In late April, the folks behind the Star Wars Celebration revealed they were monitoring the coronavirus situation, as well as staying “in contact with the city of Anaheim, the Anaheim Visitors Bureau, and the Anaheim Convention Center” while being “committed to ensuring that our event plans meet or exceed the latest public health guidance, including that of local and state authorities as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)”. Earlier today, ReedPop and Lucasfilm issued a statement that confirms the cancellation of Star Wars Celebration 2020. However, the event will return to Anaheim in summer 2022. With over 20,000 attendees at that first event, the fan-facing convention was an immediate hit – but the popular event came and went, depending on what was then a mighty thin “Star Wars” release schedule.
As the “Star Wars” universe has grown – thanks to the relaunched Skywalker Saga, new film features, a revamped approach to TV, the introduction of Disney’s streaming service Disney+, more video game offerings, and even a pair of theme parks – Celebration has become a harbinger of things to come for a franchise still going through major evolutions. Any pre-ordered merchandise will still be sent to fans, but those who no longer want to wait are able to receive a refund. But fans can select a refund for the merchandise as well. Star Wars Celebration has already announced that it will return to the Anaheim Convention Center on August 18-21, 2022. The refund window will open on June 22, and close on August 26.
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