Disney has announced the schedule of events for the first Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios. The event, lasting four weekends in May and June, is a celebration of the Star Wars universe that transforms Hollywood Studios into a galaxy far, far away. This year, Star Wars Weekends will be hosted by Clone Wars voice stars Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor and will feature a variety of talent from the films and animated Clone Wars television series.
The first weekend, May 18-20 will feature guest stars Ray Park (Darth Maul), Jerome Blake (the voice of trade federation members), and Dee Bradley Baker (Clone Wars voice actor).
During the day, guests can enjoy
Padawan Mind Challenge - a youth trivia challenge at 2:10 & 6:30pm
Jedi Training Academy – an opportunity for young padawans to train their force skills (and fight Darth Vader) at 9:15am, 9:45am, 10:15am, 10:45am, 11:15am, 11:45am, 12:15pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:15pm, 4:45pm, 5:15pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm
Behind the Force – a stage show hosted by Ashley Eckstein exploring the world of Clone Wars and voice acting. This weekend’s guest is the incomparable Dee Bradley Baker: 11:00am & 1:45pm
Stars of the Saga – a panel-style discussion with actors from the Star Wars live-action films 3:15pm
Obi-Wan and Beyond – a one-man show focused on voice acting with James Arnold Taylor that allows guests to hear him perform over 150 voices live on stage 4:45pm
Visit to the Maul – a fun fight demonstration & one-man show with Ray Park. Children will be able to get up on stage and join in learning martial arts stances 6:00pm
Hyperspace Hoopla – the signature event of Star Wars Weekends. A dance off with the Star Wars Stars featuring Star Wars characters dancing to modern music. Be sure to arrive at least an hour early to get a decent view 8:00pm
The weekend will also feature artist signings:
Ashley Eckstein HerUniverse signing 3:00pm – 4:00pm
- Friday: 4-6pm
- Saturday: 2-4pm
- Sunday: 12-2pm
Star Wars Character meets will also be located throughout the park (see the event link below for locations) 9:00am – 7:00pm
For more information, check the event brochure posted by Walt Disney World. It includes information about the event, pictures of merchandise and character meet locations.
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