Everything We Know About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge So Far!

The name of the Star Wars rides, when it will open, the cantina details, and much more!

Disney recently hosted the D23 Destination D event at Walt Disney World and revealed some amazing new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge details. The land expansion coming in 2019 to Walt Disney World and Disneyland will have guests in awe! There’s been so much uncovered over the past few years, so it may be difficult to keep track. Here’s everything we know so far about what’s coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:

It’s Set on a New Planet…

Specifically, the planet Batuu, a trading outpost located at the edge of the galaxy (hence the name, Galaxy’s Edge). However, the planet became obsolete once hyperspace was invented. After that, baddies like smugglers took over several popular spots on Batuu. The land is set on Black Spire Outpost, which is located in the middle of mountain-sized petrified trees. Batuu wasn’t featured in any of the Star Wars films until after the announcement when Black Spire Outpost was mentioned in the Solo film.

You’ll Battle the First Order…

A thrilling dark ride will have guests battling against the evil First Order. The ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will have a storyline of a rescue mission gone wrong. It also features ride technology not often seen in the U.S.A. These “trackless” ride systems are used in other Disney theme parks globally, and allow vehicles to move anywhere in an open space without the need of a track. Instead, computer systems tell the cars where to go, which give nearly limitless possibilities for how the ride can be experienced. We also hear rumors that this attraction will contain over 150 animatronic Stormtroopers!

You’ll Fly the Millennium Falcon…

One of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s featured attractions will be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a realistic flight simulator that takes guests on board the famous ship. Think of it as a next-gen Star Tours. Chewbacca and an alien pirate named Hondo Ohnaka will be “enlisting” crew for secret missions around the galaxy. Some of these tasks will include facing off against TIE Fighters and monstrous space beasts! The Falcon’s commands will be broken into 3 roles with 2 people on each role. There will be pilots, gunners, and boosters for speed. Everyone will need to work together to ensure that the mission is a success. Your score on the Falcon will also have “real world consequences.” Meaning, the higher you score, the better reputation you’ll have with the inhabitants of Batuu. Conversely, a lower score might get you a little flack.

It Takes Place After the First Trilogy…

Batuu will be set during the timeline of Rey, Finn, and Kylo Ren. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be cameos. Disney is banking on classic Star Wars characters from Darth Vader to Yoda. We hear that Disney has also developed several animatronics to bring back some beloved characters (possibly as “force ghosts) and to help guest fulfill their own Star Wars destiny.

There Will Be Alcohol…

Oga’s Cantina will be filled with Star Wars nostalgia as well as new surprises. Oga Garra is the strict alien owner of this establishment — and she won’t be taking any sass! Fully decorated aliens will hang out at Oga’s and DJ RX-24 (the original captain of the Star Tours ships) will spin the tunes. Many feel that the look of this restaurant matches that of Mos Eisley’s cantina from the first Star Wars film. Disney, of course, did this on purpose to bring guests into familiar scenes from the franchise. However, it wouldn’t be a cantina without alcohol. Oga’s will indeed serve mixed drinks inspired by Star Wars — blue milk, anyone? According to Disney, guests will not be able to leave the cantina in Disneyland with their beverages.

Disneyland’s Will Open First…

Disneyland’s is slated to open in Summer 2019 and Hollywood Studios’ is set to open very last in 2019. Based current Disneyland annual pass blockout calendars, we anticipate that Galaxy’s Edge will open in late June at Disneyland (possibly June 28th). If the land is finished before then, Disneyland will likely host paid preview nights for those eager to see Batuu first. Walt Disney World’s will likely open December 2019. Both versions of Galaxy’s Edge will be identical, except that Disneyland’s will have three entrances and Hollywood Studios will have two.

It’s Huge…

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will span 14 acres… which is roughly the size of Adventureland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country combined. Like we said, HUGE.

Expect Droids…

Not only will aliens roam Black Spire Outpost, but so will droids. Disney has been testing out the use of droids by concealing their cast members as the “hunks of metal” roam Tomorrowland. There are still bugs to be worked out (guests love to touch the animatronics, which is a no-no), but we still expect to see them when Galaxy’s Edge opens.

John Williams Composed the Score…

It wouldn’t sound like Star Wars without this famous composer. Expect a new score in Batuu to make you feel like you’re in a new, untold chapter of the beloved universe.

It’s Seasonal…

Since Halloween and Christmas don’t exist in Star Wars (except for that odd Christmas special we will never, ever talk about again), Batuu will have its own seasons. Expect seasonal foods, decorations, and events that change throughout the year. There will also be a quick service and a table service restaurant as well as a “merchant row” for purchasing goods. A Toydarian will sell most of the merchandise.

There Will Probably Be a Show…

The Jedi Training Academy closed for good a few weeks ago in Tomorrowland. Rumor is that construction is beginning in the land that will demolish parts around the stage. However, we do expect this popular show (or a version of it) to reemerge in Galaxy’s Edge. There may also be another, very high tech amphitheater-type show, but nothing in the permits have shown us this yet. Still, we expect there to be another crowd-pulling attraction for all to enjoy.

You’ll Become a Jedi…

Disney hasn’t totally confirmed this, but we hear from credible sources that interactive spaces throughout the land will allow you to use Jedi mind tricks! Your lightsaber will also come in handy when taking down the First Order (and, yes, they’ll sell lightsabers).

No T-Shirts Allowed…

Now, Disney hasn’t confirmed this either, but it seems that Galaxy’s Edge won’t sell Star Wars t-shirts. Instead, you’ll only be able to purchase things like robes and other goods that would exist in the Star Wars universe. Printed t-shirts will have to be purchased on Main Street, U.S.A. or in Tomorrowland.

Disney Is Expecting Record Crowds…

Needless to say, everyone wants to experience Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. Even as theme park tickets rise, lines will likely be hours long just to get into the land. Yes, we said hours long. For this reason, we hope that Disneyland and Walt Disney World sell separately ticketed exclusive access in the first couple of years. Many won’t want to wait in the standard daytime lines, so Disney will probably offer early morning or after hours access for an additional cost like they do with Toy Story Land. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to pay more to Galaxy’s Edge — but you’ll probably be willing to once you see the lines.


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