Disneyland's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, an area being developed in Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, as well as in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is expected to draw enormous crowds.
Though the lines for the attractions may be long, one ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will be worth the wait. Reportedly lasting for nearly half an hour, the ride takes guests into the story of the Resistance and the First Order. Scott Trowbridge, Creative Executive of Disney Imagineering, calls the ride "the most epic attraction we've ever built."
"This attraction invites you to be recruited to the Resistance and stand up against the First Order. And you even come face-to-face with Kylo Ren. You make it through that, you get back to the planet, you'll be a hero of the Resistance and be celebrated throughout the land," he adds.
Alicia Stella, writer for the Disney and More blog, says the ride has "more than 300 animatronic figures." She adds that during the ride, guests will board the Star Destroyer, which is then taken prisoner by the First Order. Afterwards, members of the Resistance arrive on trackless vehicles to save the riders before landing on a planet's surface.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is being designed by Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group. The team has set the lands on a new planet, Batuu, situated within the Outer Rim of the Unknown Regions. The planet is described as a "remote frontier outpost” that has existed within canon "for thousands and thousands of years.”
The team decided to create a newly designed world rather than using an existing planet like Tatooine or Hoth because those locations are already familiar to guests. The development team was inspired by real-world places such as Istanbul and Morocco, and visited the locations to study the architecture, culture, and weather. According to Trowbridge, "We wanted to build new Star Wars stories, new Star Wars destinations, but this time you could be in that story that required us to go to a new place."
At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Galaxy's Edge will replace most of the park's Streets of America, including the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure, which closed on April 2, 2016. The land will also include the Star Wars Hotel. Rise of the Resistance promises to be the ultimate Star Wars fan attraction. Although the opening date for the ride has yet to be announced, it is expected to debut in June.