By Tiffany Moyes |Staff Writer|
For the first time in 15 years, Star Wars Celebration came to Southern California.
Thousands of Star Wars fans from around the world flocked to Anaheim to take part in a four-day-long event.
Since day one of the celebration, fans would know exactly what to expect when J.J. Abrams, the director of the new “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film, premiered the new teaser trailer for the highly anticapted film.
“The crowd was in a frenzy! I saw many shedding tears of joy after seeing the trailer. It was like their old friend had returned home!” said attendee Kyle Fields.
The fan excitement did not stop there. Everyday there was something new being introduced for fans to get excited about.
After an amazing first day, the highly anticipated video game, “Star Wars Battlefront”, took center stage, with the animated television show, “Star Wars Rebels”, taking day three.
At the closing ceremony on day four of the celebration, fans were treated with one final parting gift.
The first exclusive look at “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One”, the first of many new films revolving around the Star Wars Universe. The Star Wars Celebration began in 1999 with the first convention held in Denver, Colorado.
Each year, it grew bigger than the year before with more people being drawn towards the event. This year, the event was hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center, which was barely large enough to hold the tremendous fan base.
The Convention Center was packed close to capacity, with tickets selling out weeks in advance.
The floor was filled with many replica sets of famous scenes from the Star Wars films, along with memorabilia and fan club booths.
Of the many fan clubs present, the famous 501st Star Wars Fan Club put on the biggest show for fans, setting up large group photos of fans dressed as their favorite characters. Many did not expect the massive crowds of people that filled the convention center floor.
Fans waited in lines for panels and exclusive experiences for more than two hours, with some waits even lasting up to five hours.
“It’s all overwhelming, at first, but once you get the hang of it you kinda get used to it,” said famous Youtuber, Justin Scarred, from the “Live Fast Die Poor” channel.
Outside of the Convention Center, food trucks filled up the plaza, ready to feed the thousands of fans in attendance.
Across the street, The Disney parks, also joined in on the Star Wars fun, as some Disneyland stores sold exclusive and limited edition items only to be found and sold during the Star Wars Celebration Weekend.
The next Star Wars Celebration was announced to be taking place in London next year. Tickets are already on sale and VIP tickets are sold out.
It is not known when the Celebration will return to U.S. soil, or even back to Southern California, but many fans have high hopes.