Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Officially Open: Stills from the Disneyland Dedication!

Last night, Disney Parks Blog live-streamed the dedication of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Millennium Falcon on Dedication Night

The event started with Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, sharing his excitement for the all-new, incredibly immersive land.

Bob Iger ©DisneyParksBlog

He talked about living up to the legacy of two of the world’s biggest dreamers and creators: Walt Disney and George Lucas.

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And wouldn’t you know it — George Lucas, the brilliant mind behind Star Wars, was there!

But George wasn’t the only superstar on the scene. Billy Dee Williams — aka Lando Calrissian — joined George and Bob on stage.

Billy Dee Williams ©DisneyParksBlog

Billy Dee spoke for a few moments about the power of Star Wars and his excitement of playing Lando (“Lando never left me!”) before introducing everyone’s favorite Jedi: Luke Skywalker!

Mark Hamill ©DisneyParksBlog

Luke, I mean Mark Hamill, talked about how much it has meant to him to be part of such an iconic movie series, and how he attributes the success to the fans.

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Then, it was time to start up the Millennium Falcon! And look who’s in the cockpit…

Chewbacca ©DisneyParksBlog

…CHEWBACCA!!! But sadly, Chewie wasn’t able to get this bucket of bolts started. If only someone was around who knew how to repair it…

Harrison Ford ©DisneyParksBlog

… and OH MY GOODNESS, HAN SOLO HIMSELF SHOWED UP! (Most of us at AllEars were legit screaming at our computers at this point!)

With a few clicks, he was able to repair the Millennium Falcon (of course he was!). In fact, when he was done, he said, “Peter, this one is for you!” as a nod to the late Peter Mayhew. He was the first and only Chewbacca from 1977 to 2015, and he passed away just a few weeks ago. (I’m not crying, you’re crying!)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, lights up with galactic fanfare during its pre-opening ceremony, May 29, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Resort in California and Aug. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

And with that, Bob Iger announced that, at long last, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially open! This will be a day long remembered!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, lights up with galactic fanfare, May 29, 2019, as (l-r) Star Wars creator George Lucas, actors Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and actor Harrison Ford celebrate the opening Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion ever. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31, 2019, at Disneyland Resort in California and Aug. 29, 2019, at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)

 

If you missed it, here’s the video from the dedication.

 

Did you watch the dedication last night? Are you excited to go to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?! Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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