Currently, you can use the Play Disney Parks App to play interactive games in line at popular attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight. But, get ready for the interactivity to go to a whole new level when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this summer in Disneyland and this fall in Walt Disney World.
What will we be able to do in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with our phones? Let’s take a look!
Translate Signs, Encryption, and Conversations in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Visitors to Disney World’s Pandora in Animal Kingdom may remember getting a printed piece with translations of key words in Na’vi, the language of the land, into English. That will look pretty quaint compared to what you will be able to do with the Play Disney Parks App in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
As we enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the Play Disney Parks App will “transform” into a Star Wars datapad. Our new datapads will help us translate the Star Wars language of Aurebesh into English. We’ll be able to translate the signs, labels, and even listen to characters’ conversations around us with the help of the translate function on our datapads (HELOOOOOO Google Translate!).
Plus, when we are in the queue for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance we’ll be able to solve puzzles on the datapad that unlock a translation key. This translation key will help us translate the signs in the queue that give us some information on our upcoming missions.
Listen to Broadcasts in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
When we enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge we will notice antennas all around the land. Our datapad, or transformed Play Disney Parks App, will allow us to listen in on what is being broadcast and the conversations between the the Resistance, the First Order, and various underworld gangs.
Once in a while, we might even listen in on something that makes no sense at all, but it is really a coded message. Our datapads will help us translate the coded conversation or broadcast and listen in on the secret transmission.
Help Your Side, the First Order or the Resistance, in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
There will be a surveillance system, that the First Order installed, to track the Resistance’s movements around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. As we visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge we will see surveillance boxes all around us. We will be able to use our datapads to hack into these boxes after solving a simple puzzle. Then, this is where the decision comes, do you help the First Order or the Resistance? You can help the Resistance by disabling the surveillance box, or you can choose the First Order by reactivating a disabled surveillance box.
Which side are you on?
Get a Job in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
OK, you’re on vacation, but this will be fun! The Play Disney Parks App, or SWGE datapad, will help us interact with the droids in the village and we can find out who is looking for help; the First Order, the Resistance, or even a rogue gang playing both sides.
We can also take a job off the datapad’s job board from Hondo Ohnaka, who runs the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, that might include transmitting the schematic for a First Order ship.
Our time in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will including earning points and rewards in the Play Disney Parks App, but the main purpose of the app is to increase our engagement and involvement in the land when we are visiting.
The interactivity and Play Disney Parks App are not mandatory when we are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We will be able to opt in or out of the interactivity, or play as much as we want. We will also be able to play in groups on one device, or individually on each of our own phones. If we play as group on one device we can assign roles to each person in the group. Plus, jobs and missions can be carried out over multiple visits or days.
What do you think of all of this interactivity? Will you use the Play Disney Parks App in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge or will you enjoy the land and rides without the App? Let us know in the comments below!