Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
After a month-long soft opening, the full opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to the general public is almost here.
June 24 marks the first day that anyone at Disneyland park can get into the immersive new land. Since May 31, the land has been populated by the lucky few who managed to snag one of the quick-disappearing reservation spots.
Now that Galaxy’s Edge is close to being open to anyone with a Disneyland ticket, here’s a look at everything you need to know about the new land.
Sneak peak at Star Wars land
Before Galaxy’s Edge opened to reservation holders on May 31, Disney let in members of the media to check out the “Star Wars”-themed attraction.
The behind-the-scenes look at the new land revealed a hopping cantina, breathtaking views and, of course, all the merchandise you could look for.
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‘Best. Day. Ever.’ Opening day at Galaxy’s Edge
Disneyland opened its long-awaited “Star Wars”-themed land to reservation holders at 8 a.m. May 31, offering them the first glimpse of the brand-new planet of Batuu.
First guests in the gate were greeted with high fives and applause by Disneyland castmembers, before heading out to explore the new park.
Meanwhile, the highly anticipated opening left Disneyland a lot emptier than usual.
Will I be able to stay in Star Wars land all day?
Unlike the reservation holders, visitors to the park starting June 24 will be able to stay in the new land as long as they want — but when they get in will depend on crowds.
Disney says it will use a virtual queuing system to control the flow of people, meaning you’ll need to get a “boarding pass” through the park’s Disneyland mobile app.
There’s one ride, with another on the way
It might seem strange for a theme park to open a massive new addition with only one ride to anchor it, but that’s what is happening in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
For the first few months, the land will feature Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a ride that puts you in the cockpit of the most famous “hunk of junk” in the galaxy.
A second ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, is still in development and is slated to open sometime this year.
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Dream come true for ‘Star Wars’ celebrities
Stars of the original “Star Wars” trilogy reunited May 29 at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during the dedication ceremony for Smugglers Run.
At the dedication ceremony, held in the new park in front of a life-size Millennium Falcon, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger was joined on stage by none other than “Star Wars” creator George Lucas and actors Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando Calrissian; Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, and Harrison Ford, who brought to life Han Solo.
“It’s really something that we couldn’t even dream about 20 years ago,” Lucas said.
What is there to eat and drink?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drink with Han Solo at a “Star Wars” cantina — or try some blue milk on Tatooine?
Disney offers a whole slate of galactic delicacies in Galaxy’s Edge, including that iconic blue milk. There are also meals for meat eaters and vegetarians, plus space-themed cocktails.
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Who’s the droid DJ at Galaxy’s Edge?
The star of the show at Oga’s Cantina on Batuu is undoubtedly a little droid named Rex.
Rex — or DJ-R3X, as he’s known on the mean streets of Black Spire — is the runaway star of the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disneyland.
Long-time visitors to the Anaheim park will recognize the droid from his first job as a pilot on the original Star Tours ride.
What color will your lightsaber be?
I hope you’ve been saving your credits, Padawans.
On the top of every aspiring Jedi or Sith’s wish list for their first visit to Disney’s new Star Wars-themed land is getting a lightsaber — the glowing weapon wielded by all Force users.
The souvenir won’t come cheap, though. According to the Disney website, a lightsaber will cost you $199.99, plus tax, at Savi’s Workshop.
Galaxy’s Edge is packed with Easter eggs
Spread across 14 acres, Disneyland’s ambitious Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land draws on more than 40 years worth of material to bring to life one of the world’s most beloved franchises.
With that depth of source material, it’s no wonder the new land is rife with Easter eggs and nods to the “Star Wars” universe.
A Star Wars land without ‘Star Wars’-branded merchandise?
Don’t expect your Galaxy’s Edge souvenirs to feature the iconic logo for “Star Wars.”
Because the new land is meant to immerse visitors in a unique experience, Disney’s creative team decided to avoid selling merchandise that obviously bears the name of the popular franchise. Instead, you can expect “authentic” pieces made to look like they could be found within the Star Wars universe.
“It seemed so crazy in the beginning to say that we are going to have hundreds of new products and nine or ten unique spaces, and nowhere are we going to use the words ‘Star Wars’ on products,” a Disney official said. “When you are living in a ‘Star Wars’ space, it’s the one thing you don’t need.”
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