Disney officially announced Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge back in 2015. The new land is projected to open late 2019 at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (WDW). We don’t know all the details yet, but what we DO know has us excited for what’s coming!
Recent attraction and show additions to Hollywood Studios have also stoked our excitement for the opening of the new land. Currently, the March of the First Order takes place on Hollywood Boulevard several times a day. Led by Captain Phasma, stormtroopers parade down the street and present a short show in the courtyard. Star Wars Launch Bay is a character meet-and-greet location, featuring characters such as BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren. The Launch Bay also displays several immersive Star Wars exhibits. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is a projection, laser, and fireworks show, lighting up the park nightly at Hollywood Studios! We’ve enjoyed these additions to the park in recent years, and they’ve greatly contributed to our anticipation for Galaxy’s Edge later this year!
Here’s what we know: Galaxy’s Edge will cover a massive 14-acres of land — the largest single-land expansion to date for WDW. The land promises to transport guests to a remote outpost on a never-before-seen planet from the Star Wars franchise. The land will include at least two rides/attractions, two restaurants, several shops, and a resort hotel. Announcements promise the creation of immersive and interactive experiences, even to a never-before-seen degree for WDW.
Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost
Galaxy’s Edge will land guests at the Black Spire Outpost located on Batuu. Considered to be located off the beaten path (on the galaxy’s edge!), Batuu is home to the scoundrels and ruffians that journey throughout the galaxy.
If you’d like to learn more about Batuu, check out the new book Star Wars: Pirates Price (Star War’s Flight of the Falcon). The book tells the story of Hondo Ohnak, his relationship with Han and Chewie, and how he brings the Millenium Falcon to Batuu. If you’re in Hollywood Studios earlier this year, take a spin on Star Tours — the ride is currently featuring a storyline with a sneak peak of Batuu.
Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Smugglers Run is a ride experience where guests will find themselves working with fellow crew-mates to smuggle the latest goods. Videos have shown that the ride appears reminiscent of an amped-up Mission Space, in that guests work together on the ride to succeed in accomplishing a mission.
As Disney has touted that this ride will be very immersive, we’re wondering if this means that if guests decide not to press a button, it could change the outcome of the ride (unlike Mission Space).
Rumor has it that riders will be working for Hondo Ohnaka, the current owner of the Millennium Falcon.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Rise of the Resistance will be a sit-and-ride attraction, similar to ride experiences like the old Great Movie Ride, Dinosaur, and others in that genre. In this ride, Guests will be thrust into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
Oga’s Cantina is the first of two announced eateries within Galaxy’s Edge. It is the only eatery that Disney has released details about so far. Oga’s will provide table-service and a bar serving up unique and exotic food and drink options.
The Cantina will also have a DJ — RX-24 (or “Rex”) — who will be playing some of the best music in the galaxy. Rex was the original pilot on the Star Tours attraction, and was later replaced by C-3PO.
Disney announced that it will be possible to see characters stop into the Cantina from time to time.
Star Wars Resort
Last, but not least, of the confirmed attractions is the Star Wars Resort, which does not have an official name yet. This resort hotel will have a seamless connection to Black Spire Outpost, and may potentially be considered the “star-port”. The Star Wars Resort will be the first resort to have a direct connection to a park in WDW.
Guests lodging at the resort will be aboard a starship, voyaging through space during their stay.
Disney has not yet announced details such as total room count and resort amenities.
Hollywood Studios has been undergoing an extensive re-imagining over the last few years. The debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will mark the completion of the transformation of this park. With the additions of attractions like Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios may gain the reputation of being a full-day park. The addition of a Star Wars themed land will undoubtedly draw increased crowd levels to WDW for the end of 2019 and well into 2020, but will also contribute to a much-needed increase in attraction number at Hollywood Studios.
We are excited for further announcements of all the new features about Galaxy’s Edge, especially details of how immersive this land will actually be!
What are you excited for in Galaxy’s Edge?