Star Wars Celebration heads to Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California this year, and The Nerd Element is excited to be attending the event for the first time. The convention starts Thursday April 16th and runs through Sunday April 19th providing plenty of panels, autographs and exhibits for its attendees.
By far the most anticipated panel kicks off the convention Thursday morning at 10am consisting of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Writer/Director/Producer J.J. Abrams, Producer Kathleen Kennedy and sponsored by Toys”R”Us. The panel will be located in the Arena, Anaheim Convention Center’s largest room but is also being simulcast in 4 different rooms to accomidate the anticipated large crowd. In additon to this, Star Wars.com and Verizon are live streaming the panel on the Star Wars.com website for those that could not make it to California for the event. Will there be footage from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the panel? Will we see the cast of the new movie? One can only hope!
If you are going to Star Wars Celebration the information below about the Thursday panel might be helpful as lineups are starting Wednesday night. Hope to see you there!
Get Your Badge
Everyone will need a valid 4-Day or Thursday Celebration badge to queue for the Thursday panel. If you need to buy or pick up your badge in Anaheim before Thursday, here are our Registration and Will Call hours, in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center:
- Tuesday, April 14: 4:00-8:00pm
- Wednesday, April 15: 11:00am-6:00pm
If you received your Celebration badge in the mail, you are already ready for the next step:
Get In The Queue
We will open up Hall E, which is directly downstairs from Hall D in the Anaheim Convention Center, at 6:00 pm Pacific Wednesday, April 15. Hall E will be open for queueing all night, with restrooms and concessions.
We will monitor the queue numbers and do our best to tell people their status, i.e. chances of a seat in the morning show. Seats for the 10:00 am Thursday panel are strictly first come, first served.
Get Your Wristband
Approximately 6:00 am Thursday, we’ll start handing out wristbands for the 10:00 am panel to those in the queue in Hall E. Wristbands will be handed out down the line, and there will be different colors for each of the five stages where the show can be seen:
- Celebration Stage (The Arena): these folks, the first in line, will see the show live
- Star Wars Digital Stage (Ballroom 300) – simulcast
- Behind-The-Scenes Stage (Room 204) – simulcast
- Star Wars Fan Stage (Room 303) – simulcast
- Star Wars Collectors’ Stage (Room 210) – simulcast
One wristband per person. Our staff will place each wristband on each person. No extra, loose wristbands will be given out.
Get To Your Stage
We will move the queues to the stages in plenty of time to be seated before the show starts at 10:00. Stick with your group, and follow the directions of the helpful staff members.
Parking For Wednesday Night
Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott & Garden Walk are offering 24 hour parking for $24 according to StarWars Celebrations twitter account.
Those Not Attending The 10:00 AM Panel
We will open Hall D for queueing for the Exhibit Hall to all attendees at 7:30 am Thursday. If you arrive before 7:30 to queue for the Exhibit Hall, you will be sent to Hall E to queue before the Exhibit Hall opens. At 11:00 am we’ll open the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall, and the rest of the show, for you. The Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall will be open an hour later on Thursday, until 8:00 pm.
*Picture courtesy of http://www.starwarscelebration.com/