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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:

  • Wookiees, Jawas and Ewoks, Oh My! -- One of the largest gatherings anywhere of characters from the Star Wars films -- from Queen Amidala and Darth Vader to Chewbacca and Greedo -- they will roam the Disney-MGM Studios greeting guests, signing autographs and posing for photographs. New this year: special appearances by characters from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, including Zam Wessel and Jango Fett.
  • 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.
  • Galactic Game Show -- Special editions of the popular game show attraction "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire--Play It!" will be presented, with a variety of Star Wars-inspired questions and surprise appearances by film characters. The attraction's studio audience can join in the fun by answering trivia questions using keypads installed at each seat.
  • Interactive, Interstellar Fun-- Star Wars trivia contests and games will be held near the Star Tours attraction to test fans' film knowledge. In addition, a special Video Starcade will feature the best in Star Wars-inspired electronic games.
  • Obi-Wanna-Be -- Throughout the day, several lucky youngsters will be chosen to take part in the "Jedi Training Academy," giving Jedi hopefuls the chance to learn moves with a lightsaber, then test their skills against Darth Vader himself.
  • A Galaxy of Collectibles -- Disney and Lucasfilm Ltd. have created event-exclusive Star Wars merchandise -- from trading pins (including a special boxed set) and commemorative posters to apparel, medallions and other limited-edition items -- that will be available in Tatooine Traders. With a look inspired by scenes in The Phantom Menace, the retail location is adjacent to the Ewok Village set at the Star Tours attraction.

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 Hangman's Daughter.

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.