Everything you need to know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge coming to Disneyland this summer

Disneyland visitors venturing to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer can pilot the Millennium Falcon, build their own lightsabers and belly up to a cantina bar for an alien cocktail all while trying to avoid detection by a bounty hunter looking for the galactic credits owed a space pirate.

The immersive and interactive Star Wars experiences will be part of the new $1 billion Galaxy’s Edge land opening May 31 at the Anaheim theme park.

Galaxy’s Edge will be set in the Black Spire Outpost village on the planet of Batuu on the remote outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy, according to the backstory developed for the new themed land. The village will be filled with otherworldly petrified tree spires, dome-shaped cylindrical buildings and familiar spaceships from the Star Wars universe.

Galaxy’s Edge will feature two new E-ticket attractions, build-your-own lightsaber and droid experiential shops, a local cantina frequented by a menacing bounty hunter, restaurants run by Black Spire vendors and an outdoor marketplace filled with exclusive Star Wars merchandise.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Star Wars fans who have been dreaming of flying the Millennium Falcon for four decades will get the chance to climb into the cockpit and pilot the famed starship on the new Smugglers Run attraction.

Riders will enter the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride queue through Ohnaka Transport Solutions. The shady shipping operation is run by Hondo Ohnaka, a dreadlocked space pirate with six tusk-like chin protrusions. Riders will receive their smuggling mission from an audio-animatronic Hondo before entering the hold of the Millennium Falcon.

Once onboard the ship, visitors can explore the main hold of the Millennium Falcon, see the holographic Dejarik game in action and take photos while waiting for their flight crew assignment.

Each flight crew of six riders will take their seats in the cockpit of Han Solo’s famed YT-1300 light freighter with the pilots up front, gunners in the middle and flight engineers in the rear. The 200 fully functional buttons, knobs and switches in the cockpit make clicking, chirping and beeping sounds when activated and their implementation directly affects each mission.

While the flight crews work together as a team throughout the mission, the video game-like attraction also keeps track of each rider’s success and failure on the ride. Your reputation as a pilot, gunner or flight engineer will follow you around Black Spire Outpost and will stick with you during subsequent visits to Galaxy’s Edge.

Rise of the Resistance

Rise of the Resistance will combine four ride experiences into one of the longest attractions ever created for a Disney theme park.

After winding through a cavernous queue, visitors will encounter an animatronic BB-8 ball droid in the Resistance Ready Room. A holographic Rey from “The Force Awakens” asks riders to join the Resistance and take part in a dangerous off-planet mission against the First Order.

The multi-part attraction includes a flight aboard a Resistance troop transport ship, a daring escape from a First Order detention cell and race-against-time battle aboard a dark ride vehicle. Along the way, riders pass through the hangar bay of a Star Destroyer and between the legs of two giant AT-AT walkers. The climax of the ride will feature a face-off with masked villain Kylo Ren.

Both of the attractions in Galaxy’s Edge will offer bathroom passes for those waiting in what are expected to be hours-long queues.

Rise of the Resistance will debut later this year after the grand opening of Galaxy’s Edge.

Experiential Shops

Padawan learners strong with the Force will be able to build their own lightsabers using salvaged parts from fallen Jedi temples and crashed starships inside the covert Savi’s Workshop, according to the backstory for handbuilt lightsaber shop.

The personalized lightsabers will have metal hilts and light-up blades. Kyber crystals added to the hilts will determine the color of the blade. The Jedi Knight weapons will make contact sounds and powering up and down noises just like lightsabers do in the “Star Wars” movies.

Star Wars fans who want to build their own R2- or BB-units will be able to pick their own parts off a moving conveyor belt and assemble a remote-controlled astromech droid from scratch.

The Droid Depot will be filled with props and animated show elements lining the walls and hanging from the ceiling. The store will also sell pre-built droids and collectibles made from droid parts.

Oga’s Cantina

The wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Oga’s Cantina will feature a bartender mixing interstellar cocktails and a droid DJ spinning otherworldly tunes.

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