Amid great excitement, the long-anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The 14-acre new land is located inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it allows guests to live their own Star Wars adventures. Here's a guide to what is on offer.
Guests at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be transported to a galaxy far, far away on a journey to Batuu, a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space. They will become part of the story as it unfolds around them and can take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Some will be pilots, some gunners and some engineers, creating multiple ways for guests to engage with the attraction in an experience that responds in real time to the actions they take.
Batuu is home to Black Spire Outpost, an infamous port for smugglers, traders and adventurers wishing to avoid any unnecessary entanglements with the First Order. When guests arrive at Black Spire Outpost, they will come across aliens, droids and other inhabitants of this planet as they search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or join a crew seeking adventures. They may choose to aid a smuggler, join the Resistance or pledge their loyalty to the First Order, and their interactions with the Play Disney Parks mobile app will deepen their engagement with the land.
Along the way, guests may encounter some familiar faces, including Rey, Chewbacca or even Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers. A second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open on 5 December and it will place guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face-off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes them aboard a full-size transport shuttle and into a nearby Star Destroyer on a harrowing and thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
Guests at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can experience galactic food and beverages, such as the iconic Blue Milk and Green Milk. They can craft their own lightsabers or build their own droids in immersive, interactive retail experiences. “With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’ve set a new standard for the most immersive storytelling in the galaxy,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Every experience in Batuu – from piloting the Millennium Falcon to building your own droid – puts guests deeper into their own Star Wars story.”
While an opening date has yet to be announced, a new Star Wars hotel is planned for the resort. Designed to look like a spaceship, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be staffed entirely by friendly aliens and further information on that is available here.