February 21, 1997 – The First Star Wars Weekends Are Held in Walt Disney World
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On February 21, 1997, the first Star Wars Weekends event took place at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. This festival, held from the 21st through the 23rd, coincided with the release of the “special edition” versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. The celebrations included a few Star Wars celebrities, including Warwick Davis, who played Wicket W. Warrick the Ewok. It was held a few more times in 1997, then disappeared for a few years until it was brought back in 2000. The event has grown in recent years, including a Jedi Training Academy and an interactive attraction called “Carbon Freeze Me” where guests can have their faces scanned and reproduced in a prism of carbonite.