On May 29, at 8:30 pm CST. Bob Iger was joined by some of our favorite characters in the galaxy to officially open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland!
Disney Parks live streamed the event so that Star Wars fans of all ages, from all walks of life, generations of fans could come together on Batuu.
Bob Iger introduced George Lucas. Lucas, a native Californian, without whom, we would never be at this point, we would never have the epic franchise that we have in Star Wars. There would be no Galaxy’s Edge.
Regarding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Lucas said, “It could have gone very bad.”
He then seemed to get a bit awestruck by his surroundings, understandable at the fact that he was walking, not on a movie set, but in the real life home of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
“It’s Star Tours on steroids on a level you can’t possibly believe.” He went on to say, “Now the technology is here. This thing is amazing. This is something you couldn’t even dream about 20 years ago.”
Glancing around, standing on the Millenium Falcon, “I think that this will change your life.”
Amid thunderous applause Bob Iger laughingly chimed in that, “George is a little awestruck. We piloted the Millenium Falcon a little while ago.”
Can you imagine? Just try. You, the man behind the legendary series, piloted the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy next to Bob Iger, your Disney counterpart. Yeah, my mind is blown too and I wasn’t even there.
Next to come out was Lando Calrissian, the original pilot of the Millenium Falcon. Billy Dee Williams who played Lando had this to say. “I’m so really happy to be here. It’s been almost 40 years since the last time I played Lando.” Williams character has been revived for the final film of the series, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. “People keep asking me, how did you find Lando again? Well, Lando never left me. Being involved with Star Wars has been incredibly rewarding to me.”
The original owner of the Millenium Falcon was standing on the Millenium Falcon. Are you getting that? Do you see the magic that is happening here?
Williams ended by saying, “You are going to get to pilot the falcon too and experience your own adventures. This land is for you.”
And it is. This land is for the cast, this land is for the characters, this land is for the fans, this land is for everyone who believes what Walt Disney believed. This land is for all of us.
Luke Skywalker was then introduced by Bob Iger. “The last time I was in a Disney park was many moons ago for Star Tours. This is inconceivable. I could be part of a movie that is park of a Disney ride in a Disney Theme Park.” Mark Hamill continued with, “This will never be surpassed. Look at where we are today. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Walt Disney and George Lucas for teaching the world a new way to dream.”
Comparing Walt Disney and George Lucas on this platform, at this moment is just so iconic. The man who brought Star Wars to life in theaters, in our homes, in our lives and the man who dared to dream and challenged those who came after him to take the work of amazing creative minds like Lucas to a whole new level; to a galaxy far far away, and to make that a place we can all set foot on.
To continue the sentiment that this land is for us, for all of us, the Galaxy’s Edge castmembers all came out and surrounded the Millenium Falcon, waving and smiling excitedly to the crowd.
And then this happened.
Chewie! Chewie was there! Because of course he is. You can’t open Galaxy’s Edge, highlighted by the massive Millenium Falcon without Chewbacca! “Let’s fire up the falcon.” Cheered Mark Hamill.
Chewie tried but… the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy seemed to be having some technical issues. Of course.
“Is there somebody who knows how to fix this thing?” Bob Iger asked the crowd.
Cue the entrance of Han Solo. “She may not look like much. But, she’s got it where it counts.” Said Harrison Ford as he walked onto the Falcon.
Iger,” Can you help us out with this thing?”
Ford, “I’ll give it a try Bob.” And of course, he banged on it with his fist. Because duh.
“Peter, this one’s for you.” As the Falcon revved up the crowd cheered, I cried and Star Wars fans all over the world raised a glass or a hand to Peter Mayhew, the man who played the iconic Chewbacca character who recently passed away. Mayhew retired from the Star Wars franchise following The Force Awakens in 2015.
“Ladies and gentlemen. Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is now open.” And just like that, Phase 1 of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, decades of planning, thousands upon thousands of hours of work, of planning or excruciating details and excitement from castmembers and fans alike. Just like that. Galaxy’s Edge is open for all to enjoy at Disneyland.
Stay tuned for more up to date news on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we head into this monumental weekend!
You can watch the entire live steam over on Disney Parks YouTube Channel HERE!
Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget that it all started with a mouse.