Ever since news broke of Disney's plans to include a 'Star Wars' themed area in its US based parks, back at D23 in 2015, we've been patiently waiting for further details. The only update we've received has been a video showing the construction of the area, until now, that is. Disney have now finally revealed a potential opening date for the new area, 'Star Wars Galaxy's Edge'.
A short clip has surfaced teasing a never before seen planet, Batuu, and with it came the news that the galactic attraction would open at Disneyland Resort California for Summer 2019. The Florida opening is set for Autumn of next year.
The new 'Star Wars' additions are Disney's biggest sole themed attractions. Speaking of the plans in 2015, Disney CEO, Bob Igor mentioned, "every restaurant, building, everything will be inhabited by the aliens and droids you'd expect to find there... You'll meet characters from 'The Force Awakens' and more from the 'Star Wars' saga".
The main aim is for guests to feel as though they're a part of the action, and Disney aim to facilitate that by allowing fans to partake in storylines: "For those who are looking to delve a little but deeper, lots of opportunities circling about. There are going to be a ton of opportunities to help out and support the Resistance, lots of smugglers and bounty hunters who are looking for a little bit of help... and for those of you who are interested in supporting The First Order, that will absolutely be an opportunity as well", revealed Asa Kalama, the creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering just last year.
For now, it appears everything's going to plan. There's going to be new shops, restaurants, and "two fantastic signature attractions", including the opportunity to pilot the famous Millenium Falcon. Lucasfilm's Diana Williams has added, "You're not going to sit in a chair and watch it happening".
Get to know planet Batuu
Described as "a remote, outpost" on the edge of the Galaxy, Batuu was once popular amongst those who traversed the busy intersection until hyperspace travel came into fashion. Since then, Batuu has become a hideout for smugglers, traders, and even those opposed to the First Order. Many a character from the 'Star Wars' saga has spent some time on Batuu.