Bright suns travelers, today we entered the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu to learn about the economic impact Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is having on Central Florida. During a period of record expansion for the Walt Disney World Resort, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to contribute more than 7,000 jobs to the area. Set to open on August 29th, this amazing new land totals 14 acres and is the largest single-themed land ever created in a Disney park. The planet Batuu is set to provide customized experiences to everyone who visits and with the 1,700 cast members working directly with Galaxy’s Edge the excitement is real.
Live from Galaxy’s Edge!
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The 1,700 new jobs created for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge includes operational, performing, leadership, and merchandise roles. These exciting new roles offer Cast Members new opportunities not only in Galaxy’s Edge but throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The opening team of this unique land was filled with excitement and it continues to build as opening day draws closer. It was amazing to be able to interview Scott Mallwitz, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering, and see the excitement as he spoke.
Maribeth Bisienere, senior Vice President, Walt Disney World Parks, said “The anticipation for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is unlike anything else we’re experiencing at the Walt Disney World Resort. Our Cast Members make our parks uniquely special and we couldn’t create any of the memorable and immersive experiences for our guests without their talents, passion, and dedication.” As part of the opening team the 1,700 Cast Members had a unique opportunity to learn the story of Batuu and got to customize their costumes by hand-selecting apparel and accessories . From their custom name tags to the array of First Order and Resistance themed garments they will become part of the story of Galaxy’s Edge as much as the landscape itself.
Along with the 1,700 internal roles, 5,500 other jobs were created for the building of Galaxy’s Edge. This included Florida based companies contributing local trade, artisan, and construction roles. They were also among the first to visit Batuu during Cast Member previews and the pride on their faces are shown through.
There’s no doubt that the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will continue to help the economy of Central Florida. This highly anticipated land will bring in travelers from all over the world for many years to come. Guests that maybe would have never stepped foot in a Disney park otherwise but the love for Star Wars bringing them in.
I for one can’t wait to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It’s definitely going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before. The out-of-this-galaxy experience will be one to remember.
Photograph and statistics are from wdwnews. Thank you to the Walt Disney World Resort for allowing us a chance to speak with these amazing individuals, who’s spirit and love for this land left us filled with anticipation and excitement for what’s to come.
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