What Is Star Wars Celebration?
Star Wars Celebration is the official Lucasfilm event celebrating all things Star Wars, produced by fans for fans. Celebrations are the largest Star Wars parties, featuring cast and crew celebrities, fans, costumes, music, live entertainment, autographs, collectibles, and panels — but mainly friends who gather to have fun and celebrate their love for the saga. From fans who first experienced A New Hope in theaters to kids just discovering Star Wars through Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Celebration touches on anything and everything connected with that galaxy far, far away. The first such event took place in 1999, and we’re proud to host the fifth Celebration in 2010!
When Is Star Wars Celebration?
Star Wars Celebration V will take place August 12 – 15, 2010, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, celebrating the continuing televised adventures of the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and looking forward to exciting new Star Wars projects to come.
|Thursday, August 12, 2010||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Friday, August 13, 2010||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday, August 14, 2010||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Sunday, August 15, 2010||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Note that Star Wars Celebration’s Exhibition Hall and other exhibits close nightly at 7 PM (and 5 PM on Sunday), but panels, screenings, and special events could go on later.
Where Is Star Wars Celebration?
Star Wars Celebration V is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, but like the Rebel Alliance, Star Wars Celebration doesn’t have a permanent home. Instead, it travels around the world to avoid Imperial detection — and to bring Star Wars to as many fans as possible. The last three events celebrated the 30th anniversary of Star Wars:
- Celebration Japan – July 19-21, 2008 – Makuhari-Messe – Tokyo, Japan – 17,000 attendees
- Celebration Europe – July 12-15, 2007 – ExCeL Exhibition Centre – London, England – 29,000 attendees
- Celebration IV – May 24-28, 2007 – Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles, CA – 35,000 attendees
- Celebration III – April 21-24, 2005 – Indiana Convention Center – Indianapolis, IN – 29,000 fans – celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
- Celebration II – May 3-5, 2002 – Indiana Convention Center – Indianapolis, IN – 27,000 attendees -celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones
- Celebration I – April 30-May 2, 1999 – Wings Over the Rockies – Denver, CO – 12,000 attendees -celebrating the release of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Please visit the Wookiepedia for more on previous Celebrations, including programming, guests, and hours, and special events.
Who’s The Organizer?
Beginning with Star Wars Celebration V, Star Wars Celebration is produced by Lucasfilm Ltd. in cooperation with the Reed Pop group of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest event organizer. Reed Pop also runs New York Comic Con, The New York Anime Festival, C2E2: The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, and The UFC Fan Expo. Other Reed Exhibitions shows include BookExpo America, The London Book Fair, The Tokyo International Book Fair, and MIPCOM. Reed’s publishing branch is responsible for magazines including Variety, Publishers Weekly, Video Business, and Playthings. All Star Wars Celebrations are produced in partnership with and under the authorization of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Who Needs A Ticket?
All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to enter Star Wars Celebration. Please note that Star Wars Celebration recommends that all children under 18 attend with an adult. All children under 13 must be accompanied by a grown-up. (Discounted Kids Passes are available for attendees between the ages of six and 12.)
Can I Take Pictures?
For the most part, you’re welcome to take still pictures and video at Star Wars Celebration; however, please note that all photography and recording is prohibited during screenings, stage productions, and panels. Also, please understand that guests may or may not pose for photographs with fans. Guests have a right to their privacy, and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.
Will I Be On Camera?
Star Wars Celebration attracts local, national, and international press. By attending Star Wars Celebration, you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera. Who knows, you may even be the guest on a HoloNet show broadcast to Coruscant!
Will Guests Sign Autographs?
Many guests will sign autographs in the Celebration Autograph Area. Look for the guest list and autograph schedule coming soon.
Can I Bring A Weapon?
If you’re bringing, buying, or selling something that could maim, damage, or cause serious bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. As for replica weapons, most of the time, they’re A OK. For full details, please read our Weapons Policy before attending or exhibiting with anything potentially dangerous.
Can I Rent A Wheelchair?
Scootaround is the official provider of wheelchair and motorized scooter rentals at the Orange County Convention Center. Scootaround rentals are available at the FedEx Kinko’s in the Central Lobby of the OCCC’s West Building; however, note that wheelchairs and scooters are limited. To guarantee a wheelchair or scooter for Star Wars Celebration, we recommend you reserve one in advance. (Advance reservations will also allow Scootaround to coordinate a hotel drop off.) To reserve a wheelchair, please visit Scootaround’s official Orange County webpage at http://www.scootaround.com/rentals/o/occc/.
What Does Celebration Think Of Bootlegs?
The buying and selling of counterfeit / knock-off / unlicensed materials is not tolerated in any way at Star Wars Celebration. Please read our Bootleg Policy for further details.
How Can I Be Involved?