I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since my dad took me to see Return of the Jedi. It was the first Star Wars film I’d ever seen, as I was a bit too young for the others. Now I’ve got tons of action figures and collectables — and a costume, which I wear proudly as a member of the 501st. My wife introduced me to Disneyland and I became hooked; I ended up getting an annual pass and we still go often. Now we have two kids (one and three years old) that will be future Star Wars and Disney geeks. So from my point of view, the he pairing of Star Wars and Disneyland seems a natural fit.
During Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, my friend Britt (a photographer and lifelong Star Wars fan) and I were talking about the lack of Star Wars offerings at Disneyland compared to Walt Disney World; back then, Disney’s California park only had Star Tours, and The Jedi Training Academy hadn’t even opened yet. So taking a tip from Bats Day and other unofficial days at the resort, we decided to start a special day for Star Wars fans at Disneyland.
We were worried it wasn’t going to catch on, but this will be our ninth year! We have gotten some support from Lucasfilm, and plenty of Disneyland Cast Members help us spread the word. While we still have yet to have our own official Star Wars Weekends on the West Coast, it’s okay: we’ll still get together and have fun with fellow Star Wars fans.
This year’s Unofficial Star Wars Fan Day will be held June 30 (each year, it’s usually the last Sunday in June). We’ll meet at Pizza Port for lunch at noon, and then we gather in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle for a group picture at 2:00 p.m. Come by and meet some fellow fans!