So, you're pumped up and are excited to attend the biggest Star Wars celebration event in the country. But how do you get to see those big panels? What are the procedures? First of all, don't panic! Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about basic procedures. If you want to attend any of the panels at the Celebration Stage or the Galaxy Stage (aka, the big ones), you need a wristband to attend. "Well, how do I get a wristband?" Starting at 6AM and until they run out, there will be individually labeled "chutes" (or queues, or snaking lines depending on your vernacular) in Halls D/E which are on the 2nd floor of the convention center. Each chute will represent a panel, so on Thursday you'll see a line for the "Star Wars 40th Anniversary Panel", a line for the Dave Filoni panel, a line for the Billy Dee Williams Panel, etc. Here is the map from the Celebration Europe Queue Hall from last year as an example. You'll see the panel queues on the left, which is where you get your wristbands. On the right are the exhibit hall chutes, which is to get into the show that day. But we'll get to those later. Get in a panel queue line, and hope they don't run out before you get to the front and get your wristband. There will also big a nice big digital LED display showing current status of each panel. Here's are examples of the wristband status signage from Celebration Europe with various status indicators: Wristbands all available Wristbands running low for a panel/main stage out Wristbands run out for a panel That way you know if you're already too late for something or if it's worth getting into line for a panel. "I have a medical sticker, how do I get a wristband?" The panel queues are considered ADA compliant, so there are no separate wristband queues for medical people. However, if you have a companion, they can wait in line with your badge (As long as it has a valid medical sticker on it) and they can get two wristbands. "How many wristbands are there?" Here are the capacities for each stage: Galaxy Stage - 3389 (Officially 3789, but I'm assuming around 400 will be reserved for celebrities/VIPs) Celebration Stage - 2643 Behind the Scenes Stage - 1621 (This wristbands for the big 3 panels only) For the three big panels (SW40, TLJ, Rebels S4), the Galaxy Stage will be where the presentation is actually taking place. They are also being streamed to the Celebration Stage and the Behind the Scenes Stage for overflow. This gives an approximate total of 7653. So the closer you are to the front of the chute, the more likely you'll be able to get into the Galaxy Stage for that presentation. "I really want to make sure I get into X presentation, how do I do that?" If you really want to guarantee entry to a certain panel, they are letting people sleep in the building overnight both Wednesday 4/12 and Thursday 4/13. The hall will be open from 8PM letting people come in and get in line until midnight. The doors will then be locked until 5am the next day. In my opinion, if you stay overnight, I'm fairly willing to bet you'll get a Galaxy Stage wristband. Star Wars fans are crazy, but it's hard to imagine 3400 sleeping overnight in the OCCC. If you arrive at 5AM and get in line, I'm also fairly certain you'll at least get an overflow room, with a decent chance for the early arrivals to get Galaxy Stage. For Saturday and Sunday, there are no sleepovers so it's arrive by 5AM, and get in the chutes you want. Reedpop has posted a warning that if they see people trying to line up before 5am they will disperse them. "I got a wristband, now what?" You are limited to two wristbands per day (one per panel unless you have two medical badges), so I'd recommend getting into another chute now and get that second wristband. Read over the Galaxy/Celebration schedules now and plan in advance which second panel interests you the most. After you've gotten your second wristband you have two choices. You are now guaranteed a seat at the panel of your wristband, but you haven't entered the show yet. You could go to your hotel and take a nap, shower up and eat breakfast, come back at 10am when the doors open. Or, you can now move to the show entrance queue. Inside the hall, separate from the panel chutes will be the line to get into the show itself. The sooner you get into that line, the larger amount of choice you will have for a seat for that panel when you are let in. "What does a wristband look like?" Here is a picture of various wristbrands from Celebration Europe if you're curious: You'll note it the colors are all unique to prevent confusion, and they specifically tell you what stage and when so you know where to go. "What do I do for other panels that start later in the show?" If you have a wristband for a panel that starts after 12:30PM, you can line up as soon as the panel before it has started. The queue for entry into the Galaxy and Celebration Stages is on the 4th floor, next to the Galaxy stage itself. So if you have a wristband for the "Making of Rogue One" panel, which is 1:30PM on Friday, you could get in line as early as 11:01AM while "The Last Jedi" panel is going on if you want to ensure the best seat possible when they open the doors.