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The ABC Sound Studio at Disney's Hollywood Studios will begin playing 'Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide' in place of the current preview of 'Cinderella.'
'Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide,' which is a 30 minute recap of the first season of the animated series, will begin on May 15 2015 - the opening day of Star Wars Weekends for 2015.
Shows will begin at 10:00 AM daily, through to 30 minutes prior to park closing.
The 'Cinderella' preview will end on May 13 2015.
The opening weekend,  May 15 - May 17, schedule for this year’s Star Wars Weekends is now available.

Celebrity Appearances
Visiting Celebrities: James Arnold Taylor, Ian McDiarmid, Ashley Eckstein, Amy Allen, Tiya Sircar.
Legends of the Force Celebrity Motorcade and Welcome: 11:00 AM
Celebrity Autograph Times
ABC Sound Studio
Amy Allen: 1:00 PM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM
Ashley Eckstein: 12:45 PM - Voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Tiya Sircar: 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM
Ian McDiarmid will not be signing.
FASTPASS tickets must be obtained prior to park opening to receive an autograph.

From the guide map.
"An extremely limited number of FASTPASS tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® main entrance, to the right of the main entrance touch points. Distribution may begin prior to Park opening based on demand. You must have a FASTPASS ticket to receive an autograph. To receive a FASTPASS ticket, join the line of the celebrity you would most like to meet. You may not save a place in line for other party members. While in line, you will receive a wristband. Your Theme Park admission media and wristband allow you to receive one FASTPASS ticket. Only one autograph FASTPASS ticket per Guest. Each Guest must be present to receive a FASTPASS ticket. You may not get FASTPASS tickets for other members of your party."

Character Appearances
Rebel Star Wars Character Encounters:
Meet Disney Pals as Star Wars Stars near The Star Wars Weekends Event Stage
Meet Stars of The Clone Wars on the Streets of America Meet Members of the Jedi Council near Mickey Avenue
Meet Members of the Rebel Alliance near Star Tours—The Adventures Continue
Meet the Dark Side near Darth’s Mall
Shows and Entertainment
Jedi Training Academy (Sign up early at the ABC Sound Studio, ages 4 - 12) 8:45 AM, 9:20 AM, 10:05 AM, 10:35 AM, 12:00 PM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:00 PM, 7:30 PM.

"Children wishing to participate must be between the ages of 4 and 12. Please have your children with you at the time of sign up. The show is 20 minutes long. Children must check in 30 minutes prior to their show time at ABC Sound Studio. Participants may duel with varying Dark Side opponents."

Padawan Mind Challenge (Star Wars Event Stage):

Kids Edition featuring Ezra and Sabine: 12:15 PM, 4:15 PM
Family Edition featuring Ashley Eckstein: 2:30 PM, 6:00 PM
Star Wars: Rebels (Theater of the Stars) with host James Arnold Taylor and guests 1:45 PM
Stars of the Saga (Theater of the Stars) with host James Arnold Taylor and guests 3:15 PM
Obi-Wan and Beyond (Theater of the Stars) - Starring James Arnold Taylor and a Galaxy of Voices 7:00 PM
'Star Wars Rebels - The Ultimate Guide' (ABC Sound Stage): From 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM

DJ Lobot Dance Party: 7:00 PM

Symphony in the Stars Fireworks: 9:45 PM

Merchandise

Darth's Mall on Streets of America, entrance across from Honey I Shrunk the Audience: From park open to 7:30 PM.

X-Wing Collectibles: Star Wars D-Tech Me, Dooney & Bourke, Graphic MagicBands, Pins, Vinylmation, SMS Audio Listening Station, art and collectibles, and Passholder Event merchandise.
Watto’s Grotto: Star Wars Weekends merchandise, Build-Your- Own-Droid, Build-Your-Own-Lightsaber, personalized Aurebesh nametags, Her Universe apparel, Official Pix photographs, toys, plush toys, and Passholder Event merchandise.
Prop Shop: Star Wars classic toys, T-shirts and LEGO items.
Food and Dining
Han Solo in Carbonite Popcorn Buckets available at Darth's Mall.
Darth Vader, Jabba and Yoda Cupcakes available at Darth's Mall, Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, Fairfax Fare, Studio Catering Co, Pizza Planet, Starting Rolls, Rosie's.
Star Wars Dine-In Galatic Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater
Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine dinner
Rebel Hangar: A Star Wars Lounge at Backlot Express.

Stars of Disney Channel and Disney XD are set to be part of the Magic Kingdom's 24 hour 'Coolest Summer Ever' event.
Disney has just announced that the 3:00 PM Festival of Fantasy pre-parade will include appearances by:
Karan Brar (“Jessie“)
Dove Cameron (“Liv and Maddie” & “Descendants“)
Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog

Sofia Carson (“Descendants”)
Garrett Clayton (“Teen Beach 2“)
Skai Jackson (“Jessie”)
Peyton List (“Jessie”)
Ross Lynch (“Austin and Ally” and “Teen Beach 2")
Laura Marano – (“Austin and Ally”)
Maia Mitchell (“Teen Beach 2" and ABC Family’s “The Fosters“)
Bradley Perry – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med“)
Grace Phipps (“Teen Beach 2")
Jake Short – (Disney XD’s “Mighty Med”)
Calum Worthy – (“Austin and Ally”)

Then later from 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Disney Channel’s Club Chill party will kick off in Tomorrowland, where there will be more chances to meet the Disney Channel and XD stars, along with a DJ  and previews of upcoming movies and music videos.
Also appearing will be Radio Disney's Ernie D, Brooke, Candice and Nate, broadcasting from 8am to midnight.
The Magic Kingdom will be open 24 hours to guests from 6:00 AM to 6:00 AM, Friday May 22 to Saturday, May 23 2015.

It has been under construction since September 2014, and now Disney has officially announced that 'Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar' will be opening in the fall of 2015 at The Landing in Disney Springs.
The Disney owned and operated bar will be located just between Paradiso 37 and The BOATHOUSE in what was formerly the Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney.
The aviation themed bar and lounge will have seating for 150, including both indoor and outdoor
space.
Image courtesy Disney Parks Blog
The drink menu will feature unique cocktails – such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Although not strictly a restaurant, there will be small plates on offer, including “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue, and “Rolling Boulder Meatballs.”

Wondering who Jock Lindsey is? Fans of the Indiana Jones movies will recognize him as Indy's pilot. Jock is also the owner of a pet snake named Reggie, which just happens to be the name of the steamboat that is in dry dock at the side of the bar - which also serves as part of the outdoor seating area.

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