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