There’s a new land to explore at Disneyland, and it’s designed to take you out of this world.
New park area Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open to the public at Disneyland on May 31 and at Disneyworld on August 29. Both parks cover 14-acres and each cost about $1 billion to build.
Only a few photos of the Galaxy’s Edge have surfaced thus far. An aerial shot from April showed many distinctly-Star Wars buildings under construction.
Another posted this morning by actor John Boyega (Finn in the most recent films) shows the entire development team standing in front of the Millennium Falcon and an outer-galaxy cityscape.
More specific details about the park are still up in hyperspace. What we do know is that it was not designed after a well-known Star Wars planet like Endor or Tatooine. Visitors are instead invited to explore a smuggler outpost called Black Spire on a newly-imagined planet called Batuu.
The new land has two new confirmed attractions, one called ‘Rise of the Resistance’ that Disney Imagineer Scott Trowbridge calls “the most epic attraction we’ve ever built.” The 28-minute ride takes place in Disney’s largest ever show buildings and features more than 300 animated objects.
Black Spire will of course also feature many gift shops and restaurants in the Star Wars motif, including Oga’s Cantina, the first location in Disneyland to sell alcohol to the public.
Reservations to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland quickly sold out – within two hours – back in May. However, that’s just for the first three weeks it will be open. Plus, those who book a hotel room in one of the resort’s three hotels can also still secure a spot. (That is, if any rooms are still available.)
It is expected to be incredibly congested upon its opening, and one of the two rides won’t even be functioning yet.
‘Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run’ will be operational, but ‘Rise of the Resistance’ isn’t slated to open until later in the year.
In other words, would-be visitors may want to wait until the hype dies down and all the attractions are open.