Disney acquired Star Wars back in 2012 in a $4 billion deal that gave Disney the rights to Lucasfilm. Since then, the Walt Disney company has been working hard to fulfill its promise to deliver new Star Wars content every year for the foreseeable future. The company released The Last Jedi back in 2017, but it’s been working overtime since then to create something entirely new—an entire Star Wars-themed land in two of its major US theme parks. Now, with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on the horizon, fans are eager to catch a peek at what they can expect within its gates.
An Interactive Experience
Entering Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is going to be like entering another planet, according to the Walt Disney company. The new themed land will be opening in late May in Disneyland. The Disney World counterpart to open its gates in Disney’s Hollywood Studios this fall. Park attendees will be able to enter the gates of Star Wars land into the planet Batuu. The area makes up around 14 acres of the park, and is the single largest expansion to a single theme-park area ever in the parks history. Disney has recently invested in high-tech VR experiences for some of its newer rides, which include the Flight of Passage ride in Florida’s Animal Kingdom park.
Guests will be able to do things like pilot the Millennium Falcon. The famous space ship is owned and operated by Hans Solo in the film franchise. Other famous ships from the movies will also be on display. Guests will be able to get up close and personal. Attendees can also check out the variety of other shops and themed restaurants in the land, meet their favorite Star Wars characters and even participate in a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. Disney credits the rides in the new theme-park to be some of the biggest attractions ever built in the park. Currently there are a couple of Star Wars-themed rides at Disney already. The company says will stay in their respective areas even after the specific lands have been opened.
Guests were able to catch a sneak peek of the new attraction in the video portion of the Star Tours attraction. The attraction is currently open in the Tomorrowland portion of the park. Guests fly through the new Star Wars land during a virtual reality portion of the ride. The new portion of the park opens on May 31, but not all of it will be ready for guests in time for opening day. Some of the rides in the park will be opening just a few days later in June. Disney announced recently that the Millennium Falcon ride will be opening with the rest of the world on May 31. However, the Rise of the Resistance ride—the more thrilling ride option—won’t be ready until later this year.
Die hard fans fear that Disney is making a mistake by opening the park in two phases, warning that guests may be enticed to postpone a visit to the theme park until a more concrete opening date on every attraction is released. The Florida version of the theme park, though, is still expected to open all at once later this fall. Along with the Hollywood Studios theme park, Florida’s Walt Disney World is getting a. galactic, Star Wars-themed hotel. The hotel will allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars experience. Guests will be able to sleep in spaceship-like bunks (which, admittedly, don’t look very comfortable) and interact with star-wars themed characters throughout the resort.
Regardless of when Star Wars land will open, Disney has unsurprisingly already increased ticket prices to its theme parks. That’ll be $20 for breathing air that doesn’t smell like diapers, please.
Julia Sachs is a staff writer at Grit Daily. She covers tech, entrepreneurship and entertainment news and is based in Park City, Utah.