At the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, several surviving members of the original Star Wars cast reunited with franchise creator George Lucas to celebrate the new Disneyland attraction.
Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams reunited with director George Lucas in a fireworks-filled ceremony on Wednesday night. The ceremony took place in front of the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride, which features a life-size replica of the iconic spaceship that their characters, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian all spent time on.
“As you probably know, I was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon," Williams said, referencing his character, as Entertainment Weekly noted. "And it’s amazing to see her looking so good today.”
On Twitter, Hamill called the event "the reunion I've always dreamed of," before adding that late Carrie Fisher, who portrayed his on-screen sister Princess Leia, was "here with us in our hearts."
The reunion I've always dreamed of happened yesterday at #GalaxysEdge— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 30, 2019
Harrison: "Peter- This one's for you."
Me (in my thought bubble): "Carrie- You are here with us in our hearts." 💔 pic.twitter.com/DexY5nDITj
During the ceremony, Ford dedicated the Falcon to their late co-star Peter Mayhew, who portrayed Han Solo's Wookiee co-pilot Chewbacca and died earlier this month.
"Peter, this one's for you," Ford said.
Although the theme park's second major ride, Rise of the Resistance, isn’t scheduled to open until later this year, the 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park officially opened to the public on May 31. In addition to Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, the Anaheim, California attraction features a dozen shops and restraints where attendees can build their own droids and lightsabers or sample the infamous blue milk that Luke Skywalker drinks.
A companion attraction is set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida on Aug 29.