***Official*** Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Information Thread

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    Welcome to the Official Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Information Thread!

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    Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in Fall 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! It is also opening in Summer 2019 at Disneyland in California.

    OPENING DATES HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED

    There is still a good amount of information yet to be announced. As soon as it is it will be added to this thread.


    An overview of the land: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a 14-acre expansion at both Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park. Both are the largest expansions in their respective parks history. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set on the planet Batuu on the outskirts of the galaxy. Batuu is an old trading port. Inside you’ll be in the village of Black Spire Outpost which is known for its distinct tower spires with one very black spire hence the name of the village. In the village you can venture to the marketplace, cantina, Bantha hang out, and even see the creature stall with “living” creatures such as the Loth-cat! You may even be able to take one home with you.


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    An excerpt from Starwars.com on Batuu


    “This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.”

    This incredible new land has everything the Star Wars and theme park fans are looking for!

    History of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    A Star Wars themed land was first rumor way back in 2012 when Disney first purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion. It took 3 years before the land was finally announced at D23 Expo 2015 by Disney CEO Bob Iger on stage during the studios panel. Scott Trowbridge is the lead portfolio creative for Star Wars in all Disney theme parks and resorts and is the one in charge of this massive under taking. It was in April 2016 when ground was broken for construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for this new land. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is truly unlike anything Disney has done before in their theme parks. Two 14-acre lands built simultaneously on both coasts. Another Star Wars themed land will be coming to Disneyland Paris’s Walt Disney Studios park.

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    Imagineers and Star Wars employees working on this ambitious project

    Scott Trowbridge – Portfolio Creative Executive for WDI for Star Wars worldwide

    Asa Kalama – Executive Creative Director

    Chris Beatty – Executive Creative Director

    Pablo Hidalgo – LucasFilm consultant

    Doug Chiang – Industrial Light and Magic consultant

    John Williams – Composer for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    Story Line

    From the Disney Parks Blog

    “The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.”



    From Barron's

    "For inspiration for Black Spire, Disney’s imagineers visited Morocco and Istanbul, and focused on small details. Local guides who wanted to show off iconic sites would find the Disney team instead taking pictures of, say, a door coming off its hinges, we are told. Building exteriors in Galaxy’s Edge are designed to look weathered from the first day of completion; visitors who have seen Harambe Market in the Africa section of Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, near Orlando, Fla., will find a similar attention to detail here, such as the way faint rust streaks flow down from the corners of metal grates.

    In [Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run], Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate, has cut a deal with Chewbacca for the use of the Millennium Falcon, and the visitor is the pilot. The attraction entrance will be subtly marked, so as not to disrupt the look of the land. The ship interior will be familiar to even casual fans of the films, down to the 3-D chess board where Chewie lost his temper during a match with R2-D2.

    Visitors will fly the ship in groups of six, and see the 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.” This is part of an interactive, story-building experience throughout the land that visitors can opt in to or out of.

    Visitors waiting in line for [Rise of the Resistance] will wind through highly themed interiors that evoke rundown rooms 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. They will see scenes including a stormtrooper formation and one featuring Kylo Ren, perhaps resembling the interrogation scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The transport will evade familiar war machines, like the four-legged AT-AT Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back. Up close, these towering metal beasts do not disappoint."
     
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    Attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge



    Rise of the Resistance

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    This attraction is a huge trackless dark ride with screen and audio animatronic technology featuring several Star Wars characters including life size AT-ATs. As a trackless ride it doesn’t have a physical track that we see on the ground so you do not know exactly where the ride vehicle is going. The ride vehicle is guided by a droid unit on the front through a First Order battle. You will also encounter Kylo Ren inside this attraction.


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    Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

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    This simulator attraction lets you drive the Millennium Falcon just as many have wanted to before. This 6-person capsule replicates the actual Falcon cockpit and has some very cool features. As you are flying you are in control and if you do a poor job that can carry with you through Batuu and people of Batuu may be out to get in in other areas. Riders will have 1 of 3 jobs inside the cockpit of the fastest ship in the galaxy.


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    Fastpass+ Information


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    Characters in the land

    Hondo Ohnaka

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    Dok-Ondar

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    Opening day at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

    No opening dates announced yet. This space is saved for opening day planning.
     
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    Dining


    Oga’s Cantina

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    “Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.

    Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!

    Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ. As quirky and talkative as ever, he’s still trying to do his best on the job.

    Get ready to listen to some unique music, taste the best drinks in the galaxy, and surround yourself with a colorful cast of characters. You never know what will happen at the cantina!”

    From Barron's

    "The first public restaurant in Disneyland to serve alcohol, Oga’s is relatively small for aesthetic reasons, and is likely to be popular. To maximize capacity and keep visits from becoming all-afternoon affairs, most guests will stand. There will be a handful of booths with seating around the outer edge of the restaurant; no decision has been made yet on whether or how these can be reserved. An intricate tangle of tubes and vessels behind the bar might make some drinks appear to flow from the ceiling. 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."



    Exciting menu options


    Disney has said blue milk will be available.

    "Visitors will be able to order blue milk at Galaxy’s Edge, recalling the secretion of a bantha—a large, hairy animal with spiral horns—drank by Luke Skywalker in the first film (which, due to the later addition of prequels, is now known as Episode IV: A New Hope). This will be a nondairy drink. It’s unclear whether it will be sold in Oga’s or in the outdoor marketplace, or both. It’s possible it will be sold by or near a bantha farmer, suggesting the marketplace."
     
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    Retail and Merchandise items

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    Select pre-opening merchandise is onsale inside Disney parks right now as guests prep for Black Spire Outpost and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

    Inside the land there will be a creature stall where guests can meet and adopt creatures from the Star Wars universe such as Loth-cats. Local artisans will also sell handcrafted items in the marketplace.

    From Barron's

    "Shops will be supplied from a common stockroom, and restaurants from a common kitchen, to increase efficiency. One shop will feature droids that visitors can customize through an interactive experience. A droid that is made to be, say, afraid of stormtroopers might signal its fear when one comes close. Droids owned by members of the same group might recognize each other when they meet. Prices have not been set. The shop might also sell a full-size R2-D2 for well-heeled fans, perhaps costing thousands.

    There will be another shop presided over by Dok-Ondar, a collector who is briefly mentioned in Solo. This character, likely animatronic, will be set apart in a booth from the rest of the staff, not unlike the dispatcher Louie De Palma in the old ABC sitcom Taxi. Cast members might interact with Dok-Ondar, asking him what he’s willing to let certain items go for. Elsewhere, there will be an outdoor market resembling a bazaar. A pod-racing engine, perhaps at the market, will be used to roast meat.

    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. One possibility is that Star Wars merchandise in shops will come in unique packaging that downplays the logos. Another is that merchandise based on familiar characters will take on new looks. The imagineers visited the archives at Lucasfilm for early concept art. As a hypothetical example, an artisan figure of a familiar character might look slightly off, with the back story being that residents of Batuu have never seen that character, so they don’t know exactly what the figure should look like."
     
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    Star Wars Hotel

    From Disney Parks Blog
    According to Bob, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

    “It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.

    The immersive experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space!

    The resort will also be seamlessly connected to the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a complete Star Wars experience. Guests visiting the resort will be welcome to participate as a resident of the galaxy by dressing in Star Wars-inspired attire.


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    Differences between Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge






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    This is going to be a great year for Disney Parks! I can't wait to step into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge!
     
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    This is going to be so amazing! We're activating AP's in May with plans to return for Star Wars (adults only trip) sometime after it opens or for AP previews if that becomes an option.
     
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    Thanks so much rteerz for doing this. Our family is headed to the world in December to hopefully soak up everything SW !!
     
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    Thank you for this thread!! I am so very looking forward to this and any bit of info I can get!! I can’t wait!
     
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    Thank you for this thread! We're trying to go this year right before GE opens to avoid the crush of the crowds and then try to come for a couple long weekends in 2020 just for GE. This is the most exciting year in Disney parks news for me yet!
     
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