Everything You Need to Know About Disney’s New ‘Star Wars’ Attraction
Star Wars and Disney fans alike already know a new park will soon appear at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Recently, Disney announced Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will finally open at Disneyland in summer 2019 and Hollywood Studios in fall 2019.
We combed the galaxy for the latest details, as well as some fun Star Wars facts even die-hard fans may not know. And you won’t want to miss the most exciting new detail (page 7).
1. Visitors will get to battle the dark side
- Star Wars fact: George Lucas originally wanted to cast all African-American or all Asian actors in the series.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek broke the news that the new land will “put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” Guests will also get to pick a side for a fully immersive experience. Disney said these two new parks will represent the largest single-themed expansions at the parks. Each will sprawl over 14 acres.
Next: Guests will travel to the following planet.
2. The planet is called Batuu
- Star Wars fact: Lucas himself made a cameo in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will travel to the planet of Batuu. That planet serves as a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge, once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, according to Disney’s blog. While there, visitors can meet Rex, the troublesome pilot from a previous version of another Disney attraction. He will also work as the DJ at the cantina.
Next: Disney also released the name of a village there.
3. Black Spire Outpost is the largest village on Batuu
- Star Wars fact: The saga made history for Lucas’ groundbreaking decision to ask for full merchandising rights, which makes it even more valuable today.
Disney’s Margaret Kerrison shared that a village on Batuu, Black Spire Outpost, will welcome park guests. The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost provides an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. For that reason, it hosts lots of notorious characters for park visitors to meet.
Next: Certain geological formations also appear in the park.
4. Towering ancient trees provide visual interest
- Star Wars fact: When the cast and crew arrived in Finse, Norway, to film the scene on Hoth, they encountered the harshest winter in decades, complete with heavy snowfall and subzero temperatures.
Disney said Batuu has become widely known for the petrified remains of its once-towering ancient trees, and Black Spire Outpost takes its name for those spires. As the story goes, the spires now stand across the river valleys and plains of Batuu. To the first settlers, these petrified spires served as landmarks, as well as the heart of the outpost itself.
Next: These popular figures will also tower over the park.
5. Walk between an AT-AT’s legs in the park
- Star Wars fact: Lucas originally designed Yoda and Jabba as furry creatures, with the former even resembling an Ewok-like creature.
To make the world feel more real, lifesize AT-AT walkers will roam the park, according to a short video released by Disney. It looks like the giant AT-ATs will tower over the park and its guests. You can also try blue milk at the cantina and pick up themed trinkets to remember the galaxy far, far away.
Next: Guests might recognize some of the ships in the park.
6. Step inside a Star Destroyer at Galaxy’s Edge
- Star Wars fact: The first drafts of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi didn’t actually have any Ewoks. It originally took place on the Wookie home planet of Kashyyyk and featured an uprising led by Chewie.
Disney also announced one of the two main attractions will make guests feel like they’ve stepped onto a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. “It’s an attraction built on a scale we’ve never done before,” the blog stated. Guests will also encounter many familiar faces. Those will include BB-8, Chewbacca, and members of the First Order.
Next: The second attraction will also allow visitors to earn points.
7. Fly the Millennium Falcon and earn galactic credits
- Star Wars fact: George Lucas originally didn’t even want to cast Harrison Ford. Ford won him over during a reading with Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
The second attraction will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millennium Falcon, Disney announced. Guests can work to complete a mission and pilot the ship, shoot blasters, and prepare for hyperspace. Your performance during the mission can earn you galactic credits, while bringing back the ship in poor condition could get you on a bounty hunter’s radar.
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