4-Day, Saturday tickets for Celebration Anaheim already sold out

Neither the upcoming gap in new movies nor a just-over-a-year time frame could manage to slow enthusiasm for Celebration Anaheim, as 4-Day passes sold out in just about an hour today. Saturday passes were gone just a few hours after that.

To contrast, 5-Day passes for Chicago sold out in about three days. On the plus side, it seems that the hotel situation has been running smoothly.

For those who’ve snagged a pass, or hope to, Celebration Anaheim is being held August 27-30, 2020, at the Anaheim Convention Center. It’s just down the road from Disneyland and the by then fully functioning Galaxy’s Edge, which I’m sure has nothing at all to do with the heightened demand.

Tickets, rooms for 2020’s Celebration Anaheim go live Friday

Tickets and rooms for Celebration Anaheim 2020 are going on sale tomorrow, June 21. Tickets are up at 9:00am Pacific (Noon Eastern) and rooms at 10:00am Pacific (1pm Eastern). Note Reed has a new vendor for rooms this year, Connections Housing.

The con is being held August 27-30, 2020, at the Anaheim Convention Center (same as 2015). It’s early for many details, but the official site mentions “celebrating the completed Skywalker saga and mark the 40th anniversary of” The Empire Strikes Back, plus an “improved mobile app experience.”

Celebration Anaheim is set for August 2020

Get out your calendars, we have the dates for next year’s Celebration Anaheim: August 27-30, 2020. First announced at Celebration Chicago, the con returns to the location of the 2015 Celebration, just down the road from Disneyland – and the just-opened Galaxy’s Edge.

August is also a bit of a flashback for the con: Celebration VI and V, both held in Orlando, were also in that timeframe. V was also host to “Last Tour to Endor,” a special night event held as a farewell to the original Star Tours before it was closed for upgrades. The big question on everyone’s minds now: Will the park hold a special con-only event for Galaxy’s Edge? Given the amount of interest there’ll no doubt be – far more than there was for the closing of a older ride – it’s bound to be a thorny dilemma for Disney.

Without any new movies coming until 2022, Galaxy’s Edge is likely to be the biggest thing going – particularly with a captive audience of tourists. My bet – and this is only speculation – is that they’ll do something similar to the reservation system that Disneyland is using right now – but for badge-holders. (I’d also expect to pay more, naturally, for theme park admission.) Under the current system, people with reservations get assigned a time period of four hours to explore Galaxy’s Edge. But with the high attendance of modern Celebrations, I don’t expect everyone would get in.

In any case, tickets for Celebration Anaheim will be on sale June 21 at 9 a.m. PT (Noon ET.) Prices are a little less this time around – an adult 4-day badge is $195 this time, as opposed to $215 for Chicago’s 5-day badge. 1-day adult badges are still $75.

Celebration goes back to Anaheim for 2020

It’s going to be a quick turnaround as the next Celebration is next year – and a return to Anaheim, which is welcome news after Chicago serenaded us with both rain and snow. (Which, if Indianapolis 2005 is any indication, we’ll be hearing about for a while.) We’ve had back-to-back Celebrations before, but usually alternating U.S. and international destinations, so going from domestic to domestic will be interesting.

With no new movie that year, expect Galaxy’s Edge to get a lot of attention – the Anaheim convention center is only moments away from Disneyland. It’ll also be the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, and the 15th of Revenge of the Sith. It looks like Reed will be back as well: They’ve already reskinned the website.

(Disney’s own D23 is biannual and the next one is this August, so there won’t be another until 2021.)

No date just yet, which has led to some speculation that it may be later in the year… We’ll find out soon enough, I’m sure.