Mark Hamill joins fans for a ride on Disneyland's Star Tours
November 15, 2017, 7:25 AM ·
Poor Mark Hamill. He's the star of what might be the hottest entertainment franchise in Hollywood, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi ready to drop next month. But apparently, Disney is still scheduling him to work ops shifts at Disneyland to earn his paycheck.
That's the reason why he was on stage working Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in Tomorrowland last night, right?
Luke Skywalker himself showed up unannounced at the park last night, no doubt so that the news would go viral and we'd all write stories about it. But meta-awareness of our role in the worldwide media machine isn't always fun, so let's get roll with it and enjoy the moment. How cool would it be to ride Star Tours with Luke. (It's pretty much guaranteed that he was the spy, though, right?)
Disney seems to be establishing a habit of sending its stars into the park to promote upcoming films. While Hamill did not appear as his Luke Skywalker character on Star Tours, earlier this year, Johnny Depp pulled as shift at Pirates of the Caribbean in costume as Captain Jack Sparrow before the most recent Pirates film debuted.
Back to Star Tours, Disney will continue to promote The Last Jedi with a new destination on the ride — Crait, from the new movie. Unlike Mark Hamill's appearance, all Disney theme park visitors will be able to see that one. We are scheduled to be at Disney's Hollywood Studios Friday morning for the early-morning press preview of the new destination and revamped attraction, which debuts to the public that day. Stay tuned.
Update: Disneyland has released its official video of Hamill's visit: