We complete today our look at 10 anticipated new attractions in 2019 with the most anticipated of them all — Disney's new Star Wars lands.
The openings of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland next summer at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios next fall represent the biggest investments that Disney has made in a single themed land. At 14 acres each and reportedly well north of a billion dollars in cost, these Star Wars lands will either confirm Disney as the undisputed creative and financial leader in the theme park industry if they hit with fans... or unleash an unrivaled wave of social media criticism from the public if they don't.
(And yes, it also is possible that Disney could get both the widely acclaimed success and the social media criticism after Star Wars opens because... hey, it's Disney, right?)
Disney is taking an unprecedented creative risk with Galaxy's Edge, theming its lands based on one of the world's most well-known entertainment franchises not on any established location within the Star Wars canon, but on a new site on a new planet in the galaxy far, far away. Set in the Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu, Galaxy's Edge won't feature popular characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, or Darth Vader, either. Instead, Disney is casting its guests as the protagonists in Galaxy's Edge.
Imagineers have designed the attractions, restaurants, and shops of Galaxy's Edge as interactive experiences, where what you do in one location might affect the way you are received in others. How this will happen has yet to be revealed, but it apparently will require visitors to be logged into the new Play Disney Parks app. While theme parks have used their apps to manage tickets and reservations, this will be the first time that a major park has required the use of one of its apps to experience a fundamental component of a new attraction. How will the public respond to that?
Here is what we do know about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. It will feature two attractions:
The land also will feature Oga's Cantina, which will be the first public bar to serve alcohol at Disneyland in California. There also will be an as-yet unnamed table service restaurant, and John Williams is composing original music for the land. Here is Disney's latest teaser for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
No word yet on a specific opening date on either coast. We will be taking a deep dive into the planned attractions, restaurants, retail, and interactions in Disney's new Star Wars lands in the weeks leading up to the public openings. So please stay connected with us here at Theme Park Insider in 2019 for all the latest on the most anticipated new theme park attraction of the year.Tweet
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