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?
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Massive Fan Event will Take Place in Orlando, Florida August 12-15, 2010; Registration Will Go Live Thursday, December 10th.
Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Reed Exhibitions’ PopGroup will partner to produce what’s expected to be one of the largest official Star Wars fan events ever — featuring cast and crew celebrities, fan-run events, costumes, music, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and sneak peaks into the future of Star Wars.
Star Wars Celebration V will take place August 12-15, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. A website, www.starwarscelebration.com, is dedicated exclusively to the event, and tickets to Star Wars Celebration V will be available for purchase online starting Thursday, December 10th. As always, Celebration will bring together the best of the Star Wars universe in one exciting, dynamic event!
Lucasfilm Ltd launched Star Wars Celebrations in 1999. Since then, the official Star Wars “parties” have become mega events, attracting tens of thousands of loyal and devoted fans and families. To date, there have been four Star Wars Celebrations in America, as well as a Star Wars Celebration Europe (2007) and Star Wars Celebration Japan (2008). Star Wars Celebration V will be the first Star Wars Celebration produced jointly with Reed PopGroup, which is responsible for the successful New York Comic Con, the new Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and more.
“We’re going to have a blast commemorating the 30th anniversary of fan-favorite The Empire Strikes Back as we welcome an entire new generation of fans watching our animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” said Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm’s head of Fan Relations. “There’s no doubt that Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando will be the ‘must attend’ event for Star Wars fans of all ages and from all parts of the galaxy,” he added. “We’re also very excited to launch our partnership with Reed PopGroup, which has shown great expertise in running large, fun-filled events that satisfy fans, show participants, and exhibitors. We’re expecting the biggest and best Celebration to date.”
“This is an enormously exciting undertaking and a natural partnership,” said Lance Fensterman, Vice President of Reed PopGroup. “Star Wars is arguably the strongest brand in the pop culture world, while Reed PopGroup has established itself as a leader in creating amazing experiences for fans and customers. Additionally, Reed Exhibitions has a strong international presence and is able to create world-class events globally,” he added “We look forward to providing first-rate organizational and programming expertise for a fan-based event that is well established and already attracts an enormous audience. In tandem with Lucasfilm, I’m certain that Star Wars Celebration V will be bigger and better than ever. We look forward to many years of working with Lucasfilm.”
Star Wars Celebration is the official Lucasfilm convention celebrating all things Star Wars. The Celebrations are the biggest Star Wars events held, allowing friends and families to gather to have fun and celebrate their love of the Saga. From fans who first experienced A New Hope in theaters to kids just discovering Star Wars through Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Celebration touches on anything and everything connected with that galaxy far, far away. The producers promise more interactive events than ever at Celebration V. Celebrity guests will sign in the Star Wars Celebration Autograph area as well as make presentations. The annual Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge prizes will be awarded and there will be a chance for budding filmmakers to get tips from more experienced ones. Star Wars Celebration V will feature scores of crowd-pleasing events that can be found only at an official Star Wars convention.
Ticketing, pricing, and exhibitor information follows:
Tickets will be available starting Thursday, Dec. 10th via www.starwarscelebration.com. Pre-sale Adult Four-Day Passes are $120; Kids Four-Day Passes are $50; pre-sale Thursday, Friday, and Sunday Passes are $45; Saturday Passes are $50; and Kids One-Day Passes are $25. Children under six years old are admitted free.
Limited VIP Packages are expected to be available in early 2010, with details to be announced on the website. Single or Four-Day Passes already purchased can be upgraded to VIP status as long as supplies last!
Special hotel rates and other travel information will be announced on the website.
Information for Exhibitors and Celebration Art Show participation at Star Wars Celebration V will start to take shape in early 2010. For information about a sponsorship or exhibiting at Celebration V please contact Larry Settembrini, Sales Manager, email@example.com, 203-840-5321.
For the latest news on show exclusives and special announcements on featured guests and events, subscribe to the Star Wars Celebration Newsletter at www.starwarscelebration.com. Also follow the news about Celebration V here at the Official Star Wars site. For general information and the latest news about the Reed Exhibitions’ PopGroup, please follow the group’s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net.