Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: The Panels – Sunday, April 16th

Star Wars Celebration is celebrating 40 years of the Star Wars saga and the show has been one of the best showings yet. One of the many features of this four-day gathering is the massive list of panels and screenings during the event. We decided to break it up into each individual day for ease of access and to see all the top panels (in chronological order, mind you). Be sure to stick around for the Closing Ceremony which is guaranteed to be the ultimate finale to this year’s event.

Here’s a look at highlights of the panels happening Sunday, April 16th at Star Wars Celebration!


Doug Chiang Master Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Star Wars University – W300, 3rd Floor

Bring your sketchbooks, pens and pencils, and prepare for a master class with the artist who oversees designs for all new Star Wars franchise developments including films, theme parks, games and new media. Doug will teach a master class in the intimate Star Wars University setting, where you can watch him work live throughout the session.


These Are the Droids You’re Looking For

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Celebration Stage – Chapin Theater, 3rd Floor

Warwick Davis and some very famous droids take to the Celebration Stage to reveal what goes into creating the nuts and bolts…and the heart and  soul…of some of the Star Wars saga’s best-loved characters. Expect a Droid Spectacular!


Star Wars Rebels Theater

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Star Wars Rebels Theater – W312, 3rd Floor

Right across from the Star Wars Family Room (W311 EFGH), the Rebels Theater screens story arcs from the favorite series selected especially for Celebration by Executive Producer Dave Filoni. Stop in any time, sit down, and enjoy a little or a lot of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels Story Arcs chosen specifically for Celebration by Executive Producer/Supervising Director Dave Filoni.


ESPN Presents Star Wars: Evolution of the Lightsaber Battle

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Behind-The-Scenes Stage – W304, 3rd Floor

ESPN’s SC Featured examines the connection between sports and the iconic lightsaber duels: from fencing and samurai swordplay in the original films through the transition to an increased focus on martial arts and the sport of kendo. Using classic Star Wars scenes and extremely rare behind-the-scenes footage from the Lucasfilm archive, this documentary looks at the athleticism behind the choreography and training utilized in the execution of the lightsaber battles.

The documentary, which previously aired on ESPN ahead of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is hosted by Mark Hamill and includes interviews with actors John Boyega, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park,  JJ Abrams, historian J.W. Rinzler, trainers Nick Gillard and Paul Vincent, and members of the United States and Japanese national Kendo teams. On stage will be Executive Producer Craig Lazarus, Producer Ben Houser, Director Martin Khodabakhshian, and Editor Mike Sciallis to discuss the experience of making the program, to answer questions from the audience and to share previously un-aired footage from the special.


Hamill Himself

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Celebration Stage – Chapin Theater, 3rd Floor

Spend an hour with the Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill!


The Galactic Academy: Judge Us By Our Size, Do Not!

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Star Wars Fan Stage – W308, 3rd Floor

Finally! A panel for kids and by kids! Come learn about the Galactic Academy, an independent, all-inclusive worldwide Star Wars costuming organization and fan club solely for kids ages 0 through 17 years. Whether your Rey costume was meticulously handmade to match every little detail or you drew a picture of Darth Vader on a paper plate to wear on your face, your costume is good enough to join us!


Star Wars Celebration Tattoo Competition

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Behind-The-Scenes Stage – W304, 3rd Floor

Fans of Star Wars art and body art will want to be sure to see the Star Wars Tattoo Competition Sunday. Presented by tattoo author Shane Turgeon (The Force in the Flesh) at Celebrations since Celebration III in 2005, the Competition will feature these categories: small/medium color, large color, small/medium black and grey, large black and grey and tattoo of the weekend, with awards created exclusively for Star Wars Celebration.


Women in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Star Wars Fan Stage – W308, 3rd Floor

From the moment we met Princess Leia in 1977 it was clear that Star Wars wasn’t shy about creating amazing female characters. From Leia to Padmé to Ahsoka to Rey, the list of heroines has grown and more people are able to see themselves in a galaxy far, far away. But could Star Wars be doing a better job at female representation? Join us for a round table discussion that celebrates the women of Star Wars while also examining how the franchise can improve to truly reflect real world diversity.


Celebration Orlando Closing Ceremony

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Star Wars Galaxy Stage – Valencia ABC, 4th Floor

Live on the Celebration and Galaxy Stages; streamed to the Behind-The-Scenes Stage

Gather with your friends and fellow Star Wars fans to relive the best moments of the weekend, and bid farewell to another Celebration.


Click here to view all of Sunday’s panels and screenings.

Be sure to check out our article covering the Guests appearing this year.

 We also have an article on Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 – The Events.


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*** info courtesy of StarWarsCelebration.com

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