Luke was there. Hans Solo, too. Not to mention Lando Calrissian. It was only fitting these three beloved characters, well, the actors that played them (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams), were at the unveiling of Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 29. Not to be left out, the brainchild behind it all, George Lucas. Today, the public gets its opportunity to enter the planet of Batuu and Phase One of Disneyland’s highly anticipated Star Wars attraction.
During their time visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Batuu, guests immerse in this intergalactic world through Play Disney Parks mobile app. Enhancing the experience are story lines that find participants becoming part of the narrative, whether they’re “aiding a smuggler, joining the Resistance or pledging their loyalty to the First Order.” This is the first time a theme park, in this case both California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Disney World (opening August 29) have used technology in this manner.
Access to the 14-acre, $1 billion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge requires a special reservation in addition to admission, something that will be waived starting June 23. What awaits? The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride experience, merchant shops in the bazaar-like Black Spire Outpost and galactic food and beverages.
As for those food and beverages, there are five venues, among them, Oga’s Cantina where aliens of all sorts gather for the ambience and… alcohol, something previously only acquired at the private Club 33. The wait staff can point diners in the direction for where one goes to build lightsabers and robots.
Later this year, the second phase of the Star Wars attraction will open. Here, parkgoers can join Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. And when better to band allied forces together than right now whilst testing out piloting skills aboard the Millennium Falcon: Smuggers Run?
To learn more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge visit Disneyland online.