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DarthBobul
04-11-2009, 10:49 PM
SWW 2009 guest list has been announced: (following from StarWars.com)

Time to start planning for Star Wars Weekends! Starting in May, fans get to meet an impressive lineup of special guests attending four weekends of Star Wars fun at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida. From May 22 to June 14, 2009, 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.
The celebrity host for each weekend will be Jay Laga'aia (Captain Typho) while Clone Wars: Behind the Force will be hosted by Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka).

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May 22-24 -- Ray Park, Warwick Davis, and James Arnold Taylor
Ray Park thrilled audiences as the unforgettable Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, and will be joined by Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Return of the Jedi as well as Anakin's young friend Wald in The Phantom Menace. James Arnold Taylor, who voices Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars, will appear as a guest in Behind the Force.



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May 29-31 -- Peter Mayhew & Matthew Wood
Peter Mayhew has of course appeared in four of the six Star Wars movies as the mighty Chewbacca. Also appearing will be Matthew Wood, Supervising Sound Editor for the Star Wars Prequels and The Clone Wars as well as the voice of General Grievous and the battle droids.



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June 5-7 -- Jeremy Bulloch, David Prowse, and Matt Lanter
Jeremy Bulloch is best known for his role as Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and also made a brief cameo in Revenge of the Sith as Captain Colton. David Prowse played ultimate villain Darth Vader throughout the original trilogy as the man behind the mask. Matt Lanter, the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars, appears as a guest in Behind the Force.



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June 12-14 -- Dave Filoni & Temuera Morrison
The creative force behind The Clone Wars, Supervising Director Dave Filoni is also a die-hard Star Wars fan! Filoni will be joined by Temuera Morrison, who plays Jango Fett as well as the unmasked clones of Episodes II and III!

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Maerj2000
04-11-2009, 10:55 PM
This is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Especially if you are a big Disney fan as well. I hope to be able to go this year, I have a two days left on my key to the world card from last year so I would really only need airfare and a hotel room. I'm still on the fence about it. I'd also like to get those big figures they have, but they are very expensive. Decisions, decisions...

Bel-Cam Jos
04-29-2009, 12:12 PM
I'm hoping they'll still have this going on next year, as our new school calendar ends school two weeks earlier. I have yet to actually enter Disney World, so this would be a cool week of vacation to Florida.

Maerj2000
04-29-2009, 08:32 PM
My first time to Disney World was for Star Wars Weekends back in 99. I mainly went down because Carrie Fisher was there and I wanted her autograph. I got it, which was great but at the same time I fell in love with Disney World and have found my way back almost every year since then. SW Weekends are the best time to go, they are a lot of fun and there's a lot of SW/Disney merchandise.

jonthejedi
05-06-2009, 04:24 AM
I was down there for Carrie as well, and I'll always remember that's where I met her. It was a little less crowed than at a Celebration show.

DarkArtist
05-24-2009, 10:39 AM
trying to see if I can make it for the last weeked with the wife. she actually wants to go which is surprising since she is not a fan of Disney and not a huge SW fan. going to see if I can get cheap tickets for a Thrusday to Monday stay and maybe combine going to perhaps SeaWorld, Universal, and MGM all at once. might stay off property and rent a car for the weekend or something.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-24-2009, 11:01 AM
I would wonder what Kennedy Space Center would be like then, after all these missions have been completed. It's not too far away.

Maerj2000
05-24-2009, 02:58 PM
trying to see if I can make it for the last weeked with the wife. she actually wants to go which is surprising since she is not a fan of Disney and not a huge SW fan. going to see if I can get cheap tickets for a Thrusday to Monday stay and maybe combine going to perhaps SeaWorld, Universal, and MGM all at once. might stay off property and rent a car for the weekend or something.

Not a SW or Disney fan??? I just wanted to ask, have you two been to WDW before? If not, even if she isn't a big Disney fan going to the parks might change her mind.

Also, if you are going for just five days that is a lot of places to go do in that short of a stay!

DarkArtist
05-24-2009, 08:17 PM
Not a SW or Disney fan??? I just wanted to ask, have you two been to WDW before? If not, even if she isn't a big Disney fan going to the parks might change her mind.

Also, if you are going for just five days that is a lot of places to go do in that short of a stay!

well I should say she is not a huge parks fan... for many reasons:

the first time she went to Disney World with me was in August 2003 when we first started to date and the weather was a muggy 97+ and it rained like clockwork at 12:00 and 4:00 pm daily and not a single character was out an about so that kinda ruined the experience for her first time (I worked in the parks as a character in the Winter of '96). also we came back tot he room one afternoon to find all of our stuff we bought in the park missing....turns out that if you stay at the all-star movies resort the staff that cleans the room put all the merchandise out in huge glass windows so that everyone in the hotel complex can see what you bought. here we thought we had been robbed but haha it's just their way of saying hey here's some cool stuff you can buy in our parks. also the first night we were there we went to the pool and watched as a kid threw-up in the pool and the lifeguard looked at us and said it's not my job to clean it up. she swore at that time that she would never venture to Disney ever again.

flash forward to October 2005 and our honeymoon (she choose Disney...not me) and even though we booked our vacation through triple A our plans were botched as they gave us 2 twin beds in our honeymoon suite and told us that every single king size bed throughout the parks was booked solid. also every morning at 7:00am they woke us up to clean the rooms even thouogh we keep the do not disturb sign on the front door. then as we are riding one of the buses to Epcot i believe we spotted another couple sitting behind us with 2 buttons that showed Mickey and Minnie as a bride and groom and read "Happy Honeymoon." we asked them where they got them and they told us they got them when they checked into the hotel (ironically the same hotel we were staying at) they also said how when they checked in they got a huge fruit basket with a bottle of champagne compliments of the park. we got rude awakenings and no king size bed.

although we did get some perks at the various restaurants (free drinks or dessert, got to be Grand Marshalls at the MGM Stars and Cars parade and did actually get the pins after asking at Guest Relations) she was still not a huge fan of the parks.

then in 2007 we did a family vacation with my parents, sister and brother in law and 2 nieces. the trip was fun but then my niece got sick and my sister was crabby and the trip was alot of walking around (Animal Kingdom....kinda boring).

as far as Star Wars goes.....she likes the movies and can appreciate that I'm a huge fan but really it's not her thing and I'm fine with that but I'm just afraid that she might get bored and not have a good time hence why I'm thinking of doing Universal and Seaworld and just spending a day in MGM and maybe Epcot. mighteven hit up Old Time Town as well.

Maerj2000
05-24-2009, 10:10 PM
well I should say she is not a huge parks fan... for many reasons:

the first time she went to Disney World with me was in August 2003 when we first started to date and the weather was a muggy 97+ and it rained like clockwork at 12:00 and 4:00 pm daily and not a single character was out an about so that kinda ruined the experience for her first time (I worked in the parks as a character in the Winter of '96). also we came back tot he room one afternoon to find all of our stuff we bought in the park missing....turns out that if you stay at the all-star movies resort the staff that cleans the room put all the merchandise out in huge glass windows so that everyone in the hotel complex can see what you bought. here we thought we had been robbed but haha it's just their way of saying hey here's some cool stuff you can buy in our parks. also the first night we were there we went to the pool and watched as a kid threw-up in the pool and the lifeguard looked at us and said it's not my job to clean it up. she swore at that time that she would never venture to Disney ever again.

flash forward to October 2005 and our honeymoon (she choose Disney...not me) and even though we booked our vacation through triple A our plans were botched as they gave us 2 twin beds in our honeymoon suite and told us that every single king size bed throughout the parks was booked solid. also every morning at 7:00am they woke us up to clean the rooms even thouogh we keep the do not disturb sign on the front door. then as we are riding one of the buses to Epcot i believe we spotted another couple sitting behind us with 2 buttons that showed Mickey and Minnie as a bride and groom and read "Happy Honeymoon." we asked them where they got them and they told us they got them when they checked into the hotel (ironically the same hotel we were staying at) they also said how when they checked in they got a huge fruit basket with a bottle of champagne compliments of the park. we got rude awakenings and no king size bed.

although we did get some perks at the various restaurants (free drinks or dessert, got to be Grand Marshalls at the MGM Stars and Cars parade and did actually get the pins after asking at Guest Relations) she was still not a huge fan of the parks.

then in 2007 we did a family vacation with my parents, sister and brother in law and 2 nieces. the trip was fun but then my niece got sick and my sister was crabby and the trip was alot of walking around (Animal Kingdom....kinda boring).

as far as Star Wars goes.....she likes the movies and can appreciate that I'm a huge fan but really it's not her thing and I'm fine with that but I'm just afraid that she might get bored and not have a good time hence why I'm thinking of doing Universal and Seaworld and just spending a day in MGM and maybe Epcot. mighteven hit up Old Time Town as well.

Wow! Talk about a lot of bad luck... we went there for our honeymoon as well. You do have to mention that you are honeymooning to the people at your resort or at Guest Relations to get the pins. I never heard of WDW giving out champagne and fruit baskets, I know you, or someone else can order them for you.

The Mousekeepers DO like to decorate windows sometimes as well and they will use any character items that are sitting around to do it. I read one story about a guest returning to their room to find a stuffed Mickey sitting on the bed watching TV, remote in hand, with the TV turned on. WE usually get some little display or at least a couple of towel animals.

Were you there in the CP? How was that? I've read that its a lot of hard work but most people love it.

I REALLY wanted to go for SW Weekends this year but I chose to order the big figures instead. They are so expensive that it comes down to making a choice between a trip or the figures. Figures won. I'd still love to get the t-shirt and poster but they won't mail order that stuff. At least this is the last year for the big figs so I will def go back down next year.

If you do go, have a great time and have better luck!

jonthejedi
05-28-2009, 05:36 AM
There's a lotta cool merchandise this year for SW w/e's...but I couldn't afford the trip with my family over Memorial Day. I'm gonna try to order some stuff online. The Park Hopper passes for two adults & 1 child were over $900...just ridiculous. The parks don't have THAT much to offer once you've done everything several times.

DarkArtist
05-31-2009, 11:44 AM
well my wife convinced me to book a trip to Star Wars Weekends from the 5th thru the 8th. we are going to do MGM on Saturday and then Universal Sunday and Monday. we're staying of Disney property so hopefully we shouldn't run into any of the last problems we had staying on sight.

never been to one of these so how do they work, can you get photos and autographs from the actors, are they free or are they a charge ? any help with a breakdown of what to expect would be awesome

Maerj2000
05-31-2009, 03:01 PM
well my wife convinced me to book a trip to Star Wars Weekends from the 5th thru the 8th. we are going to do MGM on Saturday and then Universal Sunday and Monday. we're staying of Disney property so hopefully we shouldn't run into any of the last problems we had staying on sight.

never been to one of these so how do they work, can you get photos and autographs from the actors, are they free or are they a charge ? any help with a breakdown of what to expect would be awesome

Congrats! Get there EARLY!** Fast Passes will be at the front of the park for autographs. Autographs are free, one per person. You can also take pictures. There will be a Q&A with each actor and they are also having a presentation about the Clone Wars with the girl who is the voice of Ahsoka. Make sure you get a pamphlet when you go in, it will tell you times and places for all the events. If you're a big collector you'll probably want to snag a pamphlet just for the SW content.

There is usually a long line for merchandise as well. People go crazy over the limited edition stuff like the pins, Big Figs, etc. If you don't want the limited stuff, I wouldn't wait too long to go into the big merchandise thing if you don't have to. They sell the Weekends T-shirts and other items at Tatooine Traders and at other loactions around the park.

They will also have a parade during the day with the actors and the Star Wars characters. I think that will be around 3 o'clock.

Fast Passes for their newest attraction, Toy Story Midway Mania, go fast, so be sure to get yours early. Its a really fun attraction, if you can manage to go threw the regular line its worth it to see the Mr. Potato Head animatronic. Have fun!:thumbsup:

** Just remembered another reason to get there early is to see the Stormtrooper thing before the park opens. Its pretty funny and helps set the tone for the day.

jonthejedi
06-01-2009, 04:49 AM
Universal Studios & Universal Islands of Adventure(Spiderman simulator & Jurassic Park Ride are must-dos) are NOT accessible from "the mouse" parks. You will need transport to get there. They are in my opinion even better than the Disney parks & have more to offer. I used to skip Epcot, but try to park-hop over & ride Mission:Space & Soarin'...they're incredible! Most of all...pace yourselves in that heat & humidity if you're not used to it, use FastPass whenever possible and have fun! Don't miss Jedi Training ACADEMY at Star Tours throughout the day, as well as costumed characters in the area.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-15-2009, 04:36 PM
It's not at DisneyWORLD (at least, not to my knowledge), but this year's Unofficial SW Day at DisneyLAND is Sat. June 27. If anyone's planning on going, there's usually a huge group photo by Sleeping Beauty's Castle (last year it was at 2pm, I'll check to see if I can find out the time this time). I'll pick up some of this year's Star Tours stuff, too.

[edit]Yes, the time appears to still be 2:00 pm. I am taking mom with me this time, as she hasn't been there in a while (and the others I asked are unavailable that day)

JediTricks
06-22-2009, 05:29 PM
It's not at DisneyWORLD (at least, not to my knowledge), but this year's Unofficial SW Day at DisneyLAND is Sat. June 27. If anyone's planning on going, there's usually a huge group photo by Sleeping Beauty's Castle (last year it was at 2pm, I'll check to see if I can find out the time this time). I'll pick up some of this year's Star Tours stuff, too.

[edit]Yes, the time appears to still be 2:00 pm. I am taking mom with me this time, as she hasn't been there in a while (and the others I asked are unavailable that day)
Ugh, I may have to drive down to the mouse house for that. I say "Ugh" because I'm also going there tomorrow for my mother's birthday, and I was just there 2 weeks ago for my father's birthday. It's not that I don't love Disneyland, it's that I don't love the drive.

If I can squeeze it into my calendar, I will PM you in advance, it'd be cool to meet up with ya there.

figrin bran
06-23-2009, 01:32 AM
There's an outside chance that I may go this Saturday as well.

The drive's not really that bad, JT. It's the one down to San Diego that I don't like and so that's why I've been going to SDCC via Amtrak.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-23-2009, 10:19 AM
If I can squeeze it into my calendar, I will PM you in advance, it'd be cool to meet up with ya there.No need. Just show up and look for me; I'll be wearing some Star Wars gear. Easy to find. :rolleyes:

And with the weather supposed to be in the near-90s, it'll really be the happiest place on scorched earth.

JediTricks
06-25-2009, 04:12 PM
The drive's not really that bad, JT. It's the one down to San Diego that I don't like and so that's why I've been going to SDCC via Amtrak.I don't really like the drive down there in general, it's VERY trafficky, but I've already done it twice this month (dad's and then mom's birthday) and am doing it again a week from Saturday for 4th of July.

I actually like the one to San Diego more, as there's a lot of open space to just go and not worry about traffic. To me, Disneyland with traffic is a 45 min to 1 hour drive, and San Diego is a 1 hour 45 min to 2 hour drive, but the amount of the drive time spent in traffic is the biggest annoyance.


No need. Just show up and look for me; I'll be wearing some Star Wars gear. Easy to find. :rolleyes:Of course! :p


And with the weather supposed to be in the near-90s, it'll really be the happiest place on scorched earth.My forecast said low 80s for Anaheim. It was mid or upper 70s on Tuesday and mostly somewhere between pleasant and mildly warm, so I assume the 80s will be unbearable. :D

Bel-Cam Jos
06-29-2009, 10:35 AM
Weather-wise, it was tolerable (quite warm... perhaps upper 80s to 90, but no clouds and only occasional breeze), but the slower economy made a summer Saturday at DL easier to navigate through (except of course when waiting for parades or fireworks displays).

Got several comments about my Captain EO button I wore (one clerk said "What's Captain EO?" to me when his manager mentioned some employees might be younger than the age of the button itself). My Episode I black bucket hat kept the sun off my ears and neck but was a solar absorber all day (but no visible sunburns so far :thumbsup: ). Only bought a Mickey Rebel Pilot pin and the Muppets SW figure set. Ate at the Tomorrowland diner (grilled chicken sandwich with fried) and watched the Jedi Training Academy show; had that wonderful clam chowder in a bowl near New Orleans Square (they put in a LOT more pepper this time) for dinner.

It was a fun but long (8am - 10pm) day. I'll post some pics in a bit.

figrin bran
06-29-2009, 12:08 PM
Sounds like you had a great day, BCJ!

Most passholders were blocked out and so you probably got light crowds considering it's a summer weekend.

JediTricks
06-29-2009, 04:49 PM
Sounds good. I wish I had gone, but it was just not working out for me. I've been kinda stuck since too.

I've always been curious what SW fans do there on this unofficial day.

Bel-Cam Jos
06-30-2009, 02:21 AM
Heard there was a rumor about some special pins; no dice (or pins).

What do SW fans do that day? Same as any other day at DL, except you can talk with other fans easier, since their clothing and stuff give them away.

Here's a shot of the group picture, one inside Star Tours (no new situations to the ride yet, but an entrance sign listed Coruscant and Geonosis as departure locations), a shot from ST of Teak hooking up... his seatbelt, :rolleyes: and a perplexing one about the Tarzan don't-call-it-Swiss-Family-Robinson-anymore tree.

El Chuxter
07-02-2009, 01:05 PM
Teek hooked up with more than his seatbelt that day. :beard:

(Seriously. He got a free Frosty at Wendy's later because they made it by mistake and were going to throw it away.)

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-02-2009, 05:58 PM
I'll be going there in a little over two weeks, so I (obviously) missed the unofficial fun.

Did Star Trader have the new Jedi Training Academy figure set, with Vader, the Jedi, and the younglings?

Bel-Cam Jos
07-02-2009, 07:05 PM
Teek hooked up with more than his seatbelt that day. :beard:

(Seriously. He got a free Frosty at Wendy's later because they made it by mistake and were going to throw it away.)LACAHMSOL! (laughing and crying and hurting my sides out loud)


I'll be going there in a little over two weeks, so I (obviously) missed the unofficial fun.

Did Star Trader have the new Jedi Training Academy figure set, with Vader, the Jedi, and the younglings?I saw no such thing; nor did I see the Yoda, Chewie, or Threepio Potato Heads. I want Star Tours posters, have wanted them for at least a decade+.

figrin bran
07-18-2009, 03:01 AM
I'll be going there in a little over two weeks, so I (obviously) missed the unofficial fun.

Did Star Trader have the new Jedi Training Academy figure set, with Vader, the Jedi, and the younglings?

I'm not sure if Star Traders has them (I would imagine that they do) but I did see this set at Engine Ears Toys in California Adventure.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-27-2009, 05:36 PM
Thanks for the info! I indeed found them at Star Trader, but they were outside the normal SW-designated area, so I wasn't sure at first. I also got another SW shirt there since they had some great designs.