In my ideal Star Wars Weekends...Walt Disney World: George Lucas and Harrison Ford would be signing autographs and taking pictures with guests.
From Daniel EtcheberryThey never go.
Posted May 7, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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From Phil B.Lucas stays away from public functions for the most part, unless it is an environment that is considered to be controlled and safe. If he did show up to SW weekends, it would most likely be for a scripted Q&A with no questions taken from the audience. As much as he is beloved, there are a lot of people out there who take issue with him over the prequels, and the retooling of the original trilogy. "Han shot first" anybody?
Posted May 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Speaking of Han, good luck getting Ford to ever show up for a fan event like SW weekends. As much as SW did to catapult the mans career, you would think he starred in the Super Mario Bros. movie and two of it's sequels. I always get this vibe from him in interviews like he wishes his involvement in SW could just go away. Such a shame too, Han Solo is such a great, classic character, and Ford's portrayal of him in Empire Strikes Back was exceptional.
Still, SW weekends are pretty cool as they are right now. Plenty of characters walking around to take photos with. Star Tours and The Jedi Training Academy are great attractions. You get the Hyperspace Hoopla dance show which is very entertaining, as well as the Star Wars/Indiana Jones Stunt Show mash up which is a lot of fun to see. And there are still some pretty great guests from the movies, who sign autographs and do the Q&A's. You may not get Lucas, but if Dave Filoni is there this year, that would be a guy I would like to meet or catch a Q&A session with. If you don't know who he is, he is the supervising director of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Great guy....super fan of the SW universe....really knows his stuff. And in my opinion may just be the next best thing to getting to talk to Lucas himself. The guy interacts with him all the time about various story elements as it relates to the Clone Wars show. His insight into how Lucas thinks must be tremendous after the last 4+ years of working with him.
From Tom RiggLucas did show up to the Last Tour to Endor Party last year during Star Wars Celebration V. He was in the audience for the second show of Indiana Jones and the Lost Jedi Temple of Doom. That said I don't think he'll show up for just Star Wars Weekend.
Posted May 8, 2011 at 4:49 AM
From Andy MilioDaniel said, "They never go."
Posted May 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM
And they most likely never will
From Daniel EtcheberryThe waiting time for the new Star Tours would be 15 minutes :)
Posted May 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM
From Bryan FearAgreed with Phil B. Ford seems to distance himself from it while trying to not let that vibe out too strong. I see the same thing with Bill Murray and the Ghostbusters franchise. Ford once said something ( to this effect ) in an interview, "Jones was more fun, there was depth to him. Solo? He's got no momma, he's got no papa.... He's just a drifter." or something similar. It wasn't a character he cared for. I don't know if he understands that people still see a lot of his lesser known movies today just to see what ol' Indiana Solo is up to. :-(
Posted May 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Perfect Star Wars weekend? Every Star Wars related attraction works and is open. I'd be fine with just that. Also agreed that there could afford to be a bit more SW theming at the parks. Maybe on top of Star Tours a landing pad with a mock up of the Millennium Falcon or and X-Winger on it, as if there's a landing pad up there.
From Kurt LarsonWe would be spending the whole day in a newly opened park, (or at the very least land)...
Posted May 12, 2011 at 11:40 PM
It seems like such a no-brainer.
I mean, who doesn't want to eat calamari at Admiral Ackbar's Seafood Vessel?
Or take pictures with various low-level characters like Walrus-Man and Bossk?
Can you imagine an Endor-esque speeder bike roller coaster or dark Millenium Falcon ride similiar to IOA Spider-Man?
And drinks at the Mos Eisley Cantina????????
From Alan HiscuttI always wondered how disney would make Mos Eisley look if they redid the whole Endor Village thing at DHS. Id love to drink blue milk whilst listening to Figrin Dan and the Modal nodes. Also be kinda cool to have a Jabbas Palace play land for the kids i reckon, get rid of the HISTK area, fill it with Little hidey holes, have a slide going down to the Rancor pit.
Posted May 14, 2011 at 3:08 AM
I shall stop before I design Star Wars: The Theme Park LOL.
From TH CreativeMy Ideal Star Wars Weekend:
Posted May 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM
Around midafternoon I meet Natalie Portman at the entrance of Disney Hollywood Studios. We take a limo to the Contemporary Resort where we enjoy dinner and drinks at the California Grill.
From Daniel EtcheberryIn my ideal Star Wars weekend, Natalie Portman would be my wife. Too bad she is engaged.
Posted May 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM
From TH CreativeWait, your wife is engaged? How does that math work?
Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:04 PM
From Tony DudaNatalie Portman is 8 months pregnant with a due date of late May or early June. I hope you didn't know this or you are very weird or you are just imagining her in her torn white outfit glory.
Posted May 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM
From TH CreativeI meant Star Wars Weekend 2012 ... I'm taking her body double Keira Knightly this year!
Posted May 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM
Duh ... Winning!
(In a related story, beginning next fall, THCreative will be played by Ashton Kutcher ... explains a lot, doesn't it?)
From Daniel EtcheberryIn my ideal Star Wars weekend, Natalie Portman is single, not pregnant, she is in love with me, and we skip the Star Tours line because she is....well, Natalie Portman.
Posted May 17, 2011 at 11:32 AM
I suppose my second option would have to be Carrie Fisher :(
From Mike GallagherDaniel,
Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM
And by "Carrie Fisher," I assume you mean the 1977-80 version, not the modern one.
From Daniel EtcheberryMike,
Posted May 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM
I was thinking in the Carrie Fisher of today; that is why I typed a sad face.
Even if it were the young Carrie Fisher, I would still prefer Natalie.
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