April 18, 2017 – If you thought the lines and crowds at Star Wars Celebration Orlando somehow felt extra massive, you were right.
Disney/Lucasfilm and event organizer, ReedPOP, have unveiled the headcount at “more than 70,000”, breaking all past Celebration attendance records.
They released a message to fans, which reads in part:
“As Star Wars celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, Star Wars Celebration Orlando was especially important for Lucasfilm. We wanted to honor what came before and what comes next, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi, and George Lucas to Rian Johnson. We wanted to create compelling experiences, from The Star Wars Show LIVE! to panels on everything from Star Wars Battlefront II and Star Wars Rebels to theme parks and “Heroines of Star Wars.” And we wanted to remember Carrie Fisher and Kenny Baker, which made this anniversary a bittersweet one.
“But none of this would be possible or have real meaning without the fans who came — more than 70,000 of you, making this the biggest and most widely-attended Star Wars Celebration in our history. We are humbled by these numbers and by the outpouring of support we felt over Celebration. We know you take time out of your lives to come from far away and we so appreciate the love and hard work you put into your amazing costumes. Seeing the generations of fans who attended, this year in particular, was a reminder to us of the real power of these films and this event….”
You can read the full statement here.
The following video was shown for the first time at the Closing Ceremonies on April 16th:
The next Celebration will occur in 2019. The next host city has not yet been announced.