Star Wars Weekends

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Star Wars Weekends was a celebration of Star Wars themed entertainment at Hollywood Studios. The annual event took place over 4 or 5 weekends in the spring and featured celebrity guests, panel discussions and other entertainment. 2014 marked the first time the event spanned 5 weekends and it also marked the first time that each night ended with a Star Wars themed fireworks show.

A celebrity event host was in attendance each weekend, including James Arnold Taylor, Peter Mayhew, Ashley Eckstein, Warwick Davis, Ahmed Best, Mark Hamill, Ray Park, John Ratzenberger, and Billy Dee Williams.

Ending in 2013, the Hyperspace Hoopla featured many Star Wars characters in a pop song dance show. Other events regularly cycled over the years.

Additionally, there was a wide selection of event specific merchandise, typically available at a single large merchandise location. While the location changed over the years, Darth’s Mall was the primary location for the last few years of the event.

The last year the event took place was 2015. It ultimately ended as work began on additional permanent Star Wars content for the park. A similar event, Star Wars Season of the Force had a one year run in 2016.

HISTORICAL NOTES

Star Wars Weekends debuted in 1997, did not take place in 1998 or 1999, returned in 2000 and 2001, did not take place in 2002 and then ran from 2003-2015. A smaller event called Star Wars Season of the Force took place in 2016 as well.

2015 Star Wars Weekends

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For 2015, the dates were as follows:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17, 2015
  • Weekend II: May 22-24, 2015
  • Weekend III: May 29-31, 2015
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7, 2015
  • Weekend V: June 12-14, 2015

The roster of events for 2015 included panel discussions/shows in the Premier Theater (All shows eligible for Tier 1 FASTPASS+):

  • Behind the Force: Star Wars Rebels: Host Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano) along with special guests take you in a “sneak peek” of the new television show, Star Wars Rebels. Showtime: 1:45 PM
  • Stars of the Saga: Celebrity Host James Arnold Taylor hosts a 30 minute Star Wars-themed talk show. Showtime: 3:30 PM
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond starring James Arnold Taylor. Celebrity host James Arnold Taylor takes guests through the world of Star Wars voice acting, performing over 200 difference voices. Showtime: 7:00 PM

Other events included the following:

  • “Legends of the Force” Motorcade and Celebrity Welcome: A motorcade of Star Wars Characters and celebrities travels along Hollywood Boulevard. Showtime 11:30 AM
  • Padawan Mind Challenge: Interactive Star Wars trivia hosted by Ashley Eckstein at the Star Wars Weekend Event Stage. Showtimes: 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM, 6:30 PM
  • DJ Lobot Dance Party. Star Wars Weekend Event Stage dance party. Showtime begins at 7:00 PM
  • Symphony in the Stars: Star Wars characters have a show on the Star Wars Weekend Event Stage. The show is then followed by a fireworks show. Showtime: 9:30 PM

Celebrity Autograph Locations:

  • Locations for autographs are at ABC Sound Studio and Echo Lake.
  • Celebrity guests vary by week
  • Guests must acquire a paper Fastpass at the Hollywood Studios Main Entrance and availability is limited.

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2014 Star Wars Weekends

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The 2014 Star Wars Weekends continued the tradition of Star Wars themed Entertainment at Hollywood Studios. 2014 marked the first time the event spanned 5 weekends and it also marked the first time that each night ended with a Star Wars themed fireworks show.

Celebrities were in attendance and the event was hosted by James Arnold Taylor. Star Wars fans recognized Taylor as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”. Other returning events included panels at the Premier Theater, and merchandise at Darth’s Mall.

  • 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
  • Weekend V: June 13 – 15, 2014

The roster of events included panel discussions/shows in the Premier Theater (All shows eligible for Tier 1 FASTPASS+):

  • Behind the Force: Star Wars Rebels: Host Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano) along with special guests take you in a “sneak peek” of the new television show, Star Wars Rebels. Showtime: 1:45 PM
  • Stars of the Saga: Celebrity Host James Arnold Taylor hosts a 30 minute Star Wars-themed talk show. Showtime: 3:30 PM
  • Obi-Wan and Beyond starring James Arnold Taylor. Celebrity host James Arnold Taylor takes guests through the world of Star Wars voice acting, performing over 200 difference voices. Showtime: 7:00 PM

Other events include the following:

  • “Legends of the Force” Motorcade and Celebrity Welcome: A motorcade of Star Wars Characters and celebrities travels along Hollywood Boulevard. Showtime 11:30 AM
  • Padawan Mind Challenge: Interactive Star Wars trivia hosted by Ashley Eckstein at the Star Wars Weekend Event Stage. Showtimes: 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:15 PM, 6:30 PM
  • DJ Lobot Dance Party. Star Wars Weekend Event Stage dance party. Showtime begins at 7:00 PM
  • Symphony in the Stars: Star Wars characters have a show on the Star Wars Weekend Event Stage. The show is then followed by a fireworks show. Showtime: 9:30 PM

Celebrity Autograph Locations:

  • Locations for autographs are at ABC Sound Studio and Echo Lake.
  • Celebrity guests vary by week
  • Guests must acquire a paper Fastpass at the Hollywood Studios Main Entrance and availability is limited.

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2013 Star Wars Weekends

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The 2013 Star Wars Weekends continued in the tradition of Star Wars themed Entertainment at Hollywood Studios. Celebrities were in attendance and many favorites returned like the Hyper Space Hoopla, events at the Premier Theater, and merchandise at Darth Maul.

2013 marked the last year that Hyper Space Hoopla was performed.

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