Galaxy’s Edge – Whittier Daily News

Star Wars fan Shawn “Obi-Shawn” Crosby led a few hundred devotees of the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special” in a Day of Life celebration of Peace, Harmony and Freedom at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland. ‘it hopes to become an annual tradition at the Anaheim amusement park.

“We spent a good part of the day educating the ‘Batuuan people’ about the history of Life Day, both real and fictional,” Crosby said by email. “The cast members were excited to learn all about this strange Star Wars party that they suddenly found themselves celebrating.”

Star Wars fans celebrated the Life Day Wookiee Party at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland on Wednesday, November 17 with themed food, merchandise, Christmas carols and a parade through Star Wars country.

Disneyland’s membership in the first official Park Life Day celebrations hints at what could be the next step for Galaxy’s Edge festival celebrations, character interactions, shows, themed dining, new attractions and even a Star Wars hotel.

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Most Star Wars fans know about Life Day through the deliciously bad “Star Wars Holiday Special” which first aired on November 17, 1978 – marking the celebration date of Life Day, according to

The Day of Life – which dates back to the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk – celebrates the life-giving and affirming powers of the Tree of Life. During the Holiday season of the Day of the Life, Wookiees dress in traditional red dresses, congregate around a pruned tree, and exchange gifts with loved ones.

The Life Day food and merchandise available at Disneyland this holiday season graced Star Wars die-hards for their decades of fandom for the “Holiday Special,” according to Crosby.

“While I don’t expect the series to appear on Disney + anytime soon – and part of me is hoping it doesn’t and remains an ‘underground’ property – we, as As fans, we feel a little justified after 43 years of personal celebration, ”Crosby mentioned.

The lyrics of several Day of Life carols were distributed to Galaxy’s Edge celebrants with Star Wars-related words inserted into familiar Christmas and Hanukkah songs.

“I led the vocals as the cast members and passersby joined in,” said Crosby.

After the Christmas carols, the celebrants paraded in a long procession with glowing Life Day orbs in hand past the Black Spire Market, Landspeeder Garage, Droid Depot and Oga’s Cantina before stopping by the threshing floor. landing stage of the Millennium Falcon for a group photo.

“While Chewbacca came to celebrate with us on several occasions at our 2019 event, he was nowhere in sight during our celebrations this year – an absence that I will blame for COVID security,” said Crosby. “We definitely missed him.”

After the photoshoot, Day of the Life celebrants gathered around the Wishing Tree in the courtyard of Savi’s Lightsaber Workshop to remember lost friends, family and fans.

“One participant leapt up as Princess Leia read her ‘Holiday Special’ invocation, reminding us of ‘the hope that this day brings us closer to freedom, harmony and peace,'” said Crosby.

After more Christmas carols, Life Day celebrants watched the fireworks over the Millennium Falcon from the balcony at Docking Bay 7.

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Galaxy’s Edge didn’t officially celebrate Life Day in November 2019 after the Star Wars pitch opened at Disneyland – but that didn’t stop Crosby and other Star Wars fans from marking the Wookiee holiday in the park.

Crosby hosted the first unofficial Galaxy’s Edge Life Day celebration at Disneyland on November 17, 2019, which drew 300 enthusiastic attendees.

In 2019, Life Day fans sang Christmas carols and gathered for a memorial around the wishing tree near Savi’s lightsaber workshop. An impromptu parade with celebrants dressed in the usual red attire and wearing glittering crystal orbs traveled from the X-Wing Resistance Base to the Millennium Falcon, culminating in a group photo with Chewbacca.

“Disney Brass didn’t know what to think of us to begin with, but at the end of the day the cast members wished us ‘Happy Life Day’ and the management invited us back,” Crosby said of the day. event 2019.

Crosby hosts the “Good Morning, Tatooine” talk show on weekday mornings on the SciFi.Radio website when not playing Obi-Wan Kenobi, serving as a stormtrooper in the 501st Legion, or working on his Stars. Custom H-Wing and Z Wars. – Wing art cars.

The devoted Star Wars fan envisions Life Day becoming a regular annual Disney event, similar to the unofficial Dapper Day, Gay Days, or Bats Day events that bring thousands of people to Disneyland each year.

Disneyland’s coronavirus closures have forced all Life Day celebrations at the park to be canceled in 2020.

Crosby was back this year to host another unofficial Day of the Life event on Thursday – but something was very different this time around. Disneyland has jumped into action with official Life Day merchandise including t-shirts, glowing orbs, tumblers, coffee mugs, pins and patches, plus a range of menu items Life Day at Docking Bay 7, Oga’s Cantina and Kat La Kettle de Saka.

A $ 23 Day of Life Chewbacca plush doll wearing a red dress has either been sold out or has encountered the now-familiar COVID-19 shipping issues – Batuuan cast members attributing the problem as always at space pirate Hondo Ohnaka.

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What has changed and why is Disneyland suddenly embracing Life Day?

Since the unofficial inaugural Life Day celebration in 2019, the “Traveller’s Guide to Batuu” – an official Star Wars book from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering – has revealed that the Day of Life vacation is celebrated every year. at Galaxy’s Edge.

“In Batuu, the locals celebrate the ideals of peace, harmony and freedom for all beings, no matter how different they may appear,” according to the “Batuu Traveler’s Guide”. “Festive decor can be seen all over Batuu and at the end of the Day of Life, everyone gathers around the Black Arrow to sing songs and share the good humor.”

Life Day is a natural fit for Galaxy’s Edge. The Black Spire outpost owes its name to the petrified trees that dot the village. A young tree growing in the middle of the spaceport represents rebirth and new life.

The annual celebration is traditionally filled with fireworks, festive music, and goodies like Wookiee-ookiees and Hoth chocolate. Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, the alien house band from Mos Eisley’s canteen in the original “Star Wars” movie, are known to play special concerts for the day of the life.

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What could the addition of the Life Day celebrations at Disneyland mean for the future of Galaxy’s Edge?

Walt Disney Imagineering has a number of concepts for Galaxy’s Edge that have kicked off over the years that never got off the drawing board, or that were cut due to budget cuts.

Life Day was just one of many seasonal festival celebrations envisioned for Galaxy’s Edge – with Black Spire Day being the informal Star Wars Memorial Day on May 4 and the Batuaan Harvest Festival in the fall celebrating the Batuu’s most valuable natural resource, the golden lichen, or “gold dust” as the locals call it.

Walt Disney Imagineering has promised visitors will meet Star Wars characters around every corner in Black Spire Outpost before the grounds officially open. Galaxy’s Edge has a handful of Star Wars characters who frequent the country, but there are plenty of opportunities for many more to visit Batuu – from C-3PO and BB-8 to Poe Dameron, Captain Phasma, Maz Kanata, Rose Tico and General Hux. The first artistic concepts imagined alien bartenders working in the cantina of Oga.

Some live entertainment planned for Galaxy’s Edge has yet to materialize. Early plans indicated that a parade route would pass through the Black Spire outpost. A stunt show at an opening night press event featured a dozen actors, special effects, blaster fire and fireworks on the stage above the landspeeder’s garage.

Imagineering has announced plans for a full-service “dinner club” restaurant that has been quietly abandoned from Galaxy’s Edge. The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coffee table book included over 40 concept art pieces for the Kalikori Club table service restaurant project.

The book also included three ride concepts that never jumped from page to page – including a speeder bike ride, a bounty hunter attraction, and a tour of the country on the back of a beast. woolly alien.

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Finally, there’s the Big Kahuna that constantly pops up as a possibility for Galaxy’s Edge: A Star Wars hotel. Walt Disney World’s Galactic Starcruiser won’t open until March 1, but the Halcyon Interstellar Cruises have already been booked for months.

How long will we have to wait for the Halcyon to dock at Batuu West? Hopefully the Day of the Life celebrations pave the way for more Star Wars activities and experiences to be added to Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.

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