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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is an upcoming Star Wars-themed area being developed at Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Walt Disney Studios Park.[1] The Star Wars-themed area, or "land," at each park will encompass 14 acres. The lands are scheduled to open at both locations in 2019, with the Disneyland version opening first. Walt Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge is supervising the development of the new land at both parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on March 3, 2016, at the Disney shareholders meeting, that construction on both versions of the land would begin in April 2016.[2]

Backstory

Galaxy's Edge takes place on the remote world of Batuu, located around the borders of the Outer Rim and Wild Space, sometime after the events of The Last Jedi.

The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once-towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.

In the wake of the events of the Battle of Crait, both the Resistance and the First Order have arrived onto the planet, seeking a mysterious treasure that could turn the tide of the war. The Resistance has carved out a hideout in a series of ancient ruins on the far side of Black Spire Outpost while the 709th "Red Fury" Legion of the First Order has established a military presence in town. Meanwhile, pirate Hondo Ohnaka has established "Ohnaka Transport Solutions" as a facade for a smuggling operation that is partnered with Chewbacca and utilizing the Millennium Falcon for gunrunning operations for the Resistance among other activities.

Parks

Disneyland

Main article: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (Disneyland)

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Main article: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Walt Disney Studios Park

On February 27, 2018, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger announced plans for a 2 billion euro, a multi-year expansion for Disneyland Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris. The new development will include a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas: Avengers Campus, Arendelle: World of Frozen and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences and it will be smaller than the Florida and California versions.


Background

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was publicly announced without a name by The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015. According to Iger, it will be "occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens, and droids … the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology."[3] Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, stated that the land "will introduce you to a Star Wars planet you've never seen before — a gateway planet located on the outer rim, full of places and characters familiar and not so familiar."

In an interview for the winter 2015 issue of the official Disney fan club publication D23, Trowbridge stated: "[O]ur intent is to make it feel as if you just walked into one of the movies... Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses. What does that street feel like? What does that animal smell like? What does blue milk taste like?"

Iger announced in March 2016 that construction on both versions of the land would begin in April 2016.[2] Construction began at both locations on April 14, 2016.[4] In February 2017, Iger stated that the lands are scheduled to open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios.[5]

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, revealed at the 2017 D23 Expo that the themed lands would be called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. He also announced that Disneyland's version will open before the one at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Design

Walt Disney Imagineering designed the project in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, with Imagineer Scott Trowbridge supervising the project, Asa Kalama and Chris Beatty serving as executive creative directors, and Lucasfilm's Pablo Hidalgo and designer Doug Chiang of Industrial Light & Magic involved as consultants.[6] Together, the team decided to set the lands on a new planet, Batuu, located within the Outer Rim of the Unknown Regions.[7] Described as a "remote frontier outpost", the unnamed planet has not previously appeared in other media, although it has existed within canon "for thousands and thousands of years."[8][7] The team chose to create a newly designed world instead of using an existing planet from the films such as Tatooine or Hoth, because those locations evoked a pre-existing familiarity with guests, with Trowbridge explaining, "We wanted to build new Star Wars stories, new Star Wars destinations, but this time you could be in that story that required us to go to a new place."

The development team drew inspiration from real-world locations, including as Istanbul and Morocco, and traveled there to study the architecture, culture, and weather.[9] The team also cited Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for the original Star Wars trilogy as a basis for the aesthetic look of the land.[9] The timeline is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, in the years leading up to the sequel trilogy, and will depict the rising presence of both the First Order and the Resistance.[6][8] The Star Wars-themed land will have two new attractions: one will allow riders to control the Millennium Falcon, and the other will place guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.[10][11] Concept art depicts a full-size Millennium Falcon situated among alien buildings built into tall cliffs.[10] There will also be a version of a cantina.[12] Batuu is designed for guests to begin their own narrative. The Millennium Falcon attraction will feature a "customized secret mission".[13]

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See also

References

  1. Prudom, Laura; Zumberg, Marianne (August 15, 2015). "'Star Wars' Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks, Says Bob Iger". Retrieved on August 15, 2015. Archived from the original on August 16, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hugo, Martin (March 3, 2016). Disneyland to start building its 'Star Wars' land in April LA Times. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
  3. "'Star Wars' Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks; Harrison Ford Visits D23 Expo". 
  4. Parker, Ryan (April 14, 2016). "Disney Breaks Ground on 'Star Wars' Land in California and Florida". Retrieved on April 14, 2016. 
  5. "Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open May 27, Star Wars Lands Coming in 2019 - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company. (7 February 2017) Retrieved on 8 February 2017.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Kelley, Seth (April 15, 2017). "Everything We Know About the 'Star Wars' Disney Theme Parks". 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Tribou, Richard (April 15, 2016). "New Disney Star Wars land details revealed at Star Wars Celebration". 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bishop, Bryan (April 15, 2017). "Watch the creation of Disney's ambitious and immersive Star Wars land". 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Couch, Aaron (April 15, 2017). "Star Wars Land: Millennium Falcon Ride Has Surprisingly High Stakes". 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "8 unanswered questions about Disneyland's Star Wars Land". latimes.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-15.
  11. Chuck Campbell. "Disney World expansion to add 'Star Wars' land". KNS.
  12. "VIDEO: It's official: 'Star Wars' theme land coming to Disneyland". The Orange County Register.
  13. "Get a Sneak Peek at the 'Star Wars' Lands Coming to Disney Parks".


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