Star Wars Celebration Day One

The first day of the massive fan convention started strong.

Thursday began the long-awaited Star Wars Celebration event at Anaheim Convention Center with fans lined up out the door in Star Wars clothing and some of the most elaborate cosplays around. We were granted media access to give you a look at the festivities. The first panel alone answered several burning questions for Star Wars fans with appearances from some of the franchise's brightest stars. 

TIE Fighter at Star Wars Celebration Exhibit Hall | WhereTraveler
TIE Fighter at Star Wars Celebration Exhibit Hall

Day One of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim

Lucasfilm's Studio Showcase started with a welcome from Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, "Welcome back to Celebration. It's been three years that we've been waiting to see you all again; to renew this direct connection we so deeply missed with the most passionate, enthusiastic and creative fans in the world—Star Wars fans." 

The panel began with a Q&A session with the stars of "Obi-Wan Kenobi," which premiered today. Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Deborah Chow took the stage first and were joined by Moses Ingram and Rupert Friend. "It was really special to come back to play him and with Deborah, with our brilliant cast," Ewan McGregor told audience members about the experience of returning to the character Obi-Wan Kenobi after nearly 20 years. "I think what happened since we finished "Episode Three" in 2003 is that in the last five or six or so years, we've started to feel all of your love for the prequels that we made." 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Red Carpet at Star Wars Celebration | WhereTraveler
"Obi-Wan Kenobi" Red Carpet at Star Wars Celebration

The cast of "Andor" came onstage next to showcase the show's trailer and announce the August 2022 premiere. Writer Tony Gilroy gave audience members a timeline of the show and where it lands in the Star Wars universe, "We're going to rewind five years back from "Rogue," and we've done 12 episodes, those 12 episodes that we've shot that we're going to show this fall are going to take us one year closer. We're going to come back and start shooting in November; we're going to shoot another 12 episodes. And we're going to finish the second half of the story, and the second 12 will take us over the next four years, and the final scene will walk you into "Rogue."

Fans were next introduced to the upcoming "Willow" series and given a taste of what to expect from yet another Star Wars show titled "Skeleton Crew," which is expected to debut in 2023. One of the highlights of the panel was a first listen to the brand new "Obi-Wan Kenobi" theme song written and composed by John Williams, who composed the score live for audience members. A celebration of Williams' 90th birthday followed with a surprise appearance and speech by Harrison Ford. 

Obi-Wan Kenobi Premiere at Star Wars Celebration | WhereTraveler
"Obi-Wan Kenobi" Premiere at Star Wars Celebration

Audience members in the panel and its accompanying streaming panels were surprised with a once-in-a-lifetime treat—an exclusive invitation to return later in the evening to screen the first two episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" live with the cast of the show for its official world premiere. 

The day concluded for some at the D23 Galactic Disco at House of Blues Anaheim inside the Anaheim Gardenwalk. Members enjoyed a set from Mayer Hawthorne and photo sets with stormtroopers, R2D2 and other Star Wars characters. Others finished the first day of Celebration at The Bash, a special event hosted by seven Star Wars clubs, including the 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, Rebel Legion, Saber Guild, Droid Builders, The Dark Empire, and Galactic Academy. The Bash collected proceeds for The Starlight Foundation and included performances by the Flux Capacitators, DJ Elliott, and more, along with a silent auction. 

Mayer Hawthorne at D23 Galactic Disco | WhereTraveler
Mayer Hawthorne at D23 Galactic Disco