Disney bets on a new planet wow ‘Star Wars’ fans in the AMERICAN parks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When the “Star Wars” galaxy is brought to life in Walt Disney Co. AMERICAN amusement parks later this year, fans will not be on the iconic landscapes of Hoth or Tatooine.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Inside the Millennium Falcon: smuggler’s Run show, is to see in this Disney Parks image released by Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA, February 27, 2019. Thanks Disney-Parks/handout via REUTERS

The 14-acre (6-hectare) Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge parts of the two theme parks at Batuu, a remote border planet have never seen on the screen.

Expectations high from the generations of fans, many of whom have waited 40 years after the original 1977 film for a visit to a real-world version of the galaxy far, far away. Disney describes Galaxy’s Edge as her most ambitious park expansion ever.

Theme park designers said they discussed, or replicating a well-known film location, such as Luke Skywalker in the desert, home of Tatooine or the icy planet Hoth.

The team consulted with the Lucasfilm film division and have chosen to build a planet that is mentioned in the “Star Wars” movies and books, but it was not yet known to the fans.

The goal was to make the visitors feel as though they are in the “Star Wars” world, but it may be a new experience where they play a role, said Chris Beatty, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

The designers decided to “lean forward in the future,” Beatty told reporters, “but leave a door open to the past.”

“There is a big risk and a lot of pressure to deliver on people’s dreams and imagination,” he added, “but that is what we do as engineers.”

In the works for more than four years, the Galaxy s Edge is set to debut at California’s Disneyland this summer and Walt Disney World in Florida in the fall. Opening dates are not known.

Disney’s theme-park designers worked with Lucasfilm on vessels with a “Star Wars” – story that could work in the characters, creatures, vehicles, and other elements of old and new.

The country centres on a settlement called Black Spires Outpost inhabited by smugglers and bounty hunters. The period of time set during the current film trilogy, which concludes with the December release of “Star Wars: Episode IX.”


One of the main attraction, the Millennium Falcon smuggler’s Run, is designed to make visitors feel as if they fly Han Solo’s famous spaceship. An animatronic Hondo Ohnaka, a pirate of the animated TV series “The Clone Wars”, invite the guests on a mission.

In a second experience called the Rise of the Resistance of the visitors will try to escape of the First Order, and characters like Rey and the Poe will appear.

Elsewhere there are shops to build your own lightsaber or droid, a restaurant with roast meat and a cantina inspired by the colorful pools of water to see in “Star Wars” movies. The drinks come with a Jedi Mind Trick and a Tatooine Sunset.

Everything is designed to allow guests to immerse in the story. “You will not feel like you are in an amusement park,” said Bob Chapek, Disney’s chairman of parks, experiences and products.

To achieve this, narrators studied “Star Wars” films, TV shows and books, the re-creation of the details, such as the droid tracks on the ground.

Chefs in the food and beverage division thought about what Batuu residents would eat. Items for sale will be the galaxy’s famous blue milk and a unique cut pork ribs are meant to look like they were taken Kaadu, a wingless beast, driven on Naboo.

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In addition, Disney wants to ensure that guests in line entertained. A Disney parks app offers the Galaxy s Edge games, and while they are in the country.

Disney’s designers and storytellers have high expectations for fan reactions.

“I think that for many people fall on their knees and start kissing the ground,” said Margaret Kerrison, managing editor at Walt Disney Imagineering. “It sounds like a total exaggeration, but I feel that it’s going to happen.”

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; editing by Bill Tarrant and Lisa Shumaker

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