Firsthand Preview of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Firsthand Preview of Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge

Recently, press covering Disneyland were given a firsthand preview of Stars Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. With construction on track for a Summer 2019 opening, further details are being released.

Guests arriving at Disneyland will have to make their way to the back of the park to find Galaxy’s Edge. Three entrances to Galaxy’s Edge are being created. Access can be gained by entering from either Critter Country, Frontierland, or Fantasyland.  Your first view will have you feeling like you are front row at the movies. Once inside, guests will notice petrified tree forms. The inspiration for these came from Southern California trees. Real trees are being planted as well. Some with a replacement cost of $9,000, so please be mindful of the land!!

For those familiar with Solo: A Star Wars Film and from the 2018 novel Star Wars Thrawn Alliances, you will recognize the theme of the land being the Black Spire Outpost on planet Batuu. Guests who know Star Wars from the original films will be instantly drawn to the Millennium Falcon. Once inside, guests will have plenty to explore in the open-air market and two attractions.

Firsthand Preview of Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge

Disney Imagineers went to great lengths to create the vision for this massive land by visiting Morocco and Istanbul. Details were what they were after. No detail was too small to pass over. The exterior of Galaxy’s Edge is designed to look weathered, much like Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s the attention to detail that really makes the area feel like you are really at the Outpost.

Firsthand Preview of Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge

Currently, with the construction of the 14-acre park starting to wind down, workers are completing the work on the Millennium Falcon. This giant arrived in 93 crates!! During prime construction, you could find 1,000 – 1,100 workers on site daily. Now the average is about 600. Site workers have been told the backstory of the land to help keep creative juices flowing, but beyond that, access has been very limited. All major structures are completed. Walkways and interior areas are the areas of focus currently.

Guests looking for attractions will have two options. The first Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run put guests in the middle of the action. Flying the ship will be groups of six. Each person is assigned a key role. Make sure to ride it more than once. Your experience will be different each visit.

Firsthand Preview of Disneyland's Galaxy's Edge

Next up is Rise of the Resistance. When entering the ride, guests will queue through the themed interior designed as rundown rooms used as a base camp to take on the First Order. Be on the lookout as groups of guests are captured and given orders by the enemy.  Once escaping on a transport, watch out for stormtroopers and AT-AT Walkers.

While the menu is still being finalized, guests will be able to eat and drink at Oga’s Cantina. Sure to be popular, it will be smaller in size, giving it a more intimate feel. A small number of booths will be available, but the majority will be standing room only. Oga’s will be the first public restaurant in Disneyland to serve alcohol.  Unique to Galaxy’s Edge will be blue milk. Luke Skywalker drank this in Episode IV: A New Hope from a bantha. Location is still TBD for the drink.

Retail shops will be located around the land as well.  Guests visiting the land will be able to design customized droids during an interactive experience. Prices are not set yet. Dok-Ondar will overlook another retail shop.  Speculated to be an animatronic, castmembers might be able to interact with him. An outdoor market set to resemble a bazaar will be in the area as well.

Imagineers have put in countless hours working with chefs, filmmakers, and executives to make sure Galaxy’s Edge will exceed expectations. Storytelling is a crucial part of the guest’s overall experience, and Disney wants to take that to a whole new level.

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Source: Barron’s

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