Since Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, fans have been waiting for an all encompassing Disney park based on Star Wars. Now, Disney has finally revealed the first images as to the new parks’ design.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is expected to open at both Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, as well as Disneyland, which is situated across the country in Anaheim, California.
Hollywood Studios hosted a fan event on December 16, where several imagineers participated in a panel discussion on the new park. As part of the event, the first images of the concept were shown.
Scott Trowbridge, a creative executive for Disney wrote on Disney’s blog, “We talked a lot about authenticity – how we are building a real place in the Star Wars universe and how we are working hard to get the details right.”
One of the rides they are planning is based on the famed ship, Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon. Trowbridge adds, “We’ve all seen her on screen, but until you climb through that hatch, walk through her hallways, sit inside the cockpit, power her up and actually FLY her yourself, it’s not quite the same.”
Guests will even have the opportunity to pilot the Falcon themselves, as they’re placed directly in the middle of events from the films.
The imagineers also discussed the research they put into creating the worlds located on desert planets, such as Batuu. Chris Beatty, one of the imagineers on the panel explained the process of visiting markets in places like Marrakesh and Istanbul in order to recreate that feeling of outdoor vendors in the park itself.
Trowbridge details this in the blog, writing, “They were a great source of inspiration for the marketplace in our village where we can explore a rich collection of shops and merchant stalls.” Of course, no Star Wars park would be complete without a number of creatures straight from the movies populating the attractions. We can’t wait for 2019!