(UPDATED 10/22/18): In this latest Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for October 2018 we’re going to see all the latest additions to Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios including progress on Black Spire Outpost, Petrified trees on Battle Escape, Turrets being raised high above the Millennium Falcon attraction and concrete poured and supports in place for the Millennium Falcon ship.
Since our last Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge update, we’ve learned a lot of new details about this newest land, including some amazing details surrounding the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction including how guests will enter the Millennium Falcon and how the missions will work.
Thanks to @bioreconstruct over on Twitter, we have some amazing aerial shots of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge for you which are amazing to get a really unique perspective on the construction.
For more info read our Complete Guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and touring strategies.
Let’s see what’s going on inside Galaxy’s Edge…
(Scroll down a bit for the latest photos)
10/14/18: This is a wide aerial of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:
Those two huge buildings at the bottom are Galaxy’s Edge’s two attractions: Millennium Falcon on left and Battle Escape on right:
Besides the attractions Galaxy’s Edge will be home to two restaurants which will be located in the busy area of Black Spire Outpost:
We recently put together a more detailed look at the dining options in Star Wars Land you can check out for more info.
From the front you can see the domed roofs going on top of the buildings and the many details being added:
Disney Imagineers have made Black Spire outpost to resemble a busy market you might find somewhere like Morocco with windy streets and merchants all around. In fact they went to Morocco for research to make Galaxy’s Edge as authentic as possible. It’s going to be fun so see how many of the thousands of people bombarding Galaxy’s Edge will be able to fit in there!
Here is a view of one of the turrets on a building, and the spaceship which landed a few months ago:
It’s looking more and more like a real spaceport every day:
The arched entry where the arrow is pointing at the bottom just might be the entrance to one of the restaurants. Notice too the suspended bridge linking two of the buildings:
It’s always cool to see the models for attractions that Disney sets up actually come to life. This Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge model in Walt Disney Presents is of one of the buildings in the area. Notice the wall above the entrance to the building and see how Disney makes it real:
This is the same building now being brought to life:
Notice the same paint on the wall as in the model. It’s this incredible attention to detail that has us so pumped for Galaxy’s Edge:
Here’s a view of the back of the same building:
Even if you aren’t in a helicopter but are down in the park, you can get a glimpse into Galaxy’s Edge. This pic shows a building in the middle and the line of sight coming in from Toy Story Land:
You can see the roof of that building from the ground:
In this shot you can see the entrance which will link Toy Story Land with Galaxy’s Edge on the top right. There’s a barrier up right now with a rock wall and trees blocking the way, but you’ll be able to go through soon enough.
This is good shot of the berm that carries all around the perimeter of Galaxy’s Edge, keeping it secluded from the rest of Hollywood Studios. After all we are talking about another planet here…
This is the entrance into Galaxy’s Edge from Grand Avenue. Disney isn’t yet sure how the traffic will flow into Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, but we do know that it will probably go in one direction for the first year or so to help with lines and traffic flow. My guess is that we’ll enter from the Grand Avenue side and then exit into Toy Story Land instead of the other way around because Toy Story Land isn’t big enough to hold the massive lines that will form trying just to get into Galaxy’s Edge.
Again more amazing detail with the rockwork all along the interior of Galaxy’s Edge:
Let’s start heading over for a look at the attractions to see how they are coming. First up: Battle Escape…
Battle Escape is located more on the Grand Avenue side and its queue will start through the rockwork on the bottom left and weave into the attraction show building. You can see a lot of construction work still going on in front with more concrete foundations going in. We know this is where the X-Wings will be parked, I wonder what else is going there…
This is an arched-like frame near the front of Battle Escape:
What blows my mind is how amazing the artificial rockwork is on the outside of both attractions. Of course we know that Black Spire Outpost is made from ancient petrified trees, and you can clearly see their stumps going in now on the roof of Battle Escape:
The overall size of the attraction is gigantic! Just remember there are AT-AT Walkers buried in there to help you understand the size better…
The hanger-like roof off the front of the building is where the exit will go:
That roof is coming along nicely:
Ok now let’s move over to the Millennium Falcon which is behind Black Spire Outpost:
Here too you can see the massive spires looming over Batuu:
The half-domed area on the far right is where the Millennium Falcon will be parked for guests to see as they pass by. Meanwhile in the story of the attraction it looks like the Falcon will be underground when you enter it:
One of the cool things to see is how Disney puts together all the details of the buildings, following the different props and how they are installed. For example this is a turret that is going on top of the Millennium Falcon attraction. First it’s built on the ground like in this picture form over a month ago:
It’s now been moved into place below the Millennium Falcon:
and now raised into place on top. So, cool!
Even though Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge will be essentially the same in both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios, guests are going to get a totally different look and feel while walking around just based on how the position of the sun will be. This shot shows where the sun will be coming from in the afternoon in Disneyland on the left, and on the right in Hollywood Studios. For a photographer this is going to offer totally different and unique shots from all times of the day…
Lastly we can see across the street the current progress of the Star Wars Hotel. It doesn’t look like anything has gone vertical yet, but the land is getting cleared and looks almost ready….
(NEW Photos – 10/22/18):
Here is the latest aerial shots of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:
If we take a look over by Battle Escape attraction, we can see the berm separating Galaxy’s Edge from Grand Avenue on the right. This is where the main entrance into Galaxy’s Edge will be:
Just below that behind the Battle Escape attraction and Muppets 3D you can see a new building set to be built. Since it’s behind the scenes and out of the public view, it will most likely be a cast member support area of some kind:
This reversed angle of the berm shows the extensive rock work being done to it in front of Battle Escape. That whole area will be the queue to get into Battle Escape and will be mostly inside the berm:
This is a great shot of the tunnel from the Galaxy’s Edge side. It’s all closed up, for now…
This other angle of the same area shows the foundations of a couple of new buildings going on right in front of there. Could this be an entertainment area? This could be the area for a show like the Jedi Training Show which has been confirmed to be closing in Disneyland and rumored in Hollywood Studios…
This is a cool angle showing the exit of the Battle Escape attraction and just how close it is to the model:
Now let’s get a better look at Black Spire Outpost:
This has to be one of the 2 restaurants. I don’t know if it’s Oga’s Cantina or the still-not-named table service one:
You can see the likeness in the Galaxy’s Edge model at Walt Disney Presents:
We’ve seen a lot of towers going up recently in Galaxy’s Edge including this one:
The arrow points to the remaining pieces of the domed roof that needs to still be installed. Notice the missing panels on the tower in the center:
The level to detail is so close and you can see rock work going up in between that previous building and the Millennium Falcon attraction building:
Speaking of the Millennium Falcon, you can see supports already in place in a circular form in front of the show building on the right:
Notice the concrete circle and the columns which will be holding up the iconic Millennium Falcon. That means that we should start seeing construction on the Millennium Falcon prop itself in the next few weeks!
The Star Wars Land opening dates first in Disneyland in May 2019, then in Hollywood Studios in August 2019. Stay tuned for more updates…
Read our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Complete Guide for a detailed look at the attractions, dining, planning and touring strategies. Also you can read why we LOVE this new land in our Galaxy’s Edge review.
Don’t forget to check out my latest Construction Updates for Disney World including:
- Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster Epcot – Preparation for Panels and Launch Tunnel Come Into Focus
- Tron Roller Coaster Magic Kingdom – Construction Update October 2018, Drainage Canals Re-Routed around the Site
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Hollywood Studios – Construction Update October 2018 – Buildings Gain Theming Elements and Rockwork
- Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – Millennium Falcon Construction Underway in Disneyland
- Disney Springs – Reimagined World of Disney Store Ready for Grand Opening
- Disney Skyliner Gondola – New Video and Details as Cables Ready to Go Up
I want to know what you think about this Galaxy’s Edge Construction Update for October 2018…
- Which part of Galaxy’s Edge are you most looking forward to?
- Which attraction do you want to ride more: Battle Escape or Millennium Falcon?
Let us know in the comments section below!
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Photo Credit: @Bioreconstruct
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