Star Wars' existence in Disney theme parks actually pre-dates the company's purchase of Lucasfilm, but everybody knew it was only a matter of time once the purchase happened before Star Wars' presence saw a massive increase in Anaheim and Orlando. That is set to happen next year when Walt Disney World in Florida, and also Disneyland in California, see a major upgrade in the form of a new land called Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.
While we won't get to really see or truly experience Star Wars Galaxy's Edge until the land opens next year, there's still a lot that has been revealed about the new area and what it will contain. Here's everything that we know about the newest part of the Disney parks.
When Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Will Open
While the exact opening date of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World hasn't been officially announced, it has been given a window of Late Fall 2019. While that covers a lot of ground, expect to see Walt Disney World target an early November opening, as it will allow the park to cash in on the already popular holiday season crowds as well as the December release of Star Wars Episode IX. Disney World will actually be the second Galaxy's Edge to open as Disneyland's version of the same land has been given a window of summer.
One of the ways that Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will be a unique land for a Disney park is that it is being designed to feel, in its entirety, like it exists as a planet in the Star Wars Universe. The name of that planet is Batuu. It can be found on the outer edge of the galaxy, thus the name, but is also a location of importance to both the Resistance and The First Order. We've never seen Batuu before, as it's a brand new creation. However, the Star Wars multimedia machine has already begun to sprinkle the location throughout other forms of Star Wars media as a way to prepare us for the planet.
Black Spire Station
While Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will exist on its own planet, the focus of the land will be on a specific place on that planet. Named for the petrified trees that have transformed into the planet's unique geology, Black Spire Station will be the hub of activity where guests will find the attractions, the restaurants, and the merchandise available for sale. The Black Spires actually received a reference in Solo: A Star Wars Story, showing that this new area will be intimately tied to the larger Star Wars universe.
The Millennium Falcon Attraction
There will be two E-ticket attractions as part of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. The most exciting is probably the one that will put you in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon. While details beyond that are scarce, it appears the goal is for the Millennium Falcon experience to be quite interactive, to the point where Mission failure might even be an option. With numerous possibilities for the ride, the re-rideability of the attraction looks to be quite high, even if you weren't simply looking to fly the Falcon again and again, although who wouldn't want to do that?
First Order Escape Attraction
The other major attraction at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is said to be an attraction that will put you in the middle of a battle between The Resistance and the First Order. Guests will be on board a Resistance troop transport attempting to successfully escape from a Star Destroyer. The size of the attraction is being touted by Disney, but it's still unclear what that means. It does make it seem like that means the troop transport ride vehicle will actually move, as opposed to being a ride simulator like Star Tours, but even that's not entirely clear.
One of the highlights of any Disney vacation is all the great food the park has on offer and we can be sure that Star Wars Galaxy's Edge will not be an exception. It has been confirmed that blue milk will be on offer, as well as countless other delicacies of the galaxy far, far away. Black Spire Station will also have a cantina available; part of it will be a table service restaurant while the rest will be a more quick serve-type establishment. This is likely going to be a tough reservation to get, as many will surely want to eat in the galaxy far, far away. This may be one of the few places where the Disney World and Disneyland versions of the new land differ as the one at Disney's Hollywood Studios will almost certainly serve alcohol, and the one at Disneyland, at least currently, will not.
Nobody knows how to sell stuff quite like Disney and no place is the company better at it than inside the theme parks. However, merchandise is where one of the more interesting aspects of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge comes in. Rather than being full of t-shirts and ball caps with the Star Wars logo like you might expect, none of that will actually be available inside the new land. Instead, the shops will be part of the lands theming, containing only the sorts of items you might expect to find in an alien marketplace. There will certainly be plenty of clothes and toys, but only items designed to look like they came from Batuu.
While we know a little about the big things that Star Wars Galaxy's Edge has planned, what Disney Parks are better than anybody at is the small stuff, the little details that help flesh out the world so it feels real. Quite a few of those little details are hinted at in the form of patents that Disney has filed for in recent months. We've seen one that could create the look of blaster fire, another that could allow cast members to wield actual lightsabers in the park, and a third for new hologram technology that could potentially create Force Ghosts in the park or in an attraction.
One thing that won't be opening in the late fall of 2019 at Walt Disney World, but is on its way, is a special Star Wars-themed hotel that will be attached to Galaxy's Edge. More than simply being a place to keep your stuff while you're in the park, the hotel is set to be an attraction unto itself, where guests check in for a set number of days for an all-inclusive, completely immersive Star Wars experience. You'll be able to dress the part and interact with other guests and staff as if you were on board a starship flying through the galaxy, far, far away. It sounds like nothing anybody has ever experienced and we can't wait to check in.