Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge; Everything You Need to Know About This New Land
Star Wars Land was announced way back in 2015. And ever since then we have been on pins and needles waiting for more details. I for one am beyond excited for this new land at Hollywood Studios. I'm a huge Star Wars fan (nerd), so I have been keeping an extra close eye on any and all updates.
Here is everything we know so far about this upcoming land.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
The new land will be called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and it will be located in Hollywood Studios. The land itself will be about 14 acres, and will open on August 29, 2019.
Disney does an amazing job of world building. And as new lands open up they seem to get better and better at really bringing you in to the new world. You don't "cross a line" and suddenly you are in the new land. You are slowly transitioned into your brand new surroundings.
Just look at Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios. It has such unique theming, but you hardly even notice the change around you as you walk in. Until suddenly you notice you are toy-sized in Andy's backyard.
Galaxy's Edge will be no different. This new land will take you to the planet Batuu. Disney describes this world as "a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes."
Not only does it look like it will be visually spectacular, but even the music in this new land will be amazing. Famed composer John Williams was brought onboard to write the score for the music played in this land.
If you are planning on hitting Hollywood Studios for Extra Magic Hours, you'll be happy to know that this land WILL be open during these extra hours reserved for Resort guests.
These are the Star Wars rides and attractions at Hollywood Studios. Rides that will be opening with Galaxy's Edge are marked as such.
This ride is currently open and accepting FastPass+. You will ride in a transport ship (on a 3d flight simulator) to one of several different locations. This ride is fun as the ride changes from ride to ride.
This is the current base for all things Star Wars at Hollywood Studios. You can meet characters, watch a short film, check out cool Star Wars props from the movies.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run *coming in August*
This ride will put guests in the drivers seat of the famed star ship. Guests who are riding this attraction will be given "flight crew" roles on the ship.
This ride will NOT be offered under FastPass at the time of opening. We are not sure yet when FastPass will be available for this ride.
Star Wars Rise of the Resistance *coming at an unknown date*
This ride will put guests in the middle of a battle between the resistance and the First Order.
This ride will NOT be open for the opening of this new land. An exact date has yet to be announced.
Kids between the ages of 4-12 can learn the secrets of the Jedi and battle leaders of the Dark Side to save the galaxy!
Star Wars Path of the Jedi
This is a movie that runs seasonally. This short film will get you up to speed on the Star Wars movies.
Disney has released concept art and descriptions for the new restaurants coming to this land.
Oga's Cantina is set to open with Galaxy's Edge in August 2019. This restaurant will replicate the one we see in the Star Wars films. There will be "otherwordly" concoctions to drink, as this establishment will be run by an alien proprietor.
It sounds like it will be another immersive experience where you'll be surrounded by various aliens and smugglers looking to avoid the authorities.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
This will be a quick service restaurant made to look like transportation shuttle hanger. The back story is that the chef "cookie" Strono is an alien chef who serves food with exotic ingredients in his intergalactic food truck. Cookie's food truck is docked on top of the transportation hanger, and the intergalactic chef is ready to serve all travels.
This stop has a smaller menu than Docking Bay 7, and features primarily sandwiches and snacks.
Here you'll be able to find a Star Wars favorite... blue and green milk (if you're a fan of the movies you'll remember Luke drinking green milk in The Last Jedi).
The drinks will actually be frozen refreshments to cool you off as you explore this new land.
Kat Saka's Kettle
Here you'll find colorful popcorn to snack on.
If you're looking to pick up a few fun souvenirs, you'll have some brand new shopping options available in this new land.
Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiques
Here is where you'll be able to find various Star Wars items from all different eras of the Star Wars galaxy.
Here you'll be able to build and take home your very own droid. Aside from just building, there will be various options to actually bring your own droid to life.
And if you aren't in to building, you can also purchase a pre-made droid to bring home and enjoy.
First Order Cargo
If you're ready to pledge your allegiance to the first order, this is your stop to purchase clothes, caps, pins, and more that show your loyalty.
Looking to show your loyalty to the resistance? Stop here and pick up gear showing your support. They will have clothing, caps, pins and more.
Have you ever wanted to build your own light saber? Here is your chance. You'll be able to build your own, and chose Light or Dark side. You'll also be able to chose Peace Justice (modeled after Jedi from the Republic era); Power Control (a nod to the Sith); Elemental Nature (harnessing air, earth, fire, and water); and Defense (shrouded in mystery).
At this unique shopping experience you'll be able to look in to cages and crates containing hard to fin creatures from across the galaxy.
Many of these creatures will be available for purchase.
Play Disney Parks App
The Play Disney Parks App will allow you to interact with droids as you explore this new world.
You'll use the app to be able to learn more about events that are happening during your visit, and it will make you a part of the story as well.
The app will read markers on certain buildings, and reveal to you more about what is inside. This includes the queue for Smugglers Run, where the app will fill you in about your "mission" while on the ride.
The app is also going to be able to help you translate both writing you'll find around the land, and also help you translate characters speaking.
Lastly, the app will let you listen in on both The Resistance and The First Order. You'll hear communications and transmissions between factions. You may even receive texts that you will need to decode.
All in all, this land is going to be the most interactive by far.
Star Wars Themed Resort
A lot is still unknown about this resort, but what we do know sounds amazing.
There is still no opening date, but so far we know that rooms will have full digital screens so it will seem as if guests are looking out into the galaxy from their room. Kids will be able to sleep on bunk beds that make them feel like space station bunks.
The resort is another example of how Disney is making the Star Wars experience a completely immersive one. Guests will check in side by side with "aliens" who are also staying at the resort.
The rumor is that the hotel will be walking distance from Hollywood Studios, and guests will possibly have their own entrance to the park. This will give guests staying at the resort to never leave the Star Wars universe.
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