Celebration tip #5: There will be lines, but you don’t (usually) need to camp

Nancy: “Don’t plan to camp! Celebration isn’t like Comic-Con; the volunteer staff will insist on clearing the theaters between panels. So don’t plan to spend the day in the Chapin Theater to get seats for Mark Hamill.”

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid will have lines, guaranteed. The prequel panel was pretty popular last time, but it was also in one of the smaller rooms – I suspect the Digital Stage will serve it nicely.

There was plenty of room left at the handful of Clone Wars panels I attended at the Digital stage, and since the George Lucas panel was streamed into every room in the place, it wasn’t that hard to find somewhere you could watch it. Yes, there were people camping overnight, and I’m sure they got fabulous seats in the actual theater where George Lucas was, but you didn’t need to camp out of all you wanted to do was see the interview. I’m hoping they add an additional theater or two for the big names this time as well.

So, use your noggin on this one. James: “Figure out how popular your panel might be, and plan to be there extra early just to see if there is a line.”

Note: None of this applies to autographs, just panels.

6 thoughts on “Celebration tip #5: There will be lines, but you don’t (usually) need to camp

  1. MattDoc

    I camped for Lucas overnight at CIII in Indy. Didn’t camp or wait more than an hour for anything at CV. I was one of the last people to get in to see Hamill though (very back of top balcony) but I just walked right in to the digital theater to watch the stream for Lucas. Piece of cake.

  2. gabriel

    To Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid ´s autographs, there ll be huge lines too?

  3. Dunc

    Autographs are an entirely different ball game, one I have no tips for.

    Yes, there will be lines for autographs. For everyone. Huge lines. I’m pretty sure that’s why they price the big names so high – keeps away everyone but the most obsessed/dedicated/solvent.

    (There will still be lines. Harrison Ford could show up, charging $1000 an autograph, and there would still be an ungodly line.)

    Personally, I don’t really see the appeal and would rather concentrate on seeing folks speak at panels, but if you really want to sit in the gigantic lines and pay extra for the privilege, that’s the way to go.

  4. Paula

    What I do know about the autograph area is that they will not be there from about fifteen minutes before their panel until maybe fifteen after due to transit time and needing a break. Plan accordingly.

  5. knitress

    Here’s what I know about the autograph line: you will need to buy tickets from Official Pix (the business that manages the autographs). You can still “pre-purchase” these today here: http://www.officialpix.com/estore/proddetail.asp?prod=Autograph-Ticket Prepurchases are supposed to get “priority” access.

    Everyone will be signing for several days, and it’s pretty easy to check frequently to see when a given line isn’t too long.

  6. Erica F

    There are usually huge lines for the major cast, and they usually cap the line, so let’s say there are 100 people in line, they won’t let any more people line up because the signer only has time to sign 100 before their lunch break/panel/con closing. The last thing they want is to have you wait in line for 8+ hours and have the person you are waiting decide it is closing time and they are done signing.

    Usually the Official Pix person will tell you when the signer will be back, and they allow ppl to form a line again. Hope that helps!

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