Just announced by Dave Filoni at San Diego Comic-Con during a 10th anniversary celebration of the beloved animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be returning with 12 all-new episodes on Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service. Created by George Lucas, the show first aired in 2008 and became an entry point into Star Wars for an entire generation, following fan-favorites like Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala, while introducing major new characters like Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex. Its stories were complex, its heroes and villains were perfectly imperfect, and its look was captivatingly beautiful. It became a multi-Emmy winner and is now regarded as essential Star Wars.
But it was never finished. The Clone Wars ended after five broadcast seasons — just as Ahsoka left the Jedi Order. A few post-Season Five episodes were later released as “The Lost Missions,” but the story wasn’t over. Fans have clamored for Disney and Lucasfilm to finish what was started ever since. And now it’s actually happening.
There are more nights and new reasons to celebrate the spooky season this year during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This special-ticket event runs select nights Aug. 17-Oct. 31, 2018, at Magic Kingdom Park – the earliest it has ever started.
New twists and treats this year include:
On Pirates of the Caribbean, new pirates invade the experience, interacting with sailing guests who will join the search for Gunpowder Pete.
The Mad Tea Party will take guests on a colorful teacup ride, as special lighting and other effects put a glowing new spin on the night.
Explorers visiting Space Mountain will hurtle through deep space, as a new soundtrack and more transform the adventure.
Storybook Circus welcomes the Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam, a dance party featuring favorite Disney Junior Characters, including Doc McStuffins.
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney Pictures’ “Hocus Pocus.” What better way to celebrate the film than with the spellbinding Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage where the Sanderson Sisters will “put a spell on you.”
As always, guests should keep their eyes open for dancing ghosts, the Headless Horseman, plus Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan and many more beloved Disney Characters in the Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade. There will also be plenty of sweets around the park for all trick-or-treaters, including allergy-friendly options. And each night during the party, the skies above an eerily lit Cinderella Castle come alive during Happy HalloWishes, a magical fireworks extravaganza that definitely goes bump in the night!
Advance tickets start at $75 for adults and $70 for children ages 3-9 (plus tax). For a full list of event dates, visit MickeyHalloween.com. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as space each night is limited. For more information, call (407) WDISNEY (934-7639).
Guests visiting in August or September can take advantage of a Walt Disney World Resort hotel room offer with discounts of up to 25%. For details, click here or visit DisneyWorld.com. Guests visiting in October, can take advantage of resort hotel discounts of up to 20%. For details, click here or visit DisneyWorld.com.
Head over to StarWarsFanAwards.com now where submissions are open for the ultimate celebration of Star Wars fan creativity.
For the first time ever, Lucasfilm and StarWars.com will honor fan-made films and other most impressive projects in several categories across four genres:
• Videos – Long (Up to 5 Minutes) and Short (Up to 15 Seconds): Best Animation, Best Stop Motion, Best Comedy, Best Choreography, Best Visual Effects, Audience Choice, Filmmaker Select, Spirit of Fandom
• Photos: Best Scene-Inspired Photo, Best Family Portrait, Best Throwback Photo, Best Original Concept, Funniest, Best Pet Photography, Best Star Wars Food Presentation, Best in Show, Audience Choice
• Visual Art: Best Digital Art, Best Poster Art, Best Custom Costume, Best 2-D/Traditional Art, Best 3-D/Physical Art, Best Custom Figure, Best Custom Diorama, Best in Show, Audience Choice
Submissions will remain open until September 17. Winners will be chosen by a panel of Lucasfilm judges, with the Audience Choice award decided by you, the fans!
July 21 – The eclectic WonderGround Gallery is pleased to welcome Gabby Zapata, Jeff Granito, Jerrod Maruyama, Nidhi Chanani and Sydney Hanson for an Artist Showcase on from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jeff Granito, Nidhi Chanani and Sydney Hanson will be debuting new pieces, while Gabby Zapata and Jerrod Maruyama will be on hand to sign their popular recent work.
July 28 and 29 – Meet the featured Artisan for the Month of July, Nidhi Chanani, at WonderGround Gallery from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
August 18 – Celebrate with WonderGround Gallery as they welcome Brian Crosby, John Coulter and Bill Robinson for an Artist Showcase from 2 – 4 p.m. Come see their new releases and say hello!
August 4, 5, 25, and 26 – The featured Artisan for the Month of August, Jeannine Schafer, will be at WonderGround Gallery from 2 – 5 p.m.
In addition, the July Artist in Residence is Steph Laberis and the August Artist in Residence is Martin Hsu. Both artists will be appearing throughout the month at WonderGround Gallery for live art demonstrations.