What’s still missing from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

by Brittani Tuttle

Now that we’ve seen a complete version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with the opening of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s take a look at an video Disney re-released this week and see what’s different about it and the real land.

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Throughout the many Galaxy’s Edge commercials and promotional images, we’ve seen many ideas for the land that didn’t quite make it to the final product. That seems to be the case in this video below too.

Now we know things usually change from the original plans, but these are just a few missing things that we noticed, and hope some could still be added in the years to come.

No holo-transmissions from Vi Moradi

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You’ll certainly find Resistance spy Vi Moradi roaming throughout Black Spire Outpost, but you won’t see any holo-transmissions from her thanking you for “joining the cause” on either of the two attractions.

Instead, on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll receive a holo-transmission from Rey explaining your mission ahead. Why does the ad feature Vi instead of Rey? Was the change made along the way or was Vi put in to make the Rey transmission a surprise?

Live or animatronic Stormtroopers throughout Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

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While you do see animatronic Stormtroopers in the Star Destroyer hangar and prisoner hallway on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you won’t find them chasing after you by the AT-ATs feet, and the Stormtroopers firing their blasters from above are screen-based. The blaster fire, however, is very much “real” and all around you. Another missing feature from the video are the AT-ATs moving their heads in the ride.

Walk-Around Aliens

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The video, which was first released at D23 Expo, features a walk-around or animatronic Ithorian, though we have yet to see any roaming alien performers out and about in Black Spire.

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge first opened at Walt Disney World, we asked Chairman of Disney Parks Bob Chapek about the possibility of seeing more creatures in the land – he had this to say at the one minute mark of the video.

Interview: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge with Disney Parks Chairmain Bob Chapek

That’s great, but we want the roaming aliens too Bob. Please?

No “streetmosphere” citizens of Batuu

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While this screengrab from the video implies we could see roaming citizens of Batuu throughout Galaxy’s Edge, the only citizens you’ll find are the cast members who work in the various lines of business in the land. These outfits look a little too detailed to be Star Wars bounding park guests, and they don’t match any of the cast member costumes.

For now, the only true roaming characters are Chewbacca, Vi Moradi, Rey, and Kylo Ren flanked by First Order Stormtroopers and officers.

What else do you hope to see added to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in the future? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!


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Walttastic December 6, 2019 - 1:26 pm

I wanna see shows. I wanna see lightsaber duels. At least 4 major stages. This would help make the land come to life.

Also weren’t we supposed to get roaming droids? They don’t have you be famous ones, just ones that wander all over the land.

Price December 12, 2019 - 6:49 pm

I wanna see more shows too! They should really add more to GE.
Heres an idea, Maybe They can monitor how much help a faction gets from guests using the datapad on The Disney Play app, and depending on which faction (Resistance, First Order and Smuggler) gets the most help at the end of the week a special show will be held for that faction.

For Example, if the Resistance wins we see Rey, Chewie, and Vi Moradi fight Kylo Ren and the StromTroopers.

If The Smugglers win we see a show with Hondo congratulating everyone for helping him get the precious bounty.

If The First Order wins we see the Imperial Officers, StormTroopers and Kylo Ren thank guests for compliance and support for The First Order.

Ferg December 6, 2019 - 6:38 pm

You forgot about the roaming droids.

Justin February 11, 2020 - 1:11 pm

I think they have R2-D2 roaming now

Matt Roseboom February 12, 2020 - 9:27 am

They do at Disneyland only so far.

majorosmosis December 6, 2019 - 11:52 pm

Streetmosphere performers with roaming droids capable of amplifying vocals and sound FX for pop-up shows (ala Citizens of Hollywood) would be the icing on the cake for truly immersive experiences!

Price December 7, 2019 - 1:41 pm

I want to see The Walk-Around Aliens so badly, Its so infuriating that they (and other various things) got cut from the final product we have now, Even with Rise of the Resistance open Galaxy’s Edge still lacks the kinetic energy and stuff that was promised back when GE was announced. The Roaming Aliens, The roaming Droids, The Stunt shows, Just Entertainment in general! Galaxy’s Edge needs its own Streetmosphere!

Brian December 8, 2019 - 4:00 pm

I want to see what the press was able to see before official opening. We have all those “performance areas” but no performances. I stood around waiting (along with many others) but nothing ever happened. Hmmm……

Ashley December 11, 2019 - 5:40 am

I thought the cast members were supposed to interact with you based on what you were doing in the play Disney app. But definitely some shows and roaming aliens and droids would be nice.

Matt Roseboom December 11, 2019 - 8:02 am

They are supposed to and it has happened but doesn’t seem to anymore. Hopefully that will come back.

Dan B. February 1, 2020 - 5:24 pm

What I would love is for them to lift their gun ban exclusive to GE for guests to actually have firing blasters but instead of having physical bullets or any other ammunition, it could use a system similar to laser tag. I would also love to a bounty hunter job perk added to the job section in the GE data pad. Lastly, it would be great if there was a place where guests could experience actually using the force just like Savi’s workshop and maybe even include a spot where you can use your custom lightsaber. That’s my thought.

Price March 3, 2020 - 12:08 pm

I like your idea of a bounty hunter job perk for the GE datapad, I would love it if the Scoundrels/Bounty Hunters and Smugglers were more precent in GE, I mean the planet Batuu is said to be a thriving port for those typs of characters right? why can’t they have the same level of love and representation as the First Order or the Resistance? Disney should realize that there are some people (like myself) that would rather strike out on their own and be a Scoundrel, Smuggler or Bounty Hunter and just stay in that gray area of the Star Wars conflict.
I also love the idea that they should lift the gun ban in GE for guests to actually have blasters with them but they’er “laser tag styled” guns instead of ones with physical bullets.

Alynn April 5, 2020 - 5:17 pm

In the movies, humans are the minorities. It’s a shame that In Galaxy’s Edge, the humans are the only ones walking around. Technically you may not see an alien as you walk through depending on where Chewbacca, etc are in there land. Great set design and now an amazing ride but I want Aliens!

Price April 13, 2020 - 11:51 am

SAME!!!!! I WANT ALIENS TOO!!!!!! I Especially want that Hondo Ohnaka Walk-around character that was HEAVILY FEATURED in the opening of WDWs GE!


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