May 4th Disney celebrated “May the 4th Be With You” as part of Limited Time Magic.
May 6th we were one of the first sites to post an unofficial list of Star Wars celebrities expected to make an appearance at Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends 2013.
Today we are happy to report Disney has finally officially released this information as well.
New this year is a photo opportunity with a “life-size” rancor. The giant beast, which was Jabba the Hutt’s prized pet in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, will be on display during the event. The handcrafted replica is 17 feet long and weighs more than 700 pounds. The reptomammal sculpture is well-traveled — it’s a popular piece at Star Wars events around the globe and will make its way to Walt Disney World for Star Wars Weekends.
(I was going to put a picture of the giant rancor here – but frankly, it frightens me a little – and it won’t go with all my pink sparkles.)
Also new – a trio of specialty “one-man shows” will be presented this year, giving guests a peek into the on- and off-screen worlds of three Star Wars celebrities — James Arnold Taylor, Ray Park and Warwick Davis.
- “Obi-Wan & Beyond” (each event day) stars James Arnold Taylor. James takes audiences on a journey into his wonderful world of voice acting.
- “Visit to the Maul” (Weekends I and II) features Ray Park. Guests can see a demonstration of amazing martial arts skills by the actor who portrayed Darth Maul on the silver screen.
- “An Ewok’s Tale – my short story” (Weekends II and III) stars Warwick Davis. Guests get a unique look into the fascinating world of this Star Wars legend.
As you plan your visit to Star Wars Weekends, be aware that many of the behind-the-scenes shows reach capacity quickly, so arrive early. Also, you’ll want to arrive early to the park if you would like to get a celebrity autograph.
Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.
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(*celebrities and entertainment schedule subject to change)