Peter Mayhew poses with the character he portrayed in the movies, Chewbacca at last year’s event.
The Power of the force is with Disney’s Hollywood Studios each weekend in June during Star Wars Weekends. Guests of all ages can get into the Star Wars spirit during Star Wars Weekends, a family-friendly fan-fest scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 6-29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
With the Star Tours thrill attraction serving as the centerpiece of the celebration, the event fills Hollywood Studios with more than 50 Star Wars characters from the entire saga, including Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Greedo, Queen Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Twi’leks, Rodians and every hero, heroine, droid and villain in between. Jedi Mickey Mouse has even been known to make an appearance.
Star Wars Weekends features a variety of activities such as: “Behind the Force,” an insider’s look at the making of the films; “Padawan Mind Challenge,” allowing kids under 12 to test their wits before the Jedi Council; “Legends of the Force,” a motorcade featuring favorite Star Wars celebrities; and “Jedi Training Academy,” where young Jedi-wannabes can learn lightsaber battle techniques and test their newfound skills against Darth Vader or Darth Maul.
Star Wars celebrities are on hand each weekend for photos, Q&A, autograph sessions and Hollywood-style motorcades. All four weekends, Star Wars actor Warwick Davis (who portrayed “Wicket the Ewok”) will serve as celebrity emcee and host of the event.
Other celebrities scheduled to appear include (subject to change):
June 6-8: Jeremy Bulloch (“Boba Fett”) and Daniel Logan (young “Boba Fett”)
June 13-15: Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca”) and David Prowse (“Darth Vader”)
June 20-22: Amy Allen (“Aayla Secura”) and Matthew Wood (“General Grievous”)
June 27-29: Dave Filoni (director of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)