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Instagram Inspiration: Star Wars Celebration Europe

Last weekend we went to Star Wars Celebration Europe in Germany. Fans from all over the world come and get their Jedi on. I’ll be honest – I’m not a huge Star Wars fan. My husband, however, is. Many of the past SW Celebrations have been in our hometown in Orlando. Our friends have told us it’s always a great time. Since it was so close to home this year, we decided to go.

I’m glad we did. I love being around people who are doing things they are passionate about, and people are definitely passionate about Star Wars. There were replica sets throughout the convention center, people walking up dressed up in costume, autograph signings, a blocked off area dedicated to young kids, shops selling all kinds of memorabilia, and even an area for officially licensed Star Wars tattoo artists to tattoo on the spot. There were different panels, talks, shows, and discussions throughout.

We managed to make it to one panel discussion. As part of the collectors series, we went to the European Food Collectables panel. It was about collecting trinkets in things like cereal boxes, but specific to brands and promotion in Europe. The extent to which people will save original Star Wars branded items is fascinating. What they do with them later is equally fascinating. Apparently several years ago, at one of the SW Celebrations, they held a cereal eating contest. The cereal was C-3PO cereal from 20-30 years ago. And if our crowd was any indication, I’m sure the contestants were just happy to have the chance to eat original Star Wars promotional items.

Enough talk, let’s look at some photos.

Tips for Star Wars Celebration for families

  • The next one will be in Anaheim, CA in April 2015, mark your calendars!
  • Although we didn’t buy our tickets in advance, I suggest you do. The line is a lot shorter for ticket holders.
  • This is a child-friendly event. A lot of the costumed characters walking around are more than happy to pose with your little one. (Click here to see some of the costumed characters.)
  • But to make it even better, dress your kids in costume. There are plenty of other people who will be doing the same.
  • Just prepare for the other attendees who will want to take their photo with your child.
  • It can be a long day, plan ahead. The website will provide a schedule of events and many events you want to attend will overlap. Again, plan ahead.
  • Many attractions have long lines. Don’t hesitate to leave a long line and come back later when the line has shortened.
  • However, if you’re shopping and want to wait to come back later to purchase something, don’t. Unless you happen to be there on the first day, chances are the item you want will sell-out. Get it while you can.
  • Catch up on the series before you go so that your kids can be somewhat familiar with the characters they’ll see.
  • Have your camera ready for some funny costumes and interpretations.
  • Have fun and may the force be with you!


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  1. Ok, so how much fun was this?
    And the pic of little man and the alien? Fantastic!!
    Glad you guys had fun, and what a neat thing to do all the way over here. I am guessing some people would kill to attend this conference. Reminds me of the GOT exhibit I saw in Amsterdam. The perks over here just keep on coming.. 🙂

    • We had so many pictures, but not too many on my phone. My brother-in-law was really jealous. They were supposed to come during this time, but missed it. The best part was the convention center was air conditioned!

  2. That much have a unique experience! Thank you for sharing with us and joining in #IGTravelThursday!

  3. Your kids did awesome not getting freaked out by everything. It kind of freaks me out and I am an adult 🙂

    • So far both of my kids are unphased by this stuff. There was one huge white creature that bigger fans than myself probably know. My son was either scared of that or really eager to get to the kids area behind it. Or both.

  4. I LOOOVVVEEE the old Star Wars Trilogy as does my 5 year old. We watch them about once a month. lol This would be a dream come true for both of us.

    • Wow! We watched over the weekend and when we came back my son wanted to watch it again. He also loves wearing his badge when we’re out and about.

      Go to the next one in Anaheim!

  5. Wow that looks pretty cool.

  6. It was a lot of fun.

  7. This looked like a lot of fun. My husband is a Star Wars fan and he would have loved this. Thanks for sharing.

    • You should seriously consider going whenever it’s possible. I believe it is THE star wars event. We even got to see the actors/actresses who played Luke and Leia and some emperors and… well, so many people!

  8. Good times! WE have attended a couple in the past (several years ago) and they were fun.
    I’ll mention to hubby that it’s in CA in 2015. Maybe…

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. My boys would love to attend a Star Wars celebration. Our family theme for Halloween was Star Wars 2 years ago, so I guess we could even dress up. Or at least the kiddos! I will keep Anaheim in 2015 in mind! Thanks for sharing the pictures and tips!

  10. Thanks for the inspiration to join the #IGTravelThursdays – BUT you have not inspired me to go to this event. Kids, lines and people in creepy costumes. No thanks Ann, no thanks. I look forward to next weeks instalment.

    • Ha ha ha! Well, it’s not for everyone. Maybe the only source of airconditioning within a 10 mile radius would be inspiration enough?

      And I promise you will like next week’s installment. I’m so excited about it.

  11. Oh man-way cool! My son likes Star Wars and would of loved seeing this.

  12. What a cool event to attend! Love the photo of your little guy with the alien and the first one of the panel – the little Star Wars cut-outs remind me of the Disney Vinylmations.

    • Lisa, they gave away a tiny version of those cut-outs if you attended one of the collection themed panels – fitting, right? You had to be there from beginning to end to get one. I was disappointed that the one I got was a very minor character, but I like it. And what a good way to keep people seated for the whole panel!

  13. I didn’t even know that these kind of things existed, but it seems like a fun event to go to if you are a fan! I love the alien and little guy image too. 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m sure the people in the neighborhood were wondering what was going on at the convention center!

  14. I love seeing these photos again. I love the R2-DT one. And your son looks so cute with that person in front of him. Not a care in the world. Thanks for linking up again this weeki. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you via Instagram.

  15. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, but you make me homesick for the US. 🙂 My son was so happy to not be waiting and get a chance to sit down. So much fun.

  16. Hi Ann! New follower here from our Blogelina group. I do not live or die for Star Wars, but I can agree with your sentiment–it’s fun to be around people who are passionate about something! That’s why I find myself enjoying Deadliest Catch each Tuesday night. My husband loves it and really gets into it.

  17. I love Star Wars! That looks like so much fun.

  18. I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but it sounds like so much fun! Thanks for participating to IGTravelThrusday again!

  19. Wow, the men and boys in my life would LOVE this!! They are massive Star Wars fans…in fact I might have to do everything to make sure they don’t see this!!! Great photos!