Star Wars fan Sean “Obi-Sean” Crosby leads a few hundred devotees of the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special” to a Life Day celebration of Peace, Harmony and Freedom at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, which he hopes will be held in Anaheim. Will become an annual tradition. Theme Park.
“We spent a good portion of the day educating the ‘Batuan locals’ on the history of Life Day, both real and fictional,” Crosby said via email. “Cast members were excited to learn about this strange Star Wars holiday, they suddenly found themselves celebrating.”
Star Wars fans celebrated the Wookiee Holiday of Life Day at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland on Wednesday, November 17, with themed food, merchandise, holiday carols and a parade through Star Wars Land.
Disneyland’s embrace of the first official Life Day celebrations in the park prompts that Galaxy’s Edge for celebrations, character interactions, live entertainment, themed restaurants, new attractions, and even a Star Wars hotel. What could happen next?
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According to StarWars.com, most Star Wars fans are familiar with Life Day, which first aired on November 17, 1978—via the happily spoiled “Star Wars Holiday Special”—marking the date of the Life Day celebration.
The Day of Life – which traces its roots back to the Wukie planet of Kashyak – celebrates the life-giving and life-affirming powers of the Tree of Life. During the Life Day holiday season, the Wookiee wear traditional red robes, gather around a cut tree and exchange gifts with relatives.
Life Day food and merchandise available at Disneyland this holiday season honors Star Wars for its decades of fandom for a “holiday special,” according to Crosby.
“While I don’t expect the show to air on Disney+ anytime soon – and I hope it doesn’t and it remains an ‘underground’ property – we as fans are a little bit right after 43 years of personal celebration.” feel,” Crosby said.
Many Life Day Carol’s lyrics in Galaxy’s Age were inserted into familiar Christmas and Hanukkah songs with Star Wars-related words.
“I took the lead in singing as well as joining the cast and passersby,” Crosby said.
After the carols, celebrants marched in a long procession with glowing Life Day orbs in front of the Black Spire Marketplace, Landspeeder Garage, Droid Depot and Oga’s Cantina, before stopping at the Millennium Falcon landing pad for a group photo.
Crosby said, “While Chewbacca went out to celebrate with us several times at our 2019 event, he was nowhere to be seen during our celebrations this year – an absence I would chalk up to COVID safety. ” “He was definitely missed.”
After the photo op, Life Day celebrities gathered around the wishing tree in the courtyard of Savi’s lightsaber workshop to remember their lost friends, family and fans.
“A participant dressed as Princess Leia read her call from the ‘Holiday Special,’ which reminds us of the ‘hope that this day brings us closer to freedom and harmony and peace,'” Crosby said.
After more holiday carols, Life Day celebrants watch fireworks over the Millennium Falcon from the Docking Bay 7 balcony.
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Galaxy’s Edge didn’t officially celebrate Life Day in November 2019 after Star Wars Land opened for the first time at Disneyland — but that didn’t stop Crosby and other Star Wars fans from marking the Wookiee Holiday at the park.
Crosby held the first unofficial Life Day celebration at Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland on November 17, 2019, attended by 300 enthusiasts.
In 2019, Life Day fans sang carols and gathered for a memorial around the Wishing Tree near Savi’s lightsaber workshop. An impromptu parade moved from Resistance Base X-Wing to the Millennium Falcon, culminating in a group photo with Chewbacca, with celebrants dressed in customary red robes and glowing crystal ornaments.
Crosby said of the 2019 schedule, “Disney Brass wasn’t sure what to start with, but by the end of the day, the cast was wishing us a ‘Happy Life Day’ and management invited us back. “
Crosby hosts the “Good Morning, Tatooine” talk show on the SciFi.Radio website when he is not cosplaying as Obi-Wan Kenobi, serving as a stormtrooper in the 501st Army or his custom. Star Wars is working on the H-Wing and Z. -Wing art cars.
Dedicated Star Wars fans envision Life Day to become a regular annual Disney bounding event similar to the unofficial Dapper Day, Gay Days or Bat’s Day events that bring thousands to Disneyland each year.
Disneyland’s coronavirus closure has forced the cancellation of any Life Day celebrations at the park in 2020.
Crosby was hosting another unofficial Life Day event again this year on Thursday — but this time with something very different. Disneyland was accompanied by official Life Day merchandise including T-shirts, glowing orbs, drink tumblers, coffee mugs, pins and patches, as well as a lineup of Life Day food and drink menu items at Docking Bay 7, Oga’s Cantina and Cat . The kettle of doubt
The $23 Life Day Chewbacca Plush Doll in Red Robe either sold out or ran into the now familiar COVID-19 related shipping problems – the cast of Batuan blamed the issue on space pirate Hondo Ohnaka, as usual.
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What has changed and why is Disneyland suddenly celebrating Life Day?
Since the inaugural unofficial Life Day celebrations in 2019, the “Traveler’s Guide to Batu” – an official Star Wars book from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering – revealed that Galaxy’s Age celebrates the Life Day holiday annually.
According to the “Traveler’s Guide to Batu”, “at Batu, local people celebrate the ideals of peace, harmony and freedom for all beings, no matter how different they may be.” “Festival decorations can be seen all over Batu and at the end of the day of life everyone gathers around the black spire to sing songs and spread good cheer for each other.”
Life Day is a natural fit for the Galaxy’s Edge. Black Spire Outpost is named for the trees scattered in 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 holiday treats such as Wookiee-Cookies and Hoth Chocolate. In the original “Star Wars” film the alien house band from the Mos Eisley cantina, Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes are known for playing a special Life Day concert.
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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 been floating around over the years, never making it out of the drawing board or being shredded due to budget cuts.
Life Day was only one of the many seasonal festival celebrations conceived for Galaxy’s Age – Black Spire Day and the Batuan Harvest Festival held on the unofficial Star Wars Memorial Day of May Fourth, Batu’s most valuable natural resource, the Golden Lichen, or “gold”. of dust” as the locals call it.
Walt Disney Imagineering promised that visitors would bump into Star Wars characters in every corner of the Black Spire outpost before the land officially opened. Galaxy’s Edge features a handful of Star Wars characters who frequently land, but there are many more opportunities to travel to Batu – Po Dameron, Captain Phasma, Maz Kanata, Rose from C-3PO and BB-8 Tiko and Gen Hux. Early concept art envisioned foreign bartenders working at Oga’s Cantina.
Some of the live entertainment planned for Galaxy’s Edge is yet to materialise. Preliminary blueprints indicated that a parade route would run through the Black Spire outpost. A stunt show during an opening night press event featured a dozen actors, special effects, blaster fire and pyrotechnics on stage above the Landspeeder garage.
Imagineering announced plans for a sit-down, full-service “dinner club” restaurant that was quietly removed from Galaxy’s Edge. “The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Age” coffee table book included more than 40 pieces of concept art for the planned Kalikori Club table-service restaurant.
The book also includes three ride concepts that never jump from one page to the next in the park — a fast bike ride, a bounty hunter attraction, and a land tour on the back of a woolly exotic animal.
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Finally, there’s the Big Kahuna that continues to emerge as a prospect for Galaxy’s Edge: A Star Wars Hotel. The Galactic Starcruiser won’t open until March 1 at Walt Disney World, but the interstellar cruises on Halcyon are already booked for months.
How long do we have to wait for Halcyon to dock in Batu West? Hopefully the Life Day celebrations will pave the way for more Star Wars activities and experiences to be added to Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.