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Walt Disney World releases Star Wars Weekends celebrity schedule

Ray Park will be among the many "Star Wars" celebrities to appear at the 2014 Star Wars Weekends held at the Walt Disney World Resort.
David Roark, photo courtesy of Disney

On April 23, Walt Disney World resort released its lineup of celebrities scheduled to appear at the 2014 Star Wars Weekends. The event, held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, features appearances from actors appearing in the “Star Wars” films, both trilogies, as well as voice actors working with the popular “Star Wars” animated television series.

Returning as the celebrity host for the 2014 Star Wars Weekends (SWW) is voice actor James Arnold Taylor. Taylor is known to “Star Wars” fans for his work on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, where he provided the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, among other characters.

The 2014 SWW celebrity schedule includes some well-known names from the George Lucas’ cinematic and televisual universe. Representative actors from the original “Star Wars” trilogy (now known was Episodes IV, V and VI) include Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew and Billy Dee Williams, who portrayed Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, respectively. Representing the first three films will be Ray Park, Jeremy Bulloch and Ahmed Best, who portrayed Darth Maul, Boba Fett and Jar Jar Binks. Warwick Davis, who appeared in both trilogies as different characters –Wicket W. Warrick in Episode VI, Wald in Episode I – will also attend.

The popular “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” includes appearances by Dee Bradley Baker, Tom Kane, Matt Lanter and Cat Taber. Fans eagerly awaiting the début of the upcoming “Star Wars Rebels” will be pleased to note several voice actors from the Disney XD animated series are slated to appear.

Ashley Eckstein, voice of Ahsoka Tano in “The Clone Wars” and the force behind Her Universe (a merchandise line aimed at female sci-fi fans) also returns to SWW. She will host the 2014 “Behind The Force” shows held each weekend, which will showcase some of the main cast members from the upcoming Disney XD animated series

The final Star Wars Weekend, Weekend V, is sure to garner a great deal of attention from “Star Wars” fans. Not only does it mark the first year of expansion for the event, but Weekend V will boast the largest number of “Star Wars” celebrities to appear at one time in the Disney event’s history.

2014 Star Wars Weekends celebrity appearances (subject to change)

SWW Weekend I: May 16-18

  • Ahmed Best: Jar Jar Binks (“Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace;” “Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones;” “Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith;” “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (“Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith;” “Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope;” “Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back;” “Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi; Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (“Star Wars Rebels”)

SWW Weekend II: May 23-25

  • Warwick Davis: Wicket W. Warrick (“Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi”; Wald (“Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace”)
  • Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back;” “Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi”) Capt. Jeremoch Colton (“Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith”)
  • Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (“Star Wars Rebels”)

SWW Weekend III: May 30-June 1

  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (“Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace”)
  • John Ratzenberger: Major Bren Derlin (“Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back”)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (“Star Wars Rebels”)

SWW Weekend IV: June 6-8

  • Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker (“Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope;” “Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back;” “Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi;” Darth Bane (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Ray Park: Darth Maul (“Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace”)
  • Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian (“Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back;’ “Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi”)
  • Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (“Star Wars Rebels”)

SWW Weekend V: June 13-15

  • Dee Bradley Baker: Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk and several additional characters (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Cat Taber: Padmé Amidala and several additional characters (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Tom Kane: Yoda, the series’ narrator and several additional characters (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker and several additional characters (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”)
  • Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (“Star Wars Rebels”)

Disney’s Star Wars Weekends is held five consecutive weekends from May 15 - June 15, 2014. The events are included with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.