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Exciting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge news from Destination D

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by , Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering

Earlier today, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared some exciting news about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at D23’s Destination D event at Walt Disney World Resort. During his presentation, Bob shared two videos, which for the first time ever, revealed the names of the two major attractions that will be part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on opening day at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The first, entitled Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, puts guests behind the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy in one of three unique flight crew roles.

Our second attraction, which puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the First Order, is called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. As you can see from this video, which was shot in the actual attraction, both the stakes, and the excitement are running high in this epic Star Wars cliffhanger!

These two new incredible experiences – paired with the land’s dynamic elements and optional interactive integration with the Play Disney Parks app – invite guests to become galactic travelers and live their own Star Wars stories in a galaxy far, far away.

But that’s not all! When you think about Star Wars, I’m sure that the iconic music of legendary composer John Williams comes to mind. Today, Bob shared more exciting news in that Oscar-winning composer John Williams is creating new and original Star Wars themes exclusively for the land! Bob shared a stirring preview of the all-new music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. You can listen to the preview as well in this new video, which showcases recent construction progress at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

And there’s so much more to do at this exotic outpost. For example, you can visit a street market in Black Spire Outpost, shop at food stalls where you can enjoy delicacies like blue milk, or visit the Cantina where you can see an old friend Rex, as well as encounter creatures and characters that are hallmarks of the Star Wars universe. Guests from across the galaxy can experience this new larger-than-life land at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort beginning in 2019.

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Adding to the galactic excitement, Bob shared new details about the currently in-development Star Wars resort coming to Walt Disney World. This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen. From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.

I can’t wait to share more details for both Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and this unique multi-day adventure as we get closer to launching these projects, but in the meantime, tell me which new piece of Star Wars news are you most excited about?


  • Does anyone know if we can make our reservation for Galaxys Edge – Calif yet? And if so how?? I can’t stand the suspense! 😬 Lol 😁

  • When can we start booking for the Star Wars resort?

  • Wiket is my favorite

  • Too bad not every family or Fan can go to Disneyland. I’m disabled and cannot travel. Also everything really need to be in California?

  • We´re sooooooo happy with this new adventure, and really like to go and enjoyed it.
    Do you have dates or pre-dates to book it?

  • Shut up and take my money! MIND BLOWN.

  • This all suddenly got VERY REAL. I CAN. NOT. WAIT. for next year!!!

  • We’re excited about all the new Star Wars attractions! Do you know if any of the rooms in the Star Wars hotel have windows that open or look outside? I could never stay in a room without a real window. Thanks!

  • Please have it all up and going by September!!

  • Can’t wait to drink the blue milk!

  • Wow! This look utterly spectacular. This makes my inner child sing with glee and wonder!

  • Any hint on when in Fall 2019? October, November or December. I and my family (OK some more than others) can’t wait to check out the Falcon and join the Resistance. I just wish the Star Wars resort would be ready at the same time, and that it had a name.

  • I am so excited for Galaxy’s Edge! The rides look fantastic. I can’t wait to explore Batuu.

  • Does anyone know when it could possibly open in 2019? I have a resort res for early May im wondering if Id be able to switch for the Star Wars hotel…butttttt i dont know when it could open =(

  • And look, despite being in the copilot’s seat, the female character is the one driving the Falcon. Because of course she is.

  • Will the attractions be accessible to guests with disabilities? Specifically guests who are unable to transfer from a wheelchair?

  • John Williams score is what it’s all about for me. Just want to mention that the conductor/music director of the new Galaxy’s Edge score is the incomparable award-winning composer/arranger William Ross.

  • The STAR WARS / DISNEY fan base thanks you for releasing preview materials like these to the community online. We are excited about EVERYTHING you’re doing and strongly believe that if you build awareness in partnership with the key YouTubers, bloggers, and vloggers that care very much about Disney Park development in particular, these projects will be far more successful. We are your biggest enthusiasts and evangelizers. So please keep the information flowing. We the fans want these endeavors to thrive and we can hardly wait to participate in the magic-making. May The Force Be With You.

  • I’m excited about ALL of it….but I’m probably most excited about the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction. I just love that ship!

  • Which new piece of Star Wars news am I most excited about? How can we choose between an original John Williams score, walking through a First Order ship, helping the Resistance, and powering on the Millennium Falcon? Instead, I choose the authenticity of all this. This is hands-down the single most exciting theme park project in decades – and not just because I’m a big Star Wars geek. I look forward to losing myself in Galaxy’s Edge.

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