In this latest Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for January 2019 we take a look at everything new coming to the most anticipated theme park land in history. Lots of details are added everyday and we’re going to look closer at the theming and details being added to the Millennium Falcon, as well as the buildings in Black Spire Outpost.
Plus, what is being built at the entrance to Galaxy’s Edge and in front of the Rise of the Resistance attraction?
Besides Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge we also have updates to all the other construction projects in Disney World, so make sure to check out our post there for more centralized information.
Since our last update of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, we’ve found out a lot of new info for what the guest experience is going to be like. For example Rise of the Resistance is going to be a 28-minute long experience keeping you engaged from the moment you step into it!
We also have a much better idea When Galaxy’s Edge is opening in both Disneyland and Disney World, and we share the clues we used to get there!
Thanks as usual to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter, who takes the best aerial shots of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge which lets us see everything from a high-up point of view. Enough laying around, let’s see what’s going on in our Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction update for January 2019:
Here we have an aerial shot showing us all 14 acres of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:
If you look closely in the background above Galaxy’s Edge, you can see the dirt moving in the site preparation for the Star Wars Hotel. It looks like the ground is getting prepared and in the next couple months we will see the foundation going in.
Let’s go over to where the main entrance to Galaxy’s Edge will be, and it comes in from Grand Avenue. The big reveal for Galaxy’s Edge is hidden from Grand Avenue, but when guests pass through the tunnel they will be instantly transported to this far off world, and totally blown away!
The huge building on the right is the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction which we’ve learned a lot about this month, including that it’s going to be a 28-minute experience in total.
There is some kind of structure being built immediately when you walk in at the top of the photo. At this point it’s not clear what that is. It could be shops or entertainment of some kind welcoming guests into the land:
There is also some major work being done on the other side of the entrance in the front of the Rise of the Resistance attraction. Concrete forms have been poured and it looks like it could either be part of the attraction queue or the home of the infamous $250,000 X-Wings and TIE Fighters that are coming to Galaxy’s Edge:
It certainly is a complex system of walls:
The curved canopied structure in the center is where the exit for Rise of the Resistance will be after guests get back from their secret mission:
This is the Disneyland version of the attraction, but it gives you a good idea of the layout:
I’m guessing as in true Disney form there will be some kind of merchandise options at the end of the attraction. It’s even rumored that guests will have some way to download/purchase a video of their mission they just went on:
Let’s move over to Black Spire Outpost:
The buildings here will house the shops and restaurants of Galaxy’s Edge:
This area will be the first thing you see when entering from the Toy Story Land entrance (though it will probably be a one-way exit for the first few months to control the crowds. You can see the Toy Story Land entrance on the left which is being blocked by trees:
Close-ups of some of the buildings in Black Spire Outpost:
Disney has held true to form with the building design from what we saw in the Galaxy’s Edge models:
Notice the broken-up wall in real life compared to the model below:
Impressive stuff really and you can see Disney is pulling out all the stops for Galaxy’s Edge!
Now let’s visit everyone’s favorite space hunk of junk, the Millennium Falcon:
Big difference from just last month and you can see a lot of the theming panels have been added to the Millennium Falcon shell:
Of course this full-sized Millennium Falcon replica will be waiting for guests as they enter the Smuggler’s Run attraction where they will board the ship and pilot it on a secret mission:
If you look at this concept art for the Millennium Falcon, you can see a cargo door on the right side:
That door has been added and is noticeable from these aerial shots:
For a better look check out the finished version of the Millennium Falcon in Disneyland which was completed a couple weeks ago.
Be sure to watch the amazing behind the scenes video Disney released during the Christmas Day parade. The video shows all new footage from the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attractions!
We don’t have an exact date yet, but Disney has dropped some clues for us that can help to answer the question: When is Galaxy’s Edge Opening? We know it’s going to be Disneyland in June 2019 and in Hollywood Studios in Fall 2019, and that post goes into more depth in narrowing down the dates.
For more info read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Complete Guide for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and touring strategies.
That’s it for now from Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, stay tuned the rest of the month and more for more updates.
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Disney Skyliner Update (January 2019) – Gondola Cable Cars Being Tested in Disney World
- Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Update (January 2019) – Attraction Building Closed-Up
- Epcot Forever Fireworks Show Update (January 2019) – New Work on World Showcase Lagoon for Illuminations Replacement Show
- TRON Roller Coaster Update (December 2018) – Disney World Railroad Tracks Torn Up for Construction
- Space Restaurant Epcot Update (December 2018) – Foundation Installed for Sphere Dining Room
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Construction Update (December 2018) – Canal Area in France Pavilion Closed for Construction
I want to know what you think about the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for January 2019…
- How excited are you for Galaxy’s Edge?
- Which part are you looking forward to most?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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Photo Credit: @Bioreconstruct