2011 Star Wars Weekends Start May 20 at Walt Disney World

As a life-long geek, one of my favorite events at the theme parks is Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World.

It’s held over four consecutive weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting the weekend before Memorial Day. This year, Star Wars weekends start May 20, 2011.

Every year, thousands of fans gather to enjoy Star Wars shows, motorcades, a Jedi training academy for the kids, and photos with the characters.

But the two main reasons legions of Star Wars fans attend are to meet actors and other important people from the films and TV show, and to ride Star Tours, the Disney attraction based on Star Wars.

Celebrity Hosts for the event this year are James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on The Clone Wars) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano on The Clone Wars). Eckstein will host “Clone Wars: Behind the Force,” a closer look inside the popular animated TV series. Taylor will present another event-first: he will star in a one-man show that showcases some of the many voices he has performed throughout his career, including those from The Clone Wars.

This year’s special guest list is as follows:

May 20-22

  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
  • Daniel Logan (Young Boba Fett)
  • Dave Filoni (Supervising Director on The Clone Wars)

May 27-29

  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
  • Bruce Spence (Tion Medon)
  • Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex on The Clone Wars)

June 3-5

  • Ray Park (Darth Maul)
  • Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
  • Matt Lanter (voice of Anakin on The Clone Wars)

June 10-12

  • Ray Park (Darth Maul)
  • Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)
  • Tom Kane (voice of Yoda on The Clone Wars)

All of the above will be available for autographs and photos for those who are lucky enough to grab a FastPass first thing each morning.

As for Star Tours, it will kick off the SW Weekends with a grand re-opening celebration to mark the updating of the attraction. Rumors are Star Wars creator George Lucas will even be in attendance. Don’t worry if you can’t get to the park, though, as the ceremony will be streamed live on the web.

If you’d like to attend Star Wars Weekends, the event is free with any Walt Disney World admission ticket or pass.

[Star Wars Weekend poster image courtesy of Walt Disney World]

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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