from StarWars.com:

The countdown is on for Star Wars Celebration VI, coming August 23-26, 2012 to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. To mark this one-year countdown, here is news to get you thinking — and planning — ahead to the biggest Star Wars party this side of the galaxy.

Celebration VI will commemorate the magic of the entire Star Wars Saga: all six movies; The Clone Wars television series; books; comics; collectibles; toys; entertainment and more. There is so much to celebrate that all four days of the show will be full of choices of things to do, from mornings until late evenings.

Begin planning now, with special ticket packages, great deals on hotel rooms, and some ideas to get your Star Wars Celebration VI calendar started.

Celebration VI Hotels — The Real Deal
Book your hotel room within the Celebration VI official hotel block and save. To make sure you receive the best discounted rates available, reserve through the Celebration Travel Desk, powered by onPeak. Discounted rates are available at a number of host hotels, but they are booking up quickly! Stay near your fellow Star Wars fans, and catch the official Celebration shuttle bus to and from the Convention Center (please note the Celebration shuttle buses will not run to and from the Coronado Springs Resort). With room rates starting as low as just $65/night, your stay in Orlando has never been more affordable. Celebration VI will feature Star Wars exclusives and shopping that you will find no place else, so saving money on your hotel room could mean more fun browsing in the Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall and the Celebration Store. Book today.

What’s New for Celebration VI
There will be new guests, new entertainment, new events, new exclusive collectibles, and many hours of fun to look forward to with friends new and old. Watch for guest and entertainment announcements starting late September at starwarscelebration.com.

Celebration Favorites
It simply would not be Star Wars Celebration without costume contests, high-quality screenings, celebrities, and fan-created entertainment. Here is just a starter list of favorites to look forward to, scheduled to be back by popular demand for Celebration VI:

The Star Wars Classroom. Learn from the masters in an intimate classroom setting. Celebration V classroom offerings ran the gamut from writing workshops and Star Wars scrapbooking sessions to the art of storytelling with The Clone Wars Supervising Director Dave Filoni.

Star Wars Family Room. A place where kids can be kids, and have a great time with their parents working on Star Wars crafts, playing, or just sitting and taking a break.

Celebration Store. Returning with more creative merchandise, much of which will be exclusive for Celebration shoppers only.

Speed Dating. We made some real connections, including at least one engagement, at Star Wars speed dating at Celebration V. This popular social scene is scheduled to return. Look for more details and registration on the Celebration VI website soon.

Live entertainment. The Celebration stage, Digital Stage, Behind-The-Scenes Stage, Fan Stage, and more are planned to return, featuring live entertainment, cast and crew interviews, pop culture stars, and of course passionate Star Wars fans.

Celebration Experience Exhibit Hall. Star Wars licensees and dealers will feature merchandise that’s new and exclusive, plus you’ll find a host of photo and interactive experiences.

Celebration By the Fans, For the Fans
As with all Celebrations, the fans are not just the audience, they are the show itself. Celebration VI will feature a multitude of fan-produced programming, panels, exhibits, and events. Look for more information starting late September, including the guidelines for proposing fan programming and signing up for fan tables.

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