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Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Drink in the cantina. Tangle with a bounty hunter. Befriend a Loth-cat. Dodge blaster fire. Fly the Millennium Falcon.

You'll be able to live inside your own Star Wars story at Disney's Galaxy's Edge, a whole new type of immersive theme-park experience opening in 2019.

Stretching across 14 acres, this expansion to the current parks in Florida and California includes two rides and a cantina serving alcoholic drinks. Visitors can expect new stories, creatures, smells and plenty of high-tech effects that will bring the fantasy universe to life. Disney is also building a luxury Star Wars hotel in Florida for guests to role-play in costume, adding even more layers of story possibilities.

Where is it and when can I go?

The land is being built inside two of Disney's parks: Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney's Hollywood Studios near Orlando, Florida. Each version will be similar in design.

Disney has not announced an exact opening day, but the one at Disneyland will open first in summer 2019. The land in Florida at Hollywood Studios will open in late fall 2019. The opening date of the Star Wars hotel in Florida has not been set.

Oga's Cantina: Drink with bounty hunters

Visitors to the local watering hole can order beer, wine and themed cocktails. Disney says menu items will be made with "exotic ingredients that use otherworldly methods, served in unique vessels." When it opens, it will be the first time alcohol will be served to the general public at the Disneyland theme park.

The bar is owned by an alien named Oga Garra, who is described as running the establishment with a strict code of conduct to keep any unruly patrons in check. Disney storytellers say this is a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, so it's sure to be colorful.

The cantina may serve some shady galactic travelers, but it's also family friendly with items for kids. The menu will include blue milk, which Luke Skywalker drank in A New Hope.

As for entertainment, fans of the Disney's Star Tours ride may recognize the DJ. The astromech droid RX-24, known as Captain Rex of the original star speeder simulator ride, has a new gig mixing beats at the cantina. Maybe he'll be a better DJ than he is a pilot?

What's the story behind Galaxy's Edge?

Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teamed up to create a whole new planet and backstory for the themed land. At Galaxy's Edge, guests are on the planet Batuu in an area called the Black Spire Outpost. It's a crossroads for travelers, adventurers and smugglers in the Outer Rim region of space.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Disney's model of the new land, set in a village called the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Disney

Disney describes it as a haven for the galaxy's most colorful and notorious characters, and a place to avoid the expanding reach of the First Order -- the evil faction headed by Snoke and Kylo Ren from the latest films.

The unique spires of the land are the petrified remains of ancient trees. The most notable is called the Black Spire, a landmark for travelers to use as a meeting point.

Is Batuu in any other Star Wars stories?

The planet was invented for the theme parks, but is now being woven into other Star Wars stories as canon. The upcoming novel Thrawn: Alliances makes reference to Batuu. And the Black Spire also got a brief mention in the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, when the droid L3-37 tells Lando Calrissian he couldn't find the Black Spire without her.

What about the rides?

There will be two rides, revealed to be Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Concept art for an upcoming ride, where guests have to escape a battle with First Order Stormtroopers. Disney

In Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you'll find yourself in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests step aboard a Resistance troop transport ship, and afterward the story puts them on a Star Destroyer with a battle in the hangar bay. The ride vehicle holds eight guests and is designed to look like a small transport vehicle used by the First Order. Disney is building two giant AT-AT walkers for this attraction. On a recent press panel in Florida, one of Disney's Imagineers described it as the most epic attraction ever designed.

Millennium Falcon: Smugger's Run is essentially a Millennium Falcon flight simulator. Riders will be flying Han Solo's famous ship, flipping switches and shooting blasters -- controlling it all yourself. Disney is working with Nvidia to develop new technology that can render graphics for the ride in real time.

Your performance on the Millennium Falcon will affect the ending. Perform with skill and you'll get rewarded. Bring the ship in banged up and you could be put on the list of a bounty hunter named Harko — and it may mean trouble if you show your face at the local cantina. Actions on the ride can follow you as you walk through the land.

Will there be famous Star Wars characters?

Although this is a whole new storyline to the franchise, some popular characters do make appearances at Batuu. Disney confirmed guests will see Chewbacca, BB-8 and Nein Nunb, a rebel alliance pilot from Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is an 14-acre expansion to Disney's theme parks in California and Florida. Guests will step inside a completely immersive world to feel like they're living inside their own Star Wars story.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

It will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland in California, and late fall 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. Both lands will have similar designs, as shown in this concept art.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Disney has released some details about the land. Here you're on the planet Batuu at the Black Spire Outpost. The spires are the petrified remains of ancient trees -- the largest one being the "Black Spire." This landmark became an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Disney unveiled a massive model of Galaxy's Edge at the D23 Expo in 2017. Can you spot the Black Spire?

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

The land includes two rides, a cantina restaurant and marketplace.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Oga's Cantina is a place to unwind, have a drink, and conduct shady business with smugglers and bounty hunters. It will serve beer, wine and special themed cocktails created with "exotic ingredients using otherworldly methods, served in unique vessels." There are also nonalcoholic drinks for visitors under 21. Mmm, blue milk.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

The marketplace is run by a Toydarian, a species you may know from Watto in The Phantom Menace. But don't try any funny business to score a sale -- Toydarians are resistant to Jedi mind tricks.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

There will also be a creature stall, where you'll be able to meet a Loth-cat from the Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Disney is building a fleet of full-size X-wings for the lands. The company shared this behind-the-scenes photo in December 2017.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

In one ride, guests will pilot the Millennium Falcon.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

This could be the coolest hallway in all the land, as guests step aboard the Han Solo's infamous ship.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Guests will control the Falcon, steering and shooting blasters. How you perform will determine the ending, and your actions will follow you outside the ride. Bang up the ship, and you could face trouble from a bounty hunter -- especially if you show your face at the cantina.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

The second ride will put you in the middle of a fight between the Resistance and the First Order.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

The rescue mission may not go as planned as it takes you into the hangar bay of a Star Destroyer.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

All this action is sure to work up an appetite. Is this concept art for a place to grab a quick snack, or is it part of the cantina restaurant?

What alien creatures will we meet?

In the park you'll find a creature stall where different beasts from the Star Wars franchise will come to life, some never seen before outside of literature. One of the creatures is the Loth-cat from the Star Wars Rebels animated series. Disney's creative team has said there will also be creatures you can adopt to take home.

The main marketplace is run by a Toydarian, a species you may recall from The Phantom Menace. A few bits of merchandise have been unveiled, including caps and shirts featuring the DJ droid, Rex -- and some items are now for sale.

How can I stay in the Star Wars hotel?

Details are limited regarding the hotel, which Disney describes as a luxury resort. (In other words, better start saving up your galactic credits now.) Disney Parks Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek said the resort will feel like a luxury starship with high-end dining and space-view cabins.

Star Wars Land: Everything We Know About Galaxy's Edge

Concept art for the Star Wars hotel. Guests are aboard a starship with windows looking out to space. Disney

The resort is being built right next door to the Star Wars area in Florida, on the south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios. It'll be seamlessly connected to Galaxy's Edge, so guests can just spend their whole stay in this fantasy universe.

Disney calls this resort a "multiday adventure." Insiders speculate that this may work like a cruise, with guests checking in on the same day to get everyone in sync with in the same storyline. But we have yet to learn exactly what activities guests can expect, how many rooms it will hold, what will it cost, or when it will open.

Can we use lightsabers? Will there be holograms? What effects can we expect?

Disney hasn't revealed the secrets to any special effects we may see, but perhaps some clues can be found in recent patent applications.

What will space windows in a hotel look like? Maybe it will use layered, transparent displays, as described in this patent application.

Disney may also be working on technology to create the illusion of blaster fire traveling through the air, and holograms that float by bouncing images off reflective surfaces.

For now, we'll have to use our imaginations until it opens next summer.