Since 1977, audiences around the world have flocked to cinemas to visit that galaxy far, far away. But, from early 2019, fans of the Skywalker saga will not only be able to visit such a place but also be part of the adventure, when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
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Over the weekend at D23 Expo (Disney’s bi-annual convention for Disney fans), Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that the Star Wars-themed land – that had been unofficially known as “Star Wars Land” – will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
When it opens, Galaxy’s Edge will allow guests at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts the chance to visit a “remote trading port, on the edge of wild space,” which promises a totally immersive experience.
While exact details about how patrons will be immersed in the world, according to Chapek, the park will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
That galaxy far, far away…
In addition to being immersed in the battle, it was also announced that a Star Wars-themed resort will be opened at Walt Disney World, which will be “unlike anything that exists today,” said Chapek, continuing that “[F]rom the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story.”
You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you.
It is 100 percent immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits. – Chapek
The flight of the Falcon
Although, the one aspect that is most exciting to fans is one of the two rides in the park, which will allow visitors to pilot that bucket of bolts that is the Millennium Falcon. The simulator ride will let teams of visitors take the controls of the most iconic of ships in cinema, where you’ll be assisted by Chewbacca, everyone’s favorite co-pilot.
According to Scott Trowbridge, a Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, visitors that pilot the Falcon in a Han Solo-esque fashion will be rewarded with extra Galactic Credits. But, if they don’t pilot it well, the visitors may just find themselves hunted by a bounty hunter in other parts of the park.
Until then, fans will have to keep living vicariously through the adventures of Luke Skywalker, whether it’s with the movies, comic, video games and more.