“Luke, We’re gonna have company!” — Han Solo
If your starship can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs (I’m still trying to figure out how fast that is), set your hyperdrive for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios sector for May and early June, for the 2013 edition of Star Wars Weekends.
This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 – June 9, 2013.
While details are still being planned, we’re excited to announce that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein are returning as celebrity hosts for the annual special event. James, the voice behind many of the most famous animated characters in film, television and commercials, is known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Ashley, who started her show business career as a parade dancer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the voice of Anakin’s ambitious Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
James is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013, and Ashley is Celebrity Host of “Behind the Force,” a live show that takes fans behind-the-scenes in the Star Wars universe.
Be sure to program your scanning droids to check here for the latest updates from the Galactic Senate about Star Wars Weekends 2013.
For guests who may be considering a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for their very first Star Wars Weekends, here’s a short overview video with our own galactic reporter, “Jedi John” (please note his very stylish “mic saber”). While the celebrity appearances for this year have not been announced (stay tuned for those names in an upcoming post), John talks to some Star Wars celebrities from past events to get their thoughts.
I was blessed enough to get to know the guys from OFF KILTER when they played the American Gardens stage (American Pavilion) when the acts for the summer concert series weren’t there in 2002.
And tho I don’t get to “hang” out with these guys much any more, I always make it a point to see at least one show whenever I visit EPCOT 🙂
CONGRATS OFF KILTER!!!
May you be blessed with 15 more years of playing your wonderful music!!!
This is the DISNEY PARKS BLOG post….
Off Kilter founder Jamie Holton first started playing the bagpipes when he was 11, inspired by his family’s Scottish heritage and his father’s love for bagpipe music.
In addition to classic Celtic folk tunes, Off Kilter will often throw radio hits into the mix, like Bryan Adam’s “Summer of ’69″ or Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “Takin’ Care of Business.” (Both Canadian bands, by the way.) If you’re lucky enough to hear Off Kilter play “Farewell to Nova Scotia,” don’t be surprised if it suddenly sounds a whole lot like “Mickey Mouse March (The Mickey Mouse Club March).”
Entertainment is subject to change. Check the park’s Times Guide for more.
I have always been a HUGE fan of NIGHT OF JOY and have many great memories of this event.
In case you don’t know what Night Of Joy is it is a separate ticket event that combines the magic of the Magic Kingdom with some of the best contemporary Christian music acts the weekend after labor day.
See below for more information about the acts and how to get tickets 🙂
Minnie and Yolanda Adams
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $52.95 plus tax per ticket and on the days of the event (if available) for $62.95 plus tax. They can be purchased by calling 407-W-DISNEY or at www.nightofjoy.com.
We’re so excited. Here’s the night-by-night Night of Joy 2012 lineup (entertainment and schedule subject to change):
Newcomers to Night of Joy, Royal Tailor and Dara Mclean, bring the 30-year roster of artists to 150 acts.
Night of Joy is an after-hours event that requires a special ticket. Event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. each evening. While artists perform at several stages, many popular Magic Kingdom attractions also are available for guests. In addition, there are special benefits for groups of 10 or more. Additional information about individual and group tickets is available atwww.nightofjoy.com.
Night of Joy Tickets Are Now Available at Walt Disney World Resort by Charles Stovall, Public Relations, manager: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog
posted on January 2nd, 2012 by Ryan March, Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine
Not every great gift this holiday season came wrapped in paper and topped with a bow. Some arrived by email, attached to a photo.
That was certainly the case when I opened a recent email sent by a Disney Vacation Club member from Kansas named Mike. A proud and grateful father of three, Mike thanked cast members for the powerful role they played in the life of his son Brandon, born with Cerebral Palsy and confined to a wheelchair. Brandon passed away this year at the age of 16.
“For the past 9 years, my family and I have visited Disney World at least once and sometimes twice a year,” Mike wrote. “Every time we would go to Disney World, something magical would happen. From Mickey pushing his wheelchair … to Pluto dancing with him or Minnie kissing him … I have so many thoughts and stories that I could go on for days … Brandon only lived 16 years, but he had a great life. Thirteen trips to Disney, and he never got tired of it. He kept our family young at heart, and we learned to take nothing for granted.”
Addressing Walt Disney World Resort cast members, Mike wrote, “You should be very proud of the work you do and how you impact more lives than you probably realize. I am crying right now (tears of joy) as I think of all the hard work and dedication you show to everyone. At Disney World, Brandon truly was treated just like everyone else. Well, maybe a little better than most. We are saddened by his passing but grateful to have such warm memories. I have two other children, and our return to Disney is inevitable. We have so many great memories, and Brandon LOVED the Parks. How can we top that? I just wanted to say thank you for giving him dignity, honor and respect. I hope you know the value of your work and how it makes a difference in the lives of many. With much love, I thank you again.”
Brandon’s photo will appear prominently in a Member mosaic on the spring 2012 cover of Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine as a small tribute to an enormously inspiring young man.
Eat to the Beat! Concert Series
(during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival)
Musical entertainment pairs perfectly with culinary fun during the nightly Eat to the Beat! concert series. Enjoy a varied lineup of classic rock, soul, R&B, jazz and funk hit-makers!
Location: America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase
Show Times: Daily at 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
Please note that Epcot Theme Park theme park admission is required. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. All songs listed below are for artist recognition only and may not be included in the playlist.
Dates: September 30 – October 2, 2011
“Tell It To My Heart”
Dates: October 3—5, 2011
“Hold on Loosely”
Dates: October 6 & 7, 2011
“Just Another Day”
Dates: October 8 & 9, 2011
“Give A Little Bit”
Dates: October 10—12, 2011
Dates: October 13—16, 2011
“We Built This City”
Dates: October 17—19, 2011
Dates: October 20 & 21, 2011
“Don’t Bring Me Down”
Dates: October 22 & 23, 2011
“No One Is To Blame”
Dates: October 24—26, 2011
“End of the Road”
Dates: October 27 & 28, 2011
Dates: October 29 & 30, 2011
“All For You”
Dates: October 31 & November 1, 2011
“Give a Little”
Dates: November 2 & 3, 2011
“He’s So Shy”
Dates: November 4—6, 2011
Dates: November 7 & 8, 2011
“Lost in Love”
Dates: November 9 & 10, 2011
“Right Here Waiting”
Dates: November 11—13, 2011