In information that isn’t all that shocking, Star Wars Celebration 2020 has been canceled, per an official assertion from Disney and Lucasfilm. The annual Star Wars-centered conference, which combined panels dedicated to the historical past of the franchise with others pointing in the direction of its future in films, tv, videogames, theme parks and extra, won’t return subsequent yr as to not conflict with Disney’s different large fan conference, D23 Expo. Instead, Star Wars Celebration will make its triumphant return in 2022, August 18 – 22.
This yr’s Star Wars Celebration was meant to be held in Anaheim, California, on the Anaheim Convention Center. The final time it was held there was in 2015. Recent Star Wars Celebrations have been held in London, Chicago, and Orlando. The venues are sometimes chosen because of their proximity to one of many Disney Parks, and Anaheim is actually throughout the road from the Disneyland Resort. (There was a hard-ticket after hours occasion, Disneyland After Dark: Star Wars, Nite, which was rapidly offered out and because of happen the primary evening of Celebration. It’s unclear whether or not that’s nonetheless occurring.) The location for the 2022 version of Star Wars Celebration may even be Anaheim, so if this Disneyland occasion is canceled, you may guess it’ll be again for 2022. This yr’s Celebration was canceled because of ongoing considerations concerning the coronavirus and the protection of the company attending this yr’s conference.
The first Star Wars Celebration, a very official Star Wars conference, meant to match the power and effervescence of the numerous science fiction and fantasy fan conventions thrown all over the world annually, was held greater than 20 years in the past, in 1999, in Denver, Colorado. It was meant to stoke the anticipation for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, slated to open later that yr, and subsequent Celebrations have been held in locations as assorted as Indianapolis and Chiba, Japan. The first Disney-held Star Wars Celebration was in 2013 in Essen, Germany, and have served as a robust device for promotion and schooling in terms of each aspect of the Star Wars model underneath Disney. Last yr’s Celebration, in Chicago, as an illustration, was the primary time anybody had seen footage from Disney+’s authentic sequence The Mandalorian, it was the place they premiered the primary teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the place they broke new particulars concerning the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land in Disneyland and Walt Disney World (particularly the cool, futuristic Coke bottles they’d promote within the land), amongst different issues.
While it’s unhappy that we received’t get a Star Wars Celebration this yr, it additionally is sensible. With a lot of the Star Wars output on the massive display screen and small display screen very a lot inflow, with a number of titles both going via dramatic rejiggering (just like the Obi-Wan and Rogue One reveals for Disney+) or others which have but to be concretely be finalized (like large display screen tasks from Taika Waititi and JD Dillard). In a few years, hopefully most of these things could have settled and Star Wars Celebration can get the followers correctly (and safely) stoked. And hey, a minimum of now we have The Mandalorian season 2 coming this fall.