/ Friday, April 4th, 2008

I spoke a few weeks ago about the rumor of WALL-E making his presence felt in Disney’s Hollywood Studios once the film was released this summer, but it appears as that may not be true… as he is expected to appear at the Studios within the next few weeks as a walkaround, Lucky the Dinosaur type character that would interact with Guests, along the same lines as the recent Muppet Mobile Labs tests in Epcot. Who knows, maybe he’ll make his appearance in time for Star Wars Weekends, when the geek quotient (and that’s a good thing) will be at its highest. Don’t worry, I can say that because I’ll be there in full Jawa – I mean Jedi – regalia.

Star Wars Weekends are rapidly approaching, and I’ve got a very good feeling about this, as once again the event will be hosted by Warwick Davis for all four weekends. Some special guests have yet to be confirmed but definite appearances include Peter Mayhew (“Chewbacca”) and David Prowse (“Darth Vader”) on June 13th – 15th , Matt Wood (“General Grievous”) on June 20th – 22nd, and Jeremy Bulloch (“Boba Fett”) on June 27th to 29th. There will also be appearances from Disney characters too, including Leia Minnie, Vader Goofy and Stormtrooper Donald.

It appears that the Concourse Steakhouse at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will now close for good on May 31, 2008, to be replaced as rumored earlier with a counter service location. Downstairs, the Food & Fun Center conversion to “The Wave” is on schedule, and the new table service restaurant should open sometime in June. In the meantime, the “Tempo Grab and Go” is operating on the Grand Concourse level, near the Outer Rim Lounge, as a temporary counter service option.

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