Scott Trowbridge, the the portfolio creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, likened it to "a small city in our parks".
The team consulted with the Lucasfilm movie division and opted to build a planet that had been mentioned in Star Wars movies and books but was not yet familiar to fans. This new themed land will be the largest single-themed expansion for each of the resorts, so this is definitely a huge deal!
The land centres on a settlement called Black Spire Outpost, inhabited by smugglers and bounty hunters.
Guests are even given the chance to climb into the cockpit of Han Solo's legendary ship as part of one of the site's two main attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Additionally, patrons will encounter the likes of Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and BB-8 on Rise of the Resistance. Guests will have the opportunities to take home exciting souvenirs from their visit, including custom-made droids and lightsabers.
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Everything is created to immerse guests in the story.
"In my opinion, this will be the most ambitious attraction that we've ever built", Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek said. Galaxy's Edge's recreation of the Weequay pirate is now the second most intricately designed animatron to grace a Disney park.
In addition, Disney wants to keep guests in lines entertained. So far today, they shared a bit about the restaurants and merchant shops you'll be able to frequent later this year.
Disney's designers and storytellers have high hopes for fan reactions. "It sounds like a total exaggeration, but I feel like it's going to happen". "I think people are going to fall to their knees and start kissing the ground", Disney Imagineer Margaret Kerrison told the Sentinel, pointing out that since Disney created a new planet for the theme park, everyone can use their imagination.