In a galaxy far, far away… Star Wars Galaxy's Edge.
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By the way, it's not that far away: the new Star Wars area at Disney is in Florida (and also in Disneyland California).
This is one of the most immersive areas of all Disney parks.
Let's check out what you can find there.
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is a new area that has been added to two different Disney complexes.
The first of these was the Disneyland park, in California, while the second is the Walt Disney World, in Orlando, Florida.
The building area in each of the parks is 14 acres.
Construction on both parks began in April 2016, and both areas opened in 2019.
In Florida, the attraction is inside the park. Disney's Hollywood Studios.
In addition to being a Star Wars-themed area, it is also a new form of Disney storytelling.
Basically, the place is part of the Star Wars Universe and will be intertwined with the mythology of the franchise.
As Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, explains: “the area will be occupied by many inhabitants: humanoids, aliens and androids. Everything will be part of our storytelling. There will be nothing out of character or mythology“.
Therefore, the area will be a spectacle for Star Wars fans. Starting with the setting, as Galaxy's Edge will be based on a planet called Batuu.
For those who don't know, this is the planet from the book Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances, which was released in 2018.
The buildings in the place will be based on a village called Black Spire Outpost.
Anyone who watched the movie Han Solo in 2018 should recognize the name, as Black Spire is an organization mentioned in the plot of the feature.
In other words: everything there is connected with the Star Wars movies and the idea is that the visitor really feels like he is in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Attractions
Well, let's talk about good things: what are the attractions in the Star Wars area at Disney?
Disney has managed to outdo itself in the attractions in this area and they are sure to please even those who are not fans of Disney. Star Wars Franchise.
Let's get to know each one of them below!
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
One of the main attractions of the Star Wars area at Disney will be a replica of Millennium Falcon in actual size. And you will be able to pilot it, at least in a simulator.
The attraction will put the visitor in command of the Millennium Falcon to carry out a smuggling mission.
The entire cockpit of the ship will be functional and each person will have an important role in commanding the simulation.
As we said before, your performance on the ride will have consequences for your visit.
For example, you could earn more credits in the Cantina or be wanted by a dangerous bounty hunter.
In addition to the great adventure that awaits us, disney released the video of the development of a friendly animatronic called Hondo and the level of realism presented is jaw-dropping.
The character can be seen talking and gesturing, and were it not for the earlier footage of the animatronic figure being assembled, it could easily be mistaken for a human in makeup.
Hondo Ohnaka will probably be responsible for giving you your mission before boarding the Millennium Falcon.
Those on the ride will have plenty of opportunities to interact with the Falcon's controls, according to executive creator Asa Kalama.
Hondo Ohnaka was a pirate featured in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
The pirate Weequay was famous for kidnapping Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.
Below we put the video for you to have an idea of the level of realism of the new animatronic.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
The great jewel of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is undoubtedly the attraction Rise of Resistance. According to Disney, this will be its biggest and most immersive experience of any parks.
In it, visitors will take on the role of Resistance recruits and be captured by the First Order.
The objective will be to flee the place, while an epic battle unfolds there.
You will be able to come face to face with the evil Kylo Ren (the great villain of the new trilogy of the franchise) during the attraction.
Have you ever dreamed of the chance to be a Jedi? You may not be able to accomplish this goal, but your children can.
In Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, kids can train in the Force and even put their skills to the test.
They are monitored by Jedi Masters in a 20-minute activity (intended for toddlers, toddlers and pre-teens).
The activity is currently at Echo Lake at Hollywood Studios, but it should move to Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at some point.
tracks and immersion
Back there we talked about how immersion will be a central part of the Star Wars area at Disney. In fact, it even has an ?attraction? based on that.
We use ?attraction?, with quotation marks, because you can't really call it an attraction.
But it is, in a way, an "attraction". OK, let's go.
Guests will be able to download a mobile app and search for clues that are hidden throughout the Star Wars area at Disney.
These lanes unlock exclusive content that enhances the immersion of Galaxy's Edge visitors. Without a doubt, it's a great diversion between each attraction.
A little bit of the ambiance of the place
Every Disney theme area depends a lot on the setting of the place.
Anyone who has been to one of the Disney parks knows how much they care about the ambiance and how the decor makes all the difference in each attraction.
In the Star Wars area at Disney it would be no different, of course.
As already mentioned, Galaxy's Edge will be based on the planet Batuu, present in one of the books in the series. The place itself will be a village of a rebel organization.
The Black Spire Outpost it's a popular stop for traders, adventurers, and all manner of smugglers in the galaxy.
The kind of place where you would easily find Han Solo and Chewbacca, for example.
The planet is in the farthest part of the galaxy and has become a species and sanctuary for the franchise's most notorious (and colorful) characters.
One of the features of the planet is that it is punctuated by hundreds of peaks, which were once giant trees. These spikes will be in the decoration of the area, of course.
One of the main points of ambiance of the place is the Oga's Canteen, a local pub.
Another very cool setting point is the presence of the RX-24, a droid that has appeared in Star tours. If you don't know what this is, let's take a little history now:
In 1987, Disney opened an attraction called Star Tours in the Tomorrowland area. It was a kind of motion simulator.
The attraction operated until 2010, when it was replaced by its sequel: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues.
The RX-24 (or rather Captain Rx-24) was one of the characters in the adventure.
Now, he has become the DJ at Oga's Cantina, bringing more immersion to anyone who has visited Disney before.
Who will also be in the new Star Wars area at Disney will be the protagonists Rey, Poe, Finn and Kylo Ren, from recent films in the franchise.
And then, he wanted to know this Star Wars area at Disney?
Which of the Star Wars Galaxy's Edge attractions is your favorite? Comment below!
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