Disney Sets Opening for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Expansion
Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule at Disneyland Park in California on May 31, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on August 29th. Both of the attractions are 14 acres each, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever. Before it was revealed, Disney promised an immersive experience like no other, hoping to take guests to the exotic locations they have seen in the movies or read about in comics and books.
Pro-tip, if your little one loves Star Wars, let them dress up as their favorite character when you go (in a breathable, comfortable costume of course) because Disney workers often interact with guests that are in costume. It’s a pretty magical moment, I’ve seen little Rey’s questioned by Stormtroopers at the park, and little Kylo Ren’s saluted. Disney can be great.
Unlike other locations in Disney, where you can buy toys or food in traditional packages, the Star Wars land only offers what that part of the galaxy could create. You won’t find Stormtroopers from LEGO, or a Darth Vader mask wrapped in plastic at the gift shop, but you can build your own droid with your own two hands, or use the force to create your own lightsaber from spare parts found on the planet. The toys sold at the markets are meant to feel like you are buying them from the inhabitants of each area; with a rustic, handmade design that is intended to bring the locations to life without breaking the fourth wall.
The new location will transport guests to Black Spire Outpost, a village on the remote planet of Batuu. Guests can sample galactic food, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Batuu and its surroundings are phase one of the new expansion, with Phase 2 set to open later this year.
Phase two is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Disney said it is the park’s “most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined.” The event will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests a chance to experience the Star Wars lands sooner, rather than later. There are some scheduling rules if you are hoping to be one of the first guests to the planet, but we will cover that at the end.
Once guests step foot on Batuu, they will be part of the action as it unfolds around them, and their interactions with the Play Disney Parks mobile app will deepen their engagement with the land. They may choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge their loyalty to the First Order (gasp).
In this all-new environment, guests can make choices about their experience that could impact their adventures as they travel throughout the land by using the app. This depth of storytelling is part of the total immersion that will distinguish the two locations from any other themed land in history.
As for Batuu, it’s found in the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space. In Star Wars lore, that’s the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. Batuu is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders, and adventurers wishing to avoid the First Order. Along the way, guests may encounter some familiar faces, like Rey, Finn, and Poe to BB-8 and Chewie.
In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests jump into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” They will take the controls of the Falcon in one of three unique and critical roles as the ship hurtles through space. Some will be pilots, some gunners, and some flight engineers, creating multiple ways for guests to experience the attraction.
Set to open later this year, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance places guests right in the middle of the Rebellion and gives them an active role in the fight against the First Order, including a faceoff with Kylo Ren. Their journey takes them inside a full-size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.
There will also be Blue Milk to try, because of course there is Blue Milk to try. Guests will walk through a bustling street market, where vendors offer various local delicacies, including an Outpost Mix of uniquely flavored popped grains from Kat Saka’s Kettle, a unique popcorn snack with a combination of sweet, savory and spicy flavors. The Milk Stand will offer two local favorites – Blue Milk and Green Milk. Blue Milk was first seen in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” when Luke Skywalker sat down for a family meal. Green Milk was introduced in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi.”
At Oga’s Cantina, guests will enjoy exotic beverages served in unique vessels and listen to musical entertainment provided by DJ R-3X, otherwise known as Rex, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot droid from the original Star Tours. Rex re-invents himself as the cantina’s DJ, and he’s as quirky and talkative as ever.
A multi-purpose transport shuttle docked on top of a large hangar will beckon guests into Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, a designated location for traveling food shuttles. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs moves from site to site in a modified Sienar-Chall Utilipede-Transport that becomes a mobile kitchen and restaurant. He is proud to present Tuggs’ Grub, a “traveling diner for diners traveling,” inspired by dishes he created during his time working for Maz Kanata on Takodana.
In the Black Spire Outpost market, Ronto Roasters will draw attention from passersby with its large podracing engine firing up a barbecue pit for Ronto Wraps. When hungry customers queue up to order, they will encounter a former smelter droid, carefully turning the spit of meats. Guests will also be able to choose from a variety of exotic non-alcoholic drinks like the Sour Sarlacc or Tatooine Sunset.
The Droid Depot will invite guests to construct their own astromech droids. Patrons will pick pieces and parts off a conveyor belt to build one of two core models (R-series or BB-series) and they can customize their droids with various parts and colors. These droids will be capable of interacting with elements in the land. Additional programming chips and accessories can be added to further customize these new friends. In addition, the Droid Depot will offer pre-built droids, droid-inspired products and more.
At Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, guests will have the opportunity to customize and craft their very own lightsabers. In this mystical experience, guests will “feel the Force” as they build these elegant weapons from a more civilized age.
Inside Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guests will find a selection of rare and mysterious items for sale representing different eras of the Star Wars galaxy, including holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more. As they explore the nooks and crannies of the shop, guests will also see Dok at his desk as the large Ithorian checks his inventory, takes incoming calls and barks the occasional order at his assistants.
In addition to these special experiences, the Black Spire Outpost market will feature the Creature Stall dedicated to the plethora of rare and fascinating creatures that populate the galaxy, as well as Black Spire Outfitters, showcasing the latest in accessories. Guests will also find the Toydarian Toymaker, a stall full of toys crafted by a Toydarian (the flying alien species first seen in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”).
Guests can also demonstrate where their loyalties lie with the gear and accessories they purchase within the land.
Resistance Supply is a “makeshift” supply location at the Resistance’s hidden command area. The stall sells Resistance pins, badges, hats, and other accessories to help guests feel like part of the cause. First Order Cargo, meanwhile, is a temporary First Order storage dock near the market. Easily identified by a never-before-seen First Order TIE echelon, the cargo location will offer guests a chance to pledge their loyalty by purchasing pins, caps, gear, model ships and more.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land within a Disney park designed to integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, which debuted last year and offers interactive adventures and experiences that bring surrounding environments to life at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. When guests use the app, it will provide new opportunities for them to engage with the land, such as translating a galactic language, learning what’s hidden inside crates and containers, or accomplishing certain tasks by participating in missions.
Guests also can use the Play Disney Parks app to interact with a variety of elements in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, such as droids, ships, media screens, door panels and antenna arrays.
Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. The reservations will cut down on crowding and allow Disney to better staff and facilitate its guests.
Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog.
Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); and valid theme park admission is required.