Every spring and summer Disney World’s Hollywood Studios hosts a celebration of Star Wars for theme park guests. Usually four weekends are devoted to this event, but this year we are getting five Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studious. Running from May 16th to June 15th Star Wars Weekends will once again feature celebrity host James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi from The Clone Wars) as well as a number of cool events as well as special merchandise.
Disney Parks Blog Social Media Managing Editor Gary Buchanan made the following announcement this week:
As the Rebel Alliance continues its fight for freedom and democracy in the Star Wars galaxy, the phantom puppetmaster himself, Darth Sidious (aka Emperor Palpatine), has issued a new galactic decree about Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
While some of his blue-hued holographic transmission was garbled, the Emperor has ordered his Galactic Empire to create a demonstration of force and power that can be seen high above Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends 2014. This has caused much talk in the galaxy that a gala fireworks show featuring Star Wars music will be presented each evening this year.
When consulted, several protocol droids further translated the Emperor’s message. These translations reinforced the conclusions that there will be a new evening experience for Star Wars Weekends guests on Hollywood Blvd. in the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.
However, that’s not the end of this story.
When the Rebel Alliance secretly learned of the Emperor’s plans from a hidden message decoded from an astromech droid, they decided to extend the galactic gala one more weekend in 2014.
In order to convince more guests to join the Rebellion, a 5th weekend is now being added to Star Wars Weekends 2014. The new event dates are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16-June 15, 2014. The theme for this year’s event is, appropriately, “Join the Rebellion.”
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
In addition to offering a first-look at this year’s event logo above, we’re pleased to announce James Arnold Taylor will return to Star Wars Weekends 2014 as the event’s official celebrity host. Taylor, a Star Wars Weekends fan favorite, is the voice of hundreds of animated characters, including Obi-Wan Kenobi on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
The theme of this years Star Wars Weekends is “Join the Rebellion,” and this ties in nicely with the launch of the new television show Star Wars Rebels. Buchanan goes on to reveal in the comments following his blog post that, “Our talented team at Disney Design Group created this year’s event logo. The logo takes inspiration from the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, as well as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. (I’m also partial to seeing our pal R2-MK featured.).”
Between the theme of this years Star Wars Weekends, the inspiration of the event logo and our past experience with The Clone Wars it seems that Star Wars Rebels will be the featured item at this years event and will be receiving a lot of attention and potentially some celebrity guests from the cast.
If the pattern holds we should probably be getting the first extended trailer for Star Wars Rebels at Star Wars Weekends and though recording of these is not allowed they usually do surface on-line soon after, so I would imagine we would also see an extended trailer on StarWars.com not to long afterward.
SOURCE: Disney Parks Blog