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Star Wars Galaxys Edge 10 Cool Things To Know

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TMS-3987
Source:
Mercury News
Author:
Marla Jo Fisher
Dateline:
October 08, 2018
Posted:
October 20, 2018
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Current
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Unless you've been living on Gilligan's Island, you likely know that Disney is building a new Star Wars-themed land inside Disneyland (and also Walt Disney World in Florida). It's big. It's exciting. And it's going to draw massive crowds. Here's what we know so far about Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

1. Summer 2019: It's expected to open in Anaheim by summer 2019, and later in the fall in Orlando. Disneyland is already getting ready for the crowds by streamlining walkways, raising ticket prices and changing its annual pass system to push more people into Disney California Adventure next summer - away from Star Wars land.

2. Black Spire Outpost: It's the name of the "village" you'll visit in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. It's located on the planet Batuu. Lead Disney designer Scott Towbridge says it's a "remote outpost on the galaxy's edge that was "once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes." This remote location away from the First Order has become "an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space," he wrote on the Disney Parks blog.

3. Biggest land ever: The new land will occupy 14 acres in the northern part of Frontierland. It's the largest single themed land ever built in Walt Disney's original park. Making room for the new land required demolishing the existing Circle D horse stables and moving the Disneyland horses to a new 5-acre spread in Norco, also named Circle D ranch. The horses are now trailered into the park for their shifts doing horsey tasks such as pulling the streetcars on Main Street. Also closed in Frontierland to make way for the new development were the Big Thunder Ranch, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.

4. It's a petrified forest: The tallest spire atop Black Spire Outpost is 130 feet tall - part of approximately 200,000 square feet of hand-carved rock-scape. The backstory behind the spires is that they're supposed to be the petrified remains of an ancient forest in space. Altogether, the new land will include 10,000 tons of structural steel.

5. First booze in Disneyland: The land will include Oga's Cantina, which will be the first place in Disneyland to sell alcoholic beverages to the public. Drinks will include special proprietary craft beers, wine and special outer-space themed cocktails as well as kids' drinks. The only one so far announced is "blue milk" as mentioned by Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope." Early blueprints indicated a U-shaped bar, booths, tables and a performance stage.

6. Get on board the Millennium Falcon: Visitors to the planet will become the flight crew inside the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon spacecraft, as a pilot, a gunner shooting blasters or making preparations for hyperspace. The spacecraft is 100 feet in diameter, according to blueprints.

7. Escape a battle: In the land's other dark ride, "Battle Escape," people will board an 8-person "Star Destroyer" trackless vehicle inside a hangar bay, and find themselves in a battle between the resistance and the First Order. They will feel like they're in the battle as they weave through projection screens with elaborate props before getting out in an escape pod. This ride is being built inside a massive building that takes up nearly one-fourth of Galaxy's Edge, according to blueprints.

8. Buy stuff now.:Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge merchandise is already for sale. You're not surprised, are you? At last count, baseball caps were $22 and T-shirts were $35 at the Star Trader store in Tomorrowland. Lots of other stuff, too. Such a deal.

9. Get an early glimpse: Visitors can get a good birds-eye view of the ongoing construction from the top story of the Mickey & Friends parking garage. And if you head over past Disneyland's tiny smoking section (yes there is one) in Frontierland, you can see the entryway rock work that's already built but closed off.

10. You can eat: Details haven't been released about the intergalactic chow for sale, but blueprints on file with the city of Anaheim seem to show one large, sit-down table service restaurant that's larger than the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square.
 
Attractions Referenced

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo

Circle D Corral

First Order Battle

Horse-Drawn Street Cars

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

 
Restaurants Referenced

Blue Bayou Restaurant

Oga's Cantina

 
Lands Referenced

Frontierland

Main Street U.S.A.

New Orleans Square

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

Tomorrowland

 
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