5-day passes for Celebration Chicago sold out

Passes for Celebration Chicago went on sale Tuesday, and it doesn’t seem like the price increase has had any effect on demand. 5-day passes were sold out by Thursday morning, and 1-day passes for Saturday are 60% sold out..

Despite fan speculation, the amount of whole con passes hasn’t been limited since Orlando in 2017; The official Celebration account says they’re seeing “much higher demand” this time around. (It’s worth noting that there hasn’t been a Celebration in the Midwest since Celebration III in 2005, which was held in Indianapolis a month ahead of the release of Revenge of the Sith.)

It took months for those to sell out for Orlando in 2017; 4-days for Anaheim in 2015 sold out just before the con began. At this rate, the Celebration after this one is going to be like SDCC. (AKA: Utterly ridiculous.)

Hotel rooms have also been an issue, but keep checking back. I didn’t get anything Tuesday, but I managed to nab one Wednesday. Good luck!

The con is being held April 11-15, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Ticket details for Celebration Chicago

Celebration Chicago details are up! The advance prices for a five-day pass are $215 for adult, $100 for child, and one-day adult passes are $75 each, with a $55.00 Thursday “Bounty Hunter” preview. The VIP Jedi Master pass will run $850.00.

The show is April 11-15, 2019 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This is eighth domestic Celebration and the first time the con has been extended to five days.

The tickets will go on sale June 5 at noon. If this will be your first Celebration, fear not: The standard five-day passes likely won’t sell out right away, though the VIP tickets certainly will. (I still wouldn’t wait too long, though.)

I am hoping completely revisit our convention tips series for Chicago, so if you have any questions, feel free to comment or send them along.

Celebration zigs when we expected it to zag, heads to Chicago

The Midwest is getting a Celebration again and I could not be more surprised. The Star Wars Show today announced that 2019’s Celebration is not going back to Anaheim, as many of us expected, but instead to Chicago. McCormick Place, home of ReedPOP’s C2E2, will host the show on April 11-15, 2019.

Tickets will go on sale on June 5 at starwarscelebration.com.

This will be the 20th Anniversary of the con, and the 9th to be held domestically. The first Celebration was hosted in Denver ahead of The Phantom Menace in 1999, and from there the show headed to Indianapolis (twice), L.A., Orlando (thrice!) and Anaheim.

Pack your coats!

Rumor: Will the next Celebration take us back to Anaheim in autumn 2019?

Today’s “rumor” is basically the most probable guesswork for the next Celebration: Fall 2019 in Anaheim. It comes to us via Star Wars News Net, a site I generally don’t trust all that much. But this one does make sense for some key reasons:

1. Episode IX is coming out in December, and for those of us old enough to remember, the original three Celebrations – tied to The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith – all took place about a month out from their respective movies. Remember, Celebration Anaheim in 2015 was planned and announced before The Force Awakens moved from May to December, so this allows for a bit of reorientation.

2. The Galaxy’s Edge expansion in Disneyland is expected to open in Spring 2019.

3. It’s Anaheim’s ‘turn’, and quite frankly I’d be shocked if it wasn’t there, as I expect no domestic Celebrations will ever happen less than 20 minutes drive from a Disney Park ever again.

So yes, it’s completely possible that this will turn out to be true. (But don’t fear to be skeptical, either.) Now, whether anyone will be able to get Fastpasses…

SWCO sets new Celebration attendance record

Another Celebration is in the books, and that means another attendance record. Celebration Orlando attendance was more than 70,000 people, StarWars.com says. That’s up from Anaheim’s 65K in 2015, and double our last Orlando outing in 2012. No wonder things got a bit… Messy. Attendees, look out for the surveys and be sure to fill them out.


We learned before the con that the next Celebration won’t be until 2019 – probably skipping the overseas outings that we had in 2014 and 2016. The leading speculation seems to be that we’ll be headed back to Anaheim, but since we didn’t get a location on Sunday we’ll be left hanging for a while longer. On the plus side, Pablo made a cannon canon.

In the meantime, here are a few other things we learned that I never got around to writing up, because cons are crazy.

→ Here’s a bit more from the Forces of Destiny panel.

→ Hasbro’s panel included looks at the new 6″ Thrawn and Jaina Solo figures, both of which will be available in the fall. Thrawn is also the SDCC exclusive, in a special box resembling his Rebels office. Also: The new Hallmark ornaments.

→ A few details on how the Star Wars lands will work. They’ll be “set” on a brand-new planet and be super interactive, which sounds like… Something. Something very new. Meanwhile, there’s a survey going around that seems to indicate that Disney is considering a Star Wars-themed resort hotel/experience in Florida that ties in with a lot of what they announced.

Doug Chiang talks Rogue One concepts and designs.

A bit of The Clone Wars and Rebels from Dave Filoni and Pablo. Filoni also told /Film that we won’t see the battle of Scariff on Rebels. (Though note that doesn’t count out other mediums.)

→ Meet the costume contest winners.

Star Wars Celebration is skipping 2018

There will be no Celebration in 2018, Reed announced today. The next Celebration – after April’s Celebration Orlando – will be in 2019.

That’s the year Episode IX is due, and the Star Wars Lands are expected to open, and so far, U.S. Celebrations have been held in the years saga films are released. A return to Anaheim is probably the best bet – I doubt we’re ever going to see a domestic Celebration not held within a few miles of a Disney theme park ever again.

We don’t have a location yet, but these things have in the past few years been announced at the closing ceremonies of the preceding Celebration, so we may find out April 16. Skipping years in nothing new, either – Celebrations started at 3-year intervals with the prequels and swapped to every other year until Celebration Anaheim in 2015.

Meanwhile, we also got details on Rebels programming and new guests for Orlando.