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STAR WARS WEEKENDS - On Location Feature Special PDF Print E-mail
Written by Leonard Chia   
Monday, 05 June 2006 05:52

With Original Images, Videos and Text by Leonard Chia

Beginning on Friday 19 May 2006, a series of 4 Star Wars Weekends (Fridays to Sundays) is ongoing at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando (USA), ending Sunday 11 June 2006. With much fortune, I happened to be in the vicinity on Saturday 20 May 2006.

From early morning, visitors trooped through the gates of the theme park under the watchful eyes of the Stormtrooper sentry. In fact, many Star Wars fans had gathered outside the theme park prior to its opening at 9am, ready to soak up a day of fun and enjoyment with their favourite Star Wars celebrities and characters… and not forgetting Mickey and gang

 

 

Beginning on Friday 19 May 2006, a series of 4 Star Wars Weekends (Fridays to Sundays) is ongoing at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando (USA), ending Sunday 11 June 2006.  With much fortune, I happened to be in the vicinity on Saturday 20 May 2006.

 

From early morning, visitors trooped through the gates of the theme park under the watchful eyes of the Stormtrooper sentry.  In fact, many Star Wars fans had gathered outside the theme park prior to its opening at 9am, ready to soak up a day of fun and enjoyment with their favourite Star Wars celebrities and characters… and not forgetting Mickey and gang


The morning began with a Star Wars parade, led by Imperial Forces, Rebels, Jedi, Sith, and many more familiar creatures of the Star Wars movies. Gracing the event were Mr Rick McCallum (Producer of Episodes I, II, III), Mr Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Mr Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok in EPVI, Wald in EpI)

The parade ended at the Star Tours event stage and the fans truly enjoyed the magnificent sight of all the characters and celebrities on the same platform… a terrific photo opportunity.

Forget about midichlorian count, what better way to discover a youngling’s true potential than through the Jedi Training Academy?  Throughout the day, the Star Tours event stage offered many younglings the opportunity to test their potential in the Force.  Who knows, one of them might just grow up to be the most powerful Jedi one day?

For the lucky fans who managed to successfully queue for passes, they were rewarded with the opportunity to come up close with their favourite celebrities to obtain their autographs and seal the wonderful memories with warm handshakes.

 

 

Star Wars Cook-Book autographed by Mr Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)

Among the more exquisite characters present were Kit Fisto as well as Aurra Sing and Zam Wesell.

And it would not have been Star Wars Weekend at Disney, if not for the presence of Disney’s very own… Jedi Mickey!

But the ultimate highlight of the event was getting to meet Mr Rick McCallum in person, getting his autograph and having a photo taken with him.  And yes, that’s him with our Starwars.sg sticker on his shirt .


[photo courtesy of Mr David Iskra, Disney Entertainment]

 

Photo poster autographed by Mr Rick McCallum

 This year’s series of Star Wars Weekends ends on 11 June, so unless you have already made travel plans to visit Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando (USA) over the next couple of weeks, you should probably plan ahead for Star Wars Weekends 2007 instead.  I promise it will be a wonderful experience for any Star Wars fan.

Meantime, here are some videos for your enjoyment ( right click on the links and save them to your computer ) :
 

1) Launch of Star Wars Weekend 

2) Tatooine Trivia Trials 

3) Troopin’n’Groovin (this is hilarious, you MUST view it!) 

4) Star Wars YMCA (ever seen a Gamorrean Guard dance?)

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