Everyone at D23 Expo was excited about all the millions of announcements we received, but…
We found out at D23 Expo that both Star Wars Lands in Disneyland and Hollywood Studios are going to be identical, and we found out the name of the land: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. This is fitting seeing as it’s going to be a remote planet that we have yet to see in a film where the Resistance have a base where they are hiding out from the First Order. This week out in Disneyland I got a chance to see first hand the Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction progress.
For more details read our Complete Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for a better look at the everything coming to Star Wars Land.
First thing you notice is how much farther ahead Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is in Disneyland than in Hollywood Studios. By their current states it’s a good 4-5 months ahead. We found out at D23 Expo that the Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be done in time for the 2019 D23 Expo and that the Hollywood Studios will also be ready in 2019, but sometime later.
Here’s a Drive-by look at Disneyland Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge as of July 2017:
Here we have a view of the backside of the land and what will be the show building for the First Order Battle attraction (now called Star Wars Rise of the Resistance:
If you are looking at the model we saw at D23 Expo, its on the left side:
The Resistance’s base is located on the left and this is most likely where the entrance will be. You can even see an X-Wing parked in the foreground:
The Imagineers I talked to wouldn’t confirm it to me but the First Order Battle attraction will travel under that huge mountain you see in the model, and you can see the steel structure for it being put up in the photos below:
The size and scope of the attraction is beyond anything we’ve seen before. There are even AT-AT Walkers inside that Disney has constructed!
We even saw a model of what the ride vehicle will look like for the attraction:
The land is going to include a lot of rock work to help separate it from the Rivers of America and not lose the theming integrity of either lands.
On the back right side of Galaxy’s Edge will be the Millennium Falcon attraction. You can’t see it well but it’s tucked into the back of the pavilion and will allow guests to ride on board the Millennium Falcon for a secret mission:
Overall things are coming along nicely for the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction in Disneyland. It will be interesting to keep an eye on things as we inch closer to a 2019 opening.
I want to know what you think about this Galaxy’s Edge construction update…
- Are you looking forward to going here?
- What experiences are you most excited to try?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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