Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be new 14-acre lands created at both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Guests will be transported to a whole new Star Wars planet called Batuu. Included in this new land will be two signature attractions, as well as restaurants, shopping and more.
It was announced that the Star Wars-themed land will be opening at Disneyland on May 31, 2019 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Star Wars Themed Land
What is it that Guests will experience when they visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Well, as the story goes, Batuu, a port found on the outer rim of Wild Space, is a place where explorers, smugglers, and traders are looking to fly underneath the radar. The Resistance has temporarily set up shop in an abandoned, ancient base that is encircled by forests, mountains, and rivers here on the outskirts of Black Spire Outpost (the name of the marketplace on the planet of Batuu) all in an effort to defeat the First Order.
At Disneyland, Guests will be able to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from one of three entrance points – Critter Country, Fantasyland, or Frontierland. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will only be two entry ways. When entering the land, the grand entrance is designed to compress and then expand the views of visitors, so that Guests will say WOW when they enter.
Guests will feel as though this really is a moving and breathing city and that Batuu is indeed, a real place. As the story goes, we are in the time frame of Episodes 7, 8, and 9, so, Kylo Ren, Rey, and Finn are bound to be found here.
Batuu is split into two sections; the woodsy Resistance Forest, where the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction is located, and the second is the Black Spire Outpost, the main trading port on planet Batuu.
In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Guests will be able to experience two attractions, one that has you set in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance and one that takes you into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
One attraction is an adventure that puts you in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been stated to be like four attractions in one and will be the most advanced and immersive experience ever.
Guests will enter the attraction and will see a section of ‘laser cut’ through rock, as there would be an army trying to make due in natural and unnatural caverns. Guests will then come across medical, utilitarian and military equipment and then make their way into an armory with blasters and pilot uniforms in cages. FastPass will be offered, and it and the Standby line will meet in the communications hub.
From there, Guests will head into a briefing room that will feature an animatronic BB-8 that interacts with a video of one of your favorite Star Wars characters from the current trilogy.
During the attraction, Poe Dameron will be your escort on this mission, so Guests will then make their way across a landing pad as Poe’s X-Wing warms and you’ll board a U-Wing transport ship. Guests will then experience a simulated takeoff and flight, facilitated by Nien Nunb and Poe, but almost immediately you are captured and pulled aboard a Star Destroyer.
After captured, the door opens to a full size Star Destroyer hangar bay. In this area, there will be a 100-foot screen where some of the action will take place. There will also be about fifty Stormtroopers, mostly stationary but a few animatronic, who will greet you and a full-size First Order TIE ship on the wall, docked and ready to go.
Following this experience, Guests will then be split up into groups of 16 and led down the corridors to a holding cell, where you will have an encounter with Kylo Ren.
From there, there’s the vehicle portion which features encounters with more First Order troops, AT-ATs and more! Here trackless ride vehicles will take guests around the Star Destroyer as they try to make their escape.
The height requirement for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is 40 inches.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
The other attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gives Guests the ability to take the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, called Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. During Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Guests will be able to climb into the cockpit and take control of the famous ship.
While in line for the ride, Guests will actually believe that they are boarding the Millennium Falcon. As you enter the maintenance bay, you pass Ohnaka’s Transport Solutions. Guests will climb gantries through a working shipping and machine shop, all while getting views of the Falcon from every angle.
The plot of Smuggler’s Run involves helping space pirate leader Hondo Ohnaka. Hondo has bargained with Chewbacca to use the Millennium Falcon to smuggle goods, but he needs a flight crew, which you will be a part of.
When the doors of the attraction open, you are actually on the Millennium Falcon. The cockpit is exact down to every last detail. There are six seats (for two pilots, two gunners and two flight engineers) and all the buttons and levers work.
Guests in the cockpit of the attraction will be responsible for how smoothly the Falcon completes its mission. However, it may not always run smoothly, because depending on the efficiency of the group, you will come through either pristine or more battered. Oh and the people of Black Spire Outpost will react to your team’s performance and how well you all flew. (Yep, they’ll know!)
Each cockpit has its own real time rendering system for multi-projection feedback across five screens that completely surround the cockpit seamlessly. Any decision you make as a member of the crew will result in an action on screen. It’s all done in real-time, so none of the major stuff is pre-rendered.
Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will offer a single rider line.
The height requirement for Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is 38 inches.
In Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there will be five different dining establishments to choose from. They range from quick service to snack stands, and yes, even a place to get blue or green milk.
Oga’s Cantina will be a new lounge that will be serving Guests, when it opens in 2019 in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This stop will be run by a alien proprietor, Oga Garra and the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!
Alcoholic options will include Bespin Fizz, Bloody Rancor, Dagobah Slug Slinger, Fuzzy Tauntaun, Jedi Mind Trick, Jet Juice, The Outer Rim, Spriran Caf, T-16 Skyhopper, and Yub Nub. Those looking for non-alcoholic libations can enjoy Black Spire Brew, Blue Bantha, Carbon Freeze, Cliff Dweller, Hyperdrive Punch It!, Jabba Juice, Moogan Tea, and Tarine Tea; and provisions include a Cantina mix.
Musical entertainment at this cantina will be provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid (who we first met in Star Tours).
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
This will be a quick service dining location and is themed after a multi-purpose transport shuttle docked atop a large hangar for traveling food shuttles.
Entrées include the Braised Shaak Roast, featuring beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale, and mushrooms; the Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, a decadent chicken dish with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy; the Felucian Garden Spread, a plant-based kefta “meatball” dish with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread; the Ithorian Garden Loaf, a plant-based “meatloaf” dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables, and mushroom sauce; the Smoked Kaadu Ribs, featuring smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw; the Oven-roasted Burra Fish, featuring Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing; the Oven-roasted Tip Yip, featuring roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa, and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing; and the Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp.
For dessert you can choose from a raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse, and chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard.
Children’s menu options will include fried chicken with macaroni and cheese; and chilled shrimp with vegetables and rice noodle salad with sweet orange dressing.
Beverages here will be non-alcoholic and will include the Phattro and Moof Juice.
Ronto Roasters will feature a large podracing engine all with the goal of serving as a barbecue pit for mouth-watering sandwiches. Here Guests will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats.
Items include the Meiloorun Juice, the Turkey Jerky, and the Ronto Wrap filled with spiced grilled sausage and roasted pork.
Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of non-alcoholic drinks, like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.
At the Milk Stand, Guest will be able to grab either a blue milk or a green milk. These will be be plant-based drinks with bases made from things like coconut and almond milk combined with berry, melon and other tropical flavors.
Kat Saka’s Kettle
Guests wishing to have a quick snack can stop and pick up the Outpost Mix, a popcorn snack combining savory, spicy, and sweet flavors.
Of course, there will be an opportunity to shop in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but you won’t find a t-shirt here brandishing the name Batuu. Instead, items are a bit more like you would see, as if this was a real, living city.
The Droid Depot
The Droid Depot is located in the market and invites Guests to pick parts and pieces off a conveyor belt, then build and customize their astromech droids (R-series or BB-series). These droids will then be capable of interacting with elements in the land and responding to guests’ behaviors. The Droid Depot will also offer guests pre-built droids, including a C-3PO and a Rex who will play music you have on your smartphone through an intergalactic Bluetooth connection.
For a lightsaber, head over to Savi’s Workshop! The story goes that Savi is a scrapper who has been collecting pieces of lightsabers throughout the galaxy for years in hopes that one day, a true hero would come to his shop with the ability to actually put them together.
You and 13 other people will be able to participate in this experience at the same time as Guests build their own lightsaber. Each guest will have four options of kyber crystals to choose from to include in their saber: Peace Justice (modeled after Jedi from the Republic era); Power Control (a nod to the Sith); Elemental Nature (harnessing air, earth, fire, and water); and Defense (shrouded in mystery).
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
Inside the two-story Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, visitors will find a selection of mysterious and rare items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, holocrons, lightsabers, and more. Guests will find Dok at his desk, checking his inventory, taking calls, and barking orders at his assistants.
Guests visiting the Creature Stall will find some fascinating beasts from all across the galaxy, ranging from the friendly (porgs, tauntauns) to the not-so-friendly (rathtars, wampas).
The Toydarian Toymaker will offer artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, and instruments.
Resistance Supply will sell badges, hats, pins, and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause.
First Order Cargo
First Order Cargo will be easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon and gives tourists a chance to pledge their loyalty to the First Order by purchasing caps, gear, model ships, pins, and more.
Play Disney Parks App
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially the first land that has been designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks app and it will offer interactive adventures and experiences.
When you enter the land, the Play Disney Parks app switches over to a Star Wars mode, allowing you access to several tools including Scan, Translate, Tune and Jobs. Through these, and dozens of bluetooth beacons located throughout Batuu, you can activate droids, download schematics from hacking ships, download secret messages from door panels and listen to transmissions from three factions inclined the First Order, the Resistance and the Smugglers. You can also translate some of the alien languages that are spoken or written throughout the land.
You can choose to complete jobs wit the app and there is an over-arching game that allows you to use scannable to try to tilt the balance from the Resistance to the First Order throughout your visit all while rewarding you with digital collectibles. There are even missions to complete in the app during ride queues.
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