Milford Hutsell

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:34

Announcing Star Wars By the Numbers

If you enjoy calculations as much as C-3PO, the odds of you liking our new online series are looking pretty good.

StarWars.com is pleased to announce Star Wars By the Numbers, a new series that aims to tally these Star Wars tidbits with fun supercut compilations highlighting the wacky, wonderful galaxy far, far away. For our first installment, we’ve scoured the saga films to bring you and your younglings a fast-paced counter to learn how many times Star Wars characters including Jar Jar Binks, Padmé Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Sidious, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Jyn Erso, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and more say “yes” and “no” throughout the films.

Check out the full video below:

Tell us what other fun Star Wars things we can tabulate, and check back on StarWarsKids.com and the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel to find out what we’ll be counting next.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – When you consider everything that Eric Donoho has been through – the head, neck and brain injuries, the suicides of his close friends and the cancer diagnosis and multiple miscarriages suffered by his wife – it’s almost a miracle that he is still standing. Yet this resilient Army veteran is not just standing, but thriving thanks to the sport of running, which this week took him to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Donoho from Indianapolis, Ind., has already endured a lifetime of challenges. Shortly after he was deployed to Iraq, his wife suffered the first of several miscarriages. Then, Donoho was severely wounded in combat, sustaining head, neck and brain injuries. Even when he returned home, misfortune followed him. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and he lost two of his military buddies to suicide.

But running has been a lifesaver. Through the support of an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) program funded by a Cigna Foundation grant, he has used running to help ease life’s many pains, making him an inspiration for others who are battling similar challenges. Buoyed by the fact that his wife was eventually able to deliver two healthy children, he is running the Walt Disney World 5K and gaining admirers every mile.

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Get vacation advice from 40 Disney-savvy panelists by visiting DisneyParksMomsPanel.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Walt Disney Parks & Resorts today announced its new class of 12 panelists joining the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Comprised of moms, dads and grandparents as well as those without children, the panelists’ answers, tips and insights are shared through one-on-one Q&As and available to everyone at DisneyParksMomsPanel.com.

Wondering about the best place for a stroller nap? Or the best restaurants for your picky eaters? What Disney resort hotel is best for your family? For 12 years, the Disney Parks Moms Panel has answered thousands of questions just like these.

The 12 new members join 28 returning panelists to answer questions online from those thinking about planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line or with Disney Vacation Club. Carefully selected from thousands of applicants to provide honest and relatable vacation tips, the panelists share their personal experience from their own Disney vacations to provide authentic answers to guests seeking advice.

“Ask 20 people their favorite part of Disney and you’ll get 20 answers. The magic of Disney is it provides a unique and personalized experience to thousands of guests daily. But there’s a lot to consider when planning your dream Walt Disney Parks & Resorts vacation,” said Leanne O’Regan, Director of Public Relations for Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “The Disney Parks Moms Panel exists to help you find that perfect experience for your family and confidently plan your own Disney magic. They love Disney, and want to see each and every person who visits also experience the wonder of Disney for themselves.”

The 2019 newly selected Disney Parks Moms Panelists include:

  • Amy M.; Irmo, S.C. (Walt Disney World Resort) – “Stitch juice” (AKA sweet tea) at ’Ohana and fresh fruit waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow are a few of this mom’s favorite things; ask her for more of her favorite Disney dining
  • Angie G.; Cottage Grove, Minn. (Disney Cruise Line) – Mom to two and lover of Disney Cruises, ask Angie about character visits (like her son’s memorable moment with Snow White).
  • Anne Marie R., Grayslake, Ill. (Walt Disney World Resort) – This math instructor and mom of four can help squeeze the most magic from vacation budgets (and share tips for achieving Galactic Hero status on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin).
  • Desiree F.; Lima, Peru (Walt Disney World Resort) – Inspired by Disney’s multiculturalism and diversity, this Peru-based mom of two speaks Spanish, English and French and is here to help with international travel
  • Eean K.; Pittsburgh, Pa. (Walt Disney World Resort) – With her first Disney visit as an adult, this mom of three knows how to plan a vacation all ages will
  • Jessica B.; Austin, Texas (Walt Disney World Resort) – Proving half the fun is getting there, Jessica loves planning Disney vacations with her
  • Julie P.; Mountain View, Calif. (Walt Disney World Resort) – Originally from Brazil, Portuguese-speaking Julie loves traveling to Disney with her husband and experiencing all that Disney Dining
  • Kristin C.; Trabuco Canyon, Calif. (Disneyland Resort) – An Annual Passholder for nearly 20 years, Kristin has three kids under age seven and will make sure parents know the best tips for Disney with babies and
  • Rayna C.; Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Disney Vacation Club) – This mom of five loves Disney’s Animal Kingdom and has visited almost every Disney Vacation Club Resort, so ask her if she can pick a
  • Samantha K.; Allison Park, Pa. (Walt Disney World Resort) – Ask this mom of two for advice on navigating Disney Parks and Resorts with a child with special- needs.
  • Tony S.; Riverton, Utah (Disneyland Resort) – With 30 years’ experience at Disneyland Park, this dad can help plan a trip with kids (he has four!) and without (ask him about romantic visits for two).
  • Wyatt G.; Roswell, Ga. (Walt Disney World Resort) – With a goal to stay at every Walt Disney World resort hotel, ask this Disney enthusiast for his tips on accessibility.

With all of their experiences combined, the 40 Disney Parks Moms Panelists:

  • Have taken 1,536 Disney vacations – that’s 122,334 hours of Disney Parks and Resorts experience, or 1,645 rides on “it’s a small world”
  • Know how to travel with kids, with more than 89 kids among them
  • Can answer guest questions in four languages – English, Spanish, French and Portuguese
  • Are real moms, dads, grandparents and “in the know” family members

Whether you are planning a trip with friends, spouses, a large or multi-generational family or anything in-between, the Disney Parks Moms Panel is a proven resource for Disney dreamers in search of reliable and easily accessible advice from someone with firsthand experience.

Guests can visit www.DisneyParksMomsPanel.com on a computer or mobile device to receive a personalized response from a knowledgeable member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Guests can save favorite answers for reference or access more than 220,000 available questions and answers, including exclusive video content, from seasoned Disney vacationers.

About the Disney Parks Moms Panel
The Disney Parks Moms Panel is an online forum where guests can find personalized tips and insights on Disney vacations from real guests – parents and non-parents alike – who have mastered the art of planning Disney vacations. Guests can pose questions to the panelists in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese, and gain access to other vacation-planning tools. Featuring just 12 members during its inaugural year in 2008, the panel now boasts approximately 40 park-savvy, active panelists as a result of the popularity of the site and the ever-growing number of questions submitted by curious guests. For more information and to meet all the panelists, visitwww.disneyparksmomspanel.com.

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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.

29: “The Zillo Beast” (Season Two, Episode 18)

“Choose what is right, not what is easy.”

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Synopsis:

On Malastare, Chancellor Palpatine orders troops to drop the Republic’s newest superweapon — an untested electro proton bomb — in the hopes of disabling the Separatist droid army to win a strategic alliance with the Dugs. Instead, the bomb’s blast awakens the ancient Zillo Beast, a monster of legendary size and ferocity.

Analysis:

We have a bad feeling about this.

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The Republic’s doomsday bomb obliterated one problem, that being the approaching droid army, but it was replaced by two more, the massive crater that swallowed many clone troopers and the beast the emerged from the depths.

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Like other radioactive and radically invulnerable monsters that have dominated legendary tales, the Zillo Beast serves as a warning about disrupting the natural order of things. A lightsaber does nothing to penetrate its ancient scales, a startling revelation for Anakin Skywalker. Although the planet’s natural fuel resources are thought deadly to the beast, dousing it seems to only provoke an enraged attack, inspiring the beast to climb out of the crater where it had been cornered.

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Mace Windu would see the creature saved, not out of any soft-hearted concern for adorable noodle-armed beasts, but because he’s a man of high morals. “It isn’t the creature, it’s the principle,” he says. “Allowing the Dugs to kill it violates what we stand for as Jedi.”

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However, defending the creature jeopardizes a valuable political treaty with the Dugs. Ultimately, Palpatine and the Republic instead hatch a scheme to seemingly satisfy both outcomes. The creature is neutralized and removed from the planet, its limp body taken away to be studied, and the Dugs have their freedom from the last of the beasts that once devoured their ancestors.

But how often can you really please two opposing groups? Even if this is your first time watching, you can see where this is going. An incapacitated, indestructible ancient beast transported to the very heart and capital of the galaxy. What could go wrong?

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Intel:

  • Supervising director Dave Filoni snuck in quite a few homages to the Godzilla films in this arc, including tiny nods on the helmets of Clone troopers Goji and Rod.

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 “The Zillo Beast Strikes Back.”

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.

Poe Dameron hangs onto the Fireball in Star Wars Resistance.

It’s official: Star Wars Resistance will strike back in fall 2019.

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the animated series Star Wars Resistance for a fall 2019 premiere, Lucasfilm announced today. Set prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force AwakensStar Wars Resistance follows Kazuda Xiono (“Kaz”), a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. Fast and fun, the series features a colorful and vibrant anime-inspired look, and has introduced many new heroes and villains to the saga. (In addition to Team Fireball and the show’s very cool pirates, StarWars.com is especially fond of the turtle-like — and incredibly adorable — Chelidae aliens.)

Also revealed today in advance of Star Wars Resistance‘s return on Sunday, January 13 (10 p.m. EST/PST) on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD, is a thrilling mid-season trailer offering a sneak peek at what’s to come in the remainder of Season One. We spot a major villain from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, underwater stormtroopers, and lots of other surprises… Watch it below!

Finally, be sure to rev up for Star Wars Resistance‘s return this Sunday with three recently-released shorts, which you can check out below!

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Grounded racers, a system without a star, and General Hux’s seething speech promising an end to the Republic as we know it. The threat of the First Order has been growing, and with Star Wars Resistance returning Sunday, the series promises a climactic finish for the first season.

Today, we got our first look at the mid-season trailer, which you can watch below, a thrilling sample of what’s in store when the show returns with an all-new episode on Disney Channel on Sunday, January 13.

Here are 8 of our favorite moments, lines, and Easter eggs.

1. “We are the Resistance now. And we’re taking back the Colossus.” When we first met Kazuda Xiono, he was an adept pilot who was somewhat less skilled at his assignment to blend in on the Colossus and spy for the Republic. Kaz’s words are inspiring, and his resolve (as well as the trust he’s built with Jarek Yeager and others willing to fight by his side) shows that in the second half of the season we’re going to see Kaz come into his own.

Hux makes a speech in Star Wars Resistance.

2. A phantom threat. Much like the crew of the Millennium Falcon discovering the obliteration of Alderaan, Kaz and Poe Dameron stumble upon a startling discovery — a system but no star — that heralds the impending arrival of the First Order’s massive superweapon. There’s also General Hux standing before a red banner, spitting contempt for the Republic and celebrating the might of the First Order, in a familiar scene, with parts of his speech plucked right from The Force Awakens just before the attack on Hosnian Prime.

3. All racers grounded. The residents of Castilon have celebrated the Aces for their entertainment value as well as their prowess as a security force. But with the First Order flexing its muscle as the new law enforcement on the Colossus platform, the pilots and their beloved racers aren’t going anywhere.

4. Leia’s impassioned plea. When General Leia Organa herself asks you for help, you rush to her side to do whatever you can to aid in the cause, right? As Leia sends a message inviting Kaz to join the Resistance in perhaps one of its most desperate hours, we’ll find out if he heeds the call or must stay to help his friends.

Tam is led away by the First Order in Star Wars Resistance.

5. Tam in trouble. In this trailer we get a glimpse of Tam being led away by the First Order. Can her friends rescue her? Will she rescue herself?

6. Frowny faces! Leave it to bubbly Torra Doza to make yelling at stormtroopers sound adorable, shouting down the invading “frowny faces” with the courage that helped make her a precocious ace racer. And on the ocean-covered planet of Castilon, we’ll also get to see the elite troops break out some new underwater gear.

7. A black astromech. That unit getting a jolt to the old dome looks an awful lot like BB-9E, but the First Order’s dark BB units certainly aren’t as unique and easy to identify as counterparts like the one-of-a-kind, orange-and-white BB-8.

Kaz talks to Leia in Star Wars Resistance.

8. Kaz’s new ‘do. In a trailer with a lot of ominous imagery and serious troubles for Team Fireball, there’s one much less serious bright spot: Kaz has a brand new hairdo. Or maybe his hair’s just wet and flopping into his eyes, instead of impeccably styled in his trademark coif. Whatever the case, we’re loving it.

Star Wars Resistance returns on Sunday, January 13 (10 p.m. EST/PST) on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD.

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!

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 16:03

Lunar New Year 2019

Disneyland Resort guests can ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort guests can ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort guests can ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort) Disneyland Resort guests can ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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Guests at Disney California Adventure Park will welcome the Year of the Pig with 24 days of live entertainment, food, merchandise and more

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2019) – Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests will experience exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” fun-filled arts and crafts, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise for the whole family to enjoy. Even the Three Little Pigs join in the fun with a rare appearance.

Guests at the Lunar New Year celebration will discover a touch of Disney magic as they experience Asian culture through inspired food, music and entertainment with their family and friends, all to welcome another year of good fortune. Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year. Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

  • “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” a bright and bold parade hosted by Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu, that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs (Fiddler, Fifer and Practical) join the procession in their full holiday garb, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is enhanced this year with a longer processional route, from Pixar Pier to Paradise Gardens Park, where guests will gather to watch the festivities. A troupe of Chinese performers bring additional dancers, martial artists and drummers to add extra excitement to the beautiful and colorful procession.
  • Beloved characters Mulan, Mushu, Pluto, Mickey and Minnie donning their Lunar New Year attire and greeting guests at Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Four Asian marketplaces offering delightful foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, all with a Disney twist. New this year is the Sip and Savor pass, available for any guest to purchase if they wish to get the best value as they taste their way through the festive Asian marketplaces.
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  • A special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill that offers items inspired by traditional Asian fare, plus a new Festival Food and Beverage Cart inside Paradise Gardens.
  • Live, daily performances with authentic
New this year, the Melody of China ensemble entertains guests with Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, with a trio of artists that play the yangqin (Chinese dulcimer), pipa (Chinese lute) and Erhu (Chinese fiddle). Vietnamese artist Dat Nguyen plays traditional and original compositions on classical guitar, lute, flute and melodica at Paradise Garden Bandstand.
  • An area for guests to try complimentary arts and crafts with local artisans, including Chinese calligraphy, paper lantern making and face painting.
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, where guests may add their own wishes for a wonderful
  • Beautiful Lunar New Year décor, including ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia.
Special items all the way from Shanghai Disney Resort, including traditional red envelopes for gift-giving, Minnie Mouse ear headbands, lantern glow wands and more. Commemorative items with Lunar New Year designs, including a limited-edition pin, adult hoody and tees.

In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Lunar New Year celebration, making this an ideal time for guests to visit Disney California Adventure. Guests may find more information at Disneyland.com.

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About the Disneyland Resort

The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 19:10

Captain Marvel

In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests are the first to meet Captain Marvel as she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests can encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami. In 2019, Disney Cruise Line guests will be the first to meet Captain Marvel when she makes her debut during Marvel Day at Sea. For the first time ever, guests will encounter one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe as part of an action-packed, day-long celebration aboard select Disney Magic sailings departing Jan. 6 through March 8 from Miami.

Captain Marvel joins the event’s awesome line-up of Super Heroes and villains, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Loki, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and more. In addition to these heroic encounters, Marvel Day at Sea features an extraordinary deck show spectacular, themed youth activities, special merchandise, and unique food and beverage offerings.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent. (Disney)

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Pilot-turned-spy Kazuda Xiono and his friend and brilliant mechanic Tam Ryvora bring a special sibling-like bond to their antics on Star Wars Resistance.

Christopher Sean. Suzie McGrath.

And StarWars.com is pleased to announce that this April, Christopher Sean and Suzie McGrath, the talented voice actors who bring the pair to life, will make their first Star Wars Celebration appearance among a host of remarkable stars joining fans in Chicago!

Scott Lawrence. James Arnold Taylor.

Also attending this year for the first time will be Scott Lawrence, the voice behind Resistance‘s loving-but-stern father figure Jarek Yeager.

Returning to the Celebration floor will be James Arnold Taylor, the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Taylor has long been an integral part of the saga, giving voice to stormtroopers, aliens, Imperials, and more in films including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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And you can also meet the actor behind Imperial soldier Iden Versio in Star Wars: Battlefront II, Janina Gavankar, as well as Lucasfilm veteran Matthew Wood, who began his career with Skywalker Sound at the age 17, and has worked on every Star Wars film, The Clone Wars, and more, while voicing countless characters like General Grievous and hapless battle droids including the beloved R0-GR in LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures and the recently released LEGO: All Stars.

All six actors will be there to meet you, sign autographs, and share their joy in being a part of the Star Wars galaxy.

To snag an autograph session, check out www.StarWarsAuthentics.com where you can sign up for emails to stay up to date when tickets go on sale.

And 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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