Disneyland is leaping into hyperspace to a galaxy far, far away with its new attraction Star Wars: Galaxys Edge. Spanning 14 acres and opening May 31 in the Anaheim park (and Disneys Hollywood Studios in Florida on August 29), the new land is not only the parks hottest new attraction but a wildly immersive experience thats an extension of the iconic Star Wars franchise. It will definitely make your eyes widen, jaw drop and fill you with the power of the Force.
Development of Galaxys Edge started in 2014, and it finally will be open to the public this month. It features the anchor attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (which we will talk about later), as well as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which will open later this year. A group of Disney and Lucasfilm took the stage today to talk about what went into creating this new world, which puts Disney parks on a whole new level — and its all in the storytelling which makes it a crazy-fun Star Wars experience. Its as if youre in one of the movies. (Have a 360-degree look of Smugglers Run below.)
Guests can wander the marketplace of Black Spire Outpost in the newly introduced Batuu, which is located on the galaxys Outer Rim (duh!). While wandering you can eat authentic food and drink a creative array of beverages — including that Blue Milk that we saw in A New Hope (theres also Green Milk). You can unwind at a very authentic cantina, shop for pets and make your own lightsaber and droid. Galaxys Edge comes even more alive with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, where you can interact with the environment around you, earn points, hack robots and even claim yourself as part of the Dark side, a Rebel, Scoundrel. Its a whole other level of interaction and storytelling embedded in the land. But lets face it — the centerpiece everyone will be flocking to is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Smugglers Run is sure to garner long wait times once Galaxys Edge is open — but it is nothing like you have ever seen before when it comes to a Disney ride. Guests will be able to enter the cockpit of the iconic Han Solo ship (the first time a full-size, 100% complete Millennium Falcon ever built) and go on a mission with Hondo Ohnaka. The story of Smugglers Run takes place after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chewbacca has brought the Falcon to Black Spire Outpost for repairs at this spaceport on the edge of the galaxy. In exchange for some much-needed replacement parts, Chewie is loaning the Falcon to Hondo Ohnaka, a smuggler who is now making good use of the ship which, everyone knows, famously made ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
Loyal fans may know Hondo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. He is Weequay pirate always looking for the next big score with his “legitimate business” Ohnaka Transport Solutions. When guests meet Hondo, he tells them he has more cargo than he can handle and needs extra flight crews to make some runs for him. When entering the ship guests will immediately recognize the Falcons quirks and items from the films are all over — including the famous Dejarik (chess) table. Youll be able to poke around before your “crew” gets called on board to enter the cockpit. Six at a time, guests will able to be a pilot, gunner or engineer and all have responsibilities during the ride — which is essentially the best, large-scale immersive video game you will ever ride. Each experience will be new depending on your role and if you crash the Millennium Falcon or not.
Smugglers Run may be the centerpiece of the new land, but with Rise of the Resistance opening later this year, there is an opportunity for this land to grow with the TV and film franchises stemming from the Star Wars universe.
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