NOW OPEN: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
It’s the day that Star Wars fans have been waiting for! Black Spire Outpost on Batuu has officially opened it’s gates to visitors at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! Yesterday, during a grand opening ceremony, Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products flanked by Chewbacca and other Star Wars characters were on hand to usher in a new era for theme park-goers!
“With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, we’ve set a new standard for the most immersive storytelling in the galaxy,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Every experience in Batuu – from piloting the Millennium Falcon to building your own droid – puts guests deeper into their own Star Wars story.”
Current visitors at Walt Disney World were greeted with this exciting message this morning when logging into their My Disney Experience App! If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog, you’ll also know that Boarding Groups have been created to manage the flow of guests in and out of Star Wars Land. Visitors arriving this morning were given a group. When their boarding group is called they have permission to enter Galaxy’s Edge but not before. Here’s a sneak peek of how this looks on the app.
Our sources at Galaxy’s Edge this morning reported capacity crowds as early as 7 am with the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in excess of 180 minutes!
About Galaxy’s Edge
The opening of Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios comes hot on the heels of the same land at Disneyland Resort in California which opened to much fanfare on May 31st, 2019. Both hold the distinction of being the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansions in Disney theme park history. Spanning a mighty impressive 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge transports guests to the remote planet of Batuu full of unique sights, sounds, smells and tastes!
Guests become part of their own Star Wars stories as you experience galactic food and beverages, such as iconic Blue Milk and Green Milk!
You can craft their own lightsabers or build their own droids in immersive, interactive retail experiences. There’s also an intriguing collection of merchant shops and you may even come across iconic Star Wars characters.
In one of the land’s two signature attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy as pilots, gunners or flight engineers in an exhilarating experience that responds in real-time to the actions they take.
A second headlining attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will debut Dec. 5, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland. Considered the most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined, guests will become part of the action during a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance in an experience that will blur the lines between fantasy and reality.
The new land builds off decades of collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm Ltd. The work on Star Wars between these two creative powerhouses dates back to 1987 when the groundbreaking Star Tours attraction opened at Disneyland Park in California.
For more information on the inspiration for this detailed and dazzling new land check out this article!
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