Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will be THE event of the year for theme park enthusiasts and Star Wars fans. From the sneak peeks, to the details we have heard about this new land, it will surpass anything we have seen before.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
In anticipation this historic expansion, Disney Parks will open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ahead of schedule at Disneyland Park in California on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Aug. 29, 2019.
So, what can we expect from the biggest expansions in history from Disney Parks?
During phase one, you will be transported to the remote planet of Batuu, packed with unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes. You can become part of the story as you sample galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Once you step foot on Batuu, you will be part of the action as it unfolds around you, and interactions with the Play Disney Parks mobile app will deepen your engagement with the land. You may choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge your loyalty to the First Order. In this all-new environment, you can make choices about the experience that could impact your adventures as you travel throughout the land by using the Play Disney Parks mobile app in a whole new way. This depth of storytelling is part of the total immersion that will distinguish the two, 14-acre lands, the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansions ever in a Disney park from any other themed land in history.
Phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined, which will place riders in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
Black Spire Outpost on Batuu
Batuu is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. Batuu is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary entanglements with the First Order. Along the way, you may encounter some familiar faces, from Rey, Finn, and Poe to BB-8 and Chewie.
Star Wars Adventures Come to Life in Two Thrilling Attractions
For more than four decades, Star Wars fans have imagined what it would be like to blast across the stars inside the Millennium Falcon or race through the halls of a Star Destroyer. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature two signature attractions that turn those dreams into reality.
Set to open at Disneyland Resort on May 31 and at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, will take you into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” You will take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurdles through space. You might be pilots, gunners or flight engineers, creating multiple ways to experience the attraction.
Opening later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places you right in the middle of the Rebellion and gives you an active role in the fight against the First Order, including a face-off with Kylo Ren. Your journey takes you inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.
A Diverse Menu of Food and Beverages
What does Blue Milk actually taste like? That question and more will be answered when you visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and experience the new land’s expansive array of food and beverages. You will walk through a bustling street market, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of uniquely flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors.
At Oga’s Cantina, even the blaster-bolt scorches on the walls tell a story. Here, you will gather to share tales from around the galaxy as they enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels and listen to spirited musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex re-invents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative as ever.
A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar will beckon guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs is in much demand for his culinary skills, so he moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. His travels across the galaxy allow him to fill his pantry with exotic ingredients he uses to make new and unusual dishes. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.
In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large pod-racing engine firing up a barbecue pit for mouth-watering Ronto Wraps. When hungry customers queue up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. You will also be able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.
Elsewhere in the market, the Milk Stand will offer two local favorites, Blue Milk and Green Milk. Blue Milk was first seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green Milk was introduced in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”
Take a Piece of the Star Wars Galaxy Home from a Vibrant Market
Food is one of many discoveries just waiting to be made while wandering the lively market of Black Spire Outpost, where you will encounter a robust collection of merchant shops and stalls filled with authentic Star Wars creations.
The Droid Depot will invite you to construct your own astromech droids. Patrons will pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and you can customize your droids with various parts and colors. These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot will offer pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more.
At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, you will have the opportunity to customize and craft your very own lightsabers. In this mystical experience, you will feel the Force as you build these elegant weapons from a more civilized age.
Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, you will find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. As they explore the nooks and crannies of the shop, you will also see Dok at his desk as the large Ithorian checks his inventory, takes incoming calls and barks the occasional order at his assistants.
In addition to these special experiences, the Black Spire Outpost market will feature the Creature Stall dedicated to the plethora of rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy, as well as Black Spire Outfitters, showcasing the latest in accessories. You will also find the Toydarian Toymaker, a stall full of toys crafted by a Toydarian.
You can also demonstrate where loyalties lie with the gear and accessories you purchase within the land. Resistance Supply is a “makeshift” supply location at the Resistance’s hidden command area. The stall sells Resistance pins, badges, hats, and other accessories to help you feel like part of the cause. First Order Cargo, meanwhile, is a temporary First Order storage dock near the market. Easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon, the cargo location will offer guests a chance to pledge their loyalty by purchasing pins, caps, gear, model ships and more.
Iconic Musical Score for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Music has been an integral part of Star Wars from the moment the iconic themes of Academy Award winning composer John Williams first introduced us to this galaxy. The music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge continues that tradition with a suite of all-new 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 iconic fanfare he created for the Star Wars films.
Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.
What this means is there will be no stand-by for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Simply put if you don’t have a valid reservation, you aren’t getting in. I think this is a brilliant move to cut down the chaos, and crowds on what will be a historic opening.
These are all of the details we have so far, I am sure many more will emerge in the coming weeks. Are you excited for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge?