Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is only one day away from opening to the public. Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Billy Dee Williams, and George Lucas were on hand for the official launch party and paid tribute to some of their friends who were no longer with them. The latest addition to the Disneyland theme park has been hailed as almost being too much, even for the most hardcore Star Wars fan, which is more than likely a good thing. With that being said, the initial four-hour reservations might not be enough to take everything in.
At the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge launch, George Lucas deemed the new addition, “Star Tours on steroids,” which sounds about right from everything seen and experienced in the park thus far. Disney CEO Bob Iger welcomed Lucas and crew to the launch while the Star Wars creator took time to thank the men and women responsible for bringing the immersive land to life, starting with the creative engineers who have really done something rather remarkable.
Billy Dee Williams came up next and talked about being the original owner of the Millennium Falcon while standing underneath Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge‘s biggest draw. Williams’ Lando Calrissian is the original owner of the bucket of bolts and it looks like he might be taking it over again in the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker. There have been some subtle hints over the years about Williams returning to the franchise and he, along with the Star Wars fans, is really excited to be back and representing his iconic character.
Mark Hamill came up after Billy Dee Williams and revealed he hadn’t been to an event like the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge launch since Star Tours back in the 1980s. At the time, he couldn’t believe he was going to be part of a ride at Disneyland and said it is something he never ever thought would have been topped. However, the new addition to the Disneyland theme park has done just that, and one can easily see that Hamill and the rest of the crew were really taken aback at what the new area of the park is and how much hard work went into making it what it is.
Finally, Bob Iger cued for someone to start the Millennium Falcon’s engines. However, there was a problem and they needed some assistance to get the old bucket of bolts up and running. Harrison Ford made his surprise appearance at this time, as he walked over to the hull of the massive ship and gave it hard knock. “Peter, this one’s for you,” Ford said. The actor was paying tribute to his old co-pilot, actor Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca. If you’re feeling excited, you can head over to Disneyland to line over night for the shot at a possible reservation for tomorrow’s big day. You can check out some video from the opening ceremony below.