Star Wars Celebration Anaheim April 16 – 19, 2015

“Cellllll-a-brate good timesssssssss… Yub Nub!”  Star Wars Celebration is the official Lucasfilm Ltd. fan convention; described as “Lucasfilm’s love letter to fans.”  It’s a four day Comic-Con style event full of costumes, exhibits, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises focused entirely on Star Wars.  And, what a coincidence, the seventh iteration of Star Wars Celebration is the same year as the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens!  Star Wars Celebration is April 16 – 19 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and is expected to draw 30-40,000 rabid Star Wars fans.  Continue reading for more news and details regarding Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and we’ll continue to update this page as information becomes available.

Update April 19, 2015

StarWars.com released a series of interviews direct from Star Wars Celebration.

First up, an interview with J.J. Abrams, director of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, during Star Wars Celebration about the new trailer, the making of the film, and more.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy discusses her Star Wars Celebration experience and the STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser.

Next, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger talks about introducing Star Wars to a new a generation.

Actor and comedian Paul Scheer shares his thoughts on Star Wars Celebration and the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS teaser trailer.

Update February 20, 2015

The latest star announced for Star Wars Celebration is Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill.  In addition, Jeremy Bulloch, Peter Mayhew, and Ray Park are all confirmed for autograph sessions.

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Update February 13, 2015

It probably comes as no surprise that J.J. Abrams, director, writer, and producer of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will appear at Star Wars Celebration, along with Lucasfilm Ltd. president Kathleen Kennedy.

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Update February 10, 2015

Saga icons Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) all confirmed to appear and sign autographs at Star Wars Celebration.

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Original post from January 7 follows below…

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

If you’re new to the Star Wars Celebration fun, be sure to check out our convention planning guide to get a sense of what to expect.  Previously, some of the biggest stars of the saga have appeared at Star Wars Celebration including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davis, current Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels director Dave Filoni, as well as the maker himself, George Lucas.

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President of Lucasfilm Ltd. Kathleen Kennedy (L) talks with Warwick Davis (R) at Star Wars Celebration Europe ’13

 

Here’s what we know so far.  Noted voice actor James Arnold Taylor, voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Plo Koon in the animated series The Clone Wars returns as host of Star Wars Celebration.  Taylor’s a Star Wars fan favorite, and, in addition to Star Wars Celebration has hosted Disney’s Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World.  David Collins of Star Wars: Oxygen returns to host the Star Wars Celebration Digital Stage, and Rebel Force Radio’s Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac host the behind the scenes stage.

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James Arnold Taylor (center) with Sarah and Richard Woloski of Skywalking Through Neverland at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2014

 

In addition to celebrity appearances, fans can enjoy the premiere screenings of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith for the first time ever in 3D, Star Wars Rebels season two with Dave Filoni (Executive Producer, Supervising Director) and the entire voice cast, autograph sessions, panel discussions, costume contests, droid races and exclusive merchandise.

Photo Courtesy of Lucasfim Ltd. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved

Photo Courtesy of Lucasfim Ltd. © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved

 

A large part of the Star Wars Celebration Experience is interacting with fans – many in costume – on the massive, interactive, vibrant show floor featuring immense Star Wars displays.  One of the most prominent show floor exhibits comes from Steve Sansweet’s nonprofit museum Rancho Obi-Wan.  Steve Sansweet, former director of fan relations for Lucasfilm Ltd., was an avid collector of Star Wars paraphernalia even before working with the Maker.  In 2011, Sansweet left Lucasfilm Ltd. to maintain his Guinness Book of World Record collection of Star Wars memorabilia at Rancho Obi-Wan.  He played a key role in developing the initial Star Wars Celebrations and now creates Rancho Obi-Wan’s Celebration Experience in a 900 sq ft space on the show floor with 300+ items from his collection.

Rancho Obi-Wan Gala 2014

Steve Sansweet (center) at the 2014 Rancho Obi-Wan Gala, photo courtesy Rancho Obi-Wan

 

Star Wars Celebration tickets are on sale now, and cost $140/adult (ages 13+), $60/child (ages 6-12), and children under 6 are free with a paying adult.  Single day tickets are also available.

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Adventures by Daddy and our friends Sarah and Richard Woloski at Skywalking Through Neverland are Official Supporters of Star Wars Celebration, and each week the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast will have a “Sky­walk­ing To Cel­e­bra­tion” segment leading up to the event.



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