In case you missed it, which we are sure you haven’t, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened yesterday, May 31, 2019 at Disneyland Park in California. Galaxy’s Edge will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World on August 29, 2019.
As guests enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge they will be immersed in a land filled with rich details that have been meticulously researched and crafted by Imagineers after four decades of films, television series, novels, comic books, video games and more! Even though the planet Batuu and its Black Spire Outpost are new to fans, Imagineers were driven to fulfill the dreams of anyone wishing to visit a galaxy far, far away with hidden gems and details throughout the land.
Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost that make up Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is inspired by several Star Wars stories. Batuu has been mentioned in stories such as “Star Wars: Pirate’s Price” where Hondo Ohnaka made a previous trip to Batuu and the five-issue Marvel comic series “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” which delves into some of the famous antiquities found in Dok-Ondar’s shop on Batuu. In addition, both the Black Spire Outpost and Dok-Ondar were references in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.
Throughout the land guests can look for special hidden gems that represent many different eras. Guests can spot several creatures throughout the land such as the Dianoga from the Death Star trash compactor found in “Star Wars: A New Hope” and a taxidermic Wampa from the ice planet Hoth in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”.
Another hidden gem is a podracing engine located in the Ronto Roasters market which is a nod to “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace”. Guests can also spot a former smelter droid turning the spit of meats which resembles a droid seen in Jabba the Hutt’s palace in “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”.
A mural located on the wall of Dok-Ondar’s den of Antiquities depicts an ancient battle between the light and dark sides of the force which was depicted in Chancellor Palpatine’s office in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”.
In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run while guests are receiving their mission, they will be receiving their mission from Hondo Ohnaka who is best known from the “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels” animated television series.
To ensure authenticity in the designs of the land, Imagineers visited George Lucas’ private archives in California to study original Star Wars concept artwork created by Ralph McQuarrie, as well as visiting the film sets in the United Kingdom where they studied ships, costumes, and props to help inform their work on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
These visits allowed the Imagineers to develop merchandise that were authentic to original props and costumes, such as the Jedi Robes and tunics which were modeled after the costumes for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”.
These are just a few of the experience’s guests visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can find throughout the land. Check out more hidden gems here! Will you be visiting the lands once they open?
Source: Disneyland News
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