Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: How to Watch, What Happened, and What to Expect

“There was an awakening. Did you feel it?” Fans from a galaxy far, far away have flocked to California for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. It’s the first convention of its kind since 2019’s Celebration Chicago and will no doubt bring a slew of announcements about upcoming Disney Plus showsvideo games and merchandise.

Celebration Anaheim runs from Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, May 29, and there are still a few tickets left if you’re eager to dive into Star Wars fandom.

Fans can get autographs and photos from stars, including actor C-3PO Anthony Danielsthe Mandalorian Katee Sackhoff and Carl Weathers, Boba Fett’s Book actor Temuera Morrison and The Last JediKelly Marie Tran. Unfortunately for those excited about the Obi wan Kenobi series, Ewan McGregor sold out ahead of the show’s debut on Disney Plus on Day Two of Celebration Anaheim.

Unlike past celebrations, this convention will not be focused on an upcoming film. Instead, it will lean heavily on upcoming Disney Plus series; we took our first look andor (the prequel to a rogue) and some concrete details about The Mandalorian season 3and we’ll probably get a glimpse of The Bad Batch season two.

CNET is reporting live from the hall, capturing the hype from the reveals and panel meetings, and checking out the creative cosplay. If you can’t make it to Anaheim or just want to plan your convention, let’s take a quick look at the biggest hits so you know when to keep an eye on the online news.

Thursday, May 26

The show started with one of the big panels. Lucasfilm Studio Showcase Give us the first trailer and an August 31 release for Andorone February 2023 release date for the third season of The Mandalorian and the announcement of Star Wars: Skeleton Crew coming of age show.

The panel also released some non-Star Wars Lucasfilm films, giving us the first trailer for the TV show Willow and the first image of Indiana Jones 5.

Readers got a taste of upcoming novels in The High Republic: For Light and Life panel, during which the authors revealed details about phase 2 of the editorial initiative set hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga.

Friday, 27th of May

After waking up early (or staying up late) to watch the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, all in light and magic panel was probably a little sleepy. Solo director Ron Howard and writer Lawrence Kasdan got everyone excited with a preview of a six-part documentary about Industrial Light & Magic, the special effects division of Lucasfilm, ahead of the launch of Disney Plus on July 27.

Count Dooku and Yoda cross lightsabers

Count Dooku and Yoda showed off their CGI dueling skills in 2002.

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Remember how exciting it was to see Yoda wielding a lightsaber for the first time? That was two decades ago (don’t feel old; that’s ok, it is good), and the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of Attack of the Clones commemorated the second film in the George Lucas prequel trilogy.

Actors Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen made surprise appearances to delight the crowd, joining a panel that included co-stars Anthony Daniels, Temeura Morrison, Daniel Logan, along with artist Doug Chiang, visual effects supervisor John Knoll and sound editor Matthew Wood.

For collectors, the Hasbro Star Wars Panel offered looks at upcoming waves of 3.75-inch figures and the highly detailed 6-inch Black Series, including the villainous inquisitors seen in Obi-Wan Kenobi.

We also received the Jedi: Survivor surprise revealthe sequel to 2019’s Fallen Order and the announcement of the animated series Young Jedi Adventureswhich takes place during the High Republic era.

Saturday, May 28

The audience will likely sing “This is the Way” on the first major panel of the day: Mando+: A Conversation with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni (11 am PT). We’ll likely get details on The Mandalorian season 3 and maybe even a release date and trailer. It would also be a good time to hear more about the Ahsoka Tano show, and whether or not Boba Fett’s Book will have a second season.

Grogu looking at something in the distance

Celebration Anaheim will likely reveal when Grogu will return to Disney Plus.

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Given the number of Star Wars games in development, there is a surprising lack of gaming panels at Celebration. the only big one is Star Wars: Hunters – Welcome to the Galaxy’s Greatest Show (1 pm PT), which will showcase the upcoming multiplayer arena combat game from developer Zynga. It’s coming to Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android sometime this year, and we’ll likely have a release date on this panel.

We will see a new show revealed in an afternoon panel: Tales of the Jedi (2:30 pm PT) is an animated series of anthology shorts. Lucasfilm has not revealed anything about this project other than the name – which it shares with a 90s comic book series – but presumably will come to Disney Plus (like 2021’s Star Wars: Visions).

Comics will be featured in the marvel star wars panel (16:30 PT), with Editor-in-Chief CB Cebulski taking the stage with a bunch of writers and artists to talk about upcoming story arcs and reveal new series.

The Bad Lot of Star Wars

We’re late to get a look at The Bad Batch season 2, but Celebration Anaheim should give us what we need.

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Sunday, May 29

The last day of the convention will highlight the Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season 2 (11 am PT). The team behind the Clone Wars animated CGI spin-off will almost certainly give us a trailer for the second season and a Disney Plus premiere date.

This will be followed by Star Wars: Visions Retrospective (12:30 pm PT), which will dive last year anime-inspired anthology series. It is possible that this panel will reveal that this show will return for more episodes.

Where can I watch the Star Wars Celebration Anaheim panels?

If you can’t make it to the show, you can stream the big panels and interviews from the official Star Wars YouTube channel and StarWars.com. We also incorporated the flow above.


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