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Same place next time but a little cooler time of year. I honestly loved the location - so many affordable hotels within walking distance and all the theme parks and other attractions.

I've had the good fortune to travel a lot and been most everywhere that you could do a Celebration event and Orlando is my favorite. I'd be okay with Vegas but I think families would prefer somewhere else.
 

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Same Place but maybe in May! Around George Lucas' birthday!
 
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I took the all family for the first day, and then my son and I did the Friday and Saturday as well. Orlando was perfect as a family destination and the heat didn't really bother us. The convention centre was perfect too.. but I think it would be more fun to change venue next time; helps keep it all fresh and new.

This was my first celebration (couldn't make the UK one a few years ago), and we had a blast.

I guess on a practical level the USA will always be easier (and larger) but how about somewhere in Europe? (France or Germany) - that would mean Celebration Europe 2 not C6 I guess though.
 
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I would absolutely LOVE it to be in Orlando again! I had a blast and there are a lot of things that I would like to do there again.

I wouldn't mind San Diego either....
NY/NJ only because that would be local for me.

I know Chicago was mentioned a lot, but I am not enthused about the potential for that venue.

What are the chances they would return to Orlando???? I would definitely be up for that!
 
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CAN'T WAIT! Would really like for it to be a little closer to me....Chicago, but would love to have it in Orlando again, just earlier in the year, the humidity was a bit much. Thought that the convention center was perfect and centrally located.
 
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I wouldn't mind Orlando again! BUT if you're going to have a Main Event find a BIG location were all that want can see it live in person.
 
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No, somewhere new. Nothing against Orlando but I like to visit new places and see new sights when I go somewhere on vacation (not that I did much of that during the convention, but before and after).

It's also better for fans in different parts of the country who can't travel long distances. Some people on the east coast didn't go to LA because of the travel involved, and the same for Florida or Indy.

I'll be there whereever it is though, I'm a C junkie!
 
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I'd be OK with Orlando again. A cooler time of year would be nice though. I'd also be OK with Chicago. If it's out west again, my suggestion would be to hold it in George's back yard, aka San Francisco. Or possibly Anthem. No need for Vegas imo.
 
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I loved Orlando. Was a great time. The weather was hot but not too bad for Florida in August.

I hope Reed runs the next one they did a fantastic job I thought.

I wouldn't mind Indianapolis again if I could have a second choice.

Sorry to L.A. but found it very expensive.
 
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SoonerSean said:
Same place next time but a little cooler time of year. I honestly loved the location - so many affordable hotels within walking distance and all the theme parks and other attractions.

I've had the good fortune to travel a lot and been most everywhere that you could do a Celebration event and Orlando is my favorite. I'd be okay with Vegas but I think families would prefer somewhere else.
Agree 100%.

While it can be nice to go to someplace new each time, that means that the location and venue are new to the event planning staff.

To do it at the same place means that they can take everything they learned about room selections, room layouts, queue locations, food vendors, shuttles, hotels, etc. and apply it next time to only make it better.

If we go someplace new, that means we start from zero again with all of that.
 
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As Matt said, there are definite advantages to having it in the same location. If they do, I would highly recommend a different time of year. Sure inside the con was ok, but if you wanted to do anything outside, or walk to/from hotels in costume it was horrendous. NOT summertime would also mean that flights/hotels etc. would be cheaper.

Having said that, Orlando's really not that interesting to me. I'd rather see some place new. Of course, being so uninteresting means I don't stay as long which means I save money, so there's that...
 
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Orlando was a blast, best location you could possibly get

New York would be cool also
 
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Didn't they say they wanted to swap coasts each time now. Colorado,Indy twice,then LA,then Orlando,so the next would be out west somewhere again. I like Vegas and there's plenty for kids to do now.
 
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I love Orlando and Florida even though the heat is brutal!
I would be all for CVI returning to Orlando as its a destination that my wife can travel to with me and still have plenty for her to do.
Chicago is much closer and would make my life easier but my first choice would be a return to O Lando!
 
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IIRC, before any final decisions were made about the location for CV, I believe Steve Sansweet mentioned that Lucasfilm was looking for a home city for Celebration (a place that could host it every time). I guess the decision to host CV in Orlando was their way of telling us. This was an interview on the Force Cast from the latter part of '09.
 
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I think the main concern for the organizers is the hotel cost. We discussed that a lot at the Sunday focus group. If you go to almost any travel site and punch in Orlando - there are decent hotels to be found for less than $50 - nice hotels for less than $100 - and great hotels for less than $200.

That's not near as easy to do in Chicago, NY, LA, San Fran, etc. You can find it in Vegas - most casinos today are $100 or less. I rode a shuttle with someone from Vegas and they said there are a lot of hotels that have shut down entire wings due to the economic slow down.

It's definitely not scientific - but I just did a travelocity search for Chicago for four nights (Thur-Sunday) in September and the first page of hotels showed only one sub-$100 and most were north of $200.

I personally would love to see it in San Francisco with tours offered of Skywalker Ranch.


But again - I think the most important issue should be the availability of affordable hotels and alternatives for family either during or pre/post convention. Also - a location like the Orlando Convention Center meant a complete lack of need for a rental car. Affordable shuttles got you to/from the airport and the shuttles running up and down International kept con goers moving. I'd also hate to go somewhere like Chicago where you might have to stay out a ways and commute in every day via public transportation.

I know people like changes in venues - but if it's not for three years - going back to Orlando wouldn't be too bad.
 
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Other than Saturday night at Hollywood Studios, I did not mind the heat that much. However, if they do C6 in Vegas which would be fine with me, I sure hope it is not in August. Boy, if you thought Orlando was bad in August....

But in all honesty, I don't care where it is, as long it is in the continental U.S., I will be there.
 
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Orlando would be cool...Ive never been there, but I would love it in April or May...Not 2 weeks after comic con...

I also would love it in Chicago, San Fran...but I wouldn't mind in here in Vegas...
 
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I'd be down with Orlando for CVI ..... quick flight from Chicago down there, easy transfer.

But Vegas, yeah, that could work.
 
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Yeah, I think the timing was way off both temperature wise and Convention schedule. Go back to May or heck, even Christmas lol
 
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i am glad to hear that many of you enjoyed orlando! i knew it would go smooth here! i think it will be back. at least i hope so!
 
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I don't think it'll happen again in Indy because the celebration has just outgrown that location. Orlando convention center was great I personally never felt cramped in the hallways or just walking around anywhere for the most part. Plus with bringing the family having Disney around the corner made it easier.
 
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The amazing thing about the Orlando CC was all the space that wasn't even used. There was a lot of extra space (I walked around one day and was amazed at all the rooms that weren't being used - not to mention they used the one huge convention hall just to let people line up inside and even the main floor wasn't fully utilized). I also loved the variety of food choices - and none of it was too expensive as every where I tried inside the con had a 20% off discount. I never spent more than $9 on a meal and drink.

I think this one was just rushed. It was announced late last year and happened pretty fast. That's not much lead time and clearly it was too close to SDCC and other events.

With more lead time the LFL and Reed folks (assuming they partner up again as it sounds like they will) the event should probably be earlier in the year and more time for people to plan.
 
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OCCC seemed to be a lot bigger than the space C5 required. It was nice because other than the dealer area of the exhibit hall, it didn't feel cramped or crowded at all, but I think it showed that it could be held at a slightly smaller venue. Plus, didn't Indy build a bigger CC?
 
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either way is good but a standard home for celebration would be great because that takes one part of the planning and financial part out of the equation because people would know for each one just like SDCC. even living here a little earlier like april may would be better all around. Reed did a decent job as far as the general convention and such, but the one thing they need to work on is if they offerVIP packages then they need to handle that 100x better.
 
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For those that went, do you think the Halls where cramped or as packed, because many other goers didn't go since it was so close to SDCC? I know I would have gone if it was in April or May...and I sure there are a few others here that would have gone as well...C IV seemed packed...
 
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There were only 25,000 people at this celebration. That's about 10k lower than C3. that could explain the more spacious feeling as well. When I say only, that's because I'm used to the 125k that go to SDCC. It's a good number for just a Star Wars con.

I don't get why people think that Vegas isn't family friendly. It's not all booze, gambling, and hookers(which are illegal in Vegas, fyi). All the casinos have nice restaurants, some have aquariums, family friendly shows, shopping and Circus Circus has an amusement park inside it. Plus where else are you going to be able to play the Star wars and Indy slot machines?
 
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Tusken_Raiders said:
For those that went, do you think the Halls where cramped or as packed, because many other goers didn't go since it was so close to SDCC? I know I would have gone if it was in April or May...and I sure there are a few others here that would have gone as well...C IV seemed packed...
Compared to what we deal with at SDCC every year, this was a breeze. There were crowds around certain booths for sure, but as long as you avoided them, you never bumped into anyone.
 
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with all the free space, just in the exhibit hall, I would have liked to see the artists alley and dealers spread out a bit more. Even without moving the celebration store to it's own room (which would have been a good idea) there seemed to be plenty of space to do that. That was the one area that seemed cramped and it really didn't need to be. GIve the dealers and attendees room to breathe.
 
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DarthJaq said:
Tusken_Raiders said:
For those that went, do you think the Halls where cramped or as packed, because many other goers didn't go since it was so close to SDCC? I know I would have gone if it was in April or May...and I sure there are a few others here that would have gone as well...C IV seemed packed...
Compared to what we deal with at SDCC every year, this was a breeze. There were crowds around certain booths for sure, but as long as you avoided them, you never bumped into anyone.
From the pics of seen, CV seemed pretty tame...In comparison to SDCC and CIV....
 
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For all the space they had available - they really jammed the dealers into a space that was too small. They also set up GG and Hasbro and Lego right by the main entrance which created a traffic jam right at the start every morning. Those are things they'd address if they did it in the same place again.

As for Vegas - there's lots for kids to do now - but it is still a destination for adults given that casinos and shows dominate the activities. It's not like it was 30 years ago when Circus Circus was the only place for kids - but it's still not exactly Orlando. Families can certainly have a good time there and I think it would be a reasonable location for CV. I'd just think most families would prefer a place like Orlando.
 
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At the end of the show while in line for extra cereal boxes, Mary Franklin came by to pick up her set in the lunchbox they had for panelists, and we were chatting and said that they were going to try for the next one in 2 years and that they would like to do them every 2 years. I think that's a little too often, I like the 3 year gaps. especially since it matches up with the movie anniversaries.
 
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couple of things that might have made it a lower turn out is 1 the economy, and 2 not as much lead time for people to prepare or save to go. now granted sdcc does it every year, but with that one everyone knows where and about when it will be. i agree they had alot of empty space they could have spread out the exhibitors alot more. also with so much openess in the halls and such needed to have more star wars decorations to give it more of that feel
 
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if I had a vote, i would say a return to Orlando would be tops. the convention center was really nice. hotels can be found super cheap in the area. lots of places to eat in the area. close proximity to Disney and Universal. food inside the con was way better than in L.A.
if its families that they want to attract as their target audience....there is no place better than Orlando.
 
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I was pretty happy with Orlando too. It was actually cooler in Orlando than it was in Nashville, where I live. For everyone wanting it to be in Orlando but at a cooler time of year, I don't think you'll ever get it. I was surprised it was so late in August; the school in Nashville had already started back a few days before CV and I think my nephew's school in Indiana had started back too. I think LucasFilm wants to have the event during summer vacation and nationwide that window is only from June 15 to August 1 now. With SDCC owning the end of July and Independence day (in the US) at the beginning of July they don't have many options.

As far a cheap places to stay, don't forget Orlando is time-share crazy and you can find good deals staying at those plus get some extra spending money for sitting through a few sales pitches (we got a $75 Visa Gift Card for about 1:15 of our time on Tuesday).
 
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DarthJaq said:
There were only 25,000 people at this celebration. That's about 10k lower than C3. that could explain the more spacious feeling as well. When I say only, that's because I'm used to the 125k that go to SDCC. It's a good number for just a Star Wars con.

I don't get why people think that Vegas isn't family friendly. It's not all booze, gambling, and hookers(which are illegal in Vegas, fyi). All the casinos have nice restaurants, some have aquariums, family friendly shows, shopping and Circus Circus has an amusement park inside it. Plus where else are you going to be able to play the Star wars and Indy slot machines?
28,000 at CV
Lowest yet, but there were many contributing factors to that. I say they have another go at Orlando.
Although, Vegas would be fun!!!
 
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This was my first Celebration and let me just say, IT WAS AMAZING!!! I was expecting to not be able to move because of all of the people, but I was very pleasantly surprised. It was roomy and I never felt crowded. I think that having CVI at the OCCC is a great idea. Like someone else said, having a "home" location for Celebrations would be really great and Orlando, in my opinion is perfect. I heard too many complaints about the Indianapolis Celebrations and I don't want that to be repeated. I was very pleased with how it was run.
 
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