A sneak peek of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been provided by Barron’s who spent some time touring the construction site for the upcoming land in Disneyland accompanied by executives from construction, operations, and Disney Imagineering. And they have shared some details from their visit!
To begin, Barron’s shared that guests will enter Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland through one of three entrance points near Fantasyland, Frontierland, and Critter Country. “Short, enclosed passageways between lands are designed to compress and then expand the view of visitors, like a movie fading out and then back in, to ensure that the first sight of Galaxy’s Edge is a carefully framed, cinematic view.”
Inspiration for the design of Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu comes from Imagineers’ trips to Morocco and Instanbul, and “building exteriors in Galaxy’s Edge are designed to look weathered from the first day of completion.”
In that same vein, “Visitors will see distant, petrified tree forms that were designed using trees in Southern California for inspiration.” Barron’s also shared that Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland will open “perhaps by early June,” and that all major structures are in place in Disneyland.
We’re all excited to have a drink in the Cantina! And Barron’s has shared that because Oga’s Cantina is a small location in keeping with theme and story, most guests will be standing to take in the atmosphere of what has previously been confirmed as the first restaurant to serve alcohol in Disneyland (though there will be a few booths).
In regards to beverages, Barron’s states: “We heard a mention of a Fuzzy Tauntaun, named for the furry snow lizards ridden in Empire Strikes Back, although it’s unclear if that’s a hypothetical drink or a planned one, and the menu is still being decided.”
Blue Milk will be available to order somewhere in Galaxy’s Edge (perhaps in the marketplace or in Oga’s Cantina); and, in fact, Barron’s has shared that it will be nondairy. “It’s possible it will be sold by or near a bantha farmer, suggesting the marketplace.”
Additional details shared regarding the attraction Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run include the story that ” Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate, has cut a deal with Chewbacca for the use of the Millennium Falcon.”
Flights for each visit will differ, and guests will see “real-time results of their actions, such as knocking over a spire during takeoff. The flight will be different each visit. After a ride, the visitor might, say, stop at Oga’s for a drink and be told something like, ‘The boss isn’t happy about how you brought the ship back.’ “
And here’s something super cool that Barron’s shared about the second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
In regards to the AT-AT Walkers guests will see in line, they report that “Up close, these towering metal beasts do not disappoint.” The queue will include interiors of room that “the Resistance has repurposed as a base for operations against the First Order. Groups of guests might be “captured” at one point and ordered along by the enemy, before making their escape aboard a trackless troop transport.”
Barron’s also shared information regarding merchandise locations which will include a shop presided over by Dok-Ondar, whom Cast Members may be able to interact with. The outdoor market will also resemble an bazaar, and a “pod-racing engine, perhaps at the market, will be used to roast meat.” And one shop will feature customizable droids.
The piece by Barron’s also states that “For Galaxy’s Edge, Imagineers have worked with filmmakers, chefs, and merchandise executives to take adherence to storytelling to new levels for a Disney park attraction.”
And let’s face it: THAT’S saying something! The year Disney fans and Star Wars fans have been waiting for is HERE… Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this summer in Disneyland, and this fall in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
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