The Disneyland Resort has revealed more details about its upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, via local government permit applications obtained by my colleagues over at the Orange County Register.
We've known the broad outlines of Disney's Star Wars land for some time now: Two rides, including one where you pilot the Millennium Falcon and one depicting a battle between the Resistance and the First Order, a cantina-style restaurant, shops, and character encounters, spread across a 14-acre land. At D23 last summer, Disney revealed a scale model of the land and ride vehicles for the First Order battle ride that suggested it would be a motion-base dark ride, in the tradition of Indiana Jones, Spider-Man and Transformers. Then yesterday, Disney confirmed that the name of the new planet in the Star Wars canon where Galaxy's Edge is set will be Batuu.
The Register's blueprints add more detail to the picture. The side of the land closest to Critter Country will be devoted to the Resistance while the far side, nearest Fantasyland, will be occupied by the First Order.
The two rides sit in between, with the First Order ride's show building taking up nearly a fourth of the land's area. "Visitors will weave through projection scenes depicting a major space battle, elaborate props such as AT ATs, gunners, and a possible encounter with Kylo Ren (nicknamed Kylo-Vator in plans) before leaving in an escape pod. There are 18 scenes in total," The Register's Joseph Pimentel wrote.
The Millennium Falcon ride is built on turntable rooms, which look a bit to me like scaled-down versions of Epcot's Mission Space. The Cantina is a U-shaped bar, plus booths and tables. And there is an additional table-service restaurant in the plans, too. Additional locations include Merchants' Row of shops, a landspeeder garage, a droid mechanic shop and droid charging stations throughout the land.
The second installation of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, in Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, will be identical save for being oriented differently within that park's layout. The new lands will open in 2019.
I think one of the more engaging insights about the land came from lead designer Scott Trowbridge, in a statement describing Batuu released by Disney:
Once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space.
Hmmm? Once a popular travel route, now bypassed and largely forgotten thanks to a faster transportation route elsewhere? Now home to those out of the mainstream? This sounds familiar....
Yep, in its premise, it sounds like Galaxy's Edge, ultimately, will be an outer space version of Cars Land. Actually, I'm good with that. What do you think?Tweet
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