Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Open Next Week

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It’s almost time for the first visitors to step foot on Batuu when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Resort May 31.

Getting inside won’t cost you any additional credits once you’ve entered the park, but until June 24, visitors will need a reservation and a regular admission ticket to get a glimpse inside the new themed land.

Fans can expect specific details on how to make reservations on the Disney Parks Blog and Disneyland.com to be released on May 2 at 8 a.m. PT. You must have a Disney Account to register for a reservation, so be sure to create one before registration opens at 10 a.m. PT that day. There is no additional cost to make a reservation, but reservations are subject to availability.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open May 31 at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Guests looking to guarantee a reservation to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Disneyland Resort today can also get one by staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019. Click here or call (714) 520-5060 to book your stay.

Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel between May 31 and June 23, 2019 will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay. One reservation per registered Guest. Each Guest is required to have valid theme park admission. If the hotel reservation is cancelled, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge reservation will be cancelled. Access to certain experiences in the land are subject to capacity and other factors. Additional restrictions apply.

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SWCC 2019: 6 Things We Learned from the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Panel

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The minds behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, gathered for a special panel discussion — “Bringing Star Wars to Life at Disney Parks — today at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Hosted by Josh Gad, the panel featured Scott Trowbridge (portfolio creative executive / studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering), Asa Kalama (executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering), Margaret Kerrison (managing story editor at Walt Disney Imagineering), Chris Beatty (executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering), Doug Chiang (Doug Chiang, legendary concept artist and now vice president and creative director at Lucasfilm), and Matt Martin (creative executive, Lucasfilm Story Group). This preview featured a look at the Hondo Ohnaka Audio-Animatronics figure, new announcements, and much more. Here are six things we learned.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Coca-Cola and other beverages.

1. You Can’t Beat the Real Thing…at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. You’ll be able to enjoy a Coca-Cola at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — but one that’s truly in-world. The Coca-Cola Company has collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm to create extremely cool, new bottles for Coca-Cola and other beverages that look like they’d be right at home on Batuu, or maybe in Lando’s fridge. “We wanted something that almost appeared like it was pulled off of a ship or left behind,” said Matt Cooper of The Coca-Cola Company, “and was repurposed as something that you could consume some of your favorite drinks in.”

“We translate the Coca-Cola name in more than 100 languages,” added Brad Spickert of The Coca-Cola Company, “but now, being able to share them for the first time in Aurebesh with this crowd at Celebration truly takes my breath away.” Attendees of the panel went home with a free Aurebesh Coca-Cola T-shirt, inspiring understandable jealousy from host Josh Gad.

2. You may hear and feel the presence of Yoda. And he will be voiced by Frank Oz, Chris Beatty confirmed. Happy to hear this, the crowd was.

3. Figrin D’an is making a comeback. The cantina band from Star Wars: A New Hope has a new song in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; it was played for the crowd, and sounds just right if you know their past work. But the music of Batuu is varied. Another new song blending techno and hip-hop elements was played, featuring droid sound effects and an inventive, other-worldly arrangement.

Concept art of Oga's Cantina. (Disney Parks)

Concept art of Oga’s Cantina, featuring DJ R3X. (Disney Parks)

4. Paul Reubens returns as R3X. It was confirmed that the actor is returning to play the fan-favorite droid from Star Tours, who will now be DJing in Oga’s cantina. “No one was more excited than Paul. He was great to work with,” said Margaret Kerrison, noting that Reubens brought a lot of inspiration and even wrote new lines. “You will be thoroughly entertained.”

The Millennium Falcon interior from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

The Millennium Falcon interior…if you keep it nice. (Disney Parks)

5. She won’t get a scratch…or will she? The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction promises to put you in control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. But depending on your flight crew’s performance, the Falcon could be worse for wear once your mission is over. “It’s going to look different depending on how you fly,” said Asa Kalama. The iconic hallway of ship will look beautiful and pristine if you did well; if you crashed and took too much fire from TIEs, lights will be broken, you’ll hear sparks and comm chatter about your poor effort. “It’s important to bring the ship back in good working order,” Kalama said. “Hondo’s a phenomenal boss, but he doesn’t take too kindly to those bringing his ship back in rough shape.”

6. You can enter a Twitter sweepstakes for a chance to win a vacation to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Resort. As announced at the panel, Lucasfilm and parent company Disney, and the global K-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) are teaming up to inspire the next generation of heroes and innovators. This sweepstakes is meant to help spread awareness of FIRST — go here for full details!

For more on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, check out StarWars.com’s in-depth features on the making of the land, its food and beverages, and the shops and characters you’ll encounter.

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More Friends than Foes at runDisney’s Star Wars Rival Run Weekend

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In the wee hours of Sunday morning, I found myself running through a dark patch of road on the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run half marathon course when off in the distance I heard familiar yet menacing, mechanical breathing.

Up ahead, the pavement was bathed in a red glow. Somewhere among the trees, Darth Vader was watching, his labored breaths announcing his impending arrival. And even though this was exactly what I had signed up for — three races over three days filled with Star Wars character sightings and sets — I sped up. And kept looking over my shoulder.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

Nearly 30,000 runners, walkers, and fans from the dark and the light side descended on Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando last weekend for an unforgettable Star Wars Rival Run race series. I’m always looking for a break when I’m running, but pausing to get my photo taken with a couple of First Order stormtroopers, posing in a trash compactor, or getting hugged by a Wookiee are easily among some of the greatest excuses to cut myself some slack and catch my breath during a long run.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

The 5K kicked off with a wet start Friday morning, as bleary-eyed racers trotted to the starting line at 5 a.m. There were (so many) porgs, Jedi Masters in full robes, and at least one athletic Rey who showed up carrying a full-sized staff. After a delayed start due to lightning, we jetted off on a modified course. Whenever a training run gets a little soggy I try to remind myself that the reason for pushing through those wet runs is getting prepared for race days like this, where you plan to run rain or shine. Despite dodging puddles,  it was still magical running through Epcot, practically floating on a soundtrack of Star Wars classics.Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

On Saturday, the 10K got back on track with 14 waves of fearless and inventive fans, from flapper droids to an entire family flock of porgs, racing off beneath a shower of fireworks to serve as the starting gun. I hit my stride, pausing to mug on a speederbike set like I was being chased through the forests of Endor, and feeling empowered as Rey’s theme propelled me along around the world showcase. When I crossed the finish line I felt confident that I could keep going.

But Sunday’s half marathon was a challenge. Most runners, myself included, opted for running gear printed with stormtrooper armor or other Star Wars themes, rather than full costumes, although I did see one brave Willrow Hood (a blink-and-you-miss-him fan-favorite character from the evacuation of Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back) bounding through the crowd carrying his ice cream maker. High humidity meant runners were counting on adding about a minute to each mile, and organizers stressed that taking care of hydration would be an even bigger concern than a standard 13.1 mile jaunt. I felt the humidity in my lungs from the start. Where I had been buoyed by adrenaline and excitement the day before and ignored the intervals I had been training with (two minutes of running, followed by one minute of walking), I had to temper my joy and focus on my training if I wanted to make it to the finish line.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

Along the course, I found welcome distraction in billboards showcasing some of my favorite Star Wars scenes (although watching Luke stand up for his sister always makes me a little misty and it’s really hard to run when you can’t see clearly), even more cosplayers and characters ready for a quick photo stop, and sets including the Emperor’s throne.

But just over halfway through I was starting to worry that I would make it even close to my goal time of two and a half hours. That’s when the pacer group, volunteer runners who are dedicated to keeping a specific pace to help other runners on the course, showed up behind me. As their leader shouted a gleeful, “Walk!” I slowed down and let them help guide me through the rest of the course.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

After crossing the finish line, I took my medals on a trip to the mural outside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

It’s impossible to explain how exhilarating it felt to cross that finish line. It’s been years since I tackled a hat trick — a 5K, 10K, and half marathon completed as a series over a few days — and the last time I ended up nursing an injury for weeks afterward. This time I had completed the course, managed to stay upright, and found even more joy in the race than usual.

There’s always an energy around race days, but being surrounded by Star Wars fans who were there for the pure enjoyment of the experience first and their race time second made it easily the best race I’ve ever done. Instead of feeling pressure to run faster, or try to get a personal record, I felt the camaraderie of runners who were there to do their best without stress and just have fun. By letting go of my own fears of being slow, I found so much more enjoyment in the race itself, and the rare sight of running through three Walt Disney World Resort parks at sunrise.

Runners took part in the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.

And that makes the runDisney Star Wars series the perfect place for runners who have never tried a race before, or maybe never thought they could. Trust me, you can. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, stop to hug any Ewoks that wander along the route, and stay focused on enjoying the journey to the finish line. You’ll be crossing it before you know it.

Or as Yoda might say, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

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Associate Editor Kristin Baver is a writer and all-around sci-fi nerd who always has just one more question in an inexhaustible list of curiosities. Sometimes she blurts out “It’s a trap!” even when it’s not. Do you know a fan who’s most impressive? Hop on Twitter and tell @KristinBaver all about them.

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Get Ready for the runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend with StarWars.com’s Apple Music Playlist

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As a child of the ’80s, I’m a firm believer in the art of the mixtape and mix CD, or, now in this digital age, the playlist. And it is an art form. As any music nerd who enjoys making playlists will tell you, track selection is key — you want to establish and change moods and flows, and take the listener on a journey. One poor choice and the whole playlist can be ruined, or thrown off course. It’s serious business!

And as a runner, playlists are an even bigger part of my life. I listen to one almost every time I lace up my sneakers and get out there.

To celebrate the upcoming runDisney Star Wars Rival Run Weekend, I’ve had the privilege to curate an official Apple Music playlist of Star Wars music from across the saga. Enjoy it in these final days of preparation, and maybe even during your runs at the event. You can listen to it at Apple Music; below you’ll find a track listing and, in proper music-nerd fashion, my own commentary/digital liner notes on each composition and why I chose it. May the music be with you…and good luck!

1. “Main Title” – Star Wars: A New Hope

The opening track of any playlist is hugely important. When I make playlists, I usually try to start them out with something that will draw the listener in but isn’t overpowering, maybe something a little lesser known. I experimented with that here, but nothing I came up with could compare to the music that actually kicked off Star Wars. It’s just too perfect an opener.

Rey with her speeder in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

2. “Rey’s Theme” – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

After the thrilling bombast of “Main Title,” we come down a bit — but not for long. I love how “Rey’s Theme” builds and builds, first with quiet flutes and then swelling strings and brass. It keeps the momentum going for a run, but without an overly-chaotic energy.

3. “The Imperial March” – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Now we bring things back up in a brute-force kind of way, just in case you’re feeling those early-run doubts. The militaristic style and rhythm of “The Imperial March” is almost like a wake-up call, and also energizing.
4. “The Return of the Jedi” – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
This piece is from my favorite Star Wars scene ever — Luke’s attack on Jabba’s sail barge. It oozes swashbuckling heroics, and I love the playful beginning. And it’s appropriate for this point in a run: you should feel like a hero, ’cause you are!
Yoda raises the X-wing on Dagobah in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
5. “Yoda and the Force” – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
After the wham-bam thrills of “The Return of the Jedi,” I wanted something more meditative — a peaceful piece of music that could center you as you run. This track is slow, beautiful and haunting at the same time, but builds into something inspiring and magical. It’s probably my favorite piece of John Williams Star Wars music.
6. “The Adventures of Han” – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Time to pick the energy back up! This track from Solo chugs along with staccato brass, giving a feeling of pursuit, then soars, feeling appropriately Han.
7. “Lapti Nek (Jabba’s Palace Band)” – Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Here’s a real change of pace. I’ve always loved Star Wars‘ in-universe music, and I wanted that represented here; it was also an opportunity to bring another style into the playlist beyond classical. “Lapti Nek,” from the Jabba’s palace sequence in Return of the Jedi, is funk-meets-pop, with weird sound effects and synths, and I think it’s really fun and fantastic.
8. “The Trip to the Naboo Temple and the Audience with Boss Nass” – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
After the detour of “Lapti Nek,” it’s time to get back to business. This piece, in which Jar Jar takes our Jedi our heroes to his underwater home, has a driving rhythm that then goes off in different directions. It’s a playful piece that also gets serious at times, making for nice musical juxtapositions.
Anakin and Padme in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
9. “Across the Stars” – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Looking to slow things down again but inspire, I went to this sweeping masterpiece. “Across the Stars” has elements that evoke grand romantic scores from Hollywood’s past, but it feels completely Star Wars at the same time, with powerful and gentle moments.
10. “Inquisitor Duel” – Star Wars Rebels: Season One
A powerful piece from Star Wars Rebels, “Inquisitor Duel” makes great use of a choir and piercing strings to convey high stakes. There are those moments in a run when you need to overcome your fear, and this felt like a good time for music to speak to that moment.
11. “When Has Become Now” – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This has a strong opening and then quiets down into darker tones before picking back up; in the context of a run, that’s important. I felt like it would continue the feel of “Inquisitor Duel” and then give you a chance to take a breather.
12. “Jango’s Escape” – Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
This is another example of Star Wars using drums and staccato to evoke feelings of movement and pursuing danger. Playing it after “When Has Become Now,” I felt they just worked together thematically, though “Jango’s Escape” keeps the tension more consistent, and will keep you moving.
13. “The Rebellion is Reborn” – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Following the tone of the last few pieces, it seemed like a good time to slow things down again with something more hopeful. Those opening string-driven bars make the piece for me; they’re just beautiful, and they grow more and more powerful. There’s a positive spirit to “The Rebellion is Reborn,” and that’s important in Star Wars and running.
Han Solo on the train in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
14. “Train Heist” – Solo: A Star Wars Story
In playlists, I like to look for connective tissue between tracks. The gentle opening of “Train Heist” felt like a good segue from “The Rebellion is Reborn,” but it evolves into something very different. Indeed, those pounding drums really do give a feeling of locomotion, and what could be better for a run?
15. “Battle of the Heroes” – Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Revenge of the Sith has several excellent operatic pieces, and this is the one I always come back to, taken from Anakin and Obi-Wan’s duel. A run can be a battle, so I knew I wanted to this included somewhere. With the playlist coming toward its end, it seemed like a good time to make things feel more epic.
16. “Cantina Band” – Star Wars: A New Hope
After the heaviness and drama of “Battle of the Heroes,” I wanted something lighter and, dare I say, kind of funny. Voila.
Jyn and Cassian in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
17. “Rogue One” – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Alright, playtime’s over. “Rogue One” has an appropriately great we’re-on-a-mission feel, which is good for a run. It also slyly works in classic Star Wars themes, which is an element I always enjoy.
18. “Ahsoka Leaves” – Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Season Five)
This was another “had to include it” track. It’s from the moment in Star Wars: The Clone Wars when Ahsoka Tano makes the choice to leave Anakin and the Jedi Order, and I’ve always found it very emotional. I remember the first time watching the episode and that sequence, and I was just floored by the music. It adds some dark hues to iconic Star Wars motifs, along with new colors provided by some interesting choices in instrumentation. For a run, it seemed like another good chance to slow the music down for a bit.
19. “March of the Resistance” – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Here I wanted something with a sense of not quite triumph, but determination. This composition, with its driving strings and woodwinds that seem to play off each other, seemed to do the trick.
20. “Dice & Roll” – Solo: A Star Wars Story
Another piece from Solo with an arresting off-kilter arrangement. (What exactly is being used for percussion in the opening bars?) I love how this kind of lulls you a bit before exploding into familiar motifs, which sets the tone for the rest of the playlist.
21. “Hope” – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
As we’re now in getting-to-the-end-of-the-playlist territory, and potentially your run, I wanted to shift into music that’s a bit more dramatic and high-stakes.
Rey and Kylo Ren versus the Praetorian Guards in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
22. “A New Alliance” – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Maybe you’re struggling toward the end and need to power through? “A New Alliance,” from the Rey/Kylo/Snoke/Praetorian Guards showdown, moves from haunting to exciting, and captures that feeling for me.
23. “The Last Battle” – Star Wars: A New Hope
The longest track on the playlist, it covers, essentially, the climax of A New Hope. But its length is a strength, as it features several motifs, and if you’re like me, you can picture the entire sequence in your head. If a piece of music can make you feel like you destroyed the Death Star — and “The Last Battle” does — that’s a good thing for runner’s playlist.
24. “Duel of the Fates” – Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
This incredible work from the Obi-Wan/Qui-Gon/Maul duel incorporates choir to great effect; even more so than the Emperor’s theme from Return of the Jedi, the vocals really drive the track. Here, I was looking for something that would work as you were making the final push in your run, calling on everything you had left. “Duel of the Fates” immediately came to mind.
Han and Luke receive their medals in Star Wars: A New Hope.
25. “The Throne Room and End Title” – Star Wars: A New Hope
While I messed around with options for track 1, I knew from the start that this would close the playlist. I mean, it’s celebratory and Luke and Han get medals to this music. What could be better? This is what I want to hear at the end of a Star Wars run.

There’s still time to complete your training! Learn more about Star Wars Rival Run Weekend taking place April 4-7, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort on the runDisney site.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

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Vi Moradi, Leia’s Top Spy, Heads to Batuu in Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire

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There’s a galaxy of major books and comics coming to shelves that center around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the mysterious world of Batuu; today, the Disney Parks Blog has pulled back the curtain on one such release, revealing the cover and story details for Delilah S. Dawson’s novel, Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire. Coming August 27, the book promises to explore the secret history of Galaxy’s Edge — and we can’t wait.

Check out artist Darren Tan’s stunning cover, featuring Resistance spy Vi Moradi, and the novel’s official description below!

Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire book cover.

Walk the ancient streets, meet the colorful characters, and uncover the secret history of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming expansion to the Disney Parks experience!

After devastating losses at the hands of the First Order, General Leia Organa has dispatched her agents across the galaxy in search of allies, sanctuary, and firepower—and her top spy, Vi Moradi, may have just found all three, on a secluded world at the galaxy’s edge.

A planet of lush forests, precarious mountains, and towering, petrified trees, Batuu is on the furthest possible frontier of the galactic map, the last settled world before the mysterious expanse of Wild Space. The rogues, smugglers, and adventurers who eke out a living on the largest settlement on the planet, Black Spire Outpost, are here to avoid prying eyes and unnecessary complications. Vi, a Resistance spy on the run from the First Order, is hardly a welcome guest. And when a shuttle full of stormtroopers lands in her wake, determined to root her out, she has no idea where to find help.

To survive, Vi will have to seek out the good-hearted heroes hiding in a world that redefines scum and villainy. With the help of a traitorous trooper and her acerbic droid, she begins to gather a colorful band of outcasts and misfits, and embarks on a mission to spark the fire of resistance on Batuu—before the First Order snuffs it out entirely.

Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire arrives August 27 and is available for pre-order now.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

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Vi Moradi, Leia’s Top Spy, Heads to Batuu in Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Revealed

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Mark your calendars and set your hyperspace coordinates!

Earlier today, it was officially announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort in Southern California and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

As detailed on the Disney Parks Blog, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge “is debuting early because of high guest interest in experiencing this new, immersive land. On opening day for phase one, you’ll be able to live your own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, sample amazing galactic food and beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops, and more.

And for phase two, opening later this year, will be Star Wars: Rise of the Resistancethe most ambitious, immersive and advanced attraction ever imagined that will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance and will blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In light of tremendous demand, Disney made the decision to open the land in phases to allow guests to sooner enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences that make Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge so spectacular.”

The Disney Parks Blog also offers details on access to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:

“Guests planning to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California between May 31 and June 23, 2019, will need valid theme park admission and will be required to make a no-cost reservation, subject to availability, to access the land. Information on how to make a reservation will be available at a later date on Disneyland.com and the Disney Parks Blog. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Resort hotels during these dates will receive a designated reservation to access Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during their stay (one reservation per registered guest); valid theme park admission is required.

A reservation will not be offered or required to experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the Walt Disney World Resort at this time.  And you should know that valid theme park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge after its opening on August 29, 2019. Capacity is limited.  Additionally, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be available during Extra Magic Hours. During Extra Magic Hours guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels can spend extra time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios enjoying select attractions. Details will also be available at a later date on Disneyworld.com and the Disney Parks Blog.”

In addition: “Capacity for the parks, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its experiences is limited.  Access to the park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors.

Check back on this Disney Parks Blog post later today for even more details.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California’s Disneyland Resort on May 31, 2019, and in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort on August 29, 2019.

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Sharing the Saga on Disney Cruise Line and Star Wars Day at Sea

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It was the evening before Star Wars Day at Sea on my family’s Disney Cruise Line vacation, and my three-year-old son Jack was scouring the Star Wars section of the main gift shop. (This “section” was, in reality, a Star Wars shop all its own.) There were Darth Vader action figures and Millennium Falcon vehicles and exclusive droid toys, and much more. In an effort to do our best impersonation of good parents, and because our Big Suitcase was perilously close to the dreaded 50 lbs. airline limit, my wife and I told him that he could buy only one thing, with the caveat that we had power of approval. This made Jack’s decision all the more difficult and important, but he was agreeable to our terms, thankfully.

Like any three-year-old, Jack wanted almost everything he came across, except for toys of bad guys — he has an endearing quirk about only wanting the good guys. (Most of the time when he plays at home, the villains end up switching sides.) So we had to temper him a bit, but nothing he picked was really quite right; items were either not age appropriate (geared toward adult-collectors) or were just too big (sorry, Millennium Falcon). But then, I had a realization.

The first thing Jack asked for when we went into the store was a lightsaber. His face lit up when he saw them — several buckets and a wall’s worth — but I’d said no. I was worried he might hit his younger brother, who’s just nine months old, or act like, well, a three-year-old with it. (To be fair to him, he’ll actually be four very soon.) I stopped and thought about how old I was when I began playing with Star Wars toys and received my first lightsaber. It would’ve been right around his age, and I can still remember what it meant to me. Plus, what kid experiencing something called Star Wars Day at Sea should do so without a lightsaber in hand? I conferred with my wife, who agreed.

“Jack,” I said, calling him over. “You can get a lightsaber. Go pick one out.”

He beamed, running over to check out all the variations. While the traditional red-, blue-, and green-bladed versions were cool, he was wide-eyed with amazement upon picking up Ezra Bridger’s lightsaber from the Star Wars Rebels animated series. The blade extended. It made sounds. It was part blaster.

“I want this one!” he said.

A few minutes later in our room, we freed the toy from its package and Jack ignited his first lightsaber. It was a big moment. For him, but definitely for me, too.

See, a pretty amazing thing happens when you’re a Star Wars superfan and start raising a family: your relationship to the saga changes. And it changes in a rich, rewarding way. Star Wars is no longer something for me to experience on my own; it’s something for me to share and pass down. I’d never felt that more than in that moment.

A young fan with his lightsaber on Star Wars Day at Sea.

That was the really powerful and joyful thing about Jack getting his first lightsaber, and my family’s Disney Cruise Line and Star Wars Day at Sea experience overall.

Every saga has a beginning

Our early-February trip on the Disney Fantasy, one of Disney Cruise Line’s ships, was to be a seven-day journey through the Western Caribbean. My family — my wife Jen, our sons Jack (three) and Ben (nine months), and myself — had never been on a real vacation together. In fact, Jen had never been on a cruise before, and my last cruise was 20 years ago. Traveling with kids is never easy, and the change in time zone would, we knew, impact their nap schedules and most likely their behavior. (When kids are over-tired, they act like crazed rock stars. At least mine do.) So this was a big deal, and we really didn’t know what to expect.

Turns out, we needn’t have worried.

Even just leading up to Star Wars Day at Sea, our trip was filled with a feeling of family, discovery, friendliness — and definitely Star Wars. Going to the pool on the top deck was obviously a big draw; Jack would spend all day in the water if he could, a preference only compounded by the pool’s proximity to a massive screen playing Pixar and Disney movies. (Really, though, who wouldn’t want to watch Ratatouille on a sunny day, while in a pool on a cruise ship?) We took in the live, Broadway-style performance of Aladdin — Jack’s first time seeing a play or stage actors ever. He delighted in meeting Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, Daisy, and various Disney Princesses, either waiting in line or just having a chance encounter, which seemed even more special. Seeing how he and other kids react to these real-life versions of their animated heroes is enough to warm the heart of even the most Scrooge McDuck-like.

Resistance gear at Star Wars: Command Center at Star Wars Day at Sea.

A young fan in the Star Wars Command Center on the Disney Fantasy from Disney Cruise Line.

A young fan in the Star Wars Command Center on the Disney Fantasy from Disney Cruise Line.

We spent some time together in Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a large activity center designed for kids ages 3 to 12, and it’s really kind of incredible. There are craft stations, an interactive floor, a section dubbed “Andy’s Room” based on Toy Story, and immersive experiences with tablets, and much more. The highlight, for Jack and I, at least, is a stunning Star Wars area called Star Wars: Command Post, which looks like it was pulled right out of a Resistance base. It oozes detail, with weathered columns, exposed “wire,” and illuminated and interactive starmaps and interfaces, complete with clickable buttons. There’s a life-size, animated BB-8 that obeys the commands of Oceaneer instructors, as well as ship holograms that you can manually spin, and fantastic flight sims that are thrilling — they’re pulled straight from Star Tours — putting you in the cockpit of X-wings, Naboo starfighters, and more. “The great thing about all of our Star Wars programming in this space is that it’s ever-changing,” Alex Black, youth entertainment host at Star Wars: Command Post told me. “So every time a child or adult visits, the program might not be the same as it was beforehand.” I didn’t want to leave, never mind Jack.

As a young family, something we really appreciated was how much the experience seemed to be designed around two things: comfort and ease. For example, every family or guest is assigned specific restaurants and times to eat, putting you on a schedule — and your servers travel with you. This meant that by the second day, we didn’t have to ask for a small bowl and small spoon for Ben’s meals; they were waiting for us on the table when we arrived. We knew our servers and room attendants and they knew us, and even now, Jack still talks about Christian and Lea, hoping to see them the next time we go. “I think this is very different from any other cruise line,” Barbara Rota, hotel director, told me. “The fact that you have the same server and the same person that cleans your room, that builds an emotional connection. The intention is, really, to build memories.”

When we’d arrive at the various ports, we approached our excursions as mini day trips. You only have a certain amount of time before you have to get back to the ship, so we picked a simple activity and enjoyed ourselves. In Cozumel, Mexico, we walked around the markets of the local square, especially happy to pick up some charming $1 luchador toys; arriving in George Town, Grand Cayman, we made it a beach day; at Falmouth, Jamaica, we walked the port area and nearby neighborhood, and bought hand-made superhero toys and baskets. These little adventures made for an even more rewarding trip.

Still, Star Wars was never far away.

There are movie theaters aboard the Disney Fantasy, and each night would see a different Star Wars movie screened. Now, as I have two young kids, a 10 p.m. movie is officially Super Crazy Late for me. But I thought I should at least check out some of my favorite film of all time, The Empire Strikes Back, on the big screen, as a small appetizer to the main course of Star Wars Day at Sea.

Maybe just five minutes, I said to myself. Then, maybe until the end of the Battle of Hoth. Then, Okay, I’m leaving after the asteroid field.

Of course, two hours later as the credits began to roll, I got up out of my seat, exhilarated, and headed back to our cabin.

Star Wars Day at Sea

Here’s a little-known secret: Star Wars Day at Sea really begins the night before. While most of the activities aboard the Disney Fantasy are timed and scheduled for all to see and plan around, the kickoff of Star Wars Day at Sea is something of an Easter egg.

Darth Vader takes over the Disney Fantasy on Star Wars Day at Sea.

Thanks to a tip, I headed to the atrium just before 10 p.m. the evening before the big day. A musical act was playing, as they do every night, and a small crowd was gathering, including many in Star Wars attire. (As I’d find out, Star Wars fans who regularly attend Star Wars Day at Sea are in the know about this secret launch.) Then, it happened: when the clock struck 10, the band was cut off. The lights began flashing red, basking everything in crimson. The classic “Imperial March” began blaring gloriously over the ship’s sound system, and finally, Darth Vader himself appeared on the balcony, flanked by a squad of stormtroopers. He was taking over the ship — indeed, his enforcers soon began scouring the crowd for rebel spies — and Star Wars Day at Sea was officially here. Smiles were everywhere.

The next morning, we all donned Star Wars shirts (in Ben’s case, it was technically a onesie), had a quick breakfast and headed off for our first experience of the day: meeting the Sith Lord himself. While ominous music from Return of the Jedi played, Vader greeted us. “An unfortunate display of devotion to a lost cause,” he said upon seeing my rebel-centric shirt, which featured art from the Italian movie poster of Star Wars. We all gathered for a picture, Jack conveying a mixture of excitement and nervousness; after the photo, he began firing away with his lightsaber-blaster, saying to the villain, “Darth Vader, look what I have!” Maybe cuteness is the real way to defeat Darth Vader.

A young fan meets C-3PO and R2-D2 on Star Wars Day at Sea.

We’d then go on to meet C-3PO and R2-D2 together, followed by Chewbacca. Jack showed off his Jedi weapon again and, appropriately, gave the towering Wookiee a hug. Jen and I loved watching every second.

A Gamorrean Guard on Star Wars Day at Sea.

A stormtrooper walks the pool area on Star Wars Day at Sea.

BB-8s line up to race on Star Wars Day at Sea.

What’s especially fun about Star Wars Day at Sea, which I didn’t realize before experiencing it, is that the ship is truly immersed in Star Wars from morning until night. In all honesty, it almost feels like a day at Star Wars Celebration. There are fans in costume everywhere, Star Wars banners and decor, and aside from the character meet-and-greets, which are hugely popular, all kinds of Star Wars programming: an all-day “Porgs On Board!” scavenger hunt, Star Wars 101 for newbies, quote trivia for all ages in D Lounge, know-it-all trivia in O’Gills Pub, superfan trivia (which, toward the end, totally stumped me) in The Tube, artist Russell Walks appearing as a guest speaker, screenings of the entire prequel trilogy and Rogue One, character appearances and interactions on the pool deck, and on. Jawas would randomly approach people, looking to trade something, Gamorrean Guards would randomly walk the decks, and First Order officers would stop for photos, even though they had a distaste for all things Resistance. BB-8 races, in which fans race Sphero’s App-Enabled Droids, drew huge crowds, oohing and ahh-ing and cheering throughout. “Everything we do is put together with Lucasfilm,” Peter Hofer, cruise director, told me, explaining the authenticity of it all. Many people I spoke with said they picked this cruise because they were Star Wars fans, and it’s easy to see why.

A young fan draws porgs during Star Wars Day at Sea on the Disney Fantasy.

But it was really important for me to experience this day with my family and with Jack, especially, so I picked activities that I thought would suit us. We went to the Star Wars Drawing Academy, in which everyone was given paper and pencils. We would be learning how to draw a porg via a video, hosted by a Disney animator. It was an interesting experience for me as a dad; initially, I tried to help Jack follow along to the instructions, while I also drew my own version of the famous Ahch-To creature. But eventually I just acquiesced and let Jack do his own thing. He paid attention to the video himself, and while he couldn’t match the exact example of the porg, I watched as he learned and illustrated in ways he never had before. When the instructor talked about drawing the body, he did so. He drew facial features. He drew little porg feet. He drew a lot. By the end of the class, everyone had drawn one giant porg; Jack drew a family. I was really proud.

A young fan flies a craft X-wing on the Disney Fantasy during Star Wars Day at Sea.

Later, we went to Disney’s Oceaneer Club for some Star Wars crafting, specifically ships and vehicles. We decided to make an X-wing — under the guidance of a youth entertainment host’s instructions, thankfully, because I would’ve had no real idea of what I was doing. It was simple enough that both Jack and I could play a part; I set up the frame of the ship, Jack picked the purple foam tape and applied it. When it was complete, he instantly started flying his starfighter around the room, clearly excited that this ship was something he created. Then, it was on to dinner.

Star Wars Day at Sea menu.

Dessert with Han-in-carbonite chocolate at Star Wars Day at Sea.

Our last real Star Wars activity as a family for the day, dinner was Star Wars-themed in ways both subtle and overt, and always fun. The menu looked like a datapad, with a super-cool lenticular effect and written partially in Aurebesh, featuring meals inspired by locations (and characters and creatures therein) from the saga. There were “Bantha Steak Empanadas” (made with finely chopped beef), “Marinated Opee Sea Killer” (dill-marinated shrimp on iceberg lettuce with gooberfish caviar, cucumber, lemon, and cocktail sauce), and “Lord Vader’s Nerf Steak” (a rib-eye), to name but a few. The kids menu doubled as a Chewbacca mask. For dessert, I’d heartily recommend Han Solo’s Frozen Carbonite Sundae.

The day closed with Star Wars: Summon the Force, a huge gathering on the top deck that included hundreds of fans, characters from across the saga, and finally, a beautiful fireworks display to the sounds of John Williams’ score. I couldn’t think of a better ending.

The saga continues

The last day of our journey, following Star Wars Day at Sea, was spent at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island. It was a relaxing, beautiful, and gloriously BBQ-filled way to complete a trip that we will not forget.

Though the cold rain that awaited us in San Francisco was certainly a sign that we were back to reality.

Since we’ve been back, I’ve been thinking more about our time on the Disney Fantasy and how I relate to Star Wars now, after this trip. We go on vacations with family, and we take joy in sharing the things we love, like Star Wars, because of the connections they form between us and the ones we love. A meal here, a smile there, a laugh, a good conversation.

So for us to have our first vacation include Star Wars, and give us memories around it, is just incredibly meaningful for not just me, but all of us. The proof? The week we returned, Jack’s daycare had “Share Day,” in which students bring in something for show and tell. Jack didn’t bring in his usual toy or stuffed animal.

He brought in his handmade X-wing.

A family meets Chewbacca on Star Wars Day at Sea.

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Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

Sharing the Saga on Disney Cruise Line and Star Wars Day at Sea

27 Things We Learned About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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StarWars.com was invited to a special preview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars-themed land opening at California’s Disneyland Resort in summer 2019 and Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019. There were tons of reveals from the creative minds bringing Galaxy’s Edge to life, and in our tour of the Disneyland site; below, we’ve encapsulated all the main details and insights to get you ready for your trip to a galaxy no longer so far away. Punch it!

Flying the Millennium Falcon

1. You will fly the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. Millennium FalconSmugglers Run is one of Galaxy’s Edge’s two anchor attractions, and will see a group of up to six in the cockpit of the Falcon. You will fly it, fire its cannons, and manage its controls. “They really are in control of the ship. It’s a completely interactive experience,” said Scott Trowbridge, Star Wars portfolio creative executive / studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering said. “So if you don’t fire and hit that TIE fighter that’s coming after you, it may get some shots and create some damage on the ship that then you have to fix. If you don’t fly right to avoid that oncoming whatever, you smash into a wall, your ship is going to fly right and smash into that wall. You’re truly in control of what happens on your mission.”

Rise of the Resistance

2. In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll be captured by the First Order — and come face to face with Kylo Ren. Outside of the Black Spire marketplace is a forest area, which is where the Resistance is encamped. “This is a time when the Resistance is back on their heels, they’re a ragtag group, and they’re looking to rebuild,” said Trowbridge. “This is our opportunity to join the Resistance.” The attraction will throw you right into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance and, eventually, inside a Star Destroyer. There, you’ll encounter the First Order’s dark enforcer; if you survive and make it back home, you just might become a Resistance hero.

3. You’ll encounter BB-8, Finn, Poe, and Rey on Rise of the Resistance. John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Daisy Ridley have all reprised their roles, respectively, for the attraction; in what form they’ll appear is yet to be confirmed. BB-8 will be live and in-person!

4. The story of Galaxy’s Edge takes place during the sequel trilogy. While a set place in the timeline is yet to be revealed, it was confirmed by Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group that the land’s story is centered around the Resistance/First Order conflict.

Black Spire Outpost

5. There are new ships at Black Spire Outpost. Walking through Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll spot a kind of TIE fighter never previously seen, and a newly-created shuttle that will start your mission for Rise of the Resistance.

6. Galaxy’s Edge was designed to be somewhat future-proof. Thanks to the efforts to define a history for Batuu, the land can go, in terms of story, anywhere Star Wars takes it. “The place and the attractions have been built,” Carrie Beck, vice president, animation and live action series at Lucasfilm said, “but everything that you can populate it with can be refreshed, can be updated, can be changed, can be integrated.”

Build your own lightsaber at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

7. You can build your own, one-of-a-kind lightsaber. Head to Savi’s Workshop, where you can make a custom Jedi (or Sith) weapon, complete with a kyber crystal at its core.

Droid Depot at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

8. Need a droid? Go to the Droid Depot. If you ever wanted your own BB or R2 unit, you’re in luck. You can build your own droid pal, mixing and matching parts, at this shop.

9. If you’re looking for a pet, go to Bina’s Creature Stall. “[She] loves to travel around the galaxy and collect different creatures, and she brings them back here to Batuu,” said Brian Loo, creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Creatures for sale include tauntauns, rathtars, and more.

Galaxy's Edge concept art

10. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest themed-land expansion in Disney Parks history. “This location is over 14 acres. It is basically a small city in our Parks,” said Trowbridge.

11. The goal is to “give our guests the opportunity to live their own Star Wars story.” Galaxy’s Edge is going to truly bring fans into Star Wars. “The land itself is a massive e-ticket experience,” said Trowbridge, “filled with story and characters and ways to explore and experience this galaxy far, far away like never before.”

Blue and green milk

12. Blue Milk, the iconic drink first served by Aunt Beru in Star Wars: A New Hope, will be among the beverages available — but it’s not actually milk. “If you’re walking around Florida, the last thing you want is a glass of milk,” Trowbridge joked. Instead, it’s made from plant-based dairy. But he promised it will be cool, refreshing, and gloriously blue. (The green variety will also be available for those who prefer their milk to come from thala-sirens.)

In-universe foods

13. Ronto Roasters and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo are your destinations for galactic delicacies. The eateries will feature in-universe food and drinks, including Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo’s Fried Endorian Tip-Yip (fried chicken with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy), Ronto Roasters’ Ronto Wrap (filled with spiced grilled sausage and roasted pork), and (wait for it, Star Wars Rebels fans) Meiloorun Juice.

14. There are Loth-cats! Trowbridge showed a video of an animatronic, sleeping Loth-cat (first seen in the animated series Star Wars Rebels), and it was pretty much the greatest thing ever. “This is a place where all of Star Wars can come to life,” he said. “We’re creating creatures … some of whom have never been seen in the real world before.”

Toy shop on Batuu

15. There’s a toy shop, run by female Toydarian Zabaka, and its items look and feel like they were made in a galaxy far, far away. “One of our mantras is, if doesn’t feel like it would be home in a movie, it shouldn’t feel at home in the land,” Trowbridge said. Items include plushies of Star Wars heroes, musical instruments that can be played and come pre-loaded with in-universe music, and trinkets like a wood-carved convor. None come in packaging because on Batuu, toys are handmade.

Jedi apparel

16. If you ever wanted to be a Jedi, you can now dress the part. Black Spire Outfitters, a clothing boutique, will offer Jedi attire that you can mix and match, and much more.

Rise of the Resistance concept art

17. Rise of the Resistance is gloriously long. “This is one of the most epic attraction experiences we have ever built,” Trowbridge said.

18. Upon entering Galaxy’s Edge, your phone will transform into your very own in-universe datapad. The Play Disney Parks App switches automatically to Star Wars mode, and “It will unlock a whole bunch of new missions, stories, and ways to interact with the land,” Trowbridge said, “that for the very first time, is built into the land from the very beginning.” You’ll be able to translate languages and signs, hack droids, message with characters like Hondo Ohnaka, and much more.

19. John Williams’ original music for Galaxy’s Edge will be used where appropriate — namely, on Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance. “There are moments where we want to feel like we’re in a movie,” Trowbridge said. “And it’s in those moments where we have a more cinematic approach to the story we’re in and the experience we’re in, where those scores will emerge.”

20. What’s in a name? A lot! Hundreds of names were discussed and it took over a year to settle on “Black Spire Outpost.” “We wanted a name that, when you hear it, you say, ‘Oh, I want to go there,’” Beck said.

Black Spire Outpost

21. There’s more to the spires than meets the eye. Concept art and designs coming in from the legendary Doug Chiang and the art team fueled the story elements of Galaxy’s Edge. “They fed us with so much inspiration,” said Margaret Kerrison, managing story editor at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We’re looking at this and we’re like, What are these things that are protruding out from the ground? Can they be more than just rock formations? Could they have been these tall, towering trees from hundreds of thousands of years ago, and could they have eroded and petrified into rock? Wouldn’t that be really interesting? What if one of these spires was really special — that it was in the middle of the outpost, and that’s how Black Spire Outpost got its name?” Is there a reason the black spire is special? Thus far, no one is saying, but you might hear chatter about it from villagers in Galaxy’s Edge.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

22. Be sure to visit to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. Mentioned in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian gatekeeper of the black market on Batuu. His shop promises to be filled with treasures from across the galaxy, including holocrons, stone carvings of Jedi warriors, and more rare artifacts.

23. Hondo Ohnaka comes to life. The shady Weequay pirate and fan favorite from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels is now one of Disney Parks’ most complex Audio-Animatronics figures; at Black Spire Outpost, he’s teamed up with Chewbacca, and needs you to transport some cargo on the Falcon. “One of the things that we aimed for is finding the opportunities to honor all levels of fandom, whatever part of the galaxy they’ve participated in, and he became a great choice as someone to meet here on Black Spire,” said Beck.

R-3X is now a DJ at Oga’s Cantina

24. Rex from Star Tours has a new gig. No longer piloting Star Tours (which is probably for the best, considering his flying skills), R-3X is now a DJ at Oga’s Cantina, where you can order galactic drinks like Fuzzy Tauntaun.

25. It is filled with Easter eggs. “There are way too many to mention,” Kerrison said, but she confirms one favorite: Pablo Hidalgo has voiced one character that you might meet.

Native Batuuans

26. Disney Cast Members will walk among you as native Batuuans. You’ll be able to speak with, and learn from, villagers at Black Spire Outpost, all with different stories to tell. Some might be Resistance sympathizers; some might be First Order loyalists.

27. Batuu’s spires were key to making Galaxy’s Edge a unique design. “I feel really happy,” said Doug Chiang, concept artist and vice president and creative director of Lucasfilm, “that we landed on something that’s very iconic.”

Batuu's spires

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California’s Disneyland Resort in summer 2019, and in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.

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Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

27 Things We Learned About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

From Blue Milk to Ronto Wraps: The Food and Beverages of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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If you’re like Chewbacca and always thinkin’ with your stomach, you’ll enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The Star Wars-themed land is set to host enough tasty delights to please anyone, including our favorite Wookiee. Food and drink at Black Spire Outpost will be purely in-universe, and served at a few eateries and watering holes, including the newly-revealed Ronto Roasters, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and Oga’s Cantina. Last week, StarWars.com was invited to taste many of the galactic dishes, snacks, and beverages coming to Galaxy’s Edge, and got an early look at these vendors in a tour of the Disneyland Resort site in Anaheim.

The dishes and drinks of Galaxy’s Edge are wholly new creations — after all, no one has really made or tasted Star Wars food before. The team had to “sit back and think about, ‘How do we approach this?’” said Brian Koziol, food and beverage concept development director at Walt Disney World Resort. “What is our creative direction of the food, because we don’t know. What does it taste like? What does it smell like? What does it look like? So we had that opportunity to really bring all of those touch points to every single guest that’s going to visit Galaxy’s Edge, and we’re super excited about that.” Indeed, one goal was surprise. “If it looks like one thing and maybe it tastes like something else, that could be really cool.”

Ronto Wrap and Meiloorun Juice from Ronto Roasters at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Left to right: Meiloorun Juice, Turkey Jerky, and Ronto Wrap, available at Ronto Roasters. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

Ronto Roasters, while still incomplete during our walkthrough, is open and airy with big entrances — maybe to get all those giant rontos inside. Concept art of the eatery has revealed an ingenious detail: a giant podracer engine serves as the establishment’s cooker. “This location is super fun because it’s all about meat, and it’s all about heat,” said Koziol. That means drier options, including turkey jerky, and the signature Ronto Wrap, a handheld sandwich, filled with Portuguese sausage, roasted pork, and a cabbage slaw on top, all in a grilled pita. It’s finished with a spicy “clutch sauce,” named for Darth Vader’s Force grip, which activates on the sides of your throat. It’s weird, fun, and I can confirm that ronto meat is pretty delicious.

Felucian Garden Spread from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Felucian Garden Spread, available at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo seems to be a larger space, with cargo crates doubling as stalls at which to eat — and one crate being lowered through a giant hatch in the ceiling. (It’s touches like that that made Galaxy’s Edge, even in its incomplete state, feel authentically Star Wars.) Among the offerings are Fried Endorian Tip-Yip (rectangle shaped fried chicken) and Kaadu Ribs (smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw); my favorite, Felucian Garden Spread (a plant-based kefta “meatball” dish, which I could not tell was not made of beef, with herb hummus and tomato-cucumber relish with pita bread), takes inspiration from its namesake, Felucia, a planet covered in plants and foliage. “The flavors in Galaxy’s Edge and Docking Bay 7 are going to be very bold. A lot of spice-forward,” said Koziol. And some surprises are still being cooked up. When asked if the raspberry puff dessert shell was inspired by Rey’s instant bread, Koziol was cagey. “We have some other plans for that inspiration that will come out at a later time,” he told me.

Oga’s Cantina, the watering hole of Black Spire Outpost, is a blend of the old and new. It’s like stepping into the Mos Eisley cantina sequence from A New Hope, but not quite; there’s the U-shaped bar, with piping in the middle, and tables in private nooks. When you visit, you can walk right up to the bar and order, just like Luke. It’s familiar, yet different enough that you won’t feel like Greedo could be just around the corner.

Beverages from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Left to right, non-alcoholic drinks: Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession provision, and Cliff Dweller, available at Oga’s Cantina. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

Beverages will be available at Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, and select stands. They’re colorful, with hues ranging from pink to orange to yellow and beyond: the non-alcoholic Tatooine Sunset, a reddish pink, is tea-based and smooth. Moof Juice, a pinkish fruit juice, is cool and refreshing. Oga’s Obsession falls somewhere between beverage and snack, and tastes the most other-worldly; contained in what looks like a petri dish, you scoop your serving, and the garnish pops in your mouth.

The alcoholic selections are sometimes frothy, sometimes steamy, and sometimes delightfully bubbly, like The Fuzzy Tauntaun, The Bespin Fizz, and The Outer Rim. The Bloody Rancor, of course, comes with an edible bone. A selection of beers are on the way; one of the options we sampled was very hoppy, with hints of citrus and a little bitter.

Blue and Green Milk from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Blue Milk and Green Milk can be found in the Black Spire Outpost market. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Finally, some of Star Wars’ most iconic drinks are coming to Galaxy’s Edge. Blue and Green Milk (for those who prefer the thala-siren variety) will be available, both made with plant-based dairy. You can pick up frozen iterations at the Milk Stand, and a regular version of Blue Milk at Oga’s Cantina. “They’re very flavorful, they’re kid-friendly. Guests of all ages can enjoy these,” said Brian Piasecki, culinary director of concept development at Walt Disney World Resort. While we didn’t get to sample these drinks, Piasecki described Blue Milk as having “berry combinations that can come through” with hints of melon, while Green Milk is more tropical.

Star Wars Rebels fans will be happy to learn that Meiloorun Juice, a non-alcoholic drink based on a fruit introduced in the animated series, can be purchased at Ronto Roasters. And if you want something more of our own galaxy, fear not. “The cargo ships are coming back and forth all the time, so there’s lots coming in and out from galactic space,” teased Michele Gendreau, food and beverage director at Disneyland Resort.

There’s a big galaxy of food and drink waiting at Galaxy’s Edge. Feel free to indulge your inner Chewie and enjoy — without fear of Ewok traps.

Check out more food and beverages coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge below!

Left to right, non-alcoholic beverages: the Phattro and Moof Juice can be found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Left to right, non-alcoholic beverages: the Phattro and Moof Juice can be found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

From left to right, alcoholic beverages: The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

From left to right, alcoholic beverages: The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun can be found at Oga’s Cantina. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

The Braised Shaak Roast, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, features beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale and mushrooms. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Braised Shaak Roast, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, features beef pot roast with cavatelli pasta, kale and mushrooms. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

From left to right: Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor (contains alcohol) and the Black Spire Brew can be found at Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

From left to right: Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor (contains alcohol) and the Black Spire Brew can be found at Oga’s Cantina. (Kent Phillips/Disney Parks)

Guests can indulge in a raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse (left) or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard (right) at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Guests can indulge in a raspberry crème puff with passion fruit mousse (left) or chocolate cake with white chocolate mouse and coffee custard (right) at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is a decadent chicken dish with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, is a decadent chicken dish with roasted vegetable mash and herb gravy. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Felucian Garden Spread from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Felucian Garden Spread, available at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Ithorian Garden Loaf, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is a plant-based “meatloaf” dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables and mushroom sauce. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Ithorian Garden Loaf, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, is a plant-based “meatloaf” dish served with roasted vegetable mash, seasonal vegetables and mushroom sauce. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Smoked Kaadu Ribs, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, features smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Smoked Kaadu Ribs, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, features smoked country sticky pork ribs with blueberry corn muffin and cabbage slaw. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Outpost Mix can be found at Kat Saka’s Kettle, located in the Black Spire Outpost market inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Outpost Mix can be found at Kat Saka’s Kettle, located in the Black Spire Outpost market. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Oven-roasted Burra Fish, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, features Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Oven-roasted Burra Fish, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, features Dijon-crusted sustainable fish with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Oven-roasted Tip Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, features roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Oven-roasted Tip Yip, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, features roasted chicken with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, quinoa and pumpkin seeds with a creamy green curry ranch dressing. (David Roark/DisneyParks)

The Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Yobshrimp Noodle Salad, found at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, is a marinated noodle salad with chilled shrimp. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California’s Disneyland Resort in summer 2019, and in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.

See more of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in StarWars.com’s complete photo and image gallery.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

From Blue Milk to Ronto Wraps: The Food and Beverages of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The Aliens, Droids, and Shops of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Black Spire Outpost, the bustling hub of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will be filled with a galaxy of strange beings and places to visit — as revealed to StarWars.com and select media in a special preview with its creators, and a site tour last week at California’s Disneyland Resort.

Among the characters coming to the Star Wars-themed land is a certain Weequay, making the jump from animation to the real world.

Revival - Hondo Ohnaka

Hondo Ohnaka, as he appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Hondo Ohnaka, the shady, fan-favorite pirate from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, has been brought to life as one of Disney Parks’ most complex Audio-Animatronics figures ever created. You’ll find him waiting in the control tower of a Black Spire Outpost spaceport in the attraction Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run; he’s teamed up with Chewbacca and needs you to transport some cargo on the iconic bucket of bolts.

Seeing Hondo in person — with his red leather jacket, scaly Weequay skin, and over-exaggerated gestures — is almost surreal. Jim Cummings has returned to voice the smuggler, and his dialogue is everything it should be: funny and demonstrative, gregarious yet selfish. “Remember,” he tells guests in the queue. “The more you work together, the more you earn. Your lives — and my profit — depend on it!”

For a generation that grew up with the character, having him physically exist in our galaxy should be quite special. “One of the things that we aimed for is finding the opportunities to honor all levels of fandom, whatever part of the galaxy they’ve participated in, and he became a great choice as someone to meet here on Black Spire,” said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation and live action series at Lucasfilm. Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars, advised on the inclusion of Hondo and what his story might be at Galaxy’s Edge. “Additionally, I think the opportunity to bring a character from animation into real life was something that we’ve never done before, and I think it was really exciting to all of us to think about the opportunity that exists.”

Previsualization — building characters or scenes with 3D graphics — was employed to model Hondo and other characters’ animations, which allowed for fast improvements, and motion capture was used to create more organic movements. This was all enabled, however, because of a major shift in how Imagineers are approaching their Audio-Animatronics technology. “We are able to do more previsualization in this project because we’ve shifted towards electric figures,” said Victoria Thomas, associate show mechanical engineer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Traditional animatronics are hydraulics-based, she explained, starting with the 1964 World’s Fair Abraham Lincoln, Imagineering’s first Audio-Animatronics human figure, all the way to today. “This project team came together and said, ‘Okay, how do we create the latest and greatest kit figure?’” They went back and forth, landing on electric; this guaranteed a higher-quality performance, longer-lasting life, and the use of digital techniques, like previsualization. Hondo, however, is just one of the many faces, both familiar and new, at Galaxy’s Edge.

Concept art of Dok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities, home of rare Jedi artifacts and more. (Disney Parks)

Concept art of Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, home of rare Jedi artifacts and more. (Disney Parks)

You’ll also meet Dok-Ondar, an animatronic Ithorian who runs the black market on Batuu — though he’s already popped up in other Star Wars stories, including a mention in Solo: A Star Wars Story. In Black Spire Outpost, you’ll find his shop, Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, which promises to be filled with treasures ranging from holocrons to ancient Jedi stone carvings. If you’re shrewd, he may even barter with you. “We just fell in love with him from the beginning,” Margaret Kerrison, managing story editor at Walt Disney Imagineering said, but noted that he’s still a scoundrel. “He’s very well-connected, and he’s a very dangerous guy.”

The Creature Stall will offer creatures of the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns, and more. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Creature Stall will offer creatures of the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns, and more. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

The Toydarian Toymaker stall in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature an assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys and musical instruments. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in California and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The Toydarian Toymaker stall will feature an assortment of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, and musical instruments. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Zabaka, a female Toydarian, runs a shop featuring artisan-style items: There are wooden Convor whistles, musical instruments (that are playable and come pre-loaded with tunes), and plushies of aliens and galactic heroes. The Creature Stall, owned by Bina, will offer oinking puffer pigs, writhing rathtars, and chirping porgs. Black Spire Outfitters will provide all your galactic apparel needs, from First Order uniforms to Jedi attire.

Custom lightsabers from Savi's Workshop. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Aspiring Jedi can build their own lightsabers at Savi’s Workshop. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Concept art of Savi’s Workshop. (Disney Parks)

Guests can visit the Droid Depot to build their own R-series or BB-series droids that will act as a friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in California and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Guests can visit the Droid Depot to build their own custom R- and BB-series droids. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

Concept art of the Droid Depot. (Disney Parks)

Concept art of the Droid Depot. (Disney Parks)

You’ll even be able to build your own lightsabers and droids at Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot, respectively. “Everything was created through the lens of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” said Brad Schoeneberg, director, merchandise strategy and new park experience development at Walt Disney World Resort. “The product that you leave with is the one that you’ve designed based on the choices that you’ve made, and reflects the one that really is inherent to your Star Wars adventure.” In a clever in-universe detail, packaging will either fit with the story of the store, or be non-existent. After all, Luke Skywalker built his lightsaber — it didn’t come in a box. And the story continues: your lightsaber will contain a kyber crystal that contains a message that can only be unlocked when paired with a holocron; your droid will know a lot about Black Spire Outpost, and can react to your experiences.

If you’ve ever been on the original Star Tours, you’re in for a reunion of sorts. R-3X, or Rex, the first Star Tours captain, has a new gig in Black Spire Outpost: he’s the DJ in Oga’s Cantina, the locale’s watering hole. In our sneak peek at Rex, he bopped his head charmingly to the music, which sounded like what could only be called Jawa hip hop.

Lucasfilm’s Matt Martin, a longtime Disney Parks fan, especially enjoyed contributing to Rex’s story. “Being able to dig into what his story is, and thinking about how he traveled from Star Tours and ended up on Batuu, has really been one of the joys of working on this project,” he said. Martin already had a backstory written for Rex, and passed it along as soon as he learned that the hapless droid was back. Paul Reubens provided the original voice of Rex, and while his return was not confirmed, it’s safe to say that upon hearing the droid’s new chatter, the Rex faithful will be pleased.

And specially-dressed employees, also known as Disney Cast Members, will roam Black Spire Outpost. You’ll be able to speak with, and learn from these villagers, all with different stories to tell. Some might be Resistance sympathizers; some might be First Order loyalists. So choose your words wisely depending on your allegiance.

These characters and locales will become part of your own Star Wars story when Galaxy’s Edge opens this summer at Disneyland Resort and in the fall at Walt Disney World Resort. Better practice your galactic good manners.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California’s Disneyland Resort in summer 2019, and in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.

See more of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in StarWars.com’s complete photo and image gallery.

Dan Brooks is Lucasfilm’s senior content strategist of online, the editor of StarWars.com, and a writer. He loves Star Wars, ELO, and the New York Rangers, Jets, and Yankees. Follow him on Twitter @dan_brooks where he rants about all these things.

The Aliens, Droids, and Shops of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge