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Step Inside Ogas Cantina Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy At Star Wars Galaxys Edge

ID:TMS-4126
Source:Orange County Register
Author:Brady Macdonald
Dateline:March 25, 2019
Posted:April 01, 2019
 
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When you step inside Oga's Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland you're likely to find a bartender mixing interstellar cocktails, a droid DJ spinning otherworldly tunes and a bounty hunter who wants to talk to you about the galactic credits you owe a space pirate.

"Every self-respecting spaceport has a cantina," said Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge. "This is the best place on the outpost to catch up on the gossip, to meet some interesting characters, maybe make a new friend, maybe make a new enemy."

There will be no better place to find a wretched hive of scum and villainy than Oga's Cantina at the center of Black Spire Outpost on the "Star Wars" planet of Batuu, the setting for the new 14-acre themed land coming to Disneyland.

Work crews were busy installing an animatronic droid DJ during a recent construction tour of Oga's Cantina led by Walt Disney Imagineering.

When work is done, visitors will find a cozy cocktail lounge with massive glass canisters above the bar filled with alien creatures marinating in intergalactic potations. The alcoholic drink menu will include a Jedi Mind Trick cocktail, Bad Motivator IPA beer and Imperial Red wine. There's even a non-alcoholic Blue Milk on the menu that's served with a Bantha cookie chaser.

Oga's was designed to be reminiscent of the cantina in the original 1977 "Star Wars" movie while still retaining its own unique character, said Imagineering executive creative director Chris Beatty.

"If you think about "Star Wars' films, they almost always have a great cantina as part of their experience," Beatty said. "So we've seen the one on Mos Eisley, which had the Modal Nodes playing over in the corner. We've seen the one at Maz's Castle. We got to see one in "Solo' where Han and Chewie first met Lando Calrissian. So, of course, our planet has to have a local watering hole."

Visitors who opt in can have "persistent interaction" with characters throughout the Star Wars themed land. Your reputation as a Resistance pilot, First Order loyalist or heroic scoundrel will follow you around Black Spire Outpost and stick with you during subsequent visits to Galaxy's Edge. A bounty hunter working for space pirate Hondo Ohnaka might be waiting for you in a shadowy corner of Oga's when you walk in.

"You go in the cantina and you order a drink and you know what, that bartender's going to be like, "Ooh, you might owe some credits to Hondo at this point.'" said Imagineering executive creative director Wendy Anderson.

Imagineering and Lucasfilm have been seeding Star Wars movies, novels and comic books with references to Batuu, Black Spire Outpost and Oga's Cantina.

"We want to give the impression that this planet has always been around," said Imagineering managing story editor Margaret Kerrison. "We're coming into it as travelers for the first time onto Batuu. There are layers and layers of history and all these familiar and new characters who have come and gone to this planet."

In "Thrawn: Alliances," a new Star Wars book by Timothy Zahn, Padme Amidala walks into a Black Spire cantina and orders a drink.

"We know what Padme ordered at the cantina," Kerrison said. "And guess what, that Andoan white wine is also served in our cantina."

The cantina's proprietor is Oga Garra, a local crime boss who controls the underworld in Black Spire Outpost, according to the backstory created for the cocktail bar.

"You may never see her because she likes to lurk in the shadows, but she has her hand in every single business," said Imagineering creative producer Brian Loo. "The locals all know her. They all fear her. They have legends all about her. Some have seen her, some haven't. But everyone knows that you don't cross her, otherwise you may never be seen again."

Inside the intimate cantina, a curved bar stands at the center of a domed space with alcoves around the edges. Patrons will stand up at the bar which will have no seats.

"What you're seeing here around the outside are all these little nooks and crannies where you will be able to sit on a little bench seat," Beatty said during a tour. "The table in front of you is up-lit to make it kind of mysterious."

The high-energy cantina bar will be a show piece unto itself. Bartenders will make cocktails that appear to be pumped from tanks suspended above the bar that are seemingly filled with alien creatures.

"The bar, when it's done, is filled with all kinds of containers and different apparatus that have creatures in them that have come to life that are being used as garnishes for drinks," Beatty said during the tour. "They'll have amazing taps and different things that will bring the bar to life for our bartenders to activate this space."

DJ R-3X, or Rex as he is known, will man a disc jockey console in one of the cantina's alcoves. The former droid pilot from the Star Tours attraction will spin an alien soundtrack that Beatty described as Jawa meets new age meets 1980s pop.

"The music is fantastic," Beatty said. "It's a weird sound, but it's going to be so much fun."

The Imagineering music team worked with musicians and composers from around the world to come up with an otherworldly cantina soundtrack.

"The stranger the better," Kerrison said. "Whatever instruments that you can come up with. Any household items or whatever that can have this very eclectic type of music. We want to hear that. And of course we have to have vocals that have alien lyrics."

The certain-to-be-popular cantina won't take reservations, so expect a line for Oga's bar that may only be surpassed by the queues for the E-Ticket attractions in the land.

Oga's Cantina opens May 31 in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. A nearly-identical themed land will open Aug. 29 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida with its own Oga's Cantina.
 

 
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