Saturday 2 July 2022

Return of Star Wars Celebration Europe

"I've got a bad feeling about this!" 2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Tickets for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023 went on sale last Thursday.

Like many fans, I joined the queuing system (seemingly more of a lottery) and waited for over an hour to discover the 4-day tickets were, unsurprisingly, sold out!

When I could purchase tickets, individual tickets for Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday were still available at hugely inflated prices. Profiteering much in these challenging times, ReedPop and Disney?

To compound matters. As a disabled Star Wars fan, I couldn’t see any information regarding whether or not I needed to buy 1 or 2 tickets for the 4-day event in April! As a consequence, like others, I have most likely missed out.

Of course, I was delighted a few friends had managed to secure 4-day tickets. I have reached out to ReedPop for a comment. ReedPop's reply is nebulous and misses the point.

“Thank you for reaching out. Star Wars Celebration is dedicated to creating an accessible event for all. Detailed information regarding accommodations for deaf and disabled fans will be available at a later date. Please check our website frequently for updates."

As I've written previously, Star Wars Celebration Europe is fantastic fun (with a bit of judicious planning) and a unique opportunity to meet fellow fans and forge new friendships through all things Star Wars. For example, I'm still in contact with fans I met from Australia in 2016.

As a blogger, I've had the exciting opportunity to work with Lucasfilm licensees since the first-ever Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2007. In fact, I was kindly invited along as a guest by Dorling Kindersley (DK). However, I couldn't attend due to personal matters.

Are you attending Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023? Did you manage to get a 4-day pass? Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear you weren't able to get a four-day ticket. I hope more will come on sale nearer the time and you'll have another opportunity. After a more than an hour in the virtual queue, I was only able to get a ticket for the Friday and Sunday - which cost just as much as the four-day pass. It's not ideal, but it's better than nothing. That said, it left a sour taste in my mouth.
    I can't help feeling the whole thing's been poorly handled and, once again, the scalpers have won and we true fans have lost out.

    1. Yes, the scalpers have seemingly benefitted.


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