By Cory O’Born
Throw on your gold bikini, meet the real Luke Skywalker and explore the galaxy aboard a Starspeeder 1000. It's all possible - but only in Orlando during Star Wars Celebration, April 13 - 16, 2017. With the recent success of The Force Awakens and Rogue One - A Star Wars Story, a new wave of fans join the ranks of veteran cosplayers and die-hard lovers of the original trilogy for this four-day celebration at the Orange County Convention Center. Whether Light or Dark side, Rebel or Imperial, fans from around the world will gather for this galactic extravaganza of costumes, exhibits, celebrity guests and more.
This year's Celebration features some amazing celebrity guests you won't want to miss, including:
But the Star Wars experience is extra special in Orlando, where fans can enjoy not only the fun of the convention, but also visit the closest thing to the real Star Wars universe, at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Make sure to check these items off your Star Wars list while you're here:
Ride: Make the jump to hyperspace aboard a 3D, motion-simulated space flight on the "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" ride, featuring destinations from the films. With multiple story combinations, this wild ride offers a unique adventure almost every time.
Shop: Visit Tatooine Traders, where you can find rare Star Wars memorabilia and even create your very own lightsaber or droid.
Watch: Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB-8, Darth Maul and other favorite characters recreate famous movie vignettes live, complete with hordes of Storm Troopers. Then conclude your day in a galaxy far, far away with an all-new nighttime spectacular bursting with memorable Star Wars moments and pyrotechnics.
There has never been a more exciting time to be a Star Wars fan, on the cusp of new Star Wars movies as well as a massive Star Wars expansion coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2019. Find more about what's new in Orlando this year, grab tickets to Star Wars Celebration and Disney, then download our App for the best Orlando experience possible.
May the Force be with you!
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Written by Cory O’Born, Communications Associate Representative at Visit Orlando. She enjoys puns, getting lost in foreign countries, petting every dog she sees and uncovering hidden gems in her hometown of Orlando.