Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attraction Debuts To Gushing Praise From ‘Star Wars’ Legends

By Bruce Haring, Dino-Ray Ramos

George Lucas, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, Bob Iger and Harrison Ford at the official opening of "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" at Disneyland. Courtesy of Disney

“Isn’t this fantastic?” Iger said as he came out in front of the full-scale Millennium Falcon. “I have been in this job for 14 years. There are some good days, but this is right up there with the best of them.”

Iger started with an homage to George Lucas, noting that “I’m sure many of you fantasized” about being in a land like Galaxy’s Edge. He also confessed, “I always wanted to sidle up to the bar at the cantina” or pilot the Millennium Falcon. “Now we can do all of that, and so much more.”

Iger said he told the Imagineering engineering crew that they had to be “the most ambitious you have ever been,” because they were bringing alive the vision of Walt Disney and George Lucas.

Speaking of Lucas, the Star Wars creator was next up. Did he like what he saw? “You did a great job,” he told Iger. “It could have gone very bad, but it didn’t.”
“Now the technology is here, this thing is amazing,” Lucas said. “It’s something you couldn’t even dream about 20 years ago. It was a great experience for me, and it will change your life.”
Billy Dee Williams, aka suave Lando Calrissian, was next, reminding fans that he was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon, and noting of new attraction Smuggler’s Run, “You are going to love it! This land is for YOU!”
Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker, was next. He marveled at the setting. “Look at where we are today. We get our own land!  You know, Star Wars to me has always been the gift that keeps on giving, and that reason is you. Parents tell you not to speak to strangers, but people treat me like family, tell me personal stories.”
Hamill said the last time he was at an opening like this was when they opened the “Star Tours” attraction. He was excited that there was now a whole land. He thanked Lucas and Disney for giving him the opportunity to play a character of optimism, hope, and “teaching the world a new way to dream” before asking Chewbacca to start up the Falcon — but it had some problems. So guess who came on stage to help out?
Yes, Harrison Ford!

The actor who played the iconic Han Solo worked his magic and the Falcon was lit up with fanfare and fireworks, with Iger saying, “Galaxy’s Edge is officially open!”

The evening also saw actors and filmmakers from the Disney/ABC/Marvel Studios family enjoying the new Star Wars-themed land, including Scandal alum Kerry Washington, Captain Marvel Brie Larson, as well as MCU Godfather Kevin Feige.

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