May 14, 2016 – This weekend would have been the first weekend (out of five) of Disney’s hugely popular Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
Regrettably, Disney announced in November, 2015, that it was cancelling Star Wars Weekends 2016 and all future SWW’s. The reason? Disney stated that:
Work begins next year [early 2016] on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.”
Star Wars Weekends had a very long and successful run (1997, 2000-2001, 2003-2015).
Voice actor James Arnold Taylor served as host of SWW for five years (2011-2015). You might best remember him as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in several Star Wars projects or as the voice of Fred Flinstone in commercials from 2005-2011. Taylor has performed in numerous roles on television, film, and video games.
In the video below, James Arnold Taylor presents a great retrospective on the hugely popular Star Wars Weekends.
Will Star Wars Weekends ever return? Never say never, but prospects look dim.
Once Star Wars Land opens (no official date has been announced yet) – and assuming attendance rates and profitability are high – there will be no economic incentive to host Star Wars Weekends again. Disney is a for-profit corporation, after all.
But at least we can say: “Thanks for the great memories!“