I attended the dedication ceremony last Wednesday night inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek, spoke about the attraction’s immersive storytelling and technological innovations:
The ride is broken up into four parts. The first few are walk throughs where you feel like you are in an actual Star Wars movie. Again, after decades of Star Wars movies, it is a dream come true!
Some highlights of the experience include a room full of Stormtroopers. You have to see it to believe it, an incredible photo opp as well:
You and your resistance buddies enter a transport ship and get ready for the thrilling adventure of being shot at, and facing off against the First Order and Kylo Ren. One of my favorite parts of the ride was when we passed under and through a room full of At At’s. This is the moment where you feel you are in an actual Star Wars movie scene:
Then the ride enters simulation mode with a surprise ending. You have to experience it to believe it, it is something new in the field of theme park rides. It is a Star Wars adventure that you are a part of, a crash landing you will never forget!
Don’t forget, your are in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and there is another ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a simulation ride like Star Tours, but on steroids!
During the week I had an opportunity to interview Scott Mallwitz, Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering. He is responsible for the vision that is Galaxy’s Edge. This was my first official interview, so please watch and listen from start to finish, unedited for added humor: hey, I never did this before (it was awesome!). Plus, the excitement from Scott was palpable, I could tell from speaking with him that through all the work he did in helping to create Star Wars Land, he was coming up with even more ideas for the future. I suggested a fifth theme park!
What brilliance to create a new Star Wars world. We have so many that we already know about, creating Batuu gives the team the opportunity to create new things for us fans, with no fear of us getting bored, because we know every scene from every movie already produced. I can’t wait to see what comes next, and perhaps Batuu will inspire other Star Wars ventures!
And there is more!
Walking around the land of Batuu, you turn a corner, and there it is. The Millennium Falcon in real life.
This was another heart stopping moment. Over 40 years of watching Star Wars movies with the Millennium Falcon at the center of the action! I could just picture Han Solo trying to run up the walkway and turning and shooting at Imperial Stormtroopers!
Surprisingly enough, soda is not just an Earth habit:
The interstellar Coca-Cola was surprisingly tasty, and you know, there are no calories in space! The droid sales people are a little mechanical.
We did get to eat our way through Batuu at the opening night party and that was terrific, tasting all the “off world” foods! We also stopped in Olga’s Cantina, and I suppose it was an slow night, I only found very few aliens in attendance. I had been nervous that the place would be full of armed folks from around the Universe! This night the aliens must have been scared of us, they stayed up top, behind the barkeeps.
I wrote about the Disney PhotoPass here, I showcase the new magic available, you will want it all as I did! Here’s a quick taste:
The magic continues to grow at the Disney Parks all over the world. Star Wars land brought back all my memories from watching the movies over the last several decades. This beloved franchise is gong to continue to grow in the movies, and in the parks! Now it is time for you to book your next adventure!
Disclosure: Disney Parks hosted me for a media event. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I will miss my Batuu friends , until next time!