By: Amy Kawa
Over the weekend, guests got to experience Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a one-night-only event for Star Wars fans to enjoy, similar to the Star Wars Weekends of old. At the event, new, exciting details were revealed about Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Here’s Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering from the Disney Parks Blog with the details:
“We talked a lot about authenticity – how we are building a real place in the Star Wars universe and how we are working hard to get the details right. One of my favorite examples is the Millennium Falcon. We’ve all seen her on screen, but until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually FLY her yourself, it’s not quite the same. Here is a photo of the inside of the ship as we are getting her ready and I can’t wait for you to see her yourself!
Additionally, Doug highlighted some other examples of the team’s progress, including building a fleet of full-size X-wing starfighters. One tap on the metal side of these ships tells you that they are real, and ready for action!
We also discussed the depth of storytelling you can find in this remote outpost. Chris shared some of his experiences researching the exotic markets of Istanbul and Marrakech. They were a great source of inspiration for the marketplace in our village where we can explore a rich collection of shops and merchant stalls. Chris shared a great example of one overseen by a Toydarian, one of the creatures we first encountered on Tatooine in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.” So what does he sell? Toys, of course! Here is a piece of concept art for what that toy stall will look like.
And inside, you’ll be able to discover all kinds of fun and cool toys straight out of the Star Wars galaxy. Exclusive to this outpost, all these offerings look hand-crafted by local artisans. We looked at some of them recently and they’re going to be really fun, unique, and completely in-story.”
Source: Disney Parks Blog
Walls have also come down at the end of Grand Avenue to reveal the entrance for Galaxy’s Edge, and it looks pretty darn “other-worldly.” If the entrance alone is a clue as what’s to come in the rest of the land, this expansion promises to be the best imagineering Disney has ever done in a theme park.
Woah! Is it 2019 yet?