Disneyland's Upcoming Star Wars Attraction Finally Gets A Name
Attendees of this past weekend's D23, a Disney fan expo that took place in Anaheim, were treated to a number of big reveals regarding the upcoming Star Wars Land.
As reported at KPCC, the spread included a panel with Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, who informed guests that the new lands coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be called "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge." It seems that the Anaheim attraction will be opening first, followed shortly by the Orlando version. Both, however, are expected to land in 2019.
Galaxy's Edge is a fitting descriptor, as the attraction is lauded as being a busy trade port that exists in the outer reaches of space. The Verge describes the upcoming space as "a remote planetary outpost that’s outside the normal hustle and bustle of space travel." Expect plenty of unsavory characters to pass your way.
Another reveal from D23: according to Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge (bonkers job title, by the way), Chewbacca will be present to greet visitors as part of the story set-up for the Millennium Falcon attraction. While we've known for some time that guests will be allowed to pilot the ship, Trowbridge adds that your performance will be judged with "Galactic Credits." Apparently, if you don't have enough of these credits, you may be followed by a bounty hunter at another section of the park. This falls in line with Disney's past claims that the park would include an immersive story in which your interactions will affect your experience as a whole. Also, shopkeepers and vendors will act as characters in the Star Wars universe at all times, resulting in an experience designed to make you forget that you're at a theme park. It could turn out to be a horrifying Truman Show kind of deal, but at least the idea's interesting.
As we'd shared before, the other main attraction (besides the Millennium Falcon one) will be a ride that tosses you into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance; it was revealed this weekend that the ride will incorporate a large-scale replication of a hangar bay inside a Star Destroyer, notes the Disney Parks' Blog.
Another new tidbit of note: the Disney Parks' Blog adds that you'll be able to try blue milk at a cantina in Galaxy's Edge. Sounds gross. But count us in as long as its pasteurized.