Guests at Hollywood Studios were unable to turn any corner without seeing fans sporting Princess Leia buns and lightsabers.
On Saturday, the fans intended to create a small and intimate event to remember the late Carrie Fisher but it soon grew into a Park-wide celebration.
Fans decided to pay tribute to the legendary popular culture icon by dressing up as Princess Leia and Han Solo. Furthermore, the fans decided to also honor Singing in the Rain’s Debbie Reynolds who passed away only a day after her daughter. They wore bright yellow coats or dresses and carried umbrellas in order to channel Reynolds’ most famous character, Kathy Selden.
Many Leias crowded the Star Tours ride to fly over Jakku, Naboo, Hoth and Coruscant with C-3PO as tour guide.
At the end of the night hundreds of fans gathered in front of the Star Wars stage holding up their lightsabers and umbrellas in remembrance of the actresses’ loss.
The entire event was thought out by Disney fan and fashion blogger Katie Shuman. She did not know that a simple Facebook event could have the power to gather so many fans in the same place.
“I am a huge Star Wars fan, too, and when I heard about Carrie’s death I knew that I had to have a day at the parks where I could dress up as her to honor her legacy,” she stated.
The 22 year old shared she and her friends like to mix their love for Disney and passion for vintage clothing by “Disneybounding” as their favorite characters “with a dapper twist.”
The Facebook page created by the fan had more than 4,000 people saying they would attend the event and throughout the day more than 1,200 went.
“When I started this event I expected like maybe 100 people to even be interested in coming. But I’m happy that so many people are wanting to pay tribute to two wonderful women,” said Shuman.