Orlando is hosting the biggest Stars Wars fan event of all time from August 12-15, 2010. Located at the Orange County Convention Center, this celebration will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. It will also feature celebrities, costumes, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and mores. Star Wars Celebration V is the official Lucasfilm convention.
A main feature of the event will be when The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart interviews director George Lucas. The hour-long conversation will focus on the Star Wars fans and the elements of Star Wars that have helped it endure for more than 30 years. In addition to The Daily show’s Jon Stewart, other celebrity guests will include Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Jake Lloyd, Peter Mayhew and several other Star Wars alums.
There are many things to see and do at the Star Wars Celebration.
Star Wars Stories Project – This project spotlights the fan experience and encourages fans to contribute to the Lucasfilms video archive. Movie memories and fan nostalgia will all be compiled, through taped testimonials, and become part of the ongoing Stories Project.
Star Wars Laser Tag – Play Stars Wars themed laser tag with friends and family, where you can try to out-shoot Imperial Stormtroopers.
Costume Contests – There will be four Stars Wars costume contests, two for everyone and two for kids.
The 501st Experience – Fans will have the opportunity to visit Tatooine, see a replica display of all six bounty hunter costumes from The Empire Strikes Back, sit in the Emperor’s throne, meet the pink imperial droid R2-KT and see rare display items from the 501st legion archives.
Build Echo Base – Frank D’lorio, the master diorama builder, is back to lead fans in building the Rebel encampment on the ice planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
Kid Fun – Arts & crafts, interactive games, and the popular Jedi Training Academy will all be available to the young fans of Star Wars.
501st Flashmobs – The 501st Flashmobs will recreate some favorite Star Wars scenes, unexpectedly and sporadically, throughout the celebration.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Fans of this animation series will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes with the cast and crew. Guests will also be able to see never-before-seen glimpses into the making of the animated series, as well as get a sneak peek of Season Three.
Star Wars Video Game Universe – Almost every Stars Wars based video game will come together and be available to play throughout the Stars Wars Celebration weekend.
Troop-Athlon – Putting an imperial spin on traditional triathlons, the Stars Wars themed Troop-Athlon will feature competitions between costumed members during which fully armored troops from around the world compete in tests of athleticism, accuracy and mental sharpness.
There are many other great exhibits, panels and interactive areas planned for the Stars Wars Celebration V.
The hours for the Orlando event are 10am-7pm, Thursday-Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday.
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