Get out your calendars, we have the dates for next year’s Celebration Anaheim: August 27-30, 2020. First announced at Celebration Chicago, the con returns to the location of the 2015 Celebration, just down the road from Disneyland – and the just-opened Galaxy’s Edge.
August is also a bit of a flashback for the con: Celebration VI and V, both held in Orlando, were also in that timeframe. V was also host to “Last Tour to Endor,” a special night event held as a farewell to the original Star Tours before it was closed for upgrades. The big question on everyone’s minds now: Will the park hold a special con-only event for Galaxy’s Edge? Given the amount of interest there’ll no doubt be – far more than there was for the closing of a older ride – it’s bound to be a thorny dilemma for Disney.
Without any new movies coming until 2022, Galaxy’s Edge is likely to be the biggest thing going – particularly with a captive audience of tourists. My bet – and this is only speculation – is that they’ll do something similar to the reservation system that Disneyland is using right now – but for badge-holders. (I’d also expect to pay more, naturally, for theme park admission.) Under the current system, people with reservations get assigned a time period of four hours to explore Galaxy’s Edge. But with the high attendance of modern Celebrations, I don’t expect everyone would get in.
The first Star Wars land opened this week in California. Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland only has one ride running, but that didn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. (Though at least one review did mention it. More reviews: StarWars.com, EW, /Film, Polygon and Hypable.)
But maybe the neatest was seeing the reaction of some of the first fans allowed into the land:
Galaxy’s Edge is opening soon, and we’re starting to get some details. The build-your-own lightsabers will cost you about $200 (which isn’t that shocking – that’s just a little more than a standard ForceFX lightsaber, which is – or was – the highest quality mass-produced lightsaber toy.)
You’ll also have the option to build your own droid. It’s $100 for a custom droid, and $150 for the DJ R-3X. To be fair, he is really neat:
John Williams will start recording The Rise of Skywalker in June, per an interview with orchestra contractor Sandy DeCrescent (via) DeCrescent is in the process of selecting the musicians for Wiliams, but the interview is also about her own history in the industry – she’s the the first woman contractor in the industry.
In the meantime, here’s Williams’ theme for Galaxy’s Edge, which was released back on the 4th:
Composer John Williams has seen an early cut of The Rise of Skywalker, likes it “very much” and has written about 25 minutes of the score, he tells The Times. The original article is behind a paywall, but head to /Film for the relevant quote.
There was… Sort of? A reveal at the Lucasfilm Publishing: Writer’s Roundtable panel Monday morning at Celebration: Claudia Gray, Justina Ireland, Daniel José Older, Charles Soule and Cavan Scott are all working on something called “Project Luminous” for 2020.
We know it’s inspired by the quote “The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things.”
Other than that, they won’t tell us anything. Not even a format. We do know the writers all went to Skywalker Ranch and watched A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. They’re having fun. That’s it! That’s literally it.