Milford Hutsell

Milford Hutsell

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the all-new episodes coming thanks to #CloneWarsSaved, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

31: “Senate Spy” (Season Two, Episode 4)

“A true heart should never be doubted.”

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Synopsis:

The Jedi Council suspects that Senator Rush Clovis, an InterGalactic Banking Clan delegate and former colleague of Padmé Amidala, may be working for the Separatists. Against Anakin’s wishes, Padmé accepts a mission to accompany Rush to Cato Neimoidia to uncover clues about the Senator’s true allegiances.

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Analysis:

Personal feelings and professional obligations collide in a rare, quieter episode dedicated to political intrigue and secret romance.

Inside the senate chamber, Padmé and Anakin grapple with their identities as individuals, their duty to each other and the Republic, and ultimately the trust that relationships must be built on to survive.

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Anakin is constantly putting himself in the line of fire, a general on the frontlines of the war, and a Jedi who reacts more by gut instinct than tactical plan. But when it comes to his wife, Padmé, he’s protective to the point of being suffocating, jealous to the point of being infuriating. “I’m not going to let you do it,” he says, as if he has the right of the choice to decide for her.

What he fails to realize in this moment is that Padmé has always been a formidable force, capable and intelligent, dedicated to protecting the people she represents whether as a queen or a senator. She’s not afraid to put herself at risk when the needs of the many are at stake.

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Anakin’s folly is ultimately in trying to control Padmé’s decision instead of acting as concerned spouse who ultimately trusts her and supports her choice. By trying to assert his own dominance and leaking some intel Master Yoda had failed to mention, he inadvertently helps to persuade her to agree to the mission to spy on Senator Clovis.

As Anakin and Padmé both put it, with varying degrees of snark, “Duty comes first, especially in war time.”

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And in the end they’re both at least partially right in their assessment. The mission is dangerous — Padmé’s poisoning could easily have been deadly. But it’s nothing she couldn’t handle (with some help acquiring the antidote, of course.) And the information they uncover is vital to the war efforts.

Hat tip to Obi-Wan, who doesn’t even try to control his face when Anakin shows a suspicious level of interest in Padmé’s personal life.

Intel:

  • This episode is a departure from most of the series, standing out for the elements it lacks: No blasters are fired, no lightsabers are ignited, and there’s not so much as an explosion.

What did you think of the episode? Tell us in the comments below and share on social with #CloneWarsRewatch!

Next up: Come back next Thursday when things go terribly awry on Geonosis in “Landing at Point Rain.”

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Want to talk more about The Clone Wars? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver what you thought about today’s episode.

“I’ve been looking forward to this.”

So said Count Dooku prior to his next clash with Anakin and Obi-Wan in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, but that statement also applies to our own feelings about the Sith Lord’s Star Wars Battlefront II debut. Count Dooku is the latest prequel/Star Wars: The Clone Wars character to arrive in the popular game, and is available beginning today. StarWars.com spoke with Lucasfilm’s Michael Dailey, assistant producer, about bringing the Separatist leader into Battlefront II. Here are his greatest insights.

Count Dooku in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The iconic villain battles Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

On capturing Dooku’s essence as seen in other media:

“We partner with the DICE animation team and point them in the direction that we think would make sense for developing the character. From there they do a lot of research, looking at examples from the movies and The Clone Wars. In this case I think, The Clone Wars was the bigger influence. They went and looked at the way that he fights and brought in elements of that into the way he was was animated — the way he does his attacks and does special abilities. A lot of times designing a specific ability, we’ll go right to a clip from The Clone Wars and say, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be cool if he did something like this?’ From there we may tweak things slightly to better fit our gameplay needs for the hero, in the end the most important thing is that he’s both fun to play and feels authentic to both the universe and the character themselves.”

On developing a gameplay identity for Dooku in Battlefront II:

“One of the most important things to nail down first is: What should the fantasy around this particular character be when you play as them in Star Wars Battlefront II? One of the more skilled lightsaber wielders in the galaxy, Count Dooku is a precise duelist with a more refined technique than most, so that’s the approach we took with him. All of his abilities and the core way he plays focus around his ability here. For us, that was the key thing we focused in on when we were designing all his abilities.”

On differentiating the villain from other Sith:

“While we focused in on his ability as a lightsaber duelist, we do see Dooku both in the films and The Clone Wars using Force lightning. Although we didn’t want to lean too heavily into the Force lightning, because he might start feeling too similar to the Emperor, he is the only character that has the ability to utilize both his lightsaber and this particular Force power, adding an extra facet to his in-game character.”

Count Dooku in Star Wars Battlefront II.

The Sith Lord as he appears in Star Wars Battlefront II.

On how players should strategize when playing as Dooku:

“Where Dooku excels is in one-on-one fights. In particular, I imagine he’s going to be very popular in Heroes vs. Villains [mode]. But I think it’s important to know where his weaknesses are, too. Since he is so focused on one-on-one, you definitely, when you’re playing as Dooku, you want to be sure you’re not getting surrounded by a lot of enemies. So be aware of your surroundings, make sure that if there are a lot of enemies around you, you’re using your dodges to move in and out. Most of our Heroes in the game have two dodges, and there’s a cool down before you can dodge again. But Dooku actually has three dodges, which makes him a little better suited to keep away from enemy attacks.”

On why Dooku may be the best of all lightsaber wielders in the game:

“Dooku’s skill with a lightsaber is well known. In the game this is reflected in a few different ways, but what really stands out his ability to take the defensive role in a fight. Dooku is able to perform more consecutive dodges than other heroes, and blocks incoming lightsaber attacks more effectively than any other lightsaber wielder in the game, as blocking drains less stamina.”

Corey Burton recording as Count Dooku for Star Wars Battlefront II.

Corey Burton (in a lighter moment) while recording lines for Count Dooku Star Wars Battlefront II.

On their secret weapon in bringing Dooku to life:

“One thing that really goes a long way and really brings an awesome touch to Dooku is that Corey Burton, who voiced Dooku in The Clone Wars, is back. He’s just fantastic as that character and has a lot of great banter in the game. It’s a fun way, before The Clone Wars comes back, to get a little bit more of those characters and those versions of those characters interacting with each other.”

On why Dooku was an essential addition to Battlefront II:

“When you look at the Clone Wars, you kind of highlight the key figures in the war on both sides. When it comes to the heroes, Obi-Wan and Anakin are key there. If you look at the villains, Dooku is such a key part of both Episode II and II and The Clone Wars series as a whole. As the leader of the Separatists master of General Grievous, and the apprentice of Darth Sidious himself, it was an easy choice to bring Count Dooku to Battlefront. From a gameplay perspective, he counters the recent light side addition of Obi-Wan as a defense-oriented saber-user and, from a fantasy perspective, gives players the opportunity to recreate his iconic showdown with Master Yoda.”

Count Dooku in Star Wars: Attack of the Clone.

Dooku, as played by legendary actor Christopher Lee, in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

On the reception of the recent prequel invasion of Battlefront II:

“The reaction has been tremendous. We’re really happy to have been able to deliver fun and engaging prequel content that the fans are pleased with. It was definitely something they asked for a lot and were vocal about, and it’s been really awesome to be able to deliver on that. Obi-Wan and Grievous went great, Dooku is here, and we’re very excited for Anakin.”

Look for Anakin Skywalker and more content to arrive soon in Star Wars Battlefront II!

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

As a runner, I was never a marathon or half-marathon guy. I would typically run three to four miles, and enjoyed participating in Turkey Trots and 5Ks and 10Ks, including those at runDisney events. But a half marathon? Not for me. My knees and I are fine sipping hot cocoa and cheering from the sidelines, thank you.

Then, last year, I learned about the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon. I’d never heard of “virtual” runs before, and wondered if this meant I’d be putting on something that looks like Luke’s training helmet from A New Hope for some kind of futuristic experiment. Turns out that’s not the case.

2017 runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon medal.

Here’s the gist: you can run 13.1 miles (the length of a half marathon) any way you want, all on the honor system. You can run one mile today, three miles tomorrow, four miles three weeks later, etc. You can walk it, or walk some of it. You can run in Central Park or on a treadmill in your basement. Whatever. It’s a simple yet really smart idea, and it made me excited. Here was a half marathon that anyone, really, could participate in. The promised medal — featuring Poe Dameron and a movable X-wing (!) — only sweetened the deal for this Star Wars obsessive.

So I signed up.

But first, a little backstory.

I’ve always loved running. Finding the perfect sneakers and putting them to use until they’re scuffed and worn out, a reminder of how hard you can push yourself and succeed. Getting out in the open air and clearing my head and testing my limits. Jumping on the treadmill, turning up the speed and incline while watching the Yankees or, when it was on, an episode of Little House on the Prairie. (I have wide-ranging tastes.) When you’re a runner, running is a big part of who you are.

Then one day you wake up and realize you’re not 35 anymore.

That’s what happened to me. I loved and love running, but my knees (the jerk on the right side, in particular) had a change of heart midway through my fourth decade. When I’d go on a run, I could make it about five minutes before experiencing a shooting pain in my right knee, which was more or less debilitating. (In Star Wars terms, I’d put the feeling I had somewhere between a Mustafar lava burn and suffering the consequences of telling the Emperor that you’re a Jedi like your father before you.)

StarWars.com's Dan Brooks running.

Galactic running in the Presidio outside Lucasfilm.

Thanks to some physical therapy, my knee improved, but I still have to watch myself. So the prospects of a half marathon that I could do on my own terms was really exciting. And I was eager to get started.

I normally run around Golden Gate Park’s “panhandle” — so called because, on a map, it looks like an actual handle to the park’s larger pan shape. It’s mostly flat, which is a rarity for San Francisco, and is filled with trees, cool air, and curving paths that I really enjoy. And it measures about 1.6 miles per lap, meaning my normal two-lap route is 3.2 miles. I could pull this off in four sessions, which would be manageable and put me back in a routine. I decided I would do this over the course of one month, running my normal two laps each weekend, with a little extra distance on the last trip out to complete the 13.1-mile tally.

In keeping with the spirit of things, I wore a Star Wars shirt for each run. (It was a simple expression of fandom and my excitement for the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon, and a reminder that I was working toward something.) While I still faced (and face, today) lingering issues with pain, the format of the half marathon made the experience not just possible, but enjoyable. There was no pressure to keep a certain pace or to even run in each of my four sessions. When my IT bands felt like they were tightening, I walked. If my knee started acting up, I slowed down. Ultimately, I finished those 13.1 miles in a way that worked for me, and finishing let me know that I can still run.

As any runner will attest, there’s a great feeling of accomplishment upon finishing a race, and this one was, surprisingly, no different. I’ve amassed more miles from my panhandle route than I can count, but I’m especially proud of those 13.1 from the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon.

runDisney medal

Now, I have an amazing medal. I’m looking forward to placing the 2019 edition next to it.

Learn more about the runDisney Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at the official runDisney site. Registration ends March 31, 2019, so punch it!

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

This April, you can meet the towering 6-foot-11 Joonas Suotamo, the actor behind the mighty Chewbacca himself, when he makes his Star Wars Celebration debut!

The Finland native, who has donned the walking carpet costume in Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and more, taking up the mantle as everyone’s favorite Wookiee, is just one of many Star Wars actors and Celebration first timers joining you for the ultimate fan event this spring.

Joonas Suotamo

Joonas Suotamo

Sam Witwer

Sam Witwer

Meet Suotamo at the Topps autograph area along with Sam Witwer, who brought Maul to life in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and recently as the voice and other half of the horn-headed Zabrak to Ray Park’s performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg

Greg Proops Dave Chapman Ian McElhinney Orli Shoshan Paul Kasey

Greg Grunberg, who has brought Resistance X-wing pilot Snap Wexley to the screen in The Force Awakens, will also be there alongside: Dave Chapman, the puppeteer who has helped bring BB-8, Rio Durant, and Lady Proxima to life in the sequel trilogy and Solo: A Star Wars Story; Greg Proops, who has lent his voice most recently to Star Wars Resistance as Jak Sivrak and Garma, and previously voiced Fode in The Phantom Menace; Paul Kasey, who played Admiral Raddus in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ello Asty in The Force Awakens; Ian McElhinney, who played General Dodonna in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; and Orli Shoshan, Shaak Ti in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

New poster art revealed!

Reach out with your feelings. What do you see?

The symbol of the ancient Jedi Order strikes a balance between the light and the dark in the official poster art for Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Today, you can get your first glimpse at the saga-sweeping design featuring some fan-favorite heroes and villains: Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Leia Organa and Emperor Palpatine, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul, and Kylo Ren and Rey.

Check out the full image below!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago 2019 key art.

And take a stroll through Artist Alley, which will be home to some familiar creators and new faces this year: Malcom Tween, Darren Tan, Jason Christman, Zoltan Simon, Joey Spiotto, Brian Miller, Matt Busch, Chris Trevas, Karen Hallion, Adrianna Vanderstelt, Danny Haas, Jason Palmer, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Kaela Croft, Brandon Kenney, Russel Walks, Dianne Harrop, Kayla Woodside, Alex Buechel, Cryssy Chung, Steve Anderson, Brian DeGuire, Chris Dee, Michael Pasquale, Cat Staggs, Jerry Vanderstelt, and Brian Rood.

Check back on StarWars.com for more Star Wars Celebration Chicago updates!

Star Wars Celebration Chicago will take place April 11-15 at McCormick Place. Visit StarWarsCelebration.com for tickets and more info!

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The 2019 NFL Pro Bowl Week officially kicks off Wednesday with the opening of the Pro Bowl Experience, an interactive football festival event designed for fans of all ages. The Pro Bowl Experience features activities, exhibits and sponsor activations that give fans an immersive NFL football experience.  Pro Bowl Experience interactive activities available for live hits include:

  • 40-Yard Dash: Media can race against a virtual Pro Bowl star.
  • Kick-Tac-Toe: Media can test their kicking skills at a giant Tick-Tac-Toe board.
  • Precision Passing: Media can compare their passing skills against star Pro Bowl quarterbacks.

There will be a live site area on the Visa Athletic Center patio as well as NFL and Disney Sports spokespeople available for news outlets interested in doing live hits during their morning newscasts. The live location is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 am to 1 pm.

Interested media must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance in order to access the live shot location and schedule a spokesperson.

Media Contacts: 

Darrell Fry, Disney Sports Public Relations, (407) 409-1612 (cell)

Reggie Roberts, Disney Sports Public Relations, (770) 833-9817 (cell)

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Star Wars Resistance is here! The animated series follows Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Visit StarWars.com following each episode for “Bucket’s List Extra,” an expansion of our weekly fun-facts video series Bucket’s List. In this installment, we look at “Dangerous Business.”

Bucket’s List Extra – “Dangerous Business”

Flix and Orka in their shop in Star Wars Resistance.

1. Always remember to visit mom.

The original outline for the episode had Flix and Orka leaving the platform to deal with “a major shipment problem.” It then changed to leaving to “seal the biggest deal of the year.” By the second draft of the script, this had been changed once again to visiting Flix’s mother.

Concept art of Yellow Ace's engines for Star Wars Resistance.

2. Wait your turn, Bo.

In an earlier version of the script, Yeager’s crew was working on Bo Keevil’s racer. Artwork showing the interior engine sections of the Yellow Ace ship was developed to that end (see image above), but the final draft of the script changed it to the Fireball.

Concept art of premium droid oil in Star Wars Resistance.

3. For fancy droids only.

The premium droid oil that Jooks picks up comes in the same type of container as the hyperfuel seen in an earlier episode, but with a logo of a stylized astromech droid indicating its contents.

Canto Bight alien that served as inspiration for Teroj Kee in Star Wars Resistance.

Teroj Kee in Star Wars Resistance.

4. Canto Bight origins.

Teroj Kee’s design is based on a Keteerian alien lurking in the Canto Bight casino in The Last Jedi. In the film, he’s creature design K020 (using the creature shop’s coding system), a hotel concierge named Teerib Igmusk played by Keith De’Winter.

Bonus fun fact: His uniform and starship bear the black-and-gold Mining guild logo, first developed for the 1997 Star Wars roleplaying game boxed set, Lords of the Expanse. It appeared on-screen in Star Wars Rebels.

Cikatro Vizago in Star Wars Rebels.

5. We’ve heard that before…

An exasperated Orka evokes the “Moons of Gozgo” in a curse, which is something Cikatro Vizago would do in Star Wars Rebels.

Ewok concept art from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which served as inspiration for Flix from Star Wars Resistance.

6. Inspired by the master.

While Flix isn’t exactly part Gungan, as he claims, he is a new alien species designed for the show, but based off an original Ewok sketch by Ralph McQuarrie. Some of these same sketches ended up becoming Yuzzum. The more bird-like sketches were used as inspiration for Flix.

In case you missed this week’s Bucket’s List video, check it out below!

Bucket’s List

Star Wars Resistance airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel.

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Pirates, smugglers, merchants, and wanderers from across the galaxy have traveled to make their score or sell their wares at the infamous black market located at Black Spire Outpost on Batuu.

In April, journey to this locale in the Outer Rim in the new Marvel Star Wars comic series Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which ties into the new lands opening at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort later this year.

Readers of the five-issue miniseries will be the first to meet the infamous Dok-Ondar, the Ithorian collector of rare antiquities, and find out what happens when the First Order reaches the edge of wild space. The key to saving this lawless outpost might just involve a job pulled long ago by none other than Han Solo and his cohort Chewbacca.

Get your first look at a concept design variant cover art featuring Dok-Ondar, designed by Karl Lindberg and Iain McCaig, for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge issue #1 below! 

A variant cover of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge issue 31.

The series is written by Ethan Sacks, who recently entered the Star Wars comics galaxy with a tale of Jedi Master, Mace Windu, in the Star Wars: Age of Republic series. The series will be illustrated by Will Sliney, the artist behind the Beckett one-shot who also penciled the comic adaptation for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Cover art will be created by Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm artists.

We recently spoke with Sacks to learn more about how Star Wars first captured his imagination, and get a sneak peek at what’s in store for fans when the new series launches this spring.

StarWars.com: You just recently wrote your first Marvel Star Wars story, focusing on the fearless Jedi Master Mace Windu in the Star Wars: Age of Republic Special. What was it like being a fan entering the galaxy to shape a story around this character? And how different has it been plotting and collaborating for your new series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Ethan Sacks: My lifelong fandom started on a summer afternoon in 1977, when as a four-year-old I first heard John Williams’s score in the theater. That experience of wonder changed my life in a very literal way, driving me on a path that ultimately led me to entertainment journalism and later writing comic books. So this is very personal for me.

The Mace Windu story in Age of Republic was self contained and fairly easy to write once I came up with the basic story idea. While Galaxy’s Edge has intertwined stories over several eras — including a Han Solo and Chewbacca adventure, a very specific dream come true — so plotting it to fruition was kind of like playing a high stakes hand of Sabacc on an active Dejarik board. Fortunately, I have great editors in Mark Paniccia and Thomas Groneman to help me navigate that asteroid field.

StarWars.com: What can you tell us about Dok-Ondar and his role in the story? We know he’s mentioned in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but only briefly.

Ethan Sacks: There’s a reason Dok-Ondar’s name ripples far and wide in the Star Wars universe. He’s a mysterious Ithorian who is the proprietor of the most notorious antiquities shop in the galaxy. And every item has a story behind it. Some more dangerous to listen to than others.

StarWars.com: Your story takes place on Batuu at Black Spire Outpost, a place fans will get to visit later this year at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. How did you approach adding to this vibrant, remote black market?

Ethan Sacks: Our series will give fans the chance to visit Black Spire Outpost months ahead of voyaging to Batuu in person. Armed with top-secret sketches and information from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, we are keeping this authentic to the spirit of this rich new setting. I’d tell you more, but I already have the death sentence on 12 systems….

Be sure to reserve a copy of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge issue #1 at your local comic store, or wherever comics are sold.

Check back for more exciting news on other Star Wars books and comics hitting shelves in 2019!

Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

From a certain point of view, the rebels are traitors to the Empire, putting the innocent people of the galaxy at risk. In the last days of the Galactic Civil War, an elite squadron of TIE fighter pilots, known as Shadow Wing, is assembled to protect Imperial interests.

Starting in April, you’ll meet these brave pilots in Star Wars: TIE Fighter, a new Marvel miniseries set in the time of Alexander Freed’s forthcoming novel Alphabet Squadron, which we are happy to announce will be a trilogy.  The exciting new crossover series from Del Rey and Marvel comics, set after Return of the Jedi, will follow the brutal fallout during the fall of the Empire from both sides of the battle.

Get your first look at the cover art for Star Wars: TIE Fighter issue #1 and Alphabet Squadron below! Cover art of Star Wars: TIE Fighter issue 1.

The comic series is written by Jody Houser, who penned both Marvel’s Star Wars: Thrawn series and the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comic adaptation, with art by Rogê Antônio and other acclaimed artists, including cover art created by the team behind the recent Darth Vader comic series, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti.

Be sure to reserve a copy at your local comic store, or wherever comics are sold.

Check back for more exciting news on other Star Wars books and comics hitting shelves in 2019!

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Featuring a week-long celebration of football and new gameday experiences that showcase Pro Bowl players; Game Tickets on Sale at ProBowl.com

 

In the lead up to the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on January 27, the NFL is hosting a week-long celebration to unite and inspire the entire football community. The majority of Pro Bowl Week events are set to take place once again at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort.

Throughout the week, a fan-focused program offers free interactive experiences and youth and high school football competitions. For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowlers from the AFC and NFC will compete in unique competitions at the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown – this year featuring the 40-Yard Splash Presented by McDonalds, where players will race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football. The event airs on Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and Disney XD.

The week also offers opportunity to give back to the community. For the first time at Pro Bowl, the NFL will host Pro Bowl Community Day on Saturday, January 26 at the sports complex, when Pro Bowl players will participate in various activities supporting Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts.

The Pro Bowl will be televised live Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and ABC. Game streaming is available on ESPN digital platforms, Yahoo Sports on mobile, and the NFL app on mobile. Audio of the game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn App. ESPN will also provide live coverage of many of the events during Pro Bowl Week across the ESPN, ABC and Disney platforms, in addition to NFL Media.

See below a list of all Pro Bowl events taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

Overview of Pro Bowl Week Events:

Pro Bowl Experience: Wednesday, January 23 – Saturday, January 26; times vary; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Elena Bakar, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AFC / NFC Pro Bowl Practices: Wednesday, January 23 – Friday, January 25; times vary; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.

  • Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: Wednesday, January 23; 12:00 PM ET; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (taping) and will air on Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN & Disney XD.

  • ​Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth and High School Events:

Play Football Opening Night: Thursday, January 24; 6:00-8:00 PM ET; the Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Skills Showdown: Friday, January 25; 12:30-3:30 PM ET; Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Celebrity FLAG Game: Friday, January 25; 6:00-8:00 PM ET; Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football: Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Melinda Whitemarsh, USA Football, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp: Wednesday, January 23; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET; Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Media – For more information, contact Ryan Betscher, Muñoz Agency, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Events

Pro Bowl Community Day: Saturday, January 26; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game – Field 18
  • Play Football Clinics – Field 17
  • Packaging USO Military Care Kits* – Visa Center
  • Packaging Shelter Comfort Kits* – Visa Center
  • Meal Packing for Local Food Bank* – Visa Center
  • NFL Green Project* – Field 24
  • The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Activity* – Field 21
  • Wounded Warrior Project Flag Football Game* – Field 22

Media – For more information, contact Jill Pike, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Experience and Pro Bowl Practices:

Pro Bowl Experience

A free football festival located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort where, among many activities and attractions, fans can participate in immersive exhibits and take photos with the 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy. As part of the partnership between KultureCity and Camping World Stadium, Pro Bowl Experience will distribute sensory-friendly packs to fans.

The 2019 Pro Bowl Experience will be open to fans at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort:

  •        Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET
  •        Thursday, January 24 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET
  •        Friday, January 25 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
  • ​       Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET 

ATTRACTIONS

*All attractions are subject to change.

  • 40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and virtual NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.
  • Kick-Tac-Toe: Kick 3 in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board.
  • Bring It All Block Party: A pop-up block party-style experience for teens to show off what they bring to the game of football, including a t-shirt customization station, touchdown celebration booth, and gaming lounge featuring Fortnite.
  • Oakley®: Experience Oakley Prizm™, a revolutionary lens technology grounded in decades of research that turned eyewear into vital sports equipment. To learn more about the Oakley Prizm Football Shield and see what you’ve been missing, please visit the Oakley Rolling Lab in the Fan Zone
  • Obstacle Course: Navigate through obstacle courses and train like an NFL player.
  • Precision Passing: Pass to as many targets as possible while on the clock.
  • Best Hands: Catch as many different passes as possible like an NFL all-star!
  • 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy: Take a photo with the official 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy.
  • Sleep Number: See how sleep impacts performance at the Sleep Number fan experience, featuring the Sleep Number 360 smart bed and interactive Plinko game with giveaways.
  • Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • NFL Shop at Pro Bowl: Shop for your favorite NFL and Pro Bowl gear at the NFL Shop trailer located inside Pro Bowl Experience.
  • Wilson: Fans will have the opportunity to customize their own Wilson footballs.​

Media – For more information, contact Elena Bakar, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AFC & NFC Team Pro Bowl Practices

The AFC and NFC teams will practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexfrom Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.

Practices are free and open to the public, and entry to the seating areas is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend practice, fans must register for Fan Mobile Pass via the Pro Bowl – Fan Mobile Pass app or onNFL.com/PBFanMobilePass. Visit ProBowl.com for more details.

Wednesday, January 23

10:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

10:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

 

Thursday, January 24

11:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

11:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

Friday, January 25

11:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

11:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp

On Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 AM ET, the NFL will host a free Character Camp on Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will include 300 predominantly-Hispanic youth from the Orlando area. The non-contact football camp will be led by Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz. The camp is part the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps program, a partnership between the NFL and the Muñoz Agency. The mission of the camps is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. This camp is hosted as part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football. Since the inception of NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps in 2012, over 90 camps have been held impacting nearly 30,000 youth across the country.

Media – For more information, contact Ryan Betscher, Muñoz Agency, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Opening Night

Play Football Opening Night is a youth and high school focused media event for all NFL Flag Championship teams and High School Skills Showdown Athletes on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM ET at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. More than 700 NFL FLAG participants and Play Football High School Skills competitors will have the opportunity to mix and mingle before competition kicks off. Participants will interact with NFL players – current and Legends – and Disney talent. Each NFL FLAG team and High School Skills athlete will participate in interview sessions and various activities. These activities include but are not limited to: designated team interview areas & time slots, photo opportunities, gaming lounge, vertical jump and 40-yard dash, and trophy displays.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowlers from the AFC and NFC will compete against each other in unique competitions at the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, which airs onThursday, January 24, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and Disney XD. 

The 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jim Kelly and Demarcus Ware of the AFC and Emmitt Smith and Brian Urlacher of the NFC, will lead their respective squads. The Legends Captains will motivate, strategize, and execute a game plan for their teams. Each Skills Showdown team will feature 10 All-Stars: two quarterbacks, one running back, three wide receivers/tight ends/defensive backs, three linemen/linebackers, and one coach’s choice (non-quarterback).

Taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, the competition will include:

  • 40 Yard Splash presented by McDonalds: A new challenge that puts teamwork to the test as players participate in a football-inspired take on a fire bucket brigade. Players race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football, dropping an opposing team member into the tank.
  • Gridiron Gauntlet presented by Castrol® EDGE®Five players from each team will participate in a head-to-head relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Competitions include a fumble scramble through an inflatable path, among others.
  • Best Hands presented by Madden NFL Overdrive: Two WR-QB duos from each conference will compete in a timed relay race to catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch – diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. – which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.
  • Precision Passing presented by Madden NFL Overdrive: Each conference’s two quarterbacks and one captain-appointed non-quarterback will battle it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit as many targets as possible.
  • Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball presented by Skittles: In the grand finale, Pro Bowlers will compete in a classic game of dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. In a best of three series, the team with the last person on the court wins.

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation surrounding the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on social media using the hashtag #ProBowlSkills. For additional information and to find out more about week-of festivities, fans are encouraged to visit ProBowl.com.

Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Skills Showdown

Fifty high school football student-athletes from around the country will have an opportunity to participate in position specific drills, viral challenges, and celebration dance offs during the first-ever Play Football Skills Showdown at Pro Bowl on Friday, January 25 from 12:30-3:30 PM on Field 17 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. NFL Club Coach of the Year winners from each of the 32 markets had a chance to select one player from their team to participate in the Showdown. Remaining spots are for graduating high school seniors from the local Orlando and South Florida region.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Celebrity FLAG Game

On Friday, January 25 from 6:00-8:00 PM ET on Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex NFL Legends, celebrities, influencers, and the youth football community will participate in a friendly but competitive flag football game during the first annual Play Football Celebrity Flag Game at Pro Bowl. Each team will compete for a donation to an agreed upon foundation connected to youth or high school football to assist with growing the game of football. Public entry opens at 5:00 PM ET. Seating is limited so arrive early in order to secure a seat.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL FLAG Championships

NFL FLAG Championships will be held at Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year as part of the week-long celebration of football across all levels. Over 71 youth flag football teams will compete in the NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football as part of the NFL’s Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

Championship games for the 9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls divisions will be playedSaturday, January 26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, starting at 10:00 AM ET. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN3. NFL Pro Bowl players, Legends, and special guests will serve as guest coaches encouraging teams and engaging with fans. The 13-14 Boys championship game will be played Sunday, January 27 at Camping World Stadium during pregame. Kickoff is 1:15 PM ET and can be viewed on ESPN/ABC properties.

Tournament Schedule:

  • Pool Play: Friday, January 25; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; 10:00 AM ET – 6:30 PM ET; Fields 23-30
  • Boys Semifinals: Saturday, January 26; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: 9:00 AM ET; Field 25
  • 9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls Championships: Saturday, January 26; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; 9:30 AM ET; Field 16
  • 13-14 Boys Championships: Sunday, January 27; Pre-game at Pro Bowl; Camping World Stadium

Media – For more information, contact Melinda Whitemarsh, USA Football, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Princess Leia is many things. She’s a soldier, fighting alongside the troops of the Rebel Alliance. She’s a senator, using her voice to speak on behalf of the voiceless. She’s a spy, gathering Imperial secrets to give the cause of light as much of advantage as it can get during dark times.

But above all else, Princess Leia is a leader. Through her words, deeds, and seemingly superhuman ability to persevere in the face of overwhelming opposition, she directly and indirectly inspires hope, as well as action, on multiple occasions.

Princess Leia Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide for parents.

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If we’re fortunate, the children in our lives will grow into adults who have a similarly empowering effect on the people around them. Encouraging such leadership is at the center of this Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures guide.

Using Princess Leia’s heroism as seen in “A Fearless Leader,” it offers you conversation starters with which you can begin to explore the concept of leadership with your own young freedom fighters.

Also included are instructions for a papercraft honoring Princess Leia, as well as a link to Galaxy of Adventures Fun Facts containing even more information about her story.

For more on Galaxy of Adventures, visit Star Wars Kids on YouTubeStarWarsKids.com, and StarWars.com.

Have fun! And may the Force be with you.

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