CALIFORNIA, USA – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the epic new land inside Disneyland Park is now open, inviting guests to live their own Star Wars adventures as they explore a remote planet full of unique sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other immersive experiences. Similarly, the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park also opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on 29th August 2019.
With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Guests will be transported to a galaxy far, far away as they travel to Batuu, the newest location in a story that began in 1977 with the first Star Wars film. Guests will become part of the story as they sample galactic food and beverages, enter an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Stepping into their own Star Wars adventures, guests will become part of the action as it unfolds around them, and by using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, can deepen their engagement with the land. They may choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge their loyalty to the First Order. With such a huge franchise behind them, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge allows for a deeply immersive level of storytelling that distinguishes the 14-acre locale from any other themed lands in Disney history.
In essence, Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary interactions with the First Order. When guests arrive at Black Spire Outpost, they will come across aliens, droids and other inhabitants of this planet as they search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or join a crew seeking adventures. Along the way, guests may encounter some familiar faces, including Rey, Chewbacca or even Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers.
In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests climb into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” for their own Star Wars adventures. They take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through space. Some will be pilots, some gunners and some engineers, creating multiple ways for guests to engage with the attraction in an experience that responds in real time to the actions they take.
A second attraction, set to open by the end of 2019, is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, one of the most ambitious, advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering. Placing guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a faceoff with Kylo Ren, guests will go aboard a full-size transport shuttle and then into a nearby Star Destroyer on a harrowing and thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
Plus, find out what the films’ mysterious Blue or Green Milk actually tastes like, with the new land’s expansive array of food and beverages. Guests walk through a bustling marketplace, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of flavoured popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savoury and spicy flavours. Other F&B outlets include Oga’s Cantina, where exotic beverages are served in unique vessels while DJ R-3X entertains; mobile kitchen Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo; Ronto Roasters, a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wrap; and of course, frozen Blue Milk and Green Milk over at the Milk Stand to quench guests’ thirst as they live out their own Star Wars adventures.
Be sure to take home a souvenir to remember your journey by as well, with a robust collection of merchant shops and stalls filled with authentic Star Wars creations. The Droid Depot invites guests to construct their own custom-designed astromech droids and other premade toys, while at Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests have the opportunity to craft and customize their very own lightsabers. Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale from various eras of the Star Wars galaxy, while over at theCreature Stall, you can collect some of the rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy,
Black Spire Outfitters allows you some of the galaxy’s trendiest apparel and accessories, while the Toydarian Toymaker stall is full of toys and games. Want something classier? Stop by Jewels of Bith, offering everything from “trinkets to treasure” and other accessories. Guests can also demonstrate their allegiances based on where they shop – Resistance Supply at the Resistance’s hidden command post sells Resistance pins, badges and accessories, while the First Order Cargo is a temporary First Order storage dock near the marketplace, selling First Order caps, model ships and more.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is also the first land within a Disney park designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which debuted last year. Using the app in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will transform it into they will be able to transform it into their very own Star Wars: Datapad. Using the app provides new opportunities for guests to engage with the land, such as translating a galactic language or learning what’s hidden inside crates and containers. Plus, the app will also allow guests to interact with elements in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including droids, blinking door panels and antenna arrays. Throughout the day, guests may participate in a multiplayer game throughout the land, “Outpost Control,” to support either the Resistance or the First Order.
With music always having been an integral part of Star Wars, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues that tradition with a suite of all-new John Williams-composed themes written especially for the land and its attractions. Along with a collection of original cantina songs created by composers and songwriters from around the globe, this new music will deepen guests’ connection to the land as Williams complements and builds upon the fanfares he created since the Star Wars films debuted.
The new lands build off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd., with the work on Star Wars between these two creative powerhouses dating back to 1987, when the ground-breaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland. Says Scott Trowbridge, Star Wars Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge redefines what a Disney experience can be. It invites exploration and discovery, where we can become characters in the Star Wars galaxy. More and more, our guests want to lean into these stories; not just be a spectator. We’re giving them the opportunity to do just that in this land, with a new level of detail and immersion. This is an opportunity to play and engage with your friends and family in a shared experience that will forge lifelong memories.”
Reservations required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from 31st May to 23rd June at Disneyland Park in California. Admission into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be subject to capacity, and joining the virtual queue will not guarantee entrance to the land. Visit Disneyland.com for more information.