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.
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.
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.
Massive glass tanks above the bar will be filled with what appear to be alien creatures marinating in intergalactic “potations” used to make cocktails. The alcoholic drink menu will include a Jedi Mind Trick cocktail, Bad Motivator IPA beer and Imperial Red wine. There’s even a non-alcoholic Blue Milk on the menu that’s served with a Bantha cookie chaser.
DJ R-3X, the former droid pilot known as Rex from the Star Tours attraction, will spin an alien soundtrack described as Jawa-meets-new age-meets-1980s pop.
A ferocious and grumpy bounty hunter named Harko who regularly hangs out in the cantina will be on the lookout for Smugglers Run riders who have damaged the Millennium Falcon during their mission. Don’t be surprised if Harko taps you on the shoulder in the cantina looking for the loot you owe Hondo the space pirate.
The Black Spire village will be home to restaurants and shops run by local vendors and proprietors.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo will offer an intergalactic twist on the latest food hall and food truck trends with diners eating inside special effects-laden shipping containers beneath a food freighter spaceship operated by a surly alien cook.
Ronto Roasters specializes in “space” meats barbecued over a fire stoked by a repurposed podracing engine on a rotisserie spit turned by an animatronic droid who constantly complains about his never-ending job.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities will be the place to find intergalactic black market goods sold by an animatronic hammerhead alien shopkeeper willing to barter with his customers over prices on his merchandise.
Your allegiance to the dark or light side of the Force will determine where you shop for clothing, accessories and supplies in the Black Spire Outpost village. Those loyal to the good guys will find everything they need at Resistance Supply. Bad guy sympathizers will gravitate to First Order Cargo. Scoundrels and villagers hoping to keep their options open will head to Black Spire Outfitters.
The Star Wars village’s marketplace stalls will also include an alien pet store, toy shop, jeweler, popcorn vendor and Blue Milk stand.