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In a Galaxy not so far away…

California’s Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will soon welcome a new Star Wars inspired area – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The new additions were announced by CEO Bob Iger in 2015 with work commencing the following year.

Both Star Wars areas will be similar in design, and according to Iger: “occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens and droids.” Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be set on the planet Batuu, which appears in the Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances novel, and Batuu’s village, Black Spire Outpost, is mentioned in the 2017 film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

As well as a cantina, the 14 acre expansion will include two, as-of-yet unnamed, rides.

The first attraction will make guests feel as though they’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. According to Disney, the ride has been built on a scale that it has never done before.

The second attraction invites guests aboard the Millennium Falcon, giving them a chance to fly the iconic ship, shoot blasters, and prepare to hurtle through hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. Extra galactic credits can be earned by performing well on the mission, and those who return the Millennium Falcon in a worse for wear shape could get labelled as a bounty hunter.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later in the year at the Walt Disney World Resort.
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