Monday, April 29, 2013

Star Wars Weekends 2013: Why is Disney Making Us Wait to Reveal Celebrity Guests

Since Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios became an annual event in 2003 (it began in 1997 and was held in 2000 and 2001) I can't recall a time when fans waited so long to get the celebrity schedule from Disney. It makes it difficult for those fans, like myself, who live outside of Florida to plan travel to the Sunshine State.

Ashley Eckstein and Chewbacca share a moment during Star Wars Weekends.

This may be by design as Walt Disney World has been experiencing great attendance so far this year. There is also word that the House of Mouse will release the final celebrity schedule on STAR WARS DAY - May 4 (May the fourth be with you). Of course that is unconfirmed. All I know is that with the recent purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney this year should prove to be the biggest SWW yet!

Tentative Guest List for Star Wars Weekend 2013
Here's what we know so far... "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" voice actors James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi) will be your Celebrity Host for all 4 weekends while Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ashoka Tano) will be Celebrity Host of "Behind the Force", the live behind-the-scenes show giving fans a glimpse into the Star Wars Universe.

Other than Billy Dee Williams, the other actors listed below have posted on Facebook that they will be attending SWW this year, however it has not been confirmed by Disney at press time.

Weekend One 5/17-19
Ray Park, Dee Bradley Baker, Jeremy Bulloch

Weekend Two 5/24-26
Ray Park, Warwick Davis

Weekend Three 5/31-6/2
Warwick Davis

Weekend Four 6/7-9
Billy Dee Williams*, Peter Mayhew

I also hear that "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" supervising director Dave Filoni will also be making an appearance.

*Talent confirmed by Disney.

*UPDATE 5/5 - There was no announcement made on 5/4.


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