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Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: The Events

by Jason Bennett
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Star Wars Celebration is celebrating 40 years of the Star Wars saga and the show is set to be spectacular. One of the many features of this four-day gathering is a slew of events aimed to make it exciting and entertaining in every aspect of the Star Wars universe. There’s the ever-popular Art Show, a Tattoo Pavillion to get your sci-fi ink on, gaming, speed-dating, diorama building, and of course cosplay.

Here’s a look at the events happening this weekend at Star Wars Celebration!

Calling All Collectors! A Celebration Track for the Bounty Hunters Among Us

Collecting Star Wars is a favorite hobby for some and an obsession for others. The Collecting Track at Star Wars Celebration Orlando will feature in-depth information on a variety of topics from mainstream to delightfully obscure. This year the Collecting Track will be made up of the Star Wars Collector’s Stage and the Collectors’ Social Room.

  • Star Wars Collectors’ Stage, located in room W307, will feature panels by expert collectors from all around the world.
  • Star Wars Celebration pin traders are welcome in the Star Wars Collectors’ Social Room (W305) any time during opening hours to meet fellow collectors, talk Star Wars, and of course…trade pins! The Star Wars Collectors’ Social Room is open Thursday through Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday from 10am-4pm.

Each Celebration, super-collector Gus Lopez and his team put together a great program, and an extra-special bonus for collectors. For every panel held throughout the Show on the Star Wars Collectors’ Stage, each attendee (to the capacity of the room) will receive an exclusive Star Tot, created by the collectors for Star Wars Celebration Orlando.

Star Tots Images Revealed!

Inspired by The Return of the Jedi,
a different Star Tot will be given out to attendees at each of the collecting track panels all weekend.

Star Wars Celebration Cosplay Contest

Have you spent the past year perfecting your Ahsoka Tano makeup? Or have you instead put this time into making certain your Kylo Ren lightsaber can ::spoiler alert::? Either way, Star Wars costumers both veteran and amateur are invited to join in an exciting Cosplay Contest on stage at Star Wars Celebration Orlando! It is more than just a competition – it’s a celebration of all things cosplay with fans who want to share their craft with the world.

The cosplay contest will be take place on Saturday, April 15 in the mid-afternoon or later. Participation in the cosplay contest is free, but all participants must have a valid entry badge for that day of Celebration in order to compete. The exact time of the Cosplay Competition will be announced later.

Join us for what is sure to be a fun-filled competition celebrating the talent, skill and determination of the best cosplayers around.

*** cosplay images from Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

Diorama Builders

After more than a decade working together to create the best Star Wars diorama experience for the fans, D’iorio and the Core Crew of 6 are more like family now. D’iorio and company return to Celebration Orlando with a new challenge: Recreating the iconic ILM Death Star surface used to film the New Hope climax VFX shots from the film. For their 15th year at Celebration, it also introduces a new partnership with Mattel that will allow builders to race (and win) Hot Wheels Car Ships down the 32 foot long, 6 lane Death Star Trench Run. It will truly be a unique and memorable fan experience!

From its humble beginnings at Celebration II in 2002, who would have guessed a LIVE build of Mos Eisley started one of the longest Celebration features. 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of Frank D’iorio’s Diorama Workshop and Star Wars Celebration partnership.

Pictured is the Core Crew: Jamie Follis, Duke Dolney, Chris Jones, Mark Patton, Scott Strong and Alissa L. Pier


Don’t miss TOYHUTT.COM who is giving over $2,000 worth of prizes to the kids, when they hand in their finished creation via our Death Star PLINKO game.

Make sure to visit Frank’s D’iorio’s DioramaWorkshop.Com to keep up with all the latest news from the Diorama builders.


Guests attending Star Wars Celebration in Orlando will get an opportunity to hear what’s new on the Star Wars gaming front from Electronic Arts (EA), and will also be able to play Star Wars mobile games right on the show floor!

As the creators of Star Wars Battlefront, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, Star Wars fans are well aware of EA’s blockbuster contributions to the world of Star Wars gaming. You won’t want to miss what’s in store from the acclaimed games publisher.

Fans of mobile games will also have the opportunity to get hands on with popular mobile game titles, including Star Wars: Galaxy of HeroesStar Wars: Pinball, and Star Wars: Force Collection – but will want to pull themselves away from the floor for a bit to join a special off-site Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina Community event, featuring talks with the developers and an opportunity to meet the game’s designers.

Nerd Nite Speed Dating:
Star Wars Celebration Orlando Edition

There’s a history of successful Speed Dating at Star Wars Celebrations, with long-term couples, engagements and marriages now among the alumni.

Advanced online registration is required (walk-ups will be based on availability). Costumes welcome. Must be 18 years of age or older. Must have a valid Star Wars Celebration Orlando badge for the day you sign-up for speed dating. The location for speed dating will be provided closer to the show.

The location for speed dating will be: Room W306 A

Nerd Nite Speed Dating: Star Wars Celebration Orlando Edition
The smart-yet-fun folks of Nerd Nite are bringing Speed Dating back to Star Wars Celebration! Register online for one of our special Celebration sessions of 15 three-minute dates so you’ll no longer have to look for love in a galaxy far far away. Choose from one of six hetero speed dating sessions or one for LGBT. If the Rebels can blow up the Death Star in 11 minutes, let’s see if you can make a love connection in only three.

R2 Builders

R2-D2 Builders at Celebration Orlando
The ever-inventive R2-D2 Builders’ Club is returning to Celebration, and somehow they have managed to outdo even their spectacular efforts of the past. Look for them every day of the show in the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall (Booth 3145) and in their Droid Builders’ Room (W205).

Keep your eyes peeled for pop-up droid parades, and opportunities for magical one-on-one encounters with lone droids rolling around, looking for new friends. Finally, check out the Droid Builders’ presentations on the stages, where you can learn more about their history, the different types of droids, and how to get started building your own rolling friend.

Room 205
Droid Builders’ Room
Explore the magic of Astromech droids with the combined efforts of the R2-D2 Builders’ Club and the BB-8 Builders’ Club. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with over 100 droids on display. Photo opportunities abound while you stroll through this amazing gallery. Every hour, on the hour, you can enjoy an interactive sound and light show guaranteed to amaze your favorite youngling.

Hall B, Booth 3145
Droid Derby Classic, or, the Franklin-Bossk Classic MSE Derby
Want to see some droid destruction? Yeah you do, and we do too! Dedicated to our favorite fan, the DroidBuilders present a unique and exciting opportunity to race the provided MSE droids in the best rock ‘em sock ‘em smash derby this side of the galaxy. Do you have what it takes to defeat that random stranger? Running every two hours, don’t miss your chance to win and take home the gold-like medal!

Also in Booth 3145, you can try your hand piloting an inflatable droid, or watch as master builders compete in the R2-D2 Builders’ Droid Races. Stop by for a daily schedule, check the mobile app, or check the Star Wars Celebration Schedule grids (link) for details

And In the Panel Rooms…

Thursday, April 13
Star Wars Fan Stage, W308
Droid Building 101
Presented by the R2-D2 Builders Club. An introduction to building R2-D2 including a history of the club and what to expect when building a droid. Talk will include an overview to the various materials required to build a droid along with tools required and answers to the top questions asked by potential builders.

Star Wars Fan Stage, W308
Extreme Droid Building
A discussion, demonstrations, and Q&A with some of the most innovative droid builders who have pushed the boundaries on those accomplishments. Discussing how they got into building, their inspirations and motivations, process and techniques involved. And of course, demonstrations of their mind-blowing droids!

Star Wars University, W300
History of Droid Building
From the R2 builder’s club origins in 1999 through the creation of the BB-8 Builders club the incredible growth of fan made droids through the years.

Star Wars Fan Stage, W308
Of Mice and Medical: The Other Droids of Star Wars
A discussion of the various droids used throughout the Star Wars Universe. A quick overview of the five classes of droids and a breakdown of droid types. All hail Skippy the Jedi Droid…


Be sure to check out our article covering the Guests appearing this year.

Here’s our article on Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 – Thursday’s Panels!






*** info/images courtesy of StarWarsCelebration.com

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