Star Wars Weekends, an annual four-weekend-long event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will start May 20th this year – coinciding with the relaunch of Star Tours. The announcement was rather late this year, perhaps due to the Star Tours updates and wanting to make sure it would open in time.
More details about guests are yet to be revealed, but Anthony Daniels will appear for the first two weekends, and Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and founder of Her Universe, and former DHS parade cast member) once again returns for all 4 weeks and will host the “Clone Wars: Behind The Force” sessions. Feel free to message me on Twitter (@scifistorm) for more details as information is released.
Star Wars Weekends is a fun time for fans…there are plenty of meet and greets with the characters in costume, some of which also float around (the bounty hunters can be especially menacing) and the shows are entertaining. Read our 2009 SWW report for a quick idea of what it is like.
The update to Star Tours is very significant as well. A new projection system is being used (reportedly 3D but this hasn’t been 100% confirmed), and feature a “variable” ride experience – that is, there will be a number of scenes that will randomly be selected for each ride, with a reported 54 possible variations. George Lucas recently got a preview, and reportedly gave it a thumbs up.