTPASS for the autograph signings – they disappear quickly! Some of the celebs who’ll be joining event hosts James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein for Star Wars Weekends 2012* include …
Weekend I (May 18–20)
Weekend II (May 25–27)
Weekend III (June 1–3)
Weekend IV (June 8–10)
Favorites like the spectacular Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction treats Guests to an immersive, 3-D intergalactic experience, while the Jedi Training Academy and Padawan Mind Challenge give kids the opportunity to hone their skills and face off against Darth Vader. At the end of the day, be sure to check out “Hyperspace Hoopla” (8 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard), a popular show that combines cosmic comedy with dance and high-energy music.
This year, Passholder- and event-exclusive merchandise can be found at “Darth’s Mall,” a huge pop-up shop specifically created for Star Wars Weekends. Donald Duck striking the iconic Darth Maul pose from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and Jedi Mickey are two of the images Guests can collect on a variety of otherworldly items, including tee shirts, tote bags, iPhone accessories, beach towels (just in time for summer!), Vinylmation, action figures, posters, and pins from here to Naboo – limited editions, boxed sets, and framed sets.
Mark your calendars and prepare for some cool cosplay … Star Wars Weekends here almost is!
(*subject to change)