Week 4 Guests: Warwick Davis (Wicket) and Mike Quinn
Week 4 Image Bank
Warwick Davis and Mike Quinn
are real Star Wars Weekends
Both were here at Disney Star Wars Weekends
for a third year, and friendly as usual. Each guest seems to be
a welcome friend to these busy Star Wars
Warwick Davis had many Harry
Potter fans in attendance. Delighted fans were excited
about the third installment, The Prisoner of Azkaban, which was released last week. Davis brought to
life many different characters he's played such as Professor
Flitwick, Leprechaun, and Willow,
among others. In his spare time, Davis runs Willow
Personal Management. Established in 1995, Willow
Personal Management represents actors of smaller
size in the UK. Davis is a busy, successful actor,
helping others in his industry while still making time for his
Mike Quinn is a Muppets
Man himself. Aside from working on many great Star
Wars creatures and characters (Nien Nunb,
Jabba the Hutt, Admiral Ackbar,
and many more), Quinn has worked with Muppets
legends like the late Jim Henson
and Frank Oz (Yoda). He entertained
the crowd at the Celebrity Q&A with his wonderful puppet antics.
Quinn has also been staying busy with several
animation projects. Check out his website, QuinnZone.com.
He is a lurker to many Star Wars fan
site forums, and loves to chat with fans.
We did get rain in Orlando during the past week. Disney
does have a covered area for autograph signing should the weather
become unpleasant. Rain or shine, the signings will go on!
The fourth week of the event was the big weekend for
Legion costuming group. At least 100 members from
all over the US marched in the Disney Star Wars Weekends
celebrity motorcade. The 501st
has worked hard over the last few years to get Disney
to allow costumed guests to participate in Star Wars
Weekends. (Disney has
strict costume guidelines for the group for their participation
in the Celebrity Motorcade Parade.) There were Imperial
Troops of all kinds, Imperial Officers, Bounty Hunters, and some members of the
Forces as well.
During the earlier years of this event, coming to MGM
Studios in costume would get a guest turned away at the
gate. Now, as long as the head is not covered, costumed guests
are most welcome to attend. This change in policy has been great
for many Star Wars Weekend attendees, who really
get into the spirit of the event. The 501st was
responsible for getting Disney to allow
the costuming to be part of the fun, and their presence at Star
Wars Weekends has been appreciated. Their group
works hard to see ALL fans have more fun!
Week Four was Fan Appreciation Week. The
weekend had been previously billed as Fan Club Week,
but with the Fan Club undergoing another change in management,
their participation seemed to evaporate. Many attendees were
surprised to find that neither Steven Sansweet
(who has attended many previous events), nor any Official
Star Wars Fan Club representation was present at this
year's Star Wars Weekends. The official
presence of Lucasfilm was sorely missed by many guests.
We are coming up on the fifth and final week
of Star Wars Weekends 2004. Daniel
Logan (young Boba Fett) and Amy
Allen (Aayla Secura) will be the guest
celebrities for the final week.
MERCHANDISE AND COLLECTIBLES
Week #4 Star WarsWeekends individual
coin (sterling silver plated), $20.
First, some bad news. As of Sunday May 30, 2004, the Star Wars
Weekends 2004 Jedi Mickey event
exclusive plush is sold out!
There is mention from Disney management
of more Jedi Mickey plushes coming, but they
will be without the Star Wars Weekends
markings, and no one seems sure exactly when they will be available.
Check with Tatooine Traders constantly daily,
several times a day as, this can always change.)
A little more bad news...
The framed Star Wars Weekends 2004
coin set (limited to 250) is sold out. The good news is there is another...
June 5th, a new Star Wars Weekends 2004
framed coin set (also limited to 250) with variations of the Star
Wars Weekends 2004 coins that are NOT available