Celebration VI. If you're a Star Wars fan, then you've most likely heard of it. It was basically a giant party for 45,000 Star Wars fans. And I got to go!!!!!
My mom and I left on Wednesday so we could get there before CVI started on Thursday morning. This meant getting up at two thirty in the morning so we could be at the airport by four. Let me just mention that I live in Canada, so it meant a lot of hassle with passports and stuff. Oh, and they found a hammer in my suitcase, so we were delayed a bit because of that. (I actually didn't know it was in there, it was my dad's suitcase and he had forgotten to take it out.) Whoops...
So, the plane ride itself was extremely epic. Have you ever watched the sun rise from the airplane? It's amazing.
After a two hour plane ride, we had a stopover in Denver. That lasted two hours, and then it was a three hour plane ride from Denver to Olando.
When we stepped out of the Orlando airport, it almost felt like walking into a rainforest. It looked like it too... everything in Orlando is very green!
I spent Wednesday night in the hotel lobby freaking out with excitement and just generally being very hyper- that's not normal for me.
Oh yeah- there were some Star Wars characters standing in the lobby! ;)
After getting our badges, my mom and I just spent a while walking around and taking everything in. Then we went to a Clone Wars panel Inside the Clone Wars Tech. I'm really interested in the behind the scenes stuff, so that was very cool!
After that panel, we did a little bit more walking around, trying to find our way around the place. We had a quick meal of pizza, then we made our way to the James Luceno writing panel. That may have been the best part of my day, not only because a famous Star Wars author answered one of my questions in the Q&A, but because I met Grace (Jedi~Chick) right after! She was the first TLF girl I ever met in person. We talked for a little bit and she gave me my TLF shirt and wristbands.
The rest of Thursday just kind of blended into shopping and walking. And then when we got back to the hotel, I Skyped one of my internet best friends Nora (SnipsSkywalker) who I didn't get to meet that day, sadly. And I have also learned that Skyping is a really poor substitute for real life.
Okay, so. Friday. AKA the best day ever.
We got there bright and early again and Nora and I arranged to meet under the giant blow up Death Star that was hanging from the ceiling. While I was waiting for her, Pink showed up! She's another one of my best friends on the internet and I was so happy to meet her in person. And literally a minute after I met Pink, Snips walked in the door! It was so funny, because she crashed into three Sith Lords making her way across the hall. :P
Then we went up to the exhibit hall and just looked around for a while. The three of us found a box of action figures and had a lot of fun just looking through it. All the Anakin figures were missing their right arms and we had a laugh over that. That's when it kind of hit me that I was actually meeting my friends. It was a bit surreal. Also, Pink gave me a friendship bracelet that she had made herself. It may sound weird, but that was one of my favorite parts of the convention. I had come to the convention to meet and hang out with my friends and that's what I did.
After looking around the hall for a while and buying a few things, it was time to go down for lunch and meet the rest of the Lakehouse girls! All of us got along really well right away and it was a lot of fun. We also all signed a shirt for Ashley Eckstein.
Then it was time to go to the awesome Her Universe Cupcake Party! Ohmygosh it was fun. We ran into Tom Kane (literally) and I got Dee Bradley Baker's autograph for my brother (with a hot pink marker *snickers*). Me, Pink, Snips and Snips' sister also got a picture with Dave Filoni and we got his autograph. I also met Ashley Eckstein. That was awesome. I was just kind of hanging around and Grace saw me. She was like, "This is Shelby, she's from Canada!" and Ashley turned around and hugged me. She's seriously one of the nicest people I've ever met. She took time to meet EVERYONE at the party properly. And she got a group picture with all the Lakehouse girls and kind of gave a little speech. She's amazing. :D
|Dee Bradley Baker signing an autograph for my brother.|
|TLF with Ashley Eckstein!|
|This is an awful picture of me, but oh well. :P|
|Pink, Snips' sister, me and Snips with Dave Filoni!|
Because it hasn't aired yet, I'm not going to spoil anything, but I will say that it was a good episode. Just watching an episode with around 500 Star Wars fans was a great experience.
|Snips fangirling over Sam Witwer. ;)|
Saturday was the most uneventful day, for me. In the morning, all the Lakehouse girls did a HU photoshoot. That was a ton of fun. :D Then Ashley signed a poster for me! I got three autographs at CVI and I paid for zero of them. I was very lucky.
|The epic photoshoot.|
After that, we went to the family room and found a bunch of artists! They were doing free commissions, so you could ask them to draw anything Star Wars and they would. A really nice lady drew me an Ahsoka and let me draw one too. I had fun there. :D
After that we went down to lunch at I met up with the other girls again. TBH, the afternoon was a bit of a blur. Snips and I went to laser tag at one point and that was a lot of fun. I think I went to one panel the whole day. The rest was just spent hanging around.
One of the funniest parts of the day was when my mom found someone in a Jar Jar Binks costumes. She literally chased the man down the hall so she could get a picture with him. At that point, I turned to Snips and was like, "Yeah... I don't know her."
|My mother with Jar Jar Binks. He was the only Jar Jar we saw there.|
That evening, we also had to say goodbye to three members of TLF who were leaving early. I think we were all a little bit sad after that.
My mom and I met up with Pink again at one of Dave Filoni's panels. It was funny, because Krell and the 501st ended up crashing the panel. Dave was like "I drew this character on paper and now I'm actually looking at him." It was a cool panel! But it sucked a little, because Pink had gotten in line to ask Dave a question, but the panel ended before she got a chance.
After that, we went back to the hotel, where they were showing Return of the Jedi by the pool side. It was really cool! By the end, I was swimming laps in order to stay warm, but I watched the entire movie from the pool. :D
Sunday... that was a sad day.
We actually all met up in a Clone Wars panel at the beginning of the day, where they showed the Season Trailer and seven other epic previews. We were all fangirling by the end of the panel. It was awesome!
After that we went up to the family room again where Katie Cook was teaching an art class. My mom took the class and I joined in about halfway through. Cartoon drawings aren't really my thing, but I have to admit, they are cute.
|Ahsoka, Katie Cook style!|
After that, we met up with all the remaining Lakehouse girls again. Again, we all just hung out for a bit. Then it got sad. Pink and Autumn (Tahiri) both had to leave early. Everyone was hugging and several of the girls were crying.
|Snips, Pink and I hugging goodbye.|
|Pink crying nearly set me off. :(|
After Pink and Tahiri left, the atmosphere was definitely subdued. Snips, Savanna, Grace and I all went to the High Adventure concert. They have really cool Star Wars songs. After a few songs, they did a few rounds of Star Wars trivia, which was fun. It wasn't even over before Snips had to go as well. I really really hate goodbyes. They're so depressing. And they're even worse when you have no idea when you're going to see the person again.
|Snips tearing up really didn't help me at all. Again, goodbyes suck.|
I actually didn't cry until I got on Twitter when we got back to the hotel. Then I teared up a bit because talking online just isn't the same as talking IRL.
Monday was depressing and it almost felt like my mood matched the weather- a hurricane was moving over Florida and there was a chance our flight might be cancelled. Luckily, it wasn't and we were home by 11:30 PM.
Wow, this got depressing really fast, didn't it? I'll try to fix that. :P
It's been exactly a month since CVI ended and I still miss my friends like crazy. I've discovered that it's something that doesn't just go away as time goes on. But still, I wouldn't change anything about the trip. I have a lot of great memories from CVI- laughing over action figures with Snips and Pink, meeting celebrities with the other girls, signing shirts for the other girls in the line for the Premiere, playing Clone Wars adventures with Snips, fangirling over previews with Pink, and meeting all the girls almost everyday and just talking about Star Wars. I definetly want to go to Celebration Seven, wherever it is. I really hope I can meet the Lakehouse girls again there!
|The blow up Death Star. Who knew that the Death Star would ever have sentimental value to me? ;)|