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.