- Jan 21, 2008
I'm really excited about it coming back to Orlando. I had some of the most fun I've ever had at SWCV.
But a lot of people on Facebook are complaining about the dates already. It's starts the first week of most schools and it's a just barely week before DragonCon.
I bought that shirt and wear it almost every week. haha!
Don't wait for the guest list to buy VIP they will sell out fast. 2nd the big complaint is Dragoncon is massive and many 501st do dragoncon also and have for years. Many in the Con community plan all year for Dragoncon. Dcon is the south's version of Comic Con with over 30,000 people attending the 4 day event. So imagine having to decide on an event you have gone to for years(dcons 25th Anniv is this year) and going to Celebration. I mean school part is just silly as some schools aren't even in then. Doing these cons for some people is a huge undertaking not counting vacation time. How many people plan on traveling to an event every year outside of Orlando? But people travel from all over the country every year for Dcon, they have made friends that they only see that time of the year. People plan costumes ( i have seen some who bring 6-7 of them) so for them they have to make a choose they are upset so you will see piles of complaints out there on other message boards.
Let me give you a little idea of cost The 4 guest hotels for Dcon average 180.00 a night plus 30 dollars for parking, food, gas not counting any photos, autographs or memorabilia you buy. Also in Atlanta that weekend in normally a college footaball kickoff game (this year Georgi vs Boise State) Nascar Race, Gay Black mens convention and most years and an Atlanta Braves baseball game. So hotels charge a premium rate and rooms are hard to find in a 20 mile radius of Atlanta. So that is another reason why all the complaining.
I've also seen some (not a majority, just a really whiny bunch) claiming they won't come because August in Orlando is too hot. Meanwhile, the entire event (10am - 7pm) is INDOORS (even the queues) and very comfortable. If you can't bear walking from the parking lot, a shuttle drop-off, or your hotel in the morning to the front door without having a heat stroke heart attack.... maybe safe at home is the place to be. They act like it's being held in the middle of the Sahara or something.
If your upset, then that means more Celebration for me... I am so going this year... and of course waiting to see if the mouse will do something BIG for this too... (Indy / Jedi show again please?)
Ian McDiarmid, the actor who unforgettably played the evil galactic mastermind and the ultimate villain of the Star Wars saga, will be making a rare convention appearance at Star Wars Celebration VI, appearing on-stage and signing autographs.