Galaxy’s Edge Star Wars News
One thing was for certain when Disney announced a deal to acquire Lucasfilm; Star Wars fans would be getting copious amounts of new content. A $4B purchase price assured as much. In the thirty-five years prior to the Disney acquisition, Star Wars ingrained itself deeply into pop culture with the success of the original trilogy and proved it had staying power after prequel trilogy drew much ire from a significant portion of the fandom. Star Wars’ presence has not been confined to the big screen as the IP has had successfully ventures into television programs, print media, and video games, in addition to carving out a large market for toys, apparel, and various other merchandise. In the five plus years since Disney’s purchase, the Galaxy Far Far Away has seen the addition of four major motion pictures, two television programs (with another slated for released later this year), video games, multiple novels, and more merchandise than one can list. August 2015 saw the announcement of what may prove to be the most ambitious, anticipated, and certainly most expensive addition, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Disney is widely regarded as the undisputed king of theme parks. Imagineers account for every small sight, sound, and smell to fully immerse the park goer into the worlds they are exploring. In January 1987, park goers could take their first steps into a larger world with the opening of Star Tours. The flight simulator piloted by RX-24, “Captain Rex”, was a huge success and paved the way for future Star Wars themed attractions; that future is upon us with the 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For the first time (in forever) fans will be treated to fully immersive Star Wars experience. Ever dream of piloting the Millennium Falcon? Of course you have and now that dream can become a reality! One of the major attractions announced for the land will put you in the cockpit of the iconic, and highly modified, Corellian YT-1300.
Fancy yourself an imperial/first order type? A Star Destroyer attraction is being built “on a scale Imagineers have never done before”. When a break from all the excitement is needed, fans will be able to enjoy blue milk at a yet to be named cantina. Meet and greets with some of their favorite characters will also be available. A Star Wars resort is also in the process of being made into reality is said to be “seamlessly connected” to the park, offering an even more immersive experience.
What lies ahead for the films is difficult to see, always in motion is the future… As clouded by the dark side the franchise may be now, one thing is clear, Disney is fully committed to Star Wars. You may love Disney’s Star Wars, despise it, or fall somewhere in between, but it should be next to impossible to not get excited about Galaxy’s Edge and the resort.
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