From May 15th to June 14th, at Walt Disney World Resort in California, the Star Wars Weekends will take place. Friday through Sunday on these dates, guests can attend special events for Star Wars fans, meet with original cast members of the original trilogy, prequels, and more, find costumed characters around the theme park, and even see characters such as Mickey, Minnie, and Donald wearing special Star Wars outfits. This year, we know of Amy Allen (Aayla Secura), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Frank Oz (Yoda’s voice), Ian McDarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok and others), and more.
There’s no amount of fun a Star Wars fan is able to have when attending these events. Let’s take a look at everything that can happen:
“The Jedi Training Academy” is a live show based on the teachings and practices of the Jedi knights. The show is heavily audience participation, and focuses on the children in the audience. Each participant is given a lightsaber and Jedi robes and is taught swordfighting techniques. There are also frequent parades that feature the 501st legion – a famous fan group – as well as costumed version of a large number of characters.
“Snig and Oopla’s Hyperspace Hoopla” is a dance-themed stage show featuring the Star Wars characters competing in groups against each other. In the 2013 show, Emperor Palpatine hijacked the show, renaming it “Emperor Palpatine’s Hyperspace Hoopla,” which of course led to a massive dance-off. The show was retired after the 2014 weekends.
Symphony in the Stars is a large-scale fireworks display set to Star Wars music, as well as voice and sound clips. Beyond the Force is a live hosted by Ashley Eckstein that details the creation and development of The Clone Wars television show. “Obi-Wan and Beyond” is a live 30-minute talk show hosted by James Arnold Taylor, a voice-over actor famous for replicating stars’ voices in animated movies, television shows, and video games. “Carbon Freeze Me” is an interactive attraction where guests are able to scan their faces and reproduce them in carbonite, which are then available for purchase.
There’s plenty more to do, including a “Padawan Mind Challenge,” and a celebrity motorcade. Any fan of Star Wars is sure to enjoy this time! Thanks for reading, be sure to come back soon for more fan information!