Meeting fellow 501st members whom you interact with online on forums is the biggest worthwhile experience for me at a Celebration. Over the years I've been fortunate to meet some great people at events from across the country and I look forward to seeing them at Celebrations.
The swag trade was intense. So many patches, so many coins, stickers, lanyards, merch, etc.
You can pay $100+ dollars to take a picture with the likes of Ray Park, Daniel Logan, Jeremy Bulloch but why bother if you know you can bump into them at a hotel bar the night before Celebration
My experience with the photo-ops was annoying. It was not organized. My understanding is that this was TOPPS first experience managing that process.
I did not bother with the official Celebration store. The line was ridiculous all days.
I did not wait more than two minutes in line to enter the convention center. The long line at the north end of the convention center from what I was told was for people picking up badges or purchasing on site. Plus the lines for people who wanted to que up for the following days main events were out there also.
The Bash was ok. Like someone already commented, there were no finger foods, hors d'oeuvres, as how there was at Celebration Anaheim. The lines for drinks was long even with multiple bar stations. I was impressed by the props and decorations. The main DJ was good, IMO.
I would have been great to get a chance to see screen used props at Celebration. Gino had several of his costumes on display at one end of the convention center.
By the time Sunday came I was already done with Celebration. I did do a final walk through of the convention center. The line to the Celebration store was still too long for me.
I personally do not like the current location of the 501st Legion photo at the OCCC, mainly because non 501st and regular convention attendees are seen lurking on the edges of the frame or going up and down the escalators.