Countdown to 2014 Star Wars Weekends

May 9, 2014 – One week from today, the Disney-Star Wars madness, mayhem and excitement begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I will be attending yet another long weekend (five weekends actually, every Friday through Sunday). This trek entails standing in long lines under Florida’s sweltering hot sun just to spend a minute or so with “celebrity” Star Wars actors and voice animators for autographs and photo opportunities. Or attending a stage show presentation or two. (Thank God for air-conditioning.) Or roaming Disney’s Hollywood Studios looking for various Star Wars-costumed actors. Or rushing the merchandise shop (really, a gigantic tent) filled with exclusive Star Wars merchandise, artwork, and even more character photo ops. And comparing notes with fellow fans and visitors. So, yes, it’s gonna be a blast!

If you’ve never attended Star Wars Weekends and you’re in the Orlando area, make a beeline for this event (every Friday/Saturday/Sunday from May 16 through June 16, 2014). Here is a photo lineup of the “celebrity” appearances.

Weekend One: May 16-18, 2014

Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Vanessa Marshall (voice of Hera Syndulla in "Star Wars Rebels"_

Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Vanessa Marshall (voice of Hera Syndulla in “Star Wars Rebels”)

Weekend Two: May 23-25, 2014

Warwick Davis (Wicket W. Warrick), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett & Capt. Jeremoch Colton), and Tiya Sircar (voice of Sabine Wren in "Star Wars Rebels")

Warwick Davis (Wicket W. Warrick), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett & Capt. Jeremoch Colton), and Tiya Sircar (voice of Sabine Wren in “Star Wars Rebels”)

Weekend Three: May 30-June 1, 2014

Ray Park (Darth Maul), John Ratzenberger (Major Bren Derlin), and Taylor Gray (voice of Ezra Bridger in "Star Wars Rebels")

Ray Park (Darth Maul), John Ratzenberger (Major Bren Derlin), and Taylor Gray (voice of Ezra Bridger in “Star Wars Rebels”)

Weekend Four: June 6-8, 2014

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Taylor Gray (voice of Ezra Bridger in "Star Wars Rebels")

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Ray Park (Darth Maul), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), and Taylor Gray (voice of Ezra Bridger in “Star Wars Rebels”)

Weekend Five: June 13-15, 2014

Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Capt. Rex, Bossk and others in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), Cat Taber (Padmé Amidala in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), Tom Kane (voice of Yoda and the series’ narrator in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), Matt Lanter (voice of  Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"), and Steve Blum (voice of  Zeb Orrelios in "(Star Wars Rebels")

Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Capt. Rex, Bossk and others in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Cat Taber as Padmé Amidala in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Tom Kane (voice of Yoda and the series’ narrator in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), and Steve Blum (voice of Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”)

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