As a lifelong space nerd and total sci-fi geek, it brings me great pleasure to announce that we finally have our first look at Disney’s new Star Wars theme park, Galaxy’s Edge.
This park has been in the works for a while now, but until today, fans have been left in the dark about what the park will have, where it will be located and when it will open. Thanks to a short video posted by Disney last night, we now have some answers to our most burning questions.
Both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will be home to the new park named Galaxy’s Edge. The California location will open first in the summer of 2019, with the Florida location opening in the late fall of 2019.
No further details were released today, but we did get a quick look at a preview of the park. Disney has also been dropping some major hints recently about what the park will contain. “At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests will be transported to the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes,” Disney wrote in a news release back in March. “Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two attractions that take detail and immersion to the next level: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
During a panel discussion last year, Disney Imagineer Asa Kalama said, “An experience might begin on board the Millennium Falcon and follow you right out the door of the attraction and into the local watering hole.”
The attraction will also have Star Wars-themed dining and merchandise available. Disney is even planning to build a Star Wars-themed hotel in Orlando, Florida.
2019 suddenly feels like a galaxy far, far away. At least Solo: A Star Wars Story opens tomorrow, so we don’t have to wait too long for our next sci-fi fix.