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Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge blasts off on May 31




Welcome to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the largest, single-themed land expansion ever created by Disney Parks. Spanning 14 acres, it’s a fully immersive and interactive experience. It was announced in August 2015 and is poised to open in 2019 (on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida).

"The real difference here is that this is not a ride but an experience," says Scott Trowbridge, the project’s creative executive. "It’s a small city in and of itself, and it allows you to go as deep into the Star Wars story as you want."

Trowbridge and other Disney Imagineers worked nearly four years to create, test and perfect Galaxy’s Edge. At Disneyland Resort, 6,700 construction workers and artisans were employed during the development of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. "It literally took a village to create a planet," Trowbridge, a 12-year Disney veteran, reports.

"This one is truly complex in both design and execution," he continues. "And the complexity is intentional."

    Artist's rendering of a father and daughter building a lightsaber.

    Full immersion

    One core idea that the Imagineers embraced from the beginning is that Galaxy’s Edge is a place to be not a spectator, but a participant. In essence, you get to create your own Star Wars story. You can visit a cantina, reminiscent of one you can find throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Indeed, you can do more than visit—you’ll be a part of it.

    "After all," says Trowbridge, "no self-respecting spaceport would be caught without a cantina." The backdrop for all this is the Black Spire trader outpost on the planet Batuu, where you’re also a part of a vibrant marketplace filled with creatures and aliens. The Imagineers have built in multiple layers to every story, which allows visitors to explore every turn along the way, and the locations subsequently become attractions themselves.

    Lightsaber shopping and flying through hyperspace are part of the Galaxy’s Edge immersive experience.

    Tip: Guests of a Disneyland Resort hotel receive guaranteed reservations to visit Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23.

      Artist's rendering of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

      Lightsaber shopping and flying through hyperspace are part of the Galaxy’s Edge immersive experience.

      Fly the Millennium Falcon

      Included in Galaxy’s Edge is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You and five friends (your flight crew) have an opportunity to get behind the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy—and fly it—while others in the cockpit are flight engineers or the gunners firing the laser blasters.

      The Imagineers’ goal was to create a ship so authentic that visitors would immediately feel they are part of the movie.

      “We’ve built a place to create a story,” says Trowbridge, “but it doesn’t trap you in an existing story.”

      What if you’re one of the few people on the planet who’s never seen a Star Wars movie? Not to worry. Trowbridge says, “We’ve created an intense, electric environment for you to tell your own story, and you are transported to an epic land with an invitation to engage.”

      And once that all comes together, Trowbridge predicts, “It will embrace the hopes and dreams of former, current and future fans.”

        Artist's rendering of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

        PHOTOS: ©2019 DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC./LUCASFILM LTD.

        Rise of the Resistance

        Later this year, another experience will debut: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. If you are a Star Wars fan, you know what that means: You will find yourself in the middle of a fierce battle between the First Order (you remember the stormtroopers) and the Resistance. This is actually multiple rides. You board several vehicles and come face to face with a few enemies, not to mention laser fires with explosions. The size and scope of this attraction is staggering, as is the complexity of the systems used to operate it.—PG

          As seen in the COSTCO CONNECTION, June 2019

            Welcome to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the largest, single-themed land expansion ever created by Disney Parks. Spanning 14 acres, it’s a fully immersive and interactive experience. It was announced in August 2015 and is poised to open in 2019 (on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida).

            "The real difference here is that this is not a ride but an experience," says Scott Trowbridge, the project’s creative executive. "It’s a small city in and of itself, and it allows you to go as deep into the Star Wars story as you want."

            Trowbridge and other Disney Imagineers worked nearly four years to create, test and perfect Galaxy’s Edge. At Disneyland Resort, 6,700 construction workers and artisans were employed during the development of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. "It literally took a village to create a planet," Trowbridge, a 12-year Disney veteran, reports.

            "This one is truly complex in both design and execution," he continues. "And the complexity is intentional."

              Artist's rendering of a father and daughter building a lightsaber.

              Full immersion

              One core idea that the Imagineers embraced from the beginning is that Galaxy’s Edge is a place to be not a spectator, but a participant. In essence, you get to create your own Star Wars story. You can visit a cantina, reminiscent of one you can find throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Indeed, you can do more than visit—you’ll be a part of it.

              "After all," says Trowbridge, "no self-respecting spaceport would be caught without a cantina." The backdrop for all this is the Black Spire trader outpost on the planet Batuu, where you’re also a part of a vibrant marketplace filled with creatures and aliens. The Imagineers have built in multiple layers to every story, which allows visitors to explore every turn along the way, and the locations subsequently become attractions themselves.

              Lightsaber shopping and flying through hyperspace are part of the Galaxy’s Edge immersive experience.

              Tip: Guests of a Disneyland Resort hotel receive guaranteed reservations to visit Galaxy’s Edge from May 31 to June 23.

                Artist's rendering of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

                Lightsaber shopping and flying through hyperspace are part of the Galaxy’s Edge immersive experience.

                Fly the Millennium Falcon

                Included in Galaxy’s Edge is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You and five friends (your flight crew) have an opportunity to get behind the controls of the fastest ship in the galaxy—and fly it—while others in the cockpit are flight engineers or the gunners firing the laser blasters.

                The Imagineers’ goal was to create a ship so authentic that visitors would immediately feel they are part of the movie.

                “We’ve built a place to create a story,” says Trowbridge, “but it doesn’t trap you in an existing story.”

                What if you’re one of the few people on the planet who’s never seen a Star Wars movie? Not to worry. Trowbridge says, “We’ve created an intense, electric environment for you to tell your own story, and you are transported to an epic land with an invitation to engage.”

                And once that all comes together, Trowbridge predicts, “It will embrace the hopes and dreams of former, current and future fans.”

                  Artist's rendering of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

                  PHOTOS: ©2019 DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC./LUCASFILM LTD.

                  Rise of the Resistance

                  Later this year, another experience will debut: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. If you are a Star Wars fan, you know what that means: You will find yourself in the middle of a fierce battle between the First Order (you remember the stormtroopers) and the Resistance. This is actually multiple rides. You board several vehicles and come face to face with a few enemies, not to mention laser fires with explosions. The size and scope of this attraction is staggering, as is the complexity of the systems used to operate it.—PG

                    As seen in the COSTCO CONNECTION, June 2019


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