This is the latest Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for May 2019. Progress rolls along in Galaxy’s Edge and every day it looks better and better, with amazing theming details being discovered all the time! In this post we’re going to share with you all the changes that have taken place in the last month!
Even though in this update we are focusing in on the Hollywood Studios version of Galaxy’s Edge, we are less than a month out from Galaxy’s Edge opening up on the West Coast in Disneyland!
We won’t get too into it here, but if you aren’t familiar with Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge or don’t know exactly what it is, get ready because it’s going to blow your mind! Galaxy’s Edge is a brand new, fully immersive land based on the Star Wars franchise, and transports guests to the far off planet of Batuu for countless adventures.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening up both in Disneyland and in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This is the most ambitious project Disney has ever undertaken, and maybe the most in theme park addition in history anywhere! It really looks unbelievable!
There are going to be two attractions: the first gets you onboard the iconic Millennium Falcon (Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run) and even puts you at the controls to fly it! The second attraction (Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance) is done in the biggest scale Disney has ever attempted and puts you right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
2 restaurants, are coming to Galaxy’s Edge (Docking Bay 7 and Oga’s Cantina). There are also going to be unique shops just like what you might find in the real Star Wars universe, and tons of cool hidden areas to explore.
For more info read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Planning Guide for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and touring strategies.
Before we detail the latest updates to this amazing land, we want to thank @bioreconstruct for all the amazing aerial photos he takes from up high in a helicopter. There are some amazing views we can see of this and many other projects around Disney World that you couldn’t otherwise see.
I’m constantly updating this post so you can scroll down for the latest pictures:
Ok, let’s check out what’s the latest in our Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge construction update for May 2019:
We get a nice glimpse into Galaxy’s Edge from up above and can see all the spires peaking out from above.
You might look at this and say: “Those spires don’t look very real..” Don’t worry, even though from this angle you can see the bottoms of the spires, from inside the park it’s a completely different perspective and you won’t be able to tell they are propped up.
As we fly in closer we can see specifically the Black Spire Outpost area of Galaxy’s Edge which will serve as the “hub” of the land complete with shops and restaurants and hopefully plenty of cool places to get lost in!
Let’s move over to just inside the main entrance and outside the Rise of the Resistance attraction. Here you can see the landscaping and walls going up leading into the attraction:
Lots of trees have been added outside and the area is starting to fill in:
For example at the arrow only a few days ago this area was empty:
Now you can see a tree has been added in the middle helping to fill in the environment:
Some other cool details are noticed on the outside of Rise of the Resistance as this plant is hanging down off the side of the hanger roof:
In general just looking over the whole area above Rise of the Resistance is really amazing and the details going into the rock work is incredible! Disney gets better and better with every attempt at it!
Let’s slide down a bit over to Black Spire Outpost:
Even though the rides are no doubt going to be mind-blowing, this is the area I can’t wait to hang out in. This is the center of Galaxy’s Edge and where all the hustle and bustle is going to be:
One of the cooler additions is the spaceship which will be landing in this spot very shortly:
The ship is a TIE Echelon and you can already see what it looks like in the Disneyland version. Here you can see the base for the spaceship has been put in and a movie crane is in the area to help:
Disney is really working hard to make Galaxy’s Edge the most realistic theme park experience anywhere and looking closer at the buildings helps us appreciate that even more:
This is Docking Bay 7, a fast-casual restaurant similar to Pandora’s Satu’li Canteen:
The resemblance to the model is striking:
Looking at the walls closely you can see the fantastic job they did making the exterior seemed worn and weathered like the building has been there for many years:
Check out the awesome paintwork being done to the side of the building. Over the top of it we can see down into the open atrium leading into Docking Bay 7:
Moving on we can see a striking black spire under construction. Most likely this is where Black Spire Outpost gets its name from. We look forward to discovering what kind of story there is behind this icon:
More exterior work being added to the various buildings. This one with a totally different texture/style than the previous:
Workers. are also continuing to pave the walkways throughout Black Spire Outpost:
Look at the awesome patterns and detail being put into it:
This mysterious building is located right as you enter Galaxy’s Edge from the Toy Story Land entrance:
I’m not sure exactly what it is but right now it looks like storage and perhaps a cast member area. We’ll keep an eye out on it.
Let’s head over to what will be the main attraction when Galaxy’s Edge opens up both in Disneyland and Disney World…Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run:
Here we get the reverse angle behind the Millennium Falcon, and you can see the pavement around it starting to come into place:
That becomes more evident when you get a closer look. Notice the workers installing the pavement which forms a circle around the Falcon:
While the Falcon is mostly complete, behind it the scaffolding is still up along the mountain:
That’s all the updates we have for now but keep checking back for the latest updates on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge as I’ll continue to update this post with more as the month goes on…
The opening dates for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are almost here: May 31, 2019 in Disneyland and August 29, 2019 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Be sure to read our latest updates of all the Walt Disney World Construction projects currently in progress around property!
Other Disney World Construction Updates:
- Star Wars Hotel Update (April 2019) – Second Floor Installed
- TRON Roller Coaster Update (May 2018) – Coaster Footings Installed
- Magic Kingdom Pathway Cinderella Castle Update (May 2018)
I want to know what you think about the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for May 2019…
- What is your favorite thing coming to Galaxy’s Edge?
- Which attraction do you want to ride the most?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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Photo Credit: @Bioreconstruct