George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Billy Dee Williams help open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

On Wednesday evening, Disneyland hosted the grand opening for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and it was a star-studded affair.  The ceremony was hosted by Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was joined by Star Wars legends George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Billy Dee Williams.

In typical George Lucas fashion, he gave the park high praise in the way only he could: “It could have gone very bad.  But it didn’t.”  But the real highlight from the night was Harrison Ford arriving and paying tribute to his late co-star, Peter Mayhew.  As part of the program, the Millennium Falcon stalled, and Wookiee roars could be heard.  Bob Iger decided to bring in someone who would know how to fix the ship, at which point Harrison Ford walked on stage.  Before walking over to the ship and pounding it a few times to get it working, Ford said, “Peter, this one’s for you.”  It was a beautiful moment and a wonderful tribute to the man who brought Chewbacca to life for so many years, Peter Mayhew, who recently passed away.  You can watch the moment below:

Many people attended the grand opening of the park in addition to those already mentioned, including Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy and her husband Frank Marshall, Lucasfilm animation’s Dave Filoni, Solo co-writer Jon Kasdan, and so many other celebrities and media.

So it’s official: Galaxy’s Edge is open!  But if you’re wanting to visit, you may have to wait a while (and be prepared to brave the crowds), as for the next month you need to have reservations due to crowd factors.  Later this year, then, the Rise of the Resistance ride will open, while the Galaxy’s Edge park at Disney World in Florida will open as well.

Everything about the park looks and sounds absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to eventually visit!  And the opening ceremony was pretty cool, bringing together once more so many iconic people who helped bring Star Wars to life – while, of course, missing those who are no longer with us, like Peter Mayhew and Carrie Fisher.

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