Recently the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios finally opened at Walt Disney World. There are so many things to love about this new land from Star Wars: Smugglers Run to the unique dining and drinking options. But what die hard fans will now get to enjoy in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is to truly become immersed and a part of the Star Wars story like never before. Here’s what we know about this one-of-a-kind experience courtesy of Disney:
In Star Wars films, exotic locales function almost like characters unto themselves, setting the tone for the adventures to come. In the same way, exploring the 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is an attraction experience all its own at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge comes alive for guests as they play roles in their own Star Wars stories. Whether using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, encountering some Star Wars characters, or interacting with Disney cast members, guests can engage with this new land in ways never experienced before in a Disney park.
Play Disney Parks App Deepens Guest Engagement with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land in a Disney park designed from the ground up to fully integrate with the Play Disney Parks mobile app.
- When guests enter the land, they will be able to transform the Play Disney Parks app into their very own Star Wars: Datapad on their mobile devices. As guests earn galactic credits for things they do in the land using their Datapad, the credits will show in their Datapad profile.
- The app will provide four primary functions to unlock a deeper level of storytelling within the land:
- Hack – Interact with certain droids, blinking door panels and other scenic elements
- Scan – Explore the contents of cargo crates and other containers and collect virtual items
- Translate – Understand written languages from the Star Wars galaxy
- Tune – Tap into the signals from satellite dishes and antenna arrays to eavesdrop on characters’ conversations
- Guests can use the app to play a multiplayer game throughout the land, “Outpost Control,” that occurs several times daily:
- The First Order wants to install surveillance devices in door panels to spy on the Resistance, while the Resistance is trying to remove them
- Guests can choose to support either side by hacking the panels for the Resistance or the First Order
- The game concludes when one side successfully hacks a majority of the available panels
- While waiting to board Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests may take on a job for Hondo Ohnaka, proving through this in-queue game that they are ready to pilot the Millennium Falcon.
- Certain functions performed with the app may trigger physical effects within the land.
Star Wars Characters Bring Batuu to Life
- Guests may encounter several different Star Wars characters while visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- Rey, a hero of the Resistance, may be seen near the ancient ruins outside Black Spire Outpost. She is recruiting Batuuan locals and visitors alike to the Resistance cause.
- From time to time, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren may appear at the First Order encampment at Docking Bay 9. With Stormtroopers in his wake, Kylo Ren will then march through Black Spire Outpost in search of the Resistance.
- Guests may stumble upon Resistance spy Vi Moradi in Black Spire Outpost as she keeps tabs on the First Order. Vi may pass on some tricks of her trade and ensure those she encounters know the Resistance is gaining strength.
- The mighty Chewbacca may be spotted in Black Spire Outpost or just outside the Resistance encampment in the ancient ruins of Batuu, rounding up recruits.
- First Order Stormtroopers patrol Black Spire Outpost under the command of Kylo Ren. They may snap the occasional order at guests or question them about the presence of the Resistance on Batuu.
Interactions with Disney Cast Members Take Story Immersion to a New Level
- Disney cast members working in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will become part of the story, as local citizens of Batuu. They are encouraged to develop their own identities and personas within the stories of their roles, and to interact with guests.
- Walt Disney Imagineering spent three years developing the costumes cast members wear in the land.
- Costumes are modular, so cast members can pick and choose from a variety of options to create looks that best fit the personalities they want to portray while working in the land. They can choose from tunics, wraps, vests and more, and then augment their base costume with accessories such as necklaces, scarves and hats.
- Cast members who work in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge wear nametags customized specifically for the land, with names translated into Aurebesh, the written language in the Star Wars galaxy.
If you’re going to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this month, I hope to see you there!
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