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VIDEO: Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members Learn They’re Going to Batuu

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Imagine your normal work day is transformed with news that you’ll soon be traveling to a galaxy far, far away.   That’s exactly what happened to a select group of Walt Disney World cast members who recently learned they had been chosen for the opening crew of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World Ambassador Marilyn West and a stealthy camera crew captured the emotional moment these Force-sensitive cast members got the surprise of their careers. 

Live your own Star Wars adventure when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Aug. 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  See you in Batuu! 


  • I teared up feeling the Cast Member’s Excitement at the honor of going to Batu as a part of the Opening Team. Reminds me that it was 30 years ago THIS MONTH I had the honor of going to the Studio’s as a part of Studio East Attractions to begin my Disney career. It would ultimately take me to be a part of opening an attraction and then to resorts where I helped open two new convention centers and a new resort. These Cast Member’s are in for the ride (pun intended) of their lives. I’m excited and happy for them. I can’t wait to wave to them when I visit Batu in October.

  • Congratulations. I sure each of you deserve this for your great service.

  • How awesome for them! Congratulations to all!! See you in Batuu!

  • Congrats to you all! How do you sign up for the passholder’s preview? I can be on my way to WDW in a heartbeat.

  • An exciting honor to be part of the new experience at Walt Disney World…

    But as a former Cast Member, i think it would be too sad to leave the area i was in…

    Being part of the Magic is a most amazing part of life’s adventure…

    You will hold your memories for a lifetime and beyond!

  • Congratulations everyone on making it to Batuu! This made me cry happy tears for you! See you soon in a Galaxy far far away! I cannot wait!

  • Congrats. See you in Batuu!

  • I’ve watched this about six times now and cry every time! The sincerity of the cast members’ emotions is amazing! I think it’s great how Disney shows the cast members how important they are to the guest experience, and how well they are treated no matter what job they are doing. They really show the idea of “every role a starring role” in recognizing their employees. I’m going to watch this again!

  • How can I get details around the Passholder Preview? My family of 4 will be headed down 8/25, so hope we’ll be in that window.

  • This was really original and fun to watch!!

  • Congratulations to all those lucky Cast Members!

  • Love this! Made me cry and be excited for them!! Congratulations!!

  • Congratulations, And Safe Journeys On Your Travels…!!!! Would Love To Become A New Citizen Of Batuu Myself…!!!! Bright Sun…!!!! 🌞

  • Congratulations to all the newest Galaxy Edge cast members. I can’t lie that I didn’t get a little weepy, especially seeing how happy Maria was after learning she was going to Batuu!

  • Congratulations! And may the Force be with you!

  • How cool! Wish they would fly by Sylacauga Alabama and pick us up.

  • This was the sweetest video. I totally cried. Can’t wait to congratulate them during my passholder Preview *fingers crossed*.

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