Nighttime visitors to Disneyland's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land have discovered an unintended attraction in the land — it's an amazing place to watch Disneyland's nightly fireworks show.
Disneyland actually changed the location from which it shoots its fireworks to accommodate its new Star Wars land, which was built over a former backstage area that was off limits during the performances, due to fire fallout risk. The change allows Disney to keep Galaxy's Edge open during the fireworks. But the new land remains close enough to the launch point that it provides what might be the most impressive viewing location in the park.
From the Black Spire Outpost, the fireworks explode just behind the Millennium Falcon, evoking either the celebration at the end of Return of the Jedi or an epic space battle above the planet of Batuu. Yet, amazing as the sight of those blasting fireworks might be, there's an additional element missing that could make the display ever better.
Reader Robert P. offered a suggestion: What if Disney commissioned John Williams to expand his Galaxy's Edge theme and compose a new soundtrack for Disneyland's fireworks show, to be played only in Galaxy's Edge?
Obviously, Disney does not need to be doing anything to add attractions to Galaxy's Edge right now. The land's still in its reservation-only period, and fans likely will crowd the land throughout the summer and into fall, when Disneyland's legions of Southern California Select annual passholders return from their summer blockout. The land's biggest attraction — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — hasn't opened yet, either. That surely will keep the land filled for many months after its debut, too.
But what about next year, when that new Marvel-themed land opens at Disney California Adventure, across the way? This year, Disney has bee rolling out one enticement after another at DCA to remind people that there are two theme parks at Disneyland worth visiting. With Marvel hogging the spotlight next year for DCA, will Disney feel the need to throw something new into the mix over at Disneyland to provide balance in its Force?
A Star Wars soundtrack for the nightly fireworks could do that... and probably without huge expense. (John Williams' time ain't cheap, but still doesn't cost as much as a from-scratch new attraction.)
Yet this isn't a slam-dunk easy decision. Disney chose not to introduce background music throughout Galaxy's Edge, opting instead to play music only where it would be heard naturally within the Black Spire Outpost, such as in the marketplace and cantina. A soundtrack for the fireworks show would violate that sound design principle.
But would anyone care? Disney already found a way to retcon Coca-Cola products into the Star Wars universe. If it thinks fans would want a Star Wars soundtrack for the Disneyland fireworks, Disney will do what it wants and commission it.
So what do you think about this suggestion?
Since we've opened this door, let's walk through it. We are taking all your suggestions for Galaxy's Edge expansions and improvements, in the comments.Tweet