An impromptu honoring of Carrie Fisher happened in Downtown Disney Wednesday night. Light sabers were held upward as fans of Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, honored her memory.
“Carrie Fisher has meant so much to so many people I felt she deserved it,” said event organizer Jeff Rowan of Anaheim. “So has her mom, Debbie Reynolds.” Fisher died Tuesday and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died Wednesday.
Nearly 100 people bearing light sabers of various colors showed up near Tortilla Jo’s restaurant for the event, which was organized on Twitter and Facebook. They lit up their sabers at 7 p.m.
It was Jordan Paul’s first visit to Disneyland. He bought a light saber as a souvenir after riding Star Tours. “I found out that Debbie Reynolds (Fisher’s mother) died today. It was so sad so I found out about this on Twitter and had to be here,” he said.
Julie Steele of Lake Elsinore was there with her daughter and grandkids, who had their light sabers. “It was very sad. First Carrie, then Debbie (Reynolds),” she said. “I watched a lot of Debbie’s movies growing up.”
Rowan said that something like this was supposed to happen last night inside Disneyland, but when it didn’t, he decided to organize Wednesday night’s event. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think this many would show up,” Rowan said.
Photos by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG
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