How to get ready for The Force Awakens panel with J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy & special guests.
Star Wars Celebration will kick off in a big way at 10:00 am Pacific Thursday morning, with a presentation by Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director J.J. Abrams and Producer Kathleen Kennedy.
To understand the ins and outs (hopefully ins) of scoring a seat for the show, please read through the following Thursday morning plan carefully.
We look forward to seeing you at the show!
Get Your Badge
Everyone will need a valid 4-Day or Thursday Celebration badge to queue for the Thursday panel. If you need to buy or pick up your badge in Anaheim before Thursday, here are our Registration and Will Call hours, in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center:
- Tuesday, April 14: 4:00-8:00pm
- Wednesday, April 15: 11:00am-6:00pm
If you received your Celebration badge in the mail, you are already ready for the next step:
Get In The Queue
We will open up Hall E, which is directly downstairs from Hall D in the Anaheim Convention Center, at 6:00 pm Pacific Wednesday, April 15. Hall E will be open for queueing all night, with restrooms and concessions.
We will monitor the queue numbers and do our best to tell people their status, i.e. chances of a seat in the morning show. Seats for the 10:00 am Thursday panel are strictly first come, first served.
Get Your Wristband
Approximately 6:00 am Thursday, we’ll start handing out wristbands for the 10:00 am panel to those in the queue in Hall E. Wristbands will be handed out down the line, and there will be different colors for each of the five stages where the show can be seen:
- Celebration Stage (The Arena): these folks, the first in line, will see the show live
- Star Wars Digital Stage (Ballroom 300) - simulcast
- Behind-The-Scenes Stage (Room 204) - simulcast
- Star Wars Fan Stage (Room 303) - simulcast
- Star Wars Collectors’ Stage (Room 210) - simulcast
One wristband per person. Our staff will place each wristband on each person. No extra, loose wristbands will be given out.
Get To Your Stage
We will move the queues to the stages in plenty of time to be seated before the show starts at 10:00. Stick with your group, and follow the directions of the helpful staff members.
Enjoy The Show!
Thursday Morning Special Groups:
Jedi Knight And Jedi Master VIPs
Jedi Knight and Jedi Master VIPs are the only attendees who DO NOT need a wristband to attend the show on Thursday morning. Jedi Knights and Masters should be at their lounge (201AB) by 8:30 am Thursday. From there they will be taken over to their reserved seats on the Celebration Stage. Be sure to be wearing your Jedi Knight or Jedi Master badge!
Attendees who have Medical Badges will also need wristbands to attend the Thursday morning panel. Look for the separate, labeled Medical Badge line in Hall E.
We recommend those with Medical Badges who want to attend the Thursday morning show arrive by 5:45 am Thursday. We do not request you spend the night in the line, but that decision is entirely up to each individual.
Wristband distribution in the Medical Badge line will begin around 6:00 am Thursday. We will distribute the number of wristbands per stage that correlates with the number of disabled seats reserved in that stage. After we run out of the Medical Badge seating allotment for each of the five stages, if you have not received a wristband for a seat, you may choose to wait for the Exhibit Hall opening at 11:00 am, for which the Medical Badge line will be admitted first.
Please remember two very important things:
- Your Medical badge does NOT guarantee seating at any panel during Celebration, including the Thursday morning panel. It provides the ability to be seated first in your allotted stage on Thursday if you have a wristband.
- With your Medical badge you are allowed just one other person with you. That person must also have a valid Celebration badge.
Those Not Attending The 10:00 AM Panel
We will open Hall D for queueing for the Exhibit Hall to all attendees at 7:30 am Thursday. If you arrive before 7:30 to queue for the Exhibit Hall, you will be sent to Hall E to queue before the Exhibit Hall opens. At 11:00 am we’ll open the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall, and the rest of the show, for you. The Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall will be open an hour later on Thursday, until 8:00 pm.