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Title: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Morgbug on April 24, 2003, 02:01 PM
Ok, Disney + Star Wars = StarWars Weekend.  

I've read  the link (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1050368482,26205,).  Has anybody ever attended?  Do the descriptions given adequately describe what happens?  

What about merchandise?  It lists pins, medallions, clothing, posters and "other collectibles" or something to that effect.  Just what would fall under that category?  

Enlighten me (don't laugh, it is possible) please.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darth Kenobi on April 24, 2003, 05:57 PM
I went to it in 2001 for a half day since I was leaving for home on that friday.  The main things that I did was get my pictures with some of the star wars characters Vader, Darth Maul, the Droids, and others; and getting the pins that they had for that week end Luke and I think Han.  
Some of the stuff they had for sale were:
Limited Edition Pins (Luke, Han Vader's Tie, and about 5 other character pins and the Disney Logo pin, Mickey as a holo coming out of R2.)
Extremley Limited Pin Set (All of the pins framed)
TShirts
and someother stuff for star wars weekend plus alot of regular starwars stuff (figures, books, and so on) that the Star Tours Store sales.

THe event for the most part is located in the area around Star Tours so its kind of in a small area.  I know there was stars there but I had no time to see them so I'm not sure what that part was like.

If anyone is planning to go to Disney World for Star Wars Weekend and make it a big trip four or five days you may want to get one of the Disney packages.  When I went back in May 2001 with my brother and sister we had gotten this package where we got pass hoppers for 4 days (all main parks, and someother parks; water parks), and 8 or so points (don't remember what they were called) which you can use for meals or just about anything (you get a list with the package that says what you can use them for).  With these points we had breakfest and dinners for "free" (One of our bills came to around $300.00 with a thrid of it going to my $80.00 lobster ;D :o )our picture taken with Mickey and horse bak riding around one of the hotels.  So if you plan on going you may want to go see a travel agent to see about getting one of these packages since our food really paid for the price.  
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Boba Binks on April 25, 2003, 01:47 PM
I have never been but would like to someday...
If anyone is going let me know. I will have you pick me up X2 of each of Wave #3 of the Star Tours Figures.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: JediMAC on April 28, 2003, 05:39 PM
Well, I stopped by the Star Traders shop at Disneyland yesterday, and the cashier informed me that there was no Star Wars Weekends festivities planned at Disneyland this year, and that it was likely only going to be happening at DisneyWorld in Orlando unfortunately.  She said they didn't do anything last year out here as well.  Not since 2001 has Disneyland participated in the event.  That pretty much sucks, as I was planning on swinging by this time around.

Hopefully she was just misinformed though...
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: dustrho on April 30, 2003, 09:37 AM
If anyone does end up going I would love to get one of those exclusive pin collections (framed).  I'm not sure how much those are going for, but I would definitely love to get one.  I've been to Disneyworld about 10 times, and everyone knows that Star Wars is like a staple food for us all.

I haven't gone to one of these, but I would love to some day.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darth Kenobi on April 30, 2003, 05:31 PM
I need to get those pins as will.  I guess I need to put up an ad to get them.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: JediMAC on May 3, 2003, 04:40 AM
For anyone looking to get their hands on some of the exclusive merchandise at this event, you might want to drop JD member Karma a line.  She'll be in attendance at the event and has been kind enough to offer her services to anyone in need of a hookup.  Karen's e-mail address is magnussk@erau.edu

Wish I could help out here at Disneyland as well, but apparently this event is exclusive to only DisneyWorld in Orlando...   :'(  That blows...
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: dustrho on May 3, 2003, 11:24 AM
Wish I could help out here at Disneyland as well, but apparently this event is exclusive to only DisneyWorld in Orlando...   :'(  That blows...

Yeah it does Matt, because I can't make you work like a dog trying to find me stuff that's in minty mint shape.   ;)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: dustrho on May 3, 2003, 11:26 AM
Does anyone have any pictures of that exclusive pin set, and how much it might be going for?  That's something I would really want, but I'm not going to pay an arm and a leg for it.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Snively Bandar on May 3, 2003, 04:32 PM
Does anyone have any pictures of that exclusive pin set, and how much it might be going for?  That's something I would really want, but I'm not going to pay an arm and a leg for it.

You mean these dustrho?   ;)

(http://www.jedidefender.com/news/images/4-03/weekends3.jpg)

They had a news story about this here on the main page just last week.  Here's the link: Star Wars Weekends Collectibles Are Back (http://www.jedidefender.com/newspro/fullnews.cgi?newsid1051329885,51742,)   No idea what the set will run you though.

I'd love to go to the Star Wars Weekends, but it's just to far away for me and I'm currently saving up for an engagement ring for my lady so can't really afford to make the trip way down there.  Oh well, guess I've got to keep my real world priorities in check sometimes!   ;D
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: dustrho on May 3, 2003, 04:40 PM
That might be them.  I'm not really entirely sure, because I've only "heard" about them... never got a chance to actually see what they look like.  These pins actually look kinda cheesey if you ask me.  It's hard to tell though by that picture.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on April 30, 2004, 01:52 PM
Anyone going? 8)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: JediMAC on April 30, 2004, 02:00 PM
Hey Sharon!

Unfortunately, it looks like Disneyland is getting the snub again on this, so count me out.  This is a real bummer, since up until last year, Disneyland always participated in this event.  No chance I'm flying my butt all the way out your way to attend though.  Saving that little "SW trip" for C3 next year...   ;)

Are you going?  Did you go last year?  If so, how was it?
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darth Kenobi on May 1, 2004, 11:33 PM
Anyone going? 8)
I'm not planning on going this year but went to it in 2001 and thought it was good.  I wish Disneyland would get on the band wagon and do this over here in SoCal.  Maybe if I get a job there I could suggest it to them. ;D
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 3, 2004, 06:48 PM
I go every year! Last year I covered the event as a reporter. Disney tries to improve it every year.


http://www.galactichunter.com/features/weekends/index.asp

The Special Events Team @ Disney MGM Studios wanted to share this info about this year's SW Weekends:

"They will be signing items other than their photocards but are contracted to sign one autograph per person.(even Anthony Daniels) That will not change.
The guests will need FAST PASS to obtain an autograph and the machine will be on Mickey Ave. at the Millionaire location.
They will not open until 9:00am even on our Resort Day. Remember there are 3 sessions per day.
A Guest will be able to get one guaranteed FAST PASS person for each celebrity and then one standby for each celebrity per day.
Guests do not have to show up really early in the morning. "  
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 3, 2004, 06:50 PM
I think they keep the event here in Orlando because the Park is bigger. (so the cast members tell me..) At least California gets Comic Con! 8)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 5, 2004, 09:12 AM
STAR WARS WEEKENDS 2004
Dates:
   May 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
   June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
With the park's famous Star Tours thrill ride serving as the centerpiece of the celebration,  Star Wars  Weekends fills the Disney-MGM Studios with dozens of heroes, heroines, droids and villains from the famous film saga. Each weekend, fans are able to "star gaze," as two  Star Wars  celebrities take part in meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and Hollywood-style motorcades.  
Details:
   Activities are included with regular Disney-MGM Studios admission.  
   Check with Resort Guest Services and Parks Guest Relations for updated information on Celebrities and Events.
   Advise Guests to refer to the Times Guides in May and June the weekend of their visit for specific times and locations.
   For the latest Star Wars Weekends updates, Guests may visit disneyworld.com or www.starwars.com.  For more information, tickets or resort reservations, Guests can call 407-W-Disney or a travel agent.
   Note: all times are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or talent restrictions.
o   Weekend 1 (May 14, 15, 16)
o   Weekend 2 (May 21, 22, 23)
o   Weekend 3 (May 28, 29, 30)
o   Weekend 4 (June 4, 5, 6)
o   Weekend 5 (June 11, 12, 13)
Autograph Sessions:    
Celebrities will participate in 3 autograph sessions per day. FASTPASS tickets are required for a Guest to obtain an autograph. The guests can obtain FASTPASS tickets at the Millionaire FASTPASS distribution area on Mickey Ave. This will open at 9am. Due to time restrictions Guests will be allowed one autograph per person.
Weekend 1 - May 14, 15, & 16
   Jeremy Bulloch   :"Boba Fett"
   Jake Lloyd   :young"Anakin Skywalker"
Weekend 2 - May 21, 22, & 23
   Peter Mayhew   :"Chewbacca"
   Jerome Blake:  "Rune Haako"
Weekend 3 - May 28, 29, & 30
   Anthony Daniels   :"C3PO"
   Andy Secombe:  "Watto"
Weekend 4 - June 4, 5, & 6
   Warwick Davis   :"Wicket the Ewok"
   Mike Quinn:  "Nien Nunb"
Weekend 5 - June 11, 12, & 13
   Daniel Logan   :young"Boba Fett"
   Amy Allen   :"Ayla Secura"

Also featured at the five-week fan-fest:
Information Desk -- Located at the entrance to the event area, across from Drew Carey: Sounds Dangerous. Have all your event questions answered and sign up for our different Trivia contests to test your Star Wars knowledge.

Jedi Mickey and Star Wars Character Meet & Greets -- One of the largest gatherings anywhere of characters from all five Star Wars films -- from Queen Amidala and Darth Maul to Jango Fett and Greedo -- will roam Disney-MGM Studios greeting Guests, signing autographs, and posing for photographs.

Legends of the Force: A Star Wars Celebrity Motorcade -- A galaxy of Star Wars characters join the celebrities in a Motorcade up Hollywood Blvd. all the way up to the Star Tours attraction.

Stars of the Saga: Star Wars Celebrity Talk Show -- Fascinating Question & Answer sessions with both of the weekend's celebrities.  Occurs once a day at the ABC TV Theater

Star Tours: High-Energy Thrill Ride -- Guests can take flight to the moon of Endor in Star Tours, an action-packed flight simulator that salutes the  Star Wars  series. Synchronizing a stunning film with the virtually limitless gyrations of the simulator, the attraction takes guests on a hair-raising, light-speed trip aboard a careening star speeder.

Star Wars Special edition "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" Play It! -- Two Star Wars themed shows of the popular game show attraction "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire--Play It!" per day.  There will be a variety of  Star Wars -inspired questions with added Star Wars prizes.  The attraction's studio audience can join in the fun by answering trivia questions using keypads installed at each seat.

Star Wars Trivia Challenges --  Star Wars Trivia challenges will take place at the Star Tours plaza to test fans' film knowledge.  One adult and one children's trivia challenge per day with the winners receiving Star Wars prizes.

Jedi Training Academy -- Eight times a day, lucky youngsters will be chosen at random to take part in the "Jedi Training Academy," giving Jedi hopefuls the chance to train with a Jedi Master and then test their skills against Darth Vader or Darth Maul.  Held in the Star Tours plaza.

Behind the Force: The Saga Continues -- Once a day at the ABC TV Theater during each weekend.  A compelling behind-the-scenes look into the making of the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Weekends Hyperspace Hoopla -- At the Star Tours plaza.  Star Wars characters and guests gather for music and fun at the galaxy's most unusual watering hole.

A Galaxy of Collectibles -- Disney and Lucasfilm, Ltd. have created limited edition and event-exclusive  Star Wars  merchandise that will be available in Tatooine Traders. With a look inspired by scenes in the Star Wars movies,  the retail location is adjacent to the Ewok Village set at the Star Tours attraction.

Photo Location -- Models of C3PO and R2-D2 in front of an event signature backdrop.

Video Starcade -- Featuring the best in Star Wars-inspired electronic and video games can be found in Soundstage 1.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 13, 2004, 12:26 AM
Win a trip to Disney for SW Weekends!

http://brighthousenetworks47.com/sww/jedi.htm
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Morgbug on May 16, 2004, 12:18 AM
Ah yes, interesting, open to US residents only :'(
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 18, 2004, 10:55 AM
Here are some pics of the event, and merchandise info:

http://www.galactichunter.com/sww04/

http://www.starwars.com/community/news/2004/05/news20040517.html
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 25, 2004, 06:08 PM
My week #2 report & pics are up:
http://www.galactichunter.com/sww04/
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: jadesfire on May 25, 2004, 06:15 PM
Cool pictures and story Sharon, thanks for the link!!
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 31, 2004, 04:32 PM
Here is my week #3 report & pics:

http://www.galactichunter.com/sww04/week3.asp

Those of you attending in the coming weeks might want to check out these reports, they may help you enjoy your visit a little more.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on June 10, 2004, 10:12 PM
Week 4 report & pics:
http://www.galactichunter.com/sww04/week4.asp

One more weekend to go...
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on June 19, 2004, 07:12 PM
Final report & pics:

http://www.galactichunter.com/sww04/week5.asp
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on March 12, 2005, 07:40 AM
Living in O town gives me a great opportunity to attend this event each year they have it. Not sure if I am going to play reporter this year, but will be there.

Disney has really gone overboard on the pin & coin collections. :-\ The Darth Mickey plush is very cool, hopefully not as limited as the Jedi mickey.

Maybe we will see a guest list soon.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darth Broem on March 16, 2005, 08:34 AM
I had a great time at Star Wars Weekends the one year I made it down there.  I am glad to see that they are still doing this. 

On another note.  Did they ever change the Star Tours ride or is that still being constructed or whatever? 
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Matt_Fury on April 13, 2005, 06:54 PM
Hey Darthshader, is the Knights Out Pub still there???  I have some fond, albeit fuzzy, memories from that place from my days at UCF!

I really wish I could go to SW Weekends this year.  My next AF assignment is a toss up between working at the cape or flying satellites down in Colorado Springs (of course that's not until the end of 2007!).  Someday I'll get back there though!
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on April 26, 2005, 11:37 AM
The guest list? :-[

Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett) May 20 - 22
John Goodson (Concept Model Maker)

Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) May 27 - 29
Rob Coleman (Animation Supervisor)

Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok) June 3 - 5
Don Bies (R2-D2 Operator)

Jerome Blake (Rune Haako) June 10 - 12
Brian Gernand (Model Supervisor)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on May 30, 2008, 10:14 PM
Anyone planning to attend this year?
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Matt_Fury on May 31, 2008, 01:16 AM
I wish.  Will they make a new character plush figure this year?  If so, what will it be?
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: JesseVader08 on June 1, 2008, 07:21 PM
Will they make a new character plush figure this year?

I still haven't tracked down the Mickey/Luke and Minnie/Leia from last year, which sucks because I have the plush from the previous 3 years. 

They've got a ton of neat stuff this year, but no word on any plush yet:

http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/news20080529b.html#hljs

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/1.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/8.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/11.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/12.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/13.jpg)

(http://www.starwars.com/collecting/news/misc/20080529_picview/img/23.jpg)


Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Theo Zissou on June 1, 2008, 07:42 PM
that's some pretty cool stuff. i would like to get the muppet set. the closest i would get is when i'm down that way for SDCC but i don't think i could swing a disneyland trip at the same time. lol.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Darthshader on June 2, 2008, 07:49 AM
If I didn't live in Orlando, I wouldn't get to attend every year.  Wish I could go to SDCC yearly instead. ;D

Are they doing the weekends at the California park too?

Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: CaptainYoda on June 3, 2008, 11:08 AM
Are they doing the weekends at the California park too?

Sadly, we have never had a Star Wars weekend here on the West Coast. Maybe someday....
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Phrubruh on May 13, 2013, 09:37 AM
Over at Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando they will be doing the Carbon Freeze Me again this year. This is where they 3D scan your face and put it on a Han Solo figure in Carbonite. The experience will also allow you to have your face put on a stormtrooper. If you ever wanted to be a stormtrooper, get down to DHS this summer.

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/05/custom-stormtrooper-figurines-with-fan-faces-to-be-offered-at-walt-disney-world-during-star-wars-weekends-with-return-of-carbon-freeze-me/ (http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/05/custom-stormtrooper-figurines-with-fan-faces-to-be-offered-at-walt-disney-world-during-star-wars-weekends-with-return-of-carbon-freeze-me/)

(http://www.insidethemagic.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/custom-stormtroopers.jpg)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Jeff on May 13, 2013, 09:54 AM
yep. (http://www.jedidefender.com/yabbse/index.php?topic=22972.msg559013#msg559013)
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Jesse James on May 13, 2013, 03:02 PM
My buddy's Jim and Scott are going down for SWW this year...  Jim has a pretty nice set-up down there and so he's there often.  I wish I could make a trip there myself.  I'd really like to see WDW again.  I was 12 last time I was there, haha.
Title: Re: Disney Star Wars Weekends
Post by: Jeff on December 20, 2013, 12:17 PM
Disney has announced the dates for the 2014 Star Wars Weekends (http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/12/impressive-most-impressive-star-wars-weekends-returns-to-disneys-hollywood-studios-in-mayjune-2014/) at Disney's Hollywood Studios:

Weekend I: May 16 18, 2014
Weekend II: May 23 25, 2014
Weekend III: May 30 June 1, 2014
Weekend IV: June 6 8, 2014