#AtoZChallenge: Opening Day
Opening Day of…
At first, Opening Day of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim was both awesome and frustrating at the same time.
When we arrived around 9:30AM at the Anaheim Convention Center, we could not even find which line to get into because there seemed to be more than one. One of these lines formed around the Convention Center and the Hilton Hotel, which sits next it. While another line formed towards the Disneyland Parking area because the Convention Center parking filled to capacity. We also noticed that there was little signage on the outside of the Convention Center and there was no one directing traffic outside the Convention doors. I observed that even workers and volunteers had no idea on where to go either. I am sure that was frustrating for them and others as well.
However, the awesome part of being outside the Convention Center waiting in these lines were the opportunities for impromptu scenes, like this one, to happen on the spur of the moment.
Once, my husband and I were inside the convention doors, we had to wait in a more organized line for the Exhibit Hall to open. The frustrating part of this is that many of these Star Wars fans missed the JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy panel and of course the new Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer, unless they were using their phones to stream it, like I was. One comment I heard is that it would have been nice if the organizers put up screens and at least played this trailer or anything else while they were waiting.
It was about 10 minutes after 11AM when the Exhibit Hall opened and Star Wars Celebration 2015 officially begun for the rest of us that were not able to attend Opening Ceremonies.