Guests planning to attend Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be transported to the planet of Batuu, a remote outpost on the edge of the galaxy and practically the only place that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the world of Star Wars.
This is, by far, Disney’s largest single-themed land expansion, and back in March, fans were given an updated look at the construction with a flyover video.
Just recently, it was announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in California and late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. The announcement was accompanied by a short sneak peek that made us all the more excited about the immersive nature that is going to be incorporated into these two new lands.
If that wasn’t enough, Star Wars: Galactic Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 27 announced a few more nuggets of information. Guests were treated to an “Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” panel, where veteran Star Wars voice actor David Collins and team members from Walt Disney Imagineering, such as Erin Baker (Creative Director), Jon Georges (Executive Producer), Margaret Kerrison (Managing Story Editor), and Scott Trowbridge (Portfolio Creative Executive), took fans on a journey into the development progress of Galaxy’s Edge.
Here’s a few highlights from that panel:
Black Spire Outpost
Imagineer Margaret Kerrison revealed that the name of the village located on Batuu is called Black Spire Outpost.
According to the Disney Parks Blog, “The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.”
The name also recently appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story when L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) told Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) that he wouldn’t be able to get “from here to Black Spire Station” without her.
Tricia Barr of Fangirls Going Rogue and Dan Zehr of Coffee With Kenobi both attended Galactic Nights and reported that there will be a creature stall that will bring “animals to life.” One adorable and furry creature that was featured onscreen during the panel? A Loth-cat!
The Loth-cat is a member of the Tooka family and was first introduced in Star Wars Rebels.
While there are no concrete details, some have compared the creature stall to Pandora’s The Rookery, where guests have the opportunity to interact with the banshees, while others believe that the Loth-cats will take on a similar role as the roaming droids found throughout Galaxy’s Edge.
Hondo Trade Card
Fans who attended every Galactic Nights came away with a trading card that acted as a puzzle to a map of Galaxy’s Edge. During this latest event, guests received three additional cards that allowed them to complete their maps and one of those cards featured Hondo Ohnaka, a character who was introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and continued to have a role in Star Wars Rebels.
Back at Disney D23 Expo 2017, it was announced that Hondo would be part of the immersive experience, enlisting guests to ride the Millennium Falcon attraction. The concept art that was revealed at that convention is the art that appears on the trading card.
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