Take your first official look inside Disney's new Star Wars land, under construction

March 8, 2018, 4:52 PM · Disney CEO Bob Iger this morning shared a fly-over video of the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge construction site from the Disneyland Resort, during the annual Disney shareholders' meeting in Houston.

Construction on the new Star Wars land at Disneyland appears to be several months ahead of its twin at the Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida's Walt Disney World. Watching the video, you now can see the shape of the new land, which will feature two new rides, as well as restaurants and retail locations. It's all set on the planet of Batuu, a new location in the Star Wars universe that fans first visited in the final scene in the most recent update to Star Tours: The Adventure Continue.

Batuu is divided between the First Order and the Resistance from the Episodes VII-IX of the Star Wars saga. Its two rides will reflect that split, with one placing you into a battle with the First Order and the other placing you at the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

The Galaxy's Edge land places visitors into a fantastic environment the combines mountains and forest, and you can see in the video the progress on the land's abundant rock work. Disney has announced that Galaxy's Edge will open on both coasts in 2019, but it has not revealed more specific opening dates than that, nor has it said whether one land will open before the other. But unless Florida rallies to catch up with California, everyone is predicting that the Disneyland version will open first.

But, as a certain Star Wars character has been known to say, "never tell me the odds."

Replies (9)

March 8, 2018 at 7:24 PM ·

No matter where you go at any of the 4 parks at WDW there is Star Wars ‘stuff’ .... I often wonder if Disney regret not putting it all into a 5th park ?

March 9, 2018 at 8:41 AM ·

So Disney can put Star Wars in all 5 parks? What are you trying to say because you're not making sense? Anyways, DHS was a deteriorating half day park. It needs more attractions so Star Wars is logical to go there.

Perhaps if the question was why didn't Disney create a third Anaheim park, it'll make more sense, but Disney isn't prepared to spend another $2 billion to make a 3rd park a reality.

March 9, 2018 at 8:56 AM ·

I'm not sure what you're reading Anton, but Makorider was just noting that you can find some level of Star Wars in all four of the WDW parks. I think that's a bit of an exaggeration (the only Star Wars in parks aside from DHS are limited to characters and souvenirs), as DHS is definitely already the "home" for Star Wars at WDW, but I can at least see a bit of where they're coming from. I think if DHS wasn't such a mess when Disney bough Lucasfilm, it would have been natural for Disney to find a way to make Star Wars its own park, and perhaps 10 years from now Disney will be kicking themselves for limiting Star Wars into the back corners of existing parks.

As far as California, Disney was up against a wall, literally, with it's property, and a 3rd park would take too long to take advantage of the Star Wars IP. Disney spent a ton of money, and is putting even more capital into Lucasfilm, so I doubt fans would be willing to wait the 8-10 years it would take before a separately ticketed Star Wars park would be ready in Anaheim. Galaxy's Edge brings Star Wars to theme park reality far quicker than a 3rd gate ever could, and limits Disney's risk by placing it in an already popular park. I think Disney is champing at the bit to build a 3rd park in California, but realizes that the city will always be a difficult nut to crack to allow for the appropriate space to build it. A 3rd park at DLR is an inevitability, it's just a matter of when, not whether Disney is prepared to spend the money for it - honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if Disney is spending close to $1 billion for Galaxy's Edge (perhaps some cost savings are being realized by copying the designs in two different parks).

March 9, 2018 at 9:50 AM ·

Russell: I read his "exaggeration" and didn't call him on it, YOU DID.

You're correct. Only DHS has Star Wars attractions, characters, shows. They don't really exist elsewhere aside from merchandising, but I didn't see any at Animal Kingdom or Epcot so perhaps you have better eyes than me if you saw Star Wars there.

What I was reading about is him saying there should be a 5th Star Wars park? Are you blind? You didn't have anything to say about it AT ALL.

"I often wonder if Disney regret not putting it all into a 5th park ?"

"I often wonder if Disney regret not putting it all into a 5th park ?"

"I often wonder if Disney regret not putting it all into a 5th park ?"

I was responding to this.

And Russell, I'm tired of responding to you. You're obviously just trying to troll as you done to TH before. Ridiculous.

March 9, 2018 at 11:07 AM ·

"You didn't have anything to say about it AT ALL."

But I did, and as usual, you failed to read and understand/comprehend what is written by others...

"I think if DHS wasn't such a mess when Disney bough(t) Lucasfilm, it would have been natural for Disney to find a way to make Star Wars its own park..."

Now, I didn't explicitly say "5th" park, but by referencing DHS in the subject and "Star Wars its own park" in the predicate, it's pretty clear I was referring to a 5th park at WDW, which is all Makorider was trying to say (Makorider can correct me if I'm misinterpreting them).

I was just trying to provide some clarification here. Makorider referred only to WDW, yet you chime in talking about DLR (I will grant you that the initial story was about an aerial tour of the DL version of Galaxy's Edge). I felt that while the initial comment was a bit exaggerated, it wasn't as far off the wall as your response. I didn't question the validity of what you said, just that it wasn't in line with what Makorider stated, and perhaps that you misunderstood what was initially stated about how Star Wars should have been its own 5th park at WDW - that's what I draw from the comment. You said he didn't make any sense, and then retorted with a statement about the California parks that further muddled the conversation.

I thought it was pretty clear that Makorider's statement merely mis-conjugated the verb "regret" (should be "regrets"). One missing letter makes the statement perfectly clear. Perhaps Makorider would care to clarify.

March 9, 2018 at 3:09 PM ·

To think I was completely apathetic about Star War's land at first.

March 10, 2018 at 9:32 AM ·

At some point I saw a video about the European man who does all of Disney's rock work, from Thunder Mountain, to Cars Land, to apparently this. It would be interesting to see an article on here about him, he's truly a genius.

Very VERY excited for Star Wars Land, though I'm hoping the Millennium Falcon ride isn't just a souped-up Star Tours, or Mission to Mars.

March 10, 2018 at 5:12 PM ·

California’s is definitely opening first- Disneyland/ Disney has confirmed that

March 10, 2018 at 9:58 PM ·

I have fairly low hopes for the Millennium Falcon ride myself, as it appears to be fairly similar to Mission: SPACE in a lot of respects. A perfectly fine ride but nothing to get in a tizzy over. Battle Escape, on the other hand, has a chance to be absolutely spectacular.

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