Anticipation for the ‘Star Wars’ themed expansions being built at Disneyland and Disney World has been high, but it hasn’t been clear when fans will be able to venture into the new parks. Today, Disney officially announced ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ will open at Disneyland in summer 2019, with the Disney World version of the park following suit in late fall.
Disney parks have incorporated ‘Star Wars’ rides and other elements for years, but ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ promises to be a more ambitious project than anything the company has attempted before. Rather than being a ride or themed area, ‘Galaxy’s Edge’ is intended to be an entire immersive world, giving guests the experience of actually stepping into the ‘Star Wars’ universe itself. There will be no Disney employees in the cantinas and shops of the park, for example. Instead, there will be locals and smugglers that inhabit Batuu, the planet the park is set on, while guests find themselves wrapped up in a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
Not only that, but the rides themselves will be part of a larger interactive adventure that guests can go on. Do a poor job flying the Millennium Falcon in the park’s flagship attraction, for example, a guest may find themselves called out — or celebrated — by a character later in their visit.
The move from traditional theme parks to more immersive environments is nothing new, with Universal Studios starting the trend with ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,’ and Disney playing catch-up with ‘Pandora: The World of Avatar.’ Now, Disney is looking to up the ante. Along with the ‘Star Wars’ expansion lands, Disney is also working on a ‘Star Wars’ themed hotel for Disney World. That project will allow guests to literally eat, sleep, and breathe ‘Star Wars’ throughout the entirety of their visit as they take part in an interactive adventure that can stretch from the hotel to the park and back.
Stay tuned for more Disney and ‘Star Wars’ news as it becomes available! And check out a video for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ below!
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