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Old 07-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #1
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Official Star Wars Weekends 2013 Tips and Tricks

Star Wars Weekends is here! Here are the SWW2013 dates:

May 17-19
May 24-26
May 31-June 2
June 7-9


UPDATE: AUGUST 23, 2012-After the merchandise panel at Celebration VI, next year's theme is most likely Return of the Jedi.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 22, 2012- I'm a little late on this one, but for you Vinylmation collectors, Star Wars Series 3 will be released when SWW 2013 starts.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 30, 2012- Disney has bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion, so Star Wars Land is likely going to happen, and maybe a bigger SWW!

UPDATE: DECEMBER 2012: Dates have been announced! May 17-June 9

UPDATE: MARCH 11, 2013: If you haven't heard the news, Clone Wars got cancelled However, James Arnold Taylor said on his blog that Dave Filoni will be coming to SWW. Below I'll add confirmed celebrities.

UPDATE: MARCH 14, 2013: Ray Park and Warwick Davis have been confirmed!

UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2013: Merchandise has been revealed!

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blo...dios/#comments

UPDATE: MARCH 29, 2013: Member D-r just dropped word Jeremy Bulloch will be here Weekend I and Peter Mayhew Weekend IV.

UPDATE: APRIL 5, 2013: Billy Dee Williams has been confirmed for Weekend IV! Now we just need word on the second guest for Weekend III and the Clone Wars Guests!

UPDATE: APRIL 27, 2013: Next weekend's Limited Time Magic will be a May the 4th party at DHS! You can see details around the web.

UPDATE: MAY 5, 2013: Full celebrity lineup announced! If I had to guess, I'mguessing Dave will appear a random weekend like he did last year.

UPDATE: MAY 7, 2013: During weekends II and III, Warwick Davis will have his own show.

UPDATE: MAY 11, 2013: Some of the shows and autograph times for Weekend I have been confirmed! The celebrity sections will be replaced with showtimes.

WEEKENDS:

Hosts: James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein


Weekend I:

Ray Park (Darth Maul) Autograph session: 1:45pm
Jeremy Bullock (Boba Fett) Autograph session 9:45am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm
Dee Bradley Baker (voice of characters on CW) Autograph session: 9:45am, 3pm, 4:30pm
Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano) Autograph session: 4:30pm, 5:45pm
James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi Wan and Plo Kloon on CW) Autograph Session: 9:45am
Motorcade: 11 AM
Stars of the Saga: 3:15 PM
Hyperspace Hoopla: 8 PM

Weekend II:

Ray Park
Warwick Davis
Jim Cummings

Weekend III:

Warwick Davis
Tim Rose
Sam Witwer

Weekend IV:

Peter Mayhew
Billy Dee Williams
Tom Kane

Unknown weekend:

Dave Filoni


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Old 07-24-2012, 02:01 AM   #2
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In 2010 it was every weekend in June due ti Celebration V being in town.
The last time it was in June exclusively was in 2008. That, and 2007, were the only years SWW were held only in June.

Celebration V took place in August 2010 and a special event coordinated with the closing of Star Tours for refurbishment (called "Last Tour to Endor") was held on August 14, 2010.
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The last time it was in June exclusively was in 2008. That, and 2007, were the only years SWW were held only in June.

Celebration V took place in August 2010 and a special event coordinated with the closing of Star Tours for refurbishment (called "Last Tour to Endor") was held on August 14, 2010.
Thanks, I'll go update that.
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I'm in! We are planning a surprise trip for DS and our oldest DD for SWW 2013. I'm so excited!
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I think I will miss 2013. First time in 5 years. My biggest tip would be to get there early and get in line for the Training Academy. Even getting there early, I had a long line to wait in to sign up. My wife and I went to different locations, I did this and she went shopping at the Darth Maul and did the spending.
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We're in!!

Already have our tickets and potential room! Hoping to move to GV at OKW in December, but happy with SSR if it doesn't work out. Can't wait for our second SSW! We went in 2011 and loved it!!

Can't wait for more updates, the obcessive planner in me is already working on ADR's!

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following along. I hate the not being certain when making reservations.
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I'm in. Although we probably have to skip next year after going the past 2 years. But I love following along and can help with questions.
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We're in!! Hoping to catch the first weekend. Our dates are hopefully May 12 - 20, although not booked yet. May tweek those.
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Hoping to catch the first weekend at the end of my honeymoon!
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #13
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I just came on here to find you all, and with a little fairy dust You were easy to find!

Here's our deal. We have gone the past 4 years in a row. Twice during Christmas decor, twice during Halloween. Not that we don't enjoy it, but we are looking for something different. THAT and it costs more to fly from here than to be down in DW for a week. SO, we are thinking on holding off until May.

We love Star Wars (not hard core fans or anything) but our kids are now into the movies and i think would love Star Wars weekend!

So, how is the weather? We are used to Early Dec (IMO not hot enough) and early Oct (Maybe a little too hot). I'd rather be too hot than too cold.

Also, is there every any deals around May? We always seem to pick up free dining. Which is the holy grail of discounts. What are the chances?

Now, I know crowds will be busy in HS, but in general, how are crowds? I always hear it's busy in the summer, or at the Holidays, but I only know the time frames we've been in, and we've been happy with that. We aren't waiters...we never wait in line for long.

The more I think about Star Wars weekend the more excited I get. 5th time around it's nice to have a change.

OH, also, the new section to MK should be open by then right?

Lastly, All i know about Star Wars weekend is that there is a parade, characters walking about, actors signing autographs. Am I missing anything? What is the plan of attack once in the HS? What should I plan on doing with my kids? (8 and 7, boy and a girl). They really loved Star Tours last year, loved the gift shop, and I am going to say that they will want their very for light saber EXCITED!
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I am so excited for SWW 2013. My three boys are very into it and would love it. That being said the earliest we can go is June 7th, so I am really hoping that we get lucky and it is still going on that weekend. Can't wait to hear all the tips!
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There's a possibility that I'll be heading back for Star Wars Weekends next year. The best advice I can give a newbie is to check out StudiosCentral.org. I got most of my planning from that website and after just a couple of hours in DHS, I had the lay of the land and knew what I was doing. I even had other guests who discovered it was SWW while they were there asking me for advice since I knew what I was doing. And all because I had invested time beforehand.

Depending on what your must dos at SWW are, you may need to give yourself two days. I gave myself 3 days in 2009 spread out over 2 different weekends.
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