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, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, you can join celebrities and characters for special shows, panels, presentations and more!
In Episode 5 of the DLP Newscast, Steve suggested bringing Star Wars Weekends to Disneyland Paris. What a great idea. Now, you're probably thinking, the reason they do Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida is because it's a more popular theme park. Well, if you look at the attendance figures for 2010, Disney's Hollywood Studios had 9.6 million visitors, whereas Disneyland Park (Paris) had 10.5 million!
Ok, well they probably do Star Wars Weekends in America because that's where all the talent is. Well, let's list the Star Wars celebrities that typically appear at these events:
• Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok) lives in England
• Kenny Baker (R2-D2) lives in England
• Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) lives in England
• Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) lives in Texas
• Ray Park (Darth Maul) lives in Los Angeles
What do these guys all have in common? They're all English, and the majority of them still live in England. So, what's the distance from London to Disneyland Paris? It's about 222 miles. What about the distance from London to Disney's Hollywood Studios? It's about 4364 miles! So, all of those Star Wars celebrities are having to travel 20 times the distance, to get to a park that has a million less visitors per year!
But Star Wars is an American film, right? Well yes, George Lucas (director and writer) is American, Gary Kurtz (producer) is American, Rick McCallum (producer) is American and John Williams (composer) is American. But where were these films actually shot? America, right? Wrong. The three original Star Wars films were shot at Elstree Studios near London. And the first two prequels were shot at Leavesden Studios, also near London. The only Star Wars film not to be shot in England was Revenge of the Sith, which was shot at Fox Studios Australia in Sydney. So really, the majority of the Star Wars films were all made in England, not America.
It certainly makes you think, doesn't it? Disneyland Paris would be the perfect home for Star Wars Weekends.