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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Last weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney fans got their first three dimensional sneak peak at Disneyland’s new immersive Star Wars Land based on the Lucasian Epic. And with it came a name change to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
To a collection of John Williams fanfares from the saga, Disney showed off an expansive 3d look of what Galaxy’s Edge will look like when it comes to both Disneyland and Disney World in Orlando in 2019. The design of the new land is one of a “remote frontier outpost” that Disney says is set within the official Star Wars canon and has existed for “thousands and thousands of years.”
While visiting Galaxy’s Edge, park guests will have an immersive experience that can include helping the Resistance battle the First Order, be recruited by a bounty hunter or smuggler, or even join up with Kylo Res and the First Order through various park opportunities and attractions.
Included in Galaxy’s Edge is two attractions including one where guests can pilot the Millennium Falcon. What’s cool is that Disney promises a genuine flight simulation experience where if you’re in the pilot’s seat, you actually fly the Falcon, and it will go where you command it. Other guests will also have flight roles as well, presumably from copilot to even manning the Falcon’s guns. But beware because if you crash Han Solo’s favorite ride, a bounty hunter will come looking for you. And that’s the cool thing about this new land … it’s immersive interactivity. Park guests will actually become characters in the Star Wars vibe and will have be able to play out the Star Wars fantasy according to the reputations they create in the park rides. And the best pilots will gain valuable “credits,” though there’s no word what Galactic credits will be good for in the park.
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Additionally, there will be a First Order ride, currently unnamed, where park guests will escape a Star Destroyer by riding inside of it, and will come face to face with the behemoth AT-AT Imperial Walker. Additionally, RX-24, affectionally known as Captain Rex from the original Star Tours, is back, having found work at the local cantina as a DJ, with all the madcap craziness that comes with “getting used to his programming.”
Characters walking around the park will include Chewbacca and Hondo, a beloved smuggler who’s reputation for swindling you out of a deal is legendary. There will be other heroes, and villains as well, with Disney promising that guests may end up “feeling the wrath of Kylo Ren.” There will also be plenty of atmosphere with Galaxy’s Edge being occupied by cast members dressed as inhabitants; humanoids, aliens, and droids.
Disney has also patented an actual light saber design, which will enable guests to wield the elegant weapon to block blaster file, which they say will also be a part of the Galaxy’s Edge experience. And it’ll be interesting too see how that works, and if the park will make them for sale in the local trading post.
Lastly, Disney also previewed a Star Wars themed resort hotel that they are planning to build in Orlando. The hotel is being dubbed “WestWorld” for Star Wars fans, and will give guests the experience of staying aboard a star ship in a galaxy far, far away with views of outer space coming from your room window. There will also be interactive experiences and a narrative storyline in the hotel area, making it an attraction in and of itself. “We are working on our most experiential concept ever,” said Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. “It combines a luxury resort with immersion in an authentic environment, (and) will invite you to live your own dedicated, multi-day adventure.” Disney wants to go so far as to allow guests to wear costumes during their stay to and actually live the adventure.
That kind of immersive experience, however, isn’t going to be cheap, with a hotel price estimated to be about $1,000 per guest for a two night stay. And that doesn’t include park tickets to Galaxy’s Edge!
Hat Tip – /Film, The Verge