In preparation for Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’m sure you’re catching up on all the Star Wars content. From the 9 films to the highly regarded animated series, there’s no shortage of Star Wars media (even the LEGO video games hit). But if you’re looking for something quick to digest and don’t want to stray too far from the point, we have 4 things from our universe that are actually canon in the Star Wars universe.
1. Coca-Cola products
Yeah, you read that right. Coca-Cola products are 100% confirmed canon. Now, the reasoning for this is simple. Since the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, it’s been important to keep the galactic experience as true to the Star Wars culture as possible.
Disney prides themselves and set themselves apart from others by investing heavily in the immersion aspect of their theme parks. With that being said, it means making sure that everything offered, including concessions, have to make sense within the story that is being told. While Coca-Cola products throughout the rest of the parks looks like a typical Coca-Cola product, the ones offered within Galaxy’s Edge are designed as if they are from a galaxy far far away.
2. Theme parks
Similar to the reasoning behind Coca-Cola products, theme parks being canon helps support the story that Disney is trying to tell at Galaxy’s Edge. Children (and adults alike) are free to ask Disney cast members and theme park characters questions that range from their backstory to nonsensical questions. One huge rule for character actors at Disney theme parks is that the extent of knowledge falls strictly within the Disney IP.
So if you ask Galaxy’s Edge characters, like Rey or a Stormtrooper, about Disneyland, they’ll know what you’re talking about despite being in an entirely different galaxy. They might not know what Disneyland looks like, but again, they’ll know about it.
Personally, I think this is the weirdest one. Halloween is canon in the Star Wars universe. It’s celebrated by both the Endor inhabitants (Ewoks) and Jedi younglings. They dress up in costumes and get candy on this spooky holiday. It’s unclear if their Halloween also has Pagan roots, but it’s kind of fun to think about what Ewoks would dress up as.
This might be really dark, but I would imagine that after Order 66, Darth Vader became the scary animatronic to be put in front of houses, ready with jump scares if there was candy in a bowl on the front porch.
4. Fan fiction
Look, stay with me here. It was confirmed in the first book of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi that people write love stories about Jedi Knights. I know I said that the Ewoks and Jedi younglings celebrating Halloween was weird for me, but don’t worry, this is a very close second.
Fan fiction gets a bad rep, but it kind of makes sense. Jedi Knights were well-regarded and highly respected in this universe, and were not only seen as ridiculously brave, but having other admirable qualities, like level-headedness, kindness, and overall calmness. They not only fought to protect the galaxy, but to keep balance.
In related news, here’s why Disney is taking all the L’s these days.
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