Hey everyone. The weekend was awesome, but now it’s over. 😦
Here are some pictures of cute kids at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim to help you get through this Monday.
May the force be with you!
Going to an event like Star Wars Celebration is a whirlwind of emotions to say the least! From the moment I knew I would be going in August of 2013 it was a steady crescendo of excitement until April 2015. Four days of solid Star Wars content was a dream come true and being in that bubble of pure happiness was unlike anything I’ve experienced before.
And then it ended.
I’ve experienced the “post con blues” before, but never to this extent. Being the analytical person I am, I thought it would be interesting to document my feelings over the last week, you know, in the name of science.
During the con itself, it was overwhelming at times, but the adrenaline rush and some timely caffeine fixes got me through til the end. But by Sunday I could feel a sore throat coming on (the notorious “con crud”) and was actually feeling relief that the con we be over soon. That night I crashed, and woke up feeling much better. I thought I had beat the cold and got to spend some time at the beach. Life was good.
The next day, however, was another story. I woke up feeling awful which was unfortunate because it was the day I had to travel home. I made it back to Phoenix Tuesday night and crashed once again. Then, with me being sick and having my first day back at work on Wednesday, it was kind of a blur, but emotionally I was still on a high from Celebration.
Thursday I woke up feeling a lot better and more settled into my life and that’s when I felt post con blues really kick in. I was suddenly aware that my stark reality did not include people dressed in awesome costumes, Star Wars music constantly playing in the background and R2-D2s as far as the eye could see. While I tried hard to remember the happy times there was a deep sadness that was hard to shake.
That brings us to today, Friday. I woke up feeling so much better. My con crud is gone, my emotions have stabilized and I’m finding great joy from going through my pics, putting together some pieces for the podcast and reminiscing about Celebration on Twitter.
It’s been an incredible ride and I would gladly do it again!
Saturday April 18, 2015
Day 3 started with streaming and then attending the last 20 minutes of the Star Wars Rebels panel in the morning. After that I went directly to the line for the live audio drama, Smugglers Bounty. This original Han Solo adventure voiced by famous actors was awesome and a definite highlight of the entire celebration!
Next I decided to go wait in line for the Rebels season 2 premier. I was about 3 hours early and still was sent to wait in an overfill line with a 50/50 chance of even getting in. After 2 hours I decided to cut my losses and I exited a side door where I was funneled into a line of people moving directing into the screening room! (I was happy to find out a bit later the rest of the overfill line got in as well!) I waited for about another hour in the screening room where the very Imperial-like officials went to great lengths to make sure we had our phones and any other electronic equipment off. At last we got to see the finale of season one followed by the season 2 premiere! Without any major spoilers, lets just say, “the apprentice lives!”.
Sadly, due to a scheduling conflict, I missed both the James Arnold Taylor and Mark Hamill panels. As a backup I decided to go watch the screening of The Empire Strikes Back. I was so exhausted by this point that I was literally laying on the floor in the back of the room live tweeting the movie. But it was incredible to experience that classic with the greatest fans in the world!
To end the night, I met up with #TeamHoojib (group of fans who were brought together by the Skywalking Through Neverland podcast) at IHOP for delicious pancakes.
Saturday April 19, 2015
I was excited to attend the Gareth Edwards/Josh Trank panel on Sunday morning, and it did not disappoint! Even though we didn’t get Josh Trank, it was still awesome to hear Gareth Edwards and Kathleen Kennedy give us our first glimpses of Rogue One. And even though filming hasn’t even started, we got to see the teaser which was shot entirely digitally. Afterward I rushed to where the crowd was gathering on the floor and got a picture of Gareth Edwards! (I also tried my best to find and meet Kathleen Kennedy, but was not successful. She is so awesome, and I really hope I get a chance to meet her someday!)
Next I wandered the sales floor one last time. I got to see some cool things like the Rancho Obi Wan exhibit, the life-size Darth Vader Hot Wheels car, R2-K2 and more!
Next I went to see the last part of the Billy Dee Williams panel. It’s always nice to see that guy! Then I went directly in line for Closing Ceremony. It was a nice end to an incredible 4 days! And we found out the next celebration is next year in London! Of course I would love to go, but London is crazy expensive, especially that time of year, so we’ll see…
In summary, my first celebration was an amazing, amazing experience. I met so many awesome fans, saw so many cool Star Wars things and will never forget the feeling of being completely immersed in Star Wars for 4 full days! I still have tons of photos, so be on the lookout for me to post those!
May the force be with you!
I came back to my hotel last night night way too exhausted to write about my day. I literally fell asleep trying to watch the new teaser one more time. That’s how tired I was. But I woke up refreshed and pumped to take on another day at #SWCA. But before I do that, here’s a recap of yesterday.
We ended up leaving Phoenix about 1 am on Thursday and I only slept for about 1 hour in the car. Yep. I went all day yesterday, with just one hour of sleep! Oh, the sacrifices we make for Star Wars! But it was totally worth it!
After some major LA morning traffic we pulled into Anaheim about 8 am. Then I went to pick up my media badge and wait in line for the JJ Abrams/Kathleen Kennedy panel. After waiting for what seemed like forever, I finally got my wrist band for one of the simulcast rooms and was seated shortly. That panel was nothing short of spectacular! Highlights for me were seeing the new and old cast members, having BB-8 roll on stage, and of course, that incredible trailer! This was an amazing start for Star Wars Celebration.
I went on to attend The Coffee With Kenobi podcast, panels including: the Music of the Empire Strikes Back, the untold Clone Wars, and the History of R2-D2, I briefly hit the sales floor, and finally watched The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in 3d.
The atmosphere here is amazing! Star Wars fans are fantastic and there’s a definite camaraderie in the air. It’s been so cool to meet new people and some of my Twitter followers!
I’m looking forward to more great people, costumes, and panels. I’m sure I’ll keep tweeting like a maniac so that should be fun! Oh yeah. I’m also an ewok today, so there’s that!
May the force be with you!
After months and months (well, years actually) of anticipation it’s finally the day I leave for Star Wars Celebration!!! It’s hard to find the words to express the emotions I’m feeling and I don’t know if the full impact will even hit me until I’m staring at the Anaheim Convention Center.
I’ve wanted to go to a celebration since the very first one and now that it’s almost here I’m so excited I can hardly stand it! Being completely immersed in Star Wars for 4 days is going to be surreal! Tomorrow I am most excited for new The Force Awakens content. A trailer is pretty much guaranteed but I have a feeling there’ll be a few more surprises…
If you’re at SWCA be sure to say hi and if you’re not, be sure to stream it on starwars.com!!! And either way be sure to keep checking my Twitter and here for live updates!
I’ve been busy making these cute bookmarks to give people at Star Wars Celebration. The supplies I used are:
They were really fun to make and each one features a different Star Wars quote on the back! If you see me there, be sure to ask for one!