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Star Wars™ Weekends

2010 Dates: May 21 – 23, May 28 – 30, June 4 – 6, June 11 – 13 

Star Wars Weekends is an annual special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park that celebrates the legendary Star Wars Saga and the animated television series, The Clone Wars. This year, celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back as you join Jedi Knights, Sith Lords and Star Wars celebrities for special shows, presentations and memorabilia. 

Fans of the Star Wars universe don’t have to travel to “a galaxy far, far away” to come face to face with droids, alien creatures and many of their favorite Star Wars characters. 

Younglings can hone their lightsaber skills and prepare to do battle with Darth Vader himself at the Jedi Training Academy. Prove yourself the master of trivia in contests with prize giveaways. Board a runaway Starspeeder on the Star Tours attraction, or stare in awe as visitors from Naboo, Endor and every world between pass by in a motorcade. 

In addition to all of the entertainment, there are plenty of conversations, autograph sessions and motorcades with the celebrities and creators of the Star Wars cosmos. This year’s celebrity hosts for all 4 weekends are Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka). 

Call Upon the Force!
Call (407) 827-2799 and choose from either the Light Side or the Dark Side of the Force to hear a special message from a Star Wars character inviting you to be a part of this special event! 

  

2010 Star Wars Weekends Schedule

Weekend 1: May 21 – 23, the actual 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back 

Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett) 

Daniel Logan (Boba Fett, Episode II) 

Dee Bradley Baker (voice of Captain Rex, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  

Weekend 2: May 28 – 30 

Matthew Wood (voice of General Grievous) 

Lorne Peterson (Chief Model Maker, Star Wars Saga) 

Tom Kane (voice of Yoda, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  

Weekend 3: June 4 – 6 

Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) 

Ray Park (Darth Maul) 

Dave Filoni (Supervising Director, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

  

Weekend 4: June 11 – 13 

Ray Park (Darth Maul) 

Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) 

James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Appearances subject to change without notice. 

Grab a Disney’s FASTPASS before the Park opens to ensure your place in line for celebrity autographs. Find the autograph FASTPASS kiosk outside the Front Gate entrance. Quantities are limited. 

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, be on the lookout for the “Dark Side,” near the Backlot Tour across from Studios Catering Co., where you’ll find all things Star Wars. Boba’s Bounty offers exclusive Star Wars Weekends merchandise and the Dark Side Depot has Star Wars-themed gifts, apparel and more. 

Each day ends with the Hyperspace Hoopla! show, where many favorites let loose with music, comedy, dancing and more. With Ewoks, Wookiees, stormtroopers, Jawas and more invading Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park, young Padawan Learners and their parents would be wise to have their cameras ready. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park admission is required. Star Wars Weekends events are included with admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be cancelled at any time. 

 

 

Walt Disney World® Summer Nightastic!

Saturday, June 6, 2010 – August 14, 2010 

Light up your summer at Walt Disney World Resort with Summer Nightastic! from June 6 through August 14, 2010. See Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, experience the new special effects at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, thrill to the new Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Spectacular, and groove to a dance party and the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series.  

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade 

Location: Magic Kingdom Theme Park
Brighten your night with the return of a Guest favorite, the more-dazzling-than-ever Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade in Magic Kingdom Park. You’ll see plenty that’s new—fun-loving Tinker Bell leads the parade, which includes festive new floats inspired by Pinocchio and Snow White. 

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 

Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park
In a magical glow, take a plunge down the elevator shaft of the once-glamorous Hollywood Tower Hotel in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Exciting new special effects make this ride frightfully thrilling—and chilling! 

Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Spectacular 

Location: Magic Kingdom Theme Park
Bursts of vivid color and brilliant visual effects dance in the sky as whimsical music fills the air in a special summer fireworks spectacular at Magic Kingdom Park. 

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series 

Summer isn’t summer without great tunes. See some of the world’s best tribute bands in the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series, an annual live event that rocks Epcot theme park. Hear your all-time favorite hits that never fail to strike a chord, bringing back summertime bliss and becoming the timeless anthems of youth. 

U2, the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Chicago, the Bee Gees&remember when you first heard them? The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series brings together a talented collection of tribute bands that recreate the chart-topping hits of these legendary musical icons. 

Follow the treasured sounds of long, carefree sunny days to the lagoonside America Gardens Theatre—adjacent to the American Adventure Pavilion. Under the skies of this open-air theatre, take in the tunes that inspired everyone’s favorite youthful memories as you celebrate the spirit of summer vacation.  

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series 2010 Performers 

  • June 12 – June 19: Stayin’ Alive – A Tribute to The Bee Gees
  • June 20 – June 26: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles
  • June 27 – July 3: Karin Lawson – A Tribute to Janet Jackson
  • July 4 – July 10: Satisfaction – A Tribute to The Rolling Stones
  • July 11 – July 17: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
  • July 18 – July 24: 2U – A Tribute to U2
  • July 25 – July 31: Beginnings – A Tribute to CHICAGO

Showtimes are schedule for 5:45 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:15 p.m.—except on July 4. On July 4, showtimes are scheduled for 5:15 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 

For the latest information and updated showtimes, please check the Entertainment Guide you receive when you enter Epcot theme park. 

Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at Night – NEW DATE! 

Expedition Everest™ Challenge, a race adventure with bite, is coming June 12, 2010 to Disney’s Endurance Series. Just after sunset, teams of two take on the exotic terrain of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in a fun, competitive 5K adventure run with obstacles followed by a scavenger hunt. The reward for completing the challenge is an exclusive after-hours party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. If you have what it takes to conquer this challenge, then find a teammate and join the trek! The challenge and the party will double your fun! If no one will brave this adventure with you, then sign up for the solo trek. 

 

Trek Women Triathlon Series

September 5, 2010  

Trek Women Triathlon Series – Where every woman wins! 

The 2nd annual Trek Women Triathlon Series will be held at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, Florida.
This event is a first timer friendly women’s triathlon and will feature a ½ mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run and will be staged at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Sally Edwards, Hall of Fame triathlete, and Spokesperson for the Trek Women Triathlon Series, invites you to race with her! 

Saturday, September 4, 2010 – Expo and Packet Pickup at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground 

Sunday, September 5, 2010 – Competition at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground 

For more information visit: www.trekwomenstriathlonseries.com 

 

Ride! Rock! Rejoice!

September 10 & 11, 2010  

 Night of Joy is a contemporary Christian music festival held September 10-11, 2010 at Magic Kingdom Park. From 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. each night, hear live performances by contemporary Christian superstars in rock, pop and gospel as you ride some of the Park’s hottest attractions. 

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Night of Joy artists will grace several stages around Magic Kingdom Park, so you can choose from different musical performances and locations throughout the festival. 

Friday, September 10, 2010
The magic starts Friday, with a full night of music, featuring these headlining artists: 

  • Chris Tomlin
  • David Crowder*Band
  • Casting Crowns

Saturday, September 11, 2010
The inspiration continues on Saturday night with a host of amazing bands, including these headliners: 

  • MercyMe
  • Third Day
  • Family Force

  

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween

September – October 2010 

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a Halloween-themed special event held on select dates in Magic Kingdom theme park that requires a separate ticket to attend. 

The event will be held from 7pm-12am September- November, 2010* 

Order tickets online now or by calling (407) WDISNEY or (407) 934-7639. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. 

During Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Guests of all ages are encouraged to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Even better, you can collect delicious candy as you trick-or-treat around Magic Kingdom theme park. 

In addition to many favorite Disney attractions, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is filled with special entertainment, including: 

  • Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade—including Disney Characters and the stars of the Haunted Mansion attraction. The parade begins with a spook-tacular ride by the Headless Horseman.
  • Happy HalloWishes—a spectacular fireworks show where the Disney Villains go trick-or-treating in the sky.
  • Many favorite Disney Characters and Disney Villians in special Halloween costumes.
  • Special lighting, music and theming effects transforms special areas of Magic Kingdom theme park into happy haunted hollows.

The tone of the event is, well, “Not-So-Scary”, and is appropriate for children of all ages. 

Dates*: 

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2010
  • Saturday, September 18, 2010
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2010
  • Thursday, September 23, 2010
  • Saturday, September 25, 2010
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010
  • Thursday, September 30, 2010
  • Friday, October 1, 2010
  • Sunday, October 3, 2010
  • Thursday, October 7, 2010
  • Friday, October 8, 2010
  • Monday, October 11, 2010
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010
  • Thursday, October 14, 2010
  • Sunday, October 17, 2010
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  • Thursday, October 21, 2010
  • Friday, October 22, 2010
  • Sunday, October 24, 2010
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2010
  • Thursday, October 28, 2010
  • Friday, October 29, 2010
  • Sunday, October 31, 2010
  • Monday, November 1, 2010

  

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

October 1, 2010 – November 14, 2010 

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an autumn special event that transforms Epcot Theme Park into a food and wine lover’s paradise with specialty food items, culinary events, sophisticated parties and live musical entertainment. 

Epcot always features a remarkable collection of international dining opportunities and tempting spirits, but during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival there is even more to sample, sip and love. 

Try delicious cuisine from around the world at special food booths set up along World Showcase Promenade. Explore specialty marketplaces featuring regional foods, wines and beers. Learn from renowned chefs and winemakers at special programs and demonstrations, and sample the finest cuisine from around the globe at spectacular culinary events. 

Plus, there is more to do than just enjoying great food and beverage. Enjoy the Eat to the Beat concert series and unwind with a stellar lineup of celebrated musical acts. 

When you arrive at Epcot, visit the Festival Welcome Center to plan your day. You’ll also find the Festival Wine Shop and the Wonders Bar—where you can purchase champagne and wine or attend official book signings with celebrity chefs and authors. The Stockpot shop offers marvelous merchandise, including the collectable marketplace cookbook. 

Epcot Theme Park admission is required. Some Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events require ticket fees in addition to admission to Epcot. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time. 

  

Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

October 1 – 2, 2010 

The Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon will be run on a brand new half marathon course at the Walt Disney World Resort, and it will be run at night! Where else can you run a half marathon at night? Running through theme parks and world-class Disney entertainment along the way will make the miles fly by, but what could motivate you more than finishing inside Epcot® to an exclusive after-hours party inside the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? Culinary delights and specialty drinks from around the world await you along with an inaugural finisher medal! This race experience will be the ultimate “Runner’s Night Out”. Mark your race calendars now for the race weekend with a party you don’t want to miss! 

  

Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00 AM
  
 Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival is back for its 3rd annual event in Orlando, FL.  The world’s fastest growing water sport is also the most exciting. Twenty paddlers move in unison, combining camaraderie, strength, and teamwork in a boat whose ornate decorations originates in ancient China.

Each team consists of a maximum of 20 paddlers, a steersperson (cox) and a drummer. Regardless of age or athletic abilities, no experience is necessary to participate in this sport.  Registration includes 2 practice sessions with a certified coach, a team tent during the event, use of paddles, lifejackets and the boats. Registration is now open for this event! 

For more event information and to register, please visit  www.gwndragonboat.com

  

Festival of the Masters

November 12-14, 2010 

The 35th Festival of the Masters presented by Sharpie® is a vibrant open-air art festival in the Downtown Disney area. Featuring nearly 150 award-winning artists, discover why this world-renowned show is a much-anticipated annual event for Guests, artists, collectors and art lovers. 

Showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more, this prestigious show is ranked among the country’s finest outdoor art festivals. There’s a lot more to enjoy, too, like amazing chalk art, live music, specialty foods and family-friendly activities. 

The entry deadline is July 2, 2010. Click here to apply! 

 Downtown Disney area admission and parking are complimentary. 

*Entertainment and activities are subject to change without notice. 

  

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

November-December 2010 

Glimpse all the wonder and magic of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 

Select a chapter from the Storybook page for a close-up look at all the festive events that happen during this special holiday party. Choose as many chapters as you wish to learn more about all there is to see and do at the merriest place on earth. 

The event will be held from 7pm-12:00am November- December, 2010*  Order tickets online now or by calling (407) WDISNEY or (407) 934-7639. Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held each winter on select nights at Magic Kingdom theme park that requires a separate ticket to attend. This festive celebration is filled with live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade. 

Celebrate the magic of the season in the holiday wonderland of Magic Kingdom theme park. Gather with loved ones for a festive sight- and sound-filled special event that is sure to make you merry! 

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features: 

  • The enchanted Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle
  • Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, complete with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself
  • An exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza — Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season
  • Live entertainment featuring Disney Characters
  • Meet and greet opportunities throughout Magic Kingdom theme park with some of your favorite Disney Characters
  • Complimentary cookies and hot cocoa
  • A magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Many of the most popular Magic Kingdom attractions

Standard Magic Kingdom theme park admission tickets will not allow Guests to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. 

Dates

  • Monday, November 8, 2010
  • Thursday, November 11, 2010
  • Friday, November 12, 2010
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2010
  • Thursday, November 18, 2010
  • Friday, November 19, 2010
  • Sunday, November 28, 2010
  • Tuesday, November 30, 2010
  • Thursday, December 2, 2010
  • Friday, December 3, 2010
  • Sunday, December 5, 2010
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2010
  • Thursday, December 9, 2010
  • Friday, December 10, 2010
  • Sunday, December 12, 2010
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2010
  • Thursday, December 16, 2010
  • Friday, December 17, 2010
  • Sunday, December 19, 2010

*Advance Purchase Price not available on 12/7, 12/10, 12/12, 12/17, 12/19. All other select nights, when purchased prior to the day of the event: $53.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $47.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9); Day-Of Event Prices: $59.95 + tax (Ages 10+) $53.95 + tax (Ages 3 – 9); 

  

Holidays Around The World – Candlelight Processional

November 26, 2010 – December 30, 2010 

During the holidays, Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with festive decorations and live entertainment. From Holidays Around The World to Candlelight Processional, delight in the sights and sounds of the season. 

Candlelight Processional is a special holiday event held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre in Epcot theme park as part of Holidays Around The World. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. 

Candlelight Processional is a terrific way to get in the Christmas spirit and to share the magic of the season with your family and friends. The event has become an essential family tradition for many Guests — once you experience it, you will be inspired to share it every year with the ones you love. 

This unforgettable spectacle is held on select nights during the holiday season and, due to its popularity, often fills up quickly. To ensure you have a seat, you may participate in one of our Candlelight Dinner Packages* that includes a delicious dinner, a Guaranteed seating section for the Candlelight Processional, and pre-arranged fireworks viewing. For more information or to make dinner reservations, please call (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).† 

†Guests under age 18 must have parent or guardian permission to call. Entertainment is subject to change without notice. 

  

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27, 2011 

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park is a breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music. 

The lights are so extensive you may find it hard to comprehend their magnitude. Entire buildings are blanketed in sheets of multi-colored lights, and thousands more lights form twirling carousels, heavenly angels, and even Santa and his reindeer. 

Approximately every 10 minutes, the lights dim and then dramatically spring to life — dynamically choreographed to traditional holiday music. You have to see the effect to believe it! 

Some nights, if you truly believe in holiday magic, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow. The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights started modestly in Arkansas as a single home’s annual display. Every year, Jennings Osborne and his family set up an elaborate collection of holiday lights and over the years, the collection of lights grew, and grew… and grew! In 1995, the Osborne family decided to share their magic with the world, and Walt Disney World Resort happily offered to become the new permanent home for this exceptional exhibition of holiday cheer. 

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is included with standard admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. 

*The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will not be featured on November 22, 2009. 

  

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Lady Foot Locker

Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February 27, 2011 

Fairytales do come true.  One mile at a time. 

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend brings women of all ages together to participate in a magical event designed just for them. The Disney Princesses are the inspiration for the weekend’s events and will focus on the attributes every princess possesses: commitment, courage, determination, fantasy, perseverance, and strength. 

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she must blaze her own trail.  A time when she has to run, not from an evil stepmother, but to her moment of glory.  A day when the true princess inside of her shines through.  The time has come for you!  The event will take place at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida on a new date – February 25-27, 2011, and is set to celebrate the women who prove that anything is possible in life’s fairytale.  

So, dust off those glass running slippers and get set for an experience nothing short of happily ever after!  

Registration opens July 6, 2010.   

Visit mydisneymarathon.com/Princess to watch video and see photos from last year’s event in the multimedia gallery. 

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