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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge logo

"On a remote outpost planet, new adventures await..."
―Construction sign at Disney's Hollywood Studios[src]

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is a themed land currently in development by The Walt Disney Company, slated to open in summer 2019 at Disneyland, late fall 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World,[1] and sometime after 2021 at Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris Resort.[2]

HistoryEdit

Star Wars land view from entrance

Concept art

Disney CEO Robert Iger first announced at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015 that the company would be building a Star Wars–themed land in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and in Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The announcement stated that these lands would be fourteen acres, making them the largest single land expansions in company history. During the Q1 FY17 Earnings call for The Walt Disney Company on February 7, 2017, Iger announced that the new lands would open in the year 2019.[3] During the "Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making" panel at Celebration Orlando, Asa Kalama of Walt Disney Imagineering stated that what they were building would be canonical.[4] It was later revealed to take place after The Last Jedi through promotional material for the book series Flight of the Falcon.[5]

The two attractions announced for the land included a ride that puts guests behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and a ride that throws guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. It was also announced that the lands' setting would be an outpost on the yet-to-be-seen planet Batuu on the edge of the Outer Rim Territories, just before Wild Space.[6]

In the lead-up to the annual D23 Expo, the Disney Parks Blog unveiled a logo for the event "Walt Disney Parks and Resorts: A Galaxy of Stories," which would debut on July 14–16.[7] The event gave guests a glimpse of the locations, starships, creatures, and droids that would populate the outpost that will act as a setting for the park, and unveiled a detailed model for the 14-acre theme park that would debut in 2019, alongside artwork and media showcasing its development.[8] On December 16, 2017, during the parks' Galactic Nights event, more information about the ride and its development process was unveiled to the public via Lucasfilm vice president Doug Chiang as well as Imagineers Chris Beatty, Robin Reardon, and Scott Trowbridge. In particular, it was revealed via construction photos that development had recently "topped out" after the highest construction point was in place. It was also revealed that, among other things, there will be a toy shop with concept art unveiled, with Beatty explaining that the inspiration for its design was from marketplaces in Morocco, and that, fitting with its design inspiration, all the wares are handmade arts and crafts similar to those found in Moroccan marketplaces. In addition, the water fountains would have a unique design.

Chiang also revealed that they are building X-wing models for the theme park and differentiated them from the movie models. Some concept art also showcased the Millennium Falcon portion of the attraction, including an entirely new location composed of overgrowth in a sewer-like area. A set of trading cards were also unveiled to the public, which revealed some new details about the ride, in particular confirming that BB-8 and Kylo Ren will be present in the ride, as well as hinting at a droid character called "R3X" that was later revealed to be RX-24 from the original Star Tours ride. The same cards also had map pieces that revealed some locations on Batuu, in particular the Surabat River Valley, Docking Bay 9, Merchant Row, and Black Spire Station, would be present in the ride and gave some details about the location and a translation key for an Aurebesh poem on the borders of some cards.[9]

On January 11, 2018, the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction at Disneyland included a piece of the full model of the upcoming attraction that was unveiled at D23, marking it the second Disney theme park to include part of the scale model (the first being Disneyland Hollywood Studios).[10] A short preview video was released on May 22.[1] The Target-exclusive Blu-ray for Solo: A Star Wars Story includes a featurette called "The Millennium Falcon: From Page to Park," which details how a Millennium Falcon ride was developed for Galaxy's Edge.

On November 17, 2018 at the Destination D event, official names for the attractions were announced with the Millennium Falcon ride being named Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and the battle-escape ride being named Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

MusicEdit

John Williams composed a musical score for Galaxy's Edge.[11]

AppearancesEdit

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BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Trowbridge, Scott (May 22, 2018). Opening Season Just Announced for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Disney Parks Blog.
  2. Smith, Thomas (February 27, 2018). Transformative Multi-Year Expansion Announced for Disneyland Paris. Disney Parks Blog.
  3. Savvas, George (February 7, 2017). Star Wars-Themed Lands at Disney Parks Set to Open in 2019. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on April 18, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 YouTube FULL Star Wars Land panel - New details, artwork revealed at Star Wars Celebration 2017 on the Inside the Magic YouTube channel
  5. Flight of the Falcon promotional
  6. Glover, Erin (August 15, 2015). Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on April 18, 2017.
  7. Jeffrey Epstein (June 8, 2017). 'A Galaxy of Stories' Coming to D23 Expo. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on June 8, 2017.
  8. Jason LaSalata (June 8, 2017). D23 Expo 2017: 'A Galaxy Of Stories' Title & Logo Revealed For 'Star Wars' Land. Jedi News. Retrieved on June 8, 2017.
  9. Jim Carchidi (2017-12-17). Disney reveals new info and first looks of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion. Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved on February 5, 2018.
  10. Tom Bell (2018-01-11). Disneyland's Star Wars Launch Bay Adds Piece of Galaxy’s Edge Model. Disney Information. Retrieved on February 5, 2018.
  11. Breznican, Anthony (November 17, 2018). Exclusive: Listen to John Williams' new score for Disney's Star Wars theme parks. Entertainment Weekly. ew.com.
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 12.15 12.16 12.17 12.18 12.19 12.20 12.21 SWCustom-2011 D23 2017: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Revealed as Name of Star Wars Lands in Disney Parks and More on StarWars.com
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 13.15 13.16 13.17 YouTube Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge name, details announced for Walt Disney World, Disneyland - D23 Expo 2017 on the Inside the Magic YouTube channel
  14. 14.0 14.1 TwitterLogo @missingwords (Matt Martin‏) on Twitter ""Harkos" and "Dok-Ondar""
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 YouTube FULL Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Panel at Star Wars: Galactic Nights, Disney's Hollywood Studios on the Inside the Magic YouTube channel
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 TwitterLogo @InsideTheMagic (Inside the Magic‏) on Twitter "Hondo from Star Wars Rebels will be enlisting guests to ride the Millennium Falcon. #D23Expo2017"
  17. TwitterLogo @missingwords (Matt Martin‏) on Twitter "Guys, we can meet HONDO!!!"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 TwitterLogo @InsideTheMagic (Inside The Magic) on Twitter "The message so far: "...A beacon for drifters forgotten and lost, the spires summoned those broken and tossed..." Anyone have the rest of the cards and can share images?"
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 TwitterLogo @itsdreamybrad (Brad Hughes‏) on Twitter "Nope just didn't take a picture of them last night"
  20. SWCustom-2011 X-Wings and More from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Revealed on StarWars.com
  21. 21.0 21.1 Tom Corless (2017-01-04). PHOTOS: Star Wars – Galaxy's Edge Trading Cards Provide New Details of What Guests Will Find on Batuu in 2019. WDW News Today.
  22. 22.0 22.1 TwitterLogo @panzer (Matthew Panzarino) on Twitter "Disney announces a Star Wars themed immersive resort hotel for WDW with costumes, a storyline for every guest, windows that only show space"
  23. Scott Trowbridge (2017-12-16). 12 Days of Disney Parks Christmas: Update from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved on February 5, 2018.
  24. 24.0 24.1 SWCustom-2011 D23 2017: Doug Chiang Talks Designing Star Wars-Themed Land for Disney Parks on StarWars.com
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