Do you have your countdown ready for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in either Disneyland or Disney World? We can’t wait until these new lands open on May 31, 2019 in Disneyland and August 29, 2019 in Disney World‘s Hollywood Studios.
Until the lands open we have gathered together five ways we’ve already been surprised by the new lands.
A Whole New Language
In Pandora the cast members’ name tags even state they are from planet Earth. You do hear the Na’vi language around the land, and see it around the land as well. But the level of language immersion in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge sounds like it will be 10 times this.
How will we navigate a land with a completely new language? After all, Aurebesh, the language of Batuu, is not taught in high school… yet! That leads to our next surprise — which will help us understand what is carved into this wall below!
We have learned that when we enter the planet Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the Play Disney Parks App will “transform” into a Star Wars Datapad. After that transformation the App/Datapad will do four things:
- Translate signs, encryption, and conversations
- Tune in to broadcasts
- Allow us to assist the First Order or the Resistance
- Find a job
So, now we know how we will navigate Batuu and a whole new language — but how about all of the other items? We can listen in on conversations and broadcasts to figure out what the First Order and Resistance are up to, as well as help (or hinder) the “opposite” side! We generally would not promote getting a job while on vacation — but a job in Batuu sounds pretty cool!
We’ll get a chance to see the next evolution of audio-animatronics in the queue for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction. There we will we see Hondo Ohnaka come to life as he gives us instructions for the ride we are about to experience.
The Hondo Ohnaka animatronic is said to be one of the most advanced audio-animatronics ever developed, second to the Shaman in Pandora’s Na’vi River Journey attraction.
Are they Rides or Will They be Experiences?
The more we read and write about the two rides in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the more we are starting to think these won’t be “just” rides — they will be full-on experiences! In fact, according to D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, the Rise of the Resistance attraction will be “one of the most advanced and immersive experiences ever undertaken by Walt Disney Imagineering.” Guests, or new Resistance recruits as we’ll be known, will board a Star Destroyer and come face to face with Kylo Ren — and more!
The Rise of the Resistance attraction is described by Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director John Larena as, “It’s more than just a ride, it’s a cinematic immersive experience.” We are going to wind through a queue where our Play Disney Parks App/Datapad will help us translate signs and learn about our upcoming experience. We will encounter BB-8, Rey, Nien Nunb, Poe, Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters, AT-ATs, and Kylo Ren along the way. Disney has not disclosed the length of this attraction, but we are hearing it will be “long”. We are intrigued and can’t wait to be a part of this experience.
The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run experience (we are just going to call it an experience!) will put us in control of the iconic ship. We will get to take on one of three critical roles: Pilot, Flight Engineer, and Gunner. Depending on our role, we will have to fire lasers, steer the vessel, and activate hyperspace — as we complete our smuggling mission from that animatronic Hondo Ohnaka! Plus — the outcome of our mission will affect our other experiences within Galaxy’s Edge.
We almost dropped the sandwich we were munching on when we heard the opening date announcement for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! Talk about a surprise! We had been hearing rumors, and even saw Bob Iger’s (Disney’s CEO) supposed slip-up mentioning a June opening for Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — making May 31 a true surprise. Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was originally slated for late fall, then fall, so August 29 was a shock — that’s basically in the middle of the summer!
We rushed to get hotels booked and make travel arrangements. We admit our bags might already be packed with our Star Wars gear, while we charge up our camera batteries. We are ready for the early opening! Are you?
How has Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge surprised you? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to follow along as we report on new developments for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between now, and of course on opening day!
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