Easter egg-filled photos from Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park expansion have debuted in the latest issue of Disney twenty-three.
Set in Black Spire Outpost on the remote outpost planet Batuu, Galaxy’s Edge immerses guests in the lore of the Star Wars galaxy with artifacts and treasures from across the 11-movie saga, including nods to Star Wars Story entries Rogue One and Solo.
The 14-acre expansion, promised to be Disney’s most ambitious, immersive and transformative land its Imagineers have ever dreamed up, is populated by rogues, smugglers, pirates, bounty hunters, patrolling Stormtroopers, and the various lifeforms expected to be encountered in this out-of-the-way slice of galaxy.
“Every restaurant, building, everything will be inhabited by the aliens and droids you’d expect to find there,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said when announcing the land at D23 Expo 2015.
“You’d expect to find a Cantina — and there will be one. You’ll have the chance to run into all the droids and fantastic beasts that Star Wars is known for. You’ll meet characters from The Force Awakens and more from the Star Wars saga.”
That watering hole, Oga’s Cantina, and eatery Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo — housed in a working hangar bay — are two of the wholly themed hotspots found in the land, which includes high-end shop Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers, and other shops inspired by both the villainous First Order and the heroic Resistance.
For deeper dives into the world created by visionary George Lucas, there are “lots of opportunities circling about,” Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering, said during a 2017 convention panel titled “Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making.”
“There are going to be a ton of opportunities to help out and support the Resistance, lots of smugglers and bounty hunters who are looking for a little bit of help and might be willing to offer you up a side job, and for those of you who are interested in supporting the First Order, that will absolutely be an opportunity as well.”
Promised Lucasfilm’s Diana Williams, “Man, you’re going to feel like you’re in the thick of it. You’re not going to sit in a chair and watch it happening. You’re going to be standing right in front of it. You’re in Star Wars.”
Within Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, a storefront filled with jewelry, ancient artifacts, statues, and other priceless treasures, guests can spot helmets belonging to a variety of Imperial troops.
Also on display within the store — owned and operated by the legendary antiquities dealer for which the shop is named, who gets his own mention in Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead of his first appearance in the premiere issue of the Galaxy’s Edge comic book — is a scrapped IG-series droid.
Also adorning the walls of Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities are heads belonging to feline creature nexu and the more recognizable tauntaun.
Crawly creatures are even tucked within the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction, which sees guests pilot the legendary ship once operated by Han Solo and loyal co-pilot Chewbacca. These toothy, monstrous creatures famously appeared in an action sequence set aboard the Eravana during Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In the local eatery where chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has docked a food freighter loaded with supplies to cook his galactic confections, containers can be seen wearing the numbers 77, 80, and 83 — representing 1977, 1980, and 1983, marking the years A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi first premiered in theaters.
Also spotted in the eatery is a crate of Meiloorun fruit, first mentioned in 1996 novel X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble — starring Wedge Antilles, a friend of Luke Skywalker’s — and better recognized as a favorite of green-skinned Twi’lek Hera Syndulla of Star Wars Rebels fame.
Alien languages seen throughout the land — like the graffiti pictured below — can be deciphered with help from the Play Disney Parks app, which translates hidden messages around Galaxy’s Edge. The free app, promised to enhance your immersive and interactive adventure, offers such digital tools as hacking, scanning, translating, and tuning — all designed to guide guests deeper into an adventure of their own making.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31 at the Disneyland Resort and August 29 within Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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