Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland will open next summer and Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will follow in the late fall. At Hollywood Studios, the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hosted a panel discussion, which included Walt Disney Imagineers who are currently at work behind the scenes creating a replica of the planet of Batuu for Galaxy’s Edge, which will feature two full-sized AT-ATs, as well as life-sized ships on the Black Spire Outpost.
Disney has stated that the Black Spire Outpost, “an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space,” will be the largest settlement on Batuu, and will be lined by the petrified remains of once towering trees. At the outpost, guests will also be able to board a Resistance Troop Transport to “set off on an adventure,” as well as Millennium Falcon ride. Galaxy’s Edge will also feature Nien Nunb, and the Creature Stall, where guests can purchase Star Wars creatures. In addition, the Toydarian will showcase handcrafted toys made by local artisans.
Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks, has said that Galaxy’s Edge "will introduce you to a Star Wars planet you’ve never seen before — a gateway planet located on the outer rim, full of places and characters familiar and not so familiar.”
While Walt Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge added, “This used to be a vibrant trading port back in the old sub-lightspeed days, but now with advent of hyperspace, its prominence has kind of fallen and faded a little bit which has made it a great spot for those who didn't want to be on that kind of mainstream path. The smugglers, the bounty hunters, the rogue adventurers looking to crew up, the people who don't want to be found — basically all the interesting people.”
The creative team behind Galaxy’s Edge was inspired by locations such as Istanbul and Morocco, where they traveled to immerse themselves in the architecture, culture, and weather . The timeline for Galaxy’s Edge takes place after Return of the Jedi, and will show the rise of the First Order and the Resistance. The new planet has been designed for visitors to construct their own narrative.
The planet will also include a cantina, where Millennium Falcon riders will be treated according to how they perform on the ship. "Perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!" the Disney Parks Blog says.
"Our intent is to make it feel as if you just walked into one of the movies... Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses. What does that street feel like? What does that animal smell like? What does blue milk taste like?" Trowbridge said.
Galaxy's Edge will replace most of Streets of America, which includes the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure. The expansion of the park will also include Toy Story Land. Galaxy’s Edge will be joined by the Star Wars Hotel.