The 2003 Star Wars Weekends are scheduled for five consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday):
May 16 – 18 Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
May 23 – 25 Andy Secombe (Watto) and Warwick Davis (Wicket)
May 30 – June 1 Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi) and Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb)
June 6 - June 8 Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
June 13 – June 15 Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) and Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
The power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine once again for Star Wars Weekends, scheduled for five consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) beginning May 16, 2003 at the Disney-MGM Studios.
Inspired by the five Star Wars films -- Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace and the most recent box-office smash, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones -- Star Wars Weekends bring guests face to face with their favorite characters, from the cuddly Ewoks to the evil Darth Maul.
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 Star Wars celebrities take part in meet-and-greet sessions and Hollywood-style motorcades.
Anthony Daniels, who has starred as C-3PO in all five films, will kickoff the lineup of Star Wars celebrities, headlining the event's opening weekend May 16-18, 2003.
Also featured at the five-week fan-fest:
Star Wars Weekends launch into orbit May 16 and will be held five consecutive weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) through June 15, 2003.
April 02, 2003
Hasbro Inc. and Disney are offering up an all-expense-paid vacation for two to this summer's Star Wars Weekends. In the Star Wars Weekends Sweepstakes, you and a friend can win a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the June 6-8 Star Wars Weekend.
Inspired by the five Star Wars films, Star Wars Weekends brings guests face-to-face with their favorite characters -- from the cuddly Ewoks to the evil Darth Maul. For five consecutive weekends starting in May, Disney-MGM Studios will be transformed into a galaxy far, far away with costumed Star Wars characters, activities for all ages, celebrity guests and of course, the thrilling Star Tours ride.
Other great prizes in the sweepstakes include a Yoda Prize Pack and a Yoda Electronic Lightsaber.
April 14, 2003
Star Wars Weekends are almost here, and starting next month the power of the Force and the magic of Disney will once again combine for five weekends of Star Wars fun at the Disney-MGM Studios
In addition to Star Wars costumed characters, fun activities, and the Star Tours theme park ride, celebrity guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greet sessions, star conversations, and a classic Hollywood-style motorcade.
Here is the list of celebrity guests currently scheduled to attend.
May 16, 17 & 18 -- Anthony Daniels & Billy Dee Williams
Two heroes of the Rebellion kick off the start of this year's Star Wars Weekends. Fans know Anthony Daniels for his role as C-3PO throughout the Star Wars saga. Billy Dee Williams played the dashing scoundrel Lando Calrissian in Episodes V and VI.
May 23, 24 & 25 -- Andy Secombe & Warwick Davis
In Episode I and II, Andy Secombe provided the gruff voice and memorable performance of Watto, the computer-generated alien junk trader from Tatooine. Warwick Davis was only 11 years old when he played the Ewok hero Wicket. In Episode I, he played multiple roles, including that of Anakin's young friend Wald.
May 30, 31 & June 1 -- Silas Carson & Joel Edgerton
Silas Carson has played numerous roles in the prequel trilogy so far, including the noble Jedi, Ki-Adi-Mundi and the slimy Neimoidian viceroy, Nute Gunray. Joel Edgerton played the young incarnation of Owen Lars in Episode II, a moisture farmer's son who would later grow up to be Luke Skywalker's guardian.
June 6, 7 & 8 -- Jeremy Bulloch & Peter Mayhew
Fan favorites from the classic trilogy, Jeremy Bulloch and Peter Mayhew have been to previous Star Wars Weekends. Bulloch played Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, while the towering Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca the Wookiee in the classic trilogy.
June 13, 14 & 15 -- Temuera Morrison & Michonne Bourriague
The actors who played a pair of dangerous bounty hunters will be the guests at this year's final Star Wars Weekend. Temuera Morrison was the man behind the helmet of Jango Fett, Episode II's armored villain. In Episode I, Michonne Bourriague played a brief but memorable part as the mysterious bounty hunter, Aurra Sing.
May 09, 2003
Star Wars Weekends is a few days away. For five consecutive weekends, the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida transform into a celebration of the Star Wars saga, with celebrity guests, fun activities, costume characters and more.
Please take note of an important scheduling change regarding the weekend of May 30, 31 and June 1. Joining Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi / Nute Gunray) on that Star Wars Weekend is Mike Quinn, a performer from the classic trilogy. As a young puppeteer, Quinn performed the memorable role of Nien Nunb, Lando Calrissian's co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon in Return of the Jedi. Quinn also assisted in the puppetry of Yoda, the Jedi Master, and Admiral Ackbar as well. Quinn now works as a computer animator, and was part of the Attack of the Clones crew.
Joel Edgerton, the actor who played young Owen Lars in Episode II, sends his regrets but last minute scheduling conflicts means he won't be able to attend.
May 16, 2003
The 2003 Walt Disney World Star Wars Weekends officially began today at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. This is the first of five consecutive weekends of celebration of the Star Wars saga, with celebrity guests, fun activities, costume characters and more.
The guests for this weekend are Anthony Daniels (C-3PO in all six Star Wars films) and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi). Per Star Wars weekend tradition, the special guests take part in a daily parade, sign autographs for fans and take time to answer questions from the crowd.
Daniels, who will reprise his role as C-3PO in Episode III, was very coy in providing any details to the eager crowd about the upcoming film. "I will be going to Australia this summer to participate in the shoot," said Daniels. "Other than that, you're going to have to wait for the surprises until 2005."
Stay tuned to starwars.com early next week for a full
round-up of the weekend events, including "Who Wants to be a
Millionaire? Star Wars Edition". If you are in the Orlando area this
weekend, be sure to catch the excitement and exclusive collectibles.
May 23, 2003
The second of the 2003 Walt Disney World Star Wars Weekends is officially under way at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida.
This weekend's special guests are Andy Secombe, the voice of Watto in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, and Warwick Davis who played Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi and two television movies, portrayed several characters in Phantom Menace and may be best known as Willow.
Activity in the Tatooine Trader gift shop continues to be brisk, with this year's theme image partnering Yoda and Mickey Mouse as back-to-back Jedi on a variety of exclusive items. Quantities of the newest wave of Star Tours droids are also available.
Young Jedi are being trained throughout the day, while favorite Star Wars characters roam the park to delight, frighten, and sign autographs. Click above to check out our growing gallery of images from the celebration.
The Star Wars events continue throughout the weekend,
and resume for each of the next three weekends for those looking to join
in the fun.
May 30, 2003
Actors Silas Carson (Ki-Adi-Mundi / Nute Gunray) and Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb) were the special guests at the third of the 2003 Walt Disney World Star Wars Weekends at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida.
Carson played a number of roles in The Phantom Menace including Nute Gunray, the leader of the Nemoidian Trade Federation, Ki-Adi-Mundi, the "tall-headed" member of the Jedi Council, and also the co-pilot on the ill-fated Republic Cruiser that ferried the Jedi to their meeting with the Trade Federation at Naboo. Fans were delighted to learn from Carson himself that he expects to return in Episode III and will be going to Sydney, Australia in June.
Joining Carson this weekend is Mike Quinn, a performer from the classic trilogy. As a young puppeteer, Quinn performed the memorable role of Nien Nunb, Lando Calrissian's co-pilot aboard the Millennium Falcon in Return of the Jedi. Quinn also assisted in the puppetry of Yoda, the Jedi Master, and Admiral Ackbar as well. Quinn now works as a computer animator, and was part of the Attack of the Clones crew.
As favorite Star Wars characters roam the park to entertain fans and sign autographs, Young Jedi hopefuls test their lightsaber skills.
June 06, 2003
Fan favorites from the classic trilogy, Peter Mayhew
(Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett), are the special guests at the
fourth installment of the 2003 Walt Disney World Star Wars Weekends at the
Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida.
At a towering 7' 3," actor Peter Mayhew is best
known for his memorable role as Chewbacca, Han Solo's furry and loyal
Wookiee co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Mayhew played Chewie in Star
Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Fans
were recently thrilled to learn that he will return to reprise his role as
Chewbacca for Episode III, which is filming in Sydney, Australia in June.
Actor Jeremy Bulloch also joins Mayhew at the Star
Wars Weekend festivities. Bulloch played the legendary bounty hunter Boba
Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Fans may also
recognize him from his previous work as Edward of Wickham from the popular
TV series Robin of Sherwood.
Fans attending this particular Star Wars Weekend are
in for a special treat, as the Official Star Wars Fan Club will be
organizing a breakfast, where members can greet Bulloch and Mayhew and
receive their autographs.
As favorite Star Wars characters such as stormtroopers, Ewoks and Tusken Raiders roam the park entertaining fans and signing autographs, Young Jedi hopefuls can test their lightsaber skills.
June 09, 2003
There were several highlights of the latest Star Wars
Disney Weekend, besides the presence of fan favorites Peter Mayhew
(Chewbacca) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett).
The Official Star Wars Fan Club hosted the first-ever
Fan Club Breakfast Saturday at Disney MGM's Brown Derby Restaurant. The
Park opened at 7 AM for a ride on Star Tours by the 135 fans who attended
the sold-out breakfast. They then went to the restaurant where they found
at their seats special souvenir tickets for the event as well as crisp new
action figures of Chewbacca and Boba Fett, courtesy of Hasbro.
Mary Franklin, editor of Bantha Tracks, was emcee for
the breakfast, and introduced the special guests: Mayhew and Bulloch.
While the fans finished eating, the actors signed one autograph each for
the attendees. Brief remarks were made by Paul Palmer of Hasbro, Kerry
Phelan and Steve Sansweet of Lucasfilm, and Lisa Stevens and Vic Wertz of
Paizo Publishing, which runs the Fan Club and Star Wars Insider.
There was also a raffle for 4 special prizes. Paizo
contributed a giant vinyl banner from the IMAX screening of Attack of the
Clones. Disney gave a Star Wars Weekends event poster that had been signed
by all of the celebrities for the first four weekends of this year. Two
other lucky fans were chosen to ride in the Saturday motorcade in the cars
with Mayhew and Bulloch.
As the fans left the breakfast they were handed a
goodie bag that included a rolled Yoda IMAX poster from Paizo, and dozens
of items from the Lucasfilm Licensing archives, including rare
invitations, internal folders, and promotional postcards, along with
trading card packs, toys and stationery.
Saturday and Sunday's motorcade was another Weekends highlight, with more than 100 members of the 501st Stormtroopers Legion, mostly from the Florida Garrison, taking part. A smaller contingent took part Friday.
June 13, 2003
Star Wars fans have one last time to meet celebrities
and mingle with stormtroopers at the final 2003 Walt Disney World Star
Wars Weekend at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in Florida.
For this last special event, Attack of the Clones
actor Temeura Morrison (Jango Fett) and Michonne Bourriague (Aurra Sing)
will be answering fan questions and signing autographs.
Maori actor Temuera Morrison plays the role of the
legendary bounty hunter, father to Boba Fett, and template of the clone
army, Jango Fett. Morrison can also be seen in Once Were Warriors, Barb
Wire, The Island of Dr. Moreau, Speed 2, Six Days Seven Nights and
Actress Michonne Bourriague also joins Morrison at
the Star Wars Weekend festivities. Fans may remember Bourriague as Aurra
Sing, the laconic humanoid bounty hunter who watches for criminals
attending the Boonta Eve Classic Podrace in The Phantom Menace.
Be on the look out for various Ewoks, stormtroopers,
Tusken Raiders and other favorite characters roaming the theme park while
young Padawan learners have one last chance to practice their lightsaber
skills with a Jedi Master. And of course, the Tatooine Trader store will
be open for business selling Star Wars toys and collectibles.