“Traveling through hyperspace ain’t like dusting crops, farm boy.” Han Solo
And neither is building a Star Wars themed amusement park. But that’s exactly what the team at Disneyland and Walt Disney World are doing. May the force be with them.
Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge
Disney World’s Star Wars Land, the most anticipated addition to Disney’s theme parks has been slated for opening in the summer of 2019. Yes, the wait continues. Billed as “the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts” it is bound to be an experience well worth the wait. As images and videos of the progress are released, it is beginning to look like Disney will truly manage to pull of the galactic feat.
The two new immersive lands (one in Orlando, Florida and the other in Anaheim, California) will take guests on a journey to a never-before-seen planet. The said planet, which had been unnamed for quite some has been christened Batuu and is a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Expect to run into Chewbacca, First Order stormtroopers and officers, and the famous droids BB-8 and R2-D2 as you explore this inter-galactic outpost.
Guests at the Star Wars Land won’t just be that though – guests. As a guest, you will find yourself in the middle of the action too.
Batuu Unveiled – The Edge of the Galaxy
The aforementioned planet on which the Star Wars Land is set is called Batuu. This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was, according to the story, once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes. But the rise of hyperspace travel led to it becoming a “ghost town” as space travelers didn’t need to stop over anymore.
Because of its now low profile, Batuu became home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream. It became a thriving port for rogue traders, smugglers, and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It also became a safe haven for those who seek to avoid the expanding reach of the First Order. People like you. People seeking refuge at the edge of the galaxy.
Disney’s Star Wars Land – Spacetastic Things to Look Forward To
The team at Disney are cooking up 2 super galactic attractions of epic proportions that will be their signature rides.
Commandeering the Millennium Falcon
At the D23 Expo in 2015, fans learned that one of the signature rides at Star Wars Land would involve taking the helm of the Millennium Falcon in a dogfight with the forces of the First Order. Fully equipped with all the arsenal the Millennium Falcon has at its disposal, blast through space to complete your secret mission. But the mission is not all about blasting stuff into space, it’s a test of your skill. And you better be skillful because your performance will determine how you will be treated at the local cantina. Perform well, and you will earn galactic credits.
If this is not reason enough to make your booking, I don’t know what is. This flight goes beyond the video games you are used to, everything feels, looks, and sounds like a real mission. Why not give it a go, this is the closest you will come, not only to piloting a spaceship but also fighting alien forces.
Caught Up in the Battle
The second signature attraction is yet to be named but it involves you being caught up in a battle between the Resistance and the forces of the First Order. This will happen while you are aboard the Star Destroyer.
Accommodation in Space – Out of this World
Disney’s Star Wars Land has an experimental hotel called The Star Wars hotel. The Star Wars hotel is part of a new experiment called “Disney 360” in which, you as a guest, take part in large-scale role-play. The rooms look like bunks in a starship and the hotel is replete with command centers, bars, and restaurants with droid servers who can pour you a tall glass of blue milk. Yes, the same blue milk Luke made famous in the fourth installment of the Star Wars franchise.
2019 – The Year of Star Wars Land, Disneyland
I know you can’t wait for the doors of Star Wars Land in Disneyland to open in 2019. You are not alone, my friend. In preparation of that great day, make sure to get yourself a Disney World map and get yourself familiar with the important directions. You wouldn’t want to get lost at the edge of the galaxy now, would you? “The force is strong with this one.”