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‘Feel the Force Premium Package’ Returning to Star Wars™ Weekends

Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the return of their premium experience at this year’s Star Wars™ Weekends.

The Feel the Force Premium Package allows you to experience the popular Legends of the Force: Star Wars™ Celebrity Motorcade and the Symphony in the Stars fireworks from a reserved viewing area while enjoying some light refreshments. Also included is reserved seating to one of the Celebrity Talk Shows. This special-ticketed event will definitely rocket your Star Wars™ Weekends experience into hyperspace!

New this year is the Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package. In addition to the perks in the original package, the deluxe one offers the opportunity follow the motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, reserved seating at all of the Celebrity Talk Shows at Theater of the Stars for the day, priority access to Darth’s Mall, and a commemorative lanyard.

Here are the details of the premium events:

“Feel the Force Premium Package”

When: Friday – Sunday May 15 – Jun. 14, 2015
Pricing: $69 for adults; $39 for children (tax & gratuity included)
Dining Plan: No Disney Dining Plans or other discounts are accepted
Additional Details:

  • Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade will appear at 11:00a. The VIP viewing experience will be available from 10:30a to 11:30a. Snacks and beverages (soda, water, tea, and coffee) will be served.
  • Symphony in the Stars fireworks starts at 9:45p (Weekend I) and 9:30p (remaining Weekends). The dessert party and VIP viewing area will start at 8:45p. A specialty beverage with an alcoholic options will be available for guests 21+. Seating is not available at either event but wheelchairs and EVCs can be accommodated.
  • Celebrity Talk Show – Reserved seating for one of the Celebrity Talk Shows at Theater of the Stars will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis at check in.
    Entertainment subject to change or cancellation due to weather

“Feel the Force Deluxe Premium Package”

When: Friday – Sunday May 15 – Jun. 14, 2015
Pricing: $99 for adults; $64 for children (tax & gratuity included)
Dining Plan: No Disney Dining Plans or other discounts are accepted
Additional Details:

In addition to the components included in the “Feel the Force Premium Package” (listed above), the Deluxe package includes:

  • Legends of the Force: Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade will appear at 11:00a. The VIP viewing experience will be available from 10:30a to 11:30a. Snacks and beverages (soda, water, tea, and coffee) will be served. Participants will have the option to follow the motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Celebrity Talk Show – Reserved seating for all of the Celebrity Talk Shows at Theater of the Stars will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis at check in.
  • Darth’s Mall priority access throughout the day of the package
  • Commemorative lanyard
    Entertainment subject to change or cancellation due to weather

Availability for these special events are limited, so contact your Magic Maker® today!

Dates and Details Announced for 2015 Star Wars™ Weekends

The Walt Disney World® Resort has announced that Star Wars™ Weekends will return May 15–Jun. 14, 2015. Taking place Friday – Sunday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, the popular event celebrates the entire Star Wars™ franchise.

In addition to the Star Wars™ experiences Disney’s Hollywood Studios® host year round – Stars Tours®The Adventures Continue and the Jedi Training Academy – several additional activities are available for guest during the event. Although full details are still in the making, we do have some confirmed information on the event:

  • James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars™: The Clone Wars” will return for the 5th year as host of Star Wars™ Weekends and the “Stars of the Saga” talk show
  • Darth’s Mall, the home of one-of-a-kind Star Wars™ memorabilia, will move to a new and larger area near Streets of America
  • The evening will end with a “Summon the Force” stage show followed by “Symphony in the Stars” fireworks spectacular

Additionally, you can expect special activities like:

  • Meet-and-Greet opportunities with the largest collection of official Star Wars™ characters found at any theme park in the World
  • Autograph sessions with Star Wars™ actors and creative talent
  • Special shows and presentations including a Star Wars™ Motorcade through the park

The event runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 15-June 14, 2015 and requires regular theme park admission. Contact your Magic Maker® today to start planning your Star Wars™ Weekends trip to a galaxy far, far away!

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Star Wars™-Themed Character Dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

Two out-of-this-world dining experiences will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios®! Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the two Star Wars™-themed character dining experiences will once again be available at the 2015 Star Wars™ Weekends.

Details of these new offers are below. Availability is sure to go quickly, so contact your Magic Maker® today to reserve yours!

“Star Wars™ Dine-In Galactic Breakfast”

Where: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
When: Daily May 4 – Jun. 14, 2015  8a-11a
Pricing: $49.99 for adults; $31.99 for children (gratuity not included)
Dining Plan: 2 Table Service entitlements
Characters include:

  • Darth Vader
  • Boba Fett
  • Greedo
  • Jawas
  • Stormtroopers
    Entertainment and Character appearances subject to change

 

“Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars™ Dine at Hollywood & Vine”

Where: Hollywood & Vine
When: Daily May 4 – Jun. 14, 2015 4:15p – 8p
Fantasmic! Dinner Package Pricing: $57.99 for adults; $34.99 for children (gratuity not included)
Dining Plan: 2 Table Service entitlements
Note: Option to add Fantasmic! Dinner package is limited!
Characters include:

  • Jedi Mickey
  • Princess Leia Minnie
  • Darth Vader Goofy
  • Storm Trooper Donald
  • Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale
    Entertainment and Character appearances subject to change

The Walt Disney Company to Acquire Lucasfilm

Yesterday, The Walt Disney Company announced its agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd., the company owned by George Lucas that is known for Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, and LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound – operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production.

For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. – George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm have had a long-standing relationship that had previously integrated Star Wars into the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Disneyland® Resort, Disneyland® Paris, and Tokyo Disney® Resort. This acquisition will not only increase the presence of Star Wars within the Disney Parks, but The Walt Disney Company has already announced the making of Star Wars Episode 7 in which George Lucas will serve as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

 

35 Years of Star Wars™ – Star Wars™ Weekends Photo Review

Yesterday, Star Wars™ celebrated spending 35 years in a galaxy far, far away! On May 25, 1977, Star Wars™ Episode IV: A New Hope was released into theaters (under the name “Star Wars™“).

Celebrate this cosmic anniversary with a recap of photos from week #1 of Star Wars™ Weekends!

Star Wars™ Weekends Week #2 Schedule

Star Wars Weekends 2012The schedule of events for the second week of Star Wars™ Weekends has been announced.

  • Celebrity Host Meet and Greet at Echo Lake – will use Disney’s FASTPASS® Service
    • James Arnold Taylor (Voice behind Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Hoon in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 9:45a
    • Ashley Eckstein (Voice behind Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 4:30p, 5:45p
  • Additional Celebrity Meet and Greets at Echo Lake – will use Disney’s FASTPASS® Service
    • Ray Park (Double lightsaber wielding Sith, Darth Maul from the Phantom Menace) – 10:15a, 1:45p
    • Andy Secombe (Watto from The Phantom Menace) – 10:15a, 1:30p, 4:30p
    • Tom Kane (Voice of Yoda from Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 3p, 4:30p, 5:45p
  • Padawan Mind Challenge (registration at park opening near ABC Sound Studio) – 2:10p, 6:30p
  • Hyperspace Hoopla – 8:00p
  • Jedi Training Academy(sign-up in front of Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular) – 9:15a, 9:45a, 10:15a, 10:45a, 11:15a, 11:45a, 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:00p, 3:45p, 4:15p, 4:45p, 5:15p, 5:45p, 6:15p, 6:45p
  • Star Wars™ Character Encounters (locations around Star Tours – The Adventure Continue, Backlot Tour and Premiere Theater) – 9a-7p
  • Behind the Force – 11:00a, 1:45p
  • Stars of the Saga – 3:15p
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond – 4:45p
  • Visit to the Maul – 6:00p

Star Wars™ Weekends will take place Fri – Sun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ through June 10, 2012.

Feel the Force – Star Wars™ Weekends Begin

SWW HostsThis morning, fans of all ages will assemble at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® for the opening day of Star Wars™ Weekends. This annual sci-fi event, which is included with regular theme park admission, includes several different interactive activities, exclusive merchandise, and meet-and-greet opportunities with Star Wars™ celebrities and characters. Be sure to watch our Facebook page as we post some updates and photos from the event all weekend long!

One of this year’s celebrity meet-and-greet opportunities will be with Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars. While these autograph sessions are a lot of fun, sometimes they turn a little “weird!” Check out the video below.

Star Wars™ Weekends Week #1 Schedule

Star Wars Weekends 2012The schedule of events for the first week of Star Wars™ Weekends has been announced.

  • Celebrity Host Meet and Greet at Echo Lake – will use Disney’s FASTPASS® Service
    • James Arnold Taylor (Voice behind Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Hoon in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 9:45a
    • Ashley Eckstein (Voice behind Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 4:30p, 5:45p
  • Additional Celebrity Meet and Greets at Echo Lake – will use Disney’s FASTPASS® Service
    • Ray Park (Double lightsaber wielding Sith, Darth Maul from the Phantom Menace) – 10:15a, 1:45p
    • Jerome Blake (Rune Haako/Mas Amedda from The Phantom Menace) – 10:15a, 1:30p, 4:30p
    • Dee Bradley Baker (Voice of Captain Rex from Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) – 3p, 4:30p, 5:45p
  • Padawan Mind Challenge(registration at park opening near ABC Sound Studio) – 2:10p, 6:30p
  • Hyperspace Hoopla – 8:00p
  • Jedi Training Academy(sign-up in front of Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular) – 9:15a, 9:45a, 10:15a, 10:45a, 11:15a, 11:45a, 12:15p, 1:30p, 2:00p, 3:45p, 4:15p, 4:45p, 5:15p, 5:45p, 6:15p, 6:45p
  • Star Wars™ Character Encounters (locations around Star Tours – The Adventure Continue, Backlot Tour and Premiere Theater) – 9a-7p
  • Behind the Force – 11:00a, 1:45p
  • Stars of the Saga – 3:15p
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond – 4:45p
  • Visit to the Maul – 6:00p

Star Wars™ Weekends will take place Fri – Sun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ May 18 – June 10, 2012.

Celebrity Lineup for Star Wars™ Weekends 2012 Announced

Star Wars Weekends 2012Tuesday we told you that Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars™: The Clone Warsand James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) will host Star Wars™ Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™.  Today, we have more celebrities to add to the list making appearances each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 18-June 10, 2012.

Here’s the scheduled celebrity lineup for Star Wars™ Weekends 2012 (subject to change):

Weekend #1 (May 18 – 20)

  • Ray Park – (Darth Maul – Star Wars™: Episode I The Phantom Menace)
  • Jerome Blake (Rune Haako/Mas Amedda – 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 #2 (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 #3 (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)
  • TBA (Star Wars™: The Clone Wars voice talent)

Weekend #4 (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 VIReturn 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)

As we get closer to the opening of Star Wars™ Weekends, we will share more information about the different events planned each day of the event.

Star Wars™ Weekends Celebrity Hosts Announced

SWW HostsThe Walt Disney World® Resort has announced the Celebrity Hosts for their upcoming Star Wars™ Weekends May 18 – June 10, 2012.

Taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, the event celebrates the popular Star Wars™ films and the animated TV series Star Wars™: The Clone Wars. This year’s hosts will be 2 familiar faces as both of them are Star Wars™ Weekends veterans. Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars™: The Clone Warsand James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars™: The Clone Wars) will host for the duration of the 2012 event. James will serve as the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars™ Weekends and Ashley will be the Celebrity Host of “Behind the Force,” a show that gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Star Wars™: The Clone Wars.

In addition to being  the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, James is also the current voice of Fred Flintstone, and has a list of character voice credits including Green Arrow, Johnny Test and Ratchet (from the “Ratchet & Clank” video game series), just to name a few.

Ashley, a former Disney Cast Member as a parade dancer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios™, is also a fashion designer and heads her own company, “Her Universe,” specializing in merchandise and apparel specifically for female sci-fi fans.

The complete listing of events and celebrity meet & greets have not been released, so keep checking back for more details.