The day finally came. May 29th 2019 brought us the much awaited dedication ceremony of Disneyland’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company was on hand to begin the ceremony, he started by remembering watching Star Wars for the first time and how he wanted to visit the cantina. Then in his role as CEO he got a chance to announce during D23 in 2015 the construction of not one, but two Star Wars Lands in Anaheim and Orlando. 4 years in the making it’s the largest expansion and most immersive land that the park has ever seen.
The first big surprise was that George Lucas, The Maker himself, was on hand. He remarked “it could’ve gone very bad, but it didn’t” “This thing is AMAZING” “it will change your life”.
Next up was Billy Dee Williams who played Lando Calrissian in the original trilogy and is now reprising his role in Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. Williams said “I was the original owner of the Millenium Falcon, it’s amazing to see her looking so good today…you’re going to love piloting her”.
Next Bob Iger brought up on stage Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. He talked about how Star Wars has been part of his life and all the emotional, personal stories that people share with him. As for the land he said “look at where we are today, we get our own land!”.
The most surprising part was Harrison Ford, who played the pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Han Solo, being on hand. In what was probably the most emotional part of the entire dedication ceremony, Ford bumped the Falcon and said “Peter, this one’s for you” of course in reference to Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca and passed away only a month ago.
Cast Members of Batuu came out to greet everyone, all looking very excited and happy and they performed their battle cry, which you will hear when you visit the land “till the Spires” while Chewbacca looked from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
The land will officially open tomorrow, Friday May 31st. Be sure to check out our livestream with our West Coast Host, Danny starting at 7am PT 10am ET right here.
Here is a replay of the entire ceremony: