The Force was strong at Disneyland last night when some of the biggest names in the history of the Star Wars franchise came together to celebrate the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited Star Wars–themed land.
The dedication ceremony was every bit as epic as the 14-acre, totally immersive land, as guests crowded around a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon to watch Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars creator George Lucas take the stage.
Fans quickly went from excited to losing their minds as Lucas and Iger welcomed three of the franchise’s most famous faces to the stage, one after another: first Billy Dee Williams, aka Lando Calrissian, then Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, and finally, appropriately, as the group stood before the Millennium Falcon, the captain of that fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, Han Solo, otherwise known as Hollywood royalty Harrison Ford.
Han’s co-pilot Chewie also made an appearance from the cockpit, and Ford made moving reference to the original actor who played Chewbacca, Peter Mayhew, who recently passed away, saying “Peter, this one’s for you!” as he fired up the famed ship.
An impressive fireworks display closed out the ceremony, leaving guest to go off and explore the new land.
Guests instantly become visitors to the planet Batuu and its trading port, Black Spire Outpost. During your visit, you’ll have the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon in Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s run, one of two of the land’s attractions, with the second, Rise of the Resistance, opening later this year.
Then grab an exotic cocktail in Oga’s Cantina or nosh on a Ronto Wrap and wash it down with some Blue Milk or a Star Wars-themed soda product.
You can even build your own droid or lightsaber, which, if you’re loyal to the Resistance, you’ll probably need, because Kylo Ren and his First Order stormtroopers will be on the lookout for you.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland opens to the public on May 31. Reservations are required to enter the land between May 31 and June 23. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Walt Disney World on Aug. 29.