Convention, Travel

Star Wars Celebration V

This past weekend, I attended my first Star Wars Celebration. I go to DragonCon every year, but I was excited about attending a Con for nothing but Star Wars.

I was not disappointed.

Celebration V was held in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Ed and I got to town Thursday night, but I had to go over by myself on Friday because he had to work from the hotel room. I was nervous since I was debuting my new 1950s-style homage to Boba Fett. “Will people think my outfit is dorky?” I asked Ed. (The answer was no: I got my pic taken all day, and Boba Fett himself gave me a sinister nod of approval.)

I shouldn’t have worried about going over alone. By the time I got on the shuttle, I was already befriended by Melissa and her mother, who showed me where to go and were great company in line to get into the show. After that, I met up with Charlotte and Bruce from the UAB Magic board, and we hung out.

Ed came over in the afternoon, then we spent Saturday there before heading to the Last Tour to Endor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (more on that later). We went for one last hurrah Sunday morning before making the drive back home to Atlanta.

The highlights:

Star Wars Celebration V was an amazing experience. I am proud to be a fangirl, and brought home some Boba Fett goodies to prove it. (However, I passed on the circa-1979 Boba action figure in a box…$8,000 was out of my budget.) I get giddy seeing one or two Stormtroopers, and the occasional Mandalorian Merc. Seeing them come out in force for Celebration…well, it’s like Geek Girl Heaven for me.

Beth Dolgner

Beth Dolgner is a freelance writer and editor whose work encompasses everything from motorcycles to ghost stories. She is a devoted Boba Fett fan and a member of the 501st Legion.

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