Monday, February 12, 2018

New Details About 'Galaxy's Edge' Shared at D23 Expo Japan

By: Dominic Jones

We're still over a year away from the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida, however Disney has shared some new details about the lands at D23 Expo Japan, which took place this weekend.  Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman, took the stage yesterday to offer new details about the two rides that will be featured at the parks.  We'd heard previously that the land would feature a Millennium Falcon ride and a Resistance vs. First Order ride, and while nothing new was revealed about the former, a new tidbit was shared about the latter.  According to,

"In one attraction, guests will have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon — a prospect that has our collective inner scoundrel very excited — and in another, guests will find themselves inside a Star Destroyer during a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. "

Chapek also offered some new insight into the Star Wars themed hotel that will be opening at Disney World in Florida. He confirmed that the hotel, which claims to be 100% immersive in the Star Wars galaxy, will tie into the Galaxy's Edge land.  Per,

"The Star Wars-themed hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From the moment guests arrive at the hotel, Chapek said, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure."

As more and more details emerge, it sounds more and more like Galaxy's Edge will truly be an immersive experience and that visitors to the parks will be able to inform their own stories during their visit.  This seems especially true of the Star Wars hotel experience, but also of the rides themselves.  It will be interesting to see, whenever Galaxy's Edge finally opens, how much control visitors will have over their Star Wars experience at the parks.

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