Late last night, StarWars.com unleashed a plethora of information regarding Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The largest Disney park addition ever created at 14 acres, there is so much to see and do. Every inch of the park is going to be heaven for fans! From blue milk to the Millennium Falcon, here’s everything you need to know.
It wouldn’t be Star Wars without connecting stories, right? Galaxy’s Edge is no different. Fans will be walking around the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu. It’s a remote frontier planet and somewhere on the edge of “Wild Space”. It’s known as the last spaceport before leaving the galaxy. It was once a very prominent spaceport but has since fallen into obscurity. Now it’s known as a port for smugglers and bounty hunters to disappear.
It’s unknown exactly when the story takes place but there are some clues. It’s set during the sequel trilogy, as the Resistance and The First Order battle for dominance in the port. Cast members walking about the park will be native Batuuans who fans can speak to and learn from. “Some might be Resistance sympathizers; some might be First Order loyalists” so you’ll get a different perspective from every character.
The park is designed with the visitor in mind. In fact, it was “designed from the get-go as a place that invites exploration and discovery, a place that invites us to become a character in Star Wars”. That’s all we really want, right? Just to dive into the universe and be a part of it. Disney has done everything they can to make that a reality.
Since we’re talking about exploration, the park is going to be filled to the brim with Easter eggs. No matter if you’re a casual fan or a die-hard, there’s going to be something there for you. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac have all reprised their roles for the park. It’s unclear in what capacity but you’ll run into our three favorites during Rise of the Resistance! You’ll also be able to see the (arguably) best droid in the entire galaxy – BB-8! He will be available to meet in the park. Make sure you give him an extra hug from me.
Speaking of droids, there’s all sorts of droids and aliens around the park that you’ll be able to meet. Since the park was designed with exploration in mind, you’ll run into all sorts of characters no matter where you are. How are you going to remember where these things are? Well, your phone is going to become a personal in-universe datapad thanks to the playDisney app. “It will unlock a whole bunch of new missions, stories, and ways to interact with the land.” If that wasn’t enough, it’s also going to be incredibly helpful because it will “translate languages and signs, hack droids, message with characters, and much more.” Incredibly convenient!
The Main Attractions aka Rides
There are two main attractions for the massive park and they are a one of kind experience. Though, let’s be real, the whole park is the main attraction. For the rides, in the first you’ll be able to fly the Millennium freaking Falcon in a special mission. The second, you’ll come face to face with The First Order as you and your fellow Resistance recruits get captured.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is exactly as it sounds. You’ll come across Hondo Ohnaka, a seedy Weequay pirate from The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. The character was brought to life as one of the most complex Audio-Animatronics ever created by Disney. Hondo has teamed up with Chewbacca to deliver a cargo shipment. You’ll be boarding the Falcon and checking out the complete remake of the iconic ship – dejarik table and all. Your team will consist of two pilots, two gunners, and two engineers who will manage the controls, fly the ship and fire it’s canons at incoming TIE Fighters. It sounds so drool-worthy. However, should the delivery go awry, it may affect your time in the park. Your actions have consequences!
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance puts you into the story as recruits of the Resistance. You’re sent on a mission in a transport shuttle but it’s quickly caught in a tractor beam. By who? The menacing First Order who have captured you in their Star Destroyer. Get ready to look around like crazy because the hangar is huge and you’ll want to take in everything, especially those AT-ATs. You’ll also come face to face with Kylo Ren! The ride also features life size recreations of Poe Dameron’s X-Wing and an A-Wing stationed right outside the ride. Additionally, both rides will feature new, original John Williams music, so you won’t wanna miss that.
It’s not a park without food and Disney delivers on that. There will be 3 places to get your in-universe grub on – Ronto Roasters, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and Oga’s Cantina plus stalls throughout the park. The fare seems a mix of the ordinary with extraordinary names to the truly unique dishes.
Ronto Roasters immediately invokes marketplace vibes with its wide, airy entrances and focuses on meat-heavy dishes. One of the best details includes a giant podracer engine as the establishment’s cooker. How cool is that?!
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo has more variety in what food they offer with flavors that are “going to be very bold. A lot of spice-forward”, so get your taste buds ready!
Oga’s Cantina will make you think you’re in Mos Eisley with a U-shaped bar and a unique piping system in the center. Make private deals in the nooks spread throughout the watering hole or just relax and enjoy the exclusive drinks they offer. One such drink is blue or green milk. Yes, we’re all going to be able to drink blue milk! …sort of. It’s not actual milk. Instead the blue milk has notes of berry while green milk tastes tropical. They’ll be available at the Cantina with a frozen version at The Milk Stand. Other drinks that you might recognize is Meiloroon Juice (Star Wars Rebels fans might recognize that fruit) and Moof Juice. Each restaurant offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for everyone to enjoy.
The bread and butter of the Star Wars franchise – merchandise! Disney promises a unique take on merchandise with many vendors to purchase goods from. While some will be t-shirt vendors and so on, they’re going to feature some really fun stores.
There are two different toy shops. One is The Toydarian Toymaker run by a female Toydarian (remember Watto?) named Zabaka. She crafts plushies of aliens and galactic heroes and villains. She also has “wooden Convor whistles and musical instruments (that are playable and come pre-loaded with tunes)”. How cool is that? There’s also The Creature Stall, owned by Bina, that will house plush Porgs, tauntauns and so much more.
Toys not your thing? Why not head over to Black Spire Outfitters where you can buy costumes from the series. Not only can you buy Jedi robes and First Order uniforms, but you can rock character specific outfits. Want to dress like Rey? Or maybe Anakin Skywalker before he fell to the Dark Side? They have you covered!
Not enough? What about building your own lightsaber? Head over to Savi’s Workshop, a Resistance sympathizer, who helps you create your own lightsaber. Kyber crystal and all. Yes! Yes please! I’m not freaking out, you’re freaking out. Do you want a droid as well? Check out Droid Depot where you can build your own custom R- and BB-series droids. Children (and children at heart) will be able to pick out pieces and build a droid to bring home with them.
Feeling a little dark? Then head down to the black market shop Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Fans will be able to dig through the treasures the shop holds like holocrons to ancient Jedi stone carvings. You may even be able to barter with Dok-Ondar to get a better deal. But don’t get on his bad side because he’s one dangerous and well-connected character!
There is still so much more to come from the parks. It was built with the ability to evolve so the park will always stay fresh and relevant. If the series has moved on from the sequel trilogy, they’ll be able to make adjustments to the rides and experiences. This is only the tip of the iceberg, too! There’s still the interactive hotel that’s worthy of staying inside for days on end that we need to learn more about. For now, this is a very cool start to what could be a very long lasting park expansion. You can see all the official images here on StarWars.com. May the Force Be With You.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California’s Disneyland Resort in summer 2019, and in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.
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