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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open at Walt Disney World

by Brittani Tuttle

Today, guests will step off-world and onto the planet of Batuu, as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is officially open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, attended the land’s dedication ceremony on Aug. 28, accompanied by Chewbacca and other Star Wars characters.

“With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’ve set a new standard for the most immersive storytelling in the galaxy,” said Chapek. “Every experience in Batuu – from piloting the Millennium Falcon to building your own droid – puts guests deeper into their own Star Wars story.”

This immersive new land, which recently opened at Disneyland park back in May of this year, is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land that Disney has ever created. The 14-acre land will transport guests to the planet of Batuu, a former haven for smugglers and space pirates looking to do their deals.

In Black Spire Outpost, a remote marketplace on Batuu, guests can sample galactic food and drinks, including the iconic Blue and Green Milks. Travelers can feel the Force surround them as they craft their own lightsabers or build a droid in immersive retail experiences. Other merchant shops in the Outpost also offer a variety of galactic goods – and maybe even encounters with Star Wars characters.

On one of the land’s two attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, travelers will take the controls of the most famous hunk of junk in the galaxy as pilots, gunners or engineers in an experience that responds to their actions in real-time.

The land’s second attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open on Dec. 5, 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Jan. 17, 2020 at Disneyland park. This attraction will be the most ambitious and immersive attraction, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Rise of the Resistance will take guests right into the middle of Star Wars, during a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

Stay tuned for more of our coverage from this new land. To learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or to plan your own galactic excursion, visit DisneyWorld.com.

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4 comments

Ernie August 29, 2019 - 6:13 pm

Lame dedication ceremony. They could have at least gotten a few celebrities like the Disneyland opening.

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Price October 16, 2019 - 12:52 pm

How I would improve Galaxy’s Edge:

– Open Rise of the Resistance
Yes I already know ROTR will open later this year in WDW and next year in DL but its still counts as to what I would improve with Galaxy’s Edge.

– Move The Jedi Training Academy to the ‘Resistance base’ area.
It’ll give the kids something to do.

– Add more missions to Smugglers Run.

– Let The guests get more than one or two containers of coaxiem on Smuggler’s Run.
I heard somewhere on the internet that you can get three but I’m guessing thats not at all true at this point.

-Add more interactive elements in the land.
Not just ones that can be triggered by doing something on your phone, but a more ‘hands on’ approach.

-Add a third attraction somewhere in the land.
wasn’t there going to be one where you we’re riding on the back of some kind of creature?

– ADD ROAMING ALIENS AND DROIDS! Seriously. This my biggest complaint with Galaxy’s Edge! aside from Chewie Why are there no alien characters roaming around? Or droids? most of the characters we currently see walking around the land are Humans (Vi Moradi, Rey, Kylo Ren, The Stormtroopers, An Imperial officer, and CMs)

Hopefully we’ll see these changes soon rather than allowing this land to just exist unchanged for all eternity. Because right now Galaxy’s Edge is nothing but an overpriced shopping with almost nothing else to do.

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Matt Roseboom October 16, 2019 - 12:57 pm

I love all your suggestions. Our biggest one is the one about adding more aliens and droids.

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Price October 17, 2019 - 11:48 am

Glad you like my suggestions 🙂

I hope we see the roaming aliens and droids when Phase 2 comes around or some time after Phase 2, (7 months give or take) I know that there is no officially confirmed additions beyond the opening of Rise of the Resistance at this time, but I really want to see those aliens and droids.

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