Go with friends or go Solo, just get yourself to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Right, sod the Northern line, because the Millennium Falcon is the only way to get yourself to this new opening. After years of anticipation, the massive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park opens inside Disneyland California on May 31st – and it looks bloody awesome.
The largest and most technologically advanced expansion to Disneyland, Galaxy’s Edge is a Star Wars nerd’s best chance to explore a galaxy far, far away. Deep breath folks, because there’s a lot to get through. Galaxy’s Edge is centred around the distant outpost of Batuu in the Outer Rim, where the lawless Black Spire Outpost welcomes smugglers, adventurers, and a whole host of unsavoury galaxy characters.
Contained in the fourteen acres of Galaxy’s Edge are two big new attractions – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Smugglers Run invites you to strap yourself into the Millennium Falcon for a high-parsec romp through space as either a pilot, a gunner, or an engineer. Opening later in the year, Rise of the Resistance drops you smack bang in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, and brings you face to face with angsty villain Kylo Ren.
Elsewhere on Batuu, you’ll find the blaster-scorched surroundings of Oga’s Cantina a perfect spot for a beverage – and remember, Han shot first. You’ll also find barbecued treats from Ronto Roasters, delicious blue milk from the Milk Stand, and mobile dining at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.
To survive at the Black Spire Outpost, you’ll want a companion and a weapon. Head to Droid Depot first to customise your very own BB-8, and then pick up a stylish handbuilt lightsaber from Savi’s Workshop – it’ll definitely come in useful on this lawless planet…
Expect to see some familiar faces dropping by Batuu for a visit; the likes of Rey, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren have all been spotted in the area. Get deeper into the action by picking a side, whether you’re risking your neck for a smuggler, bravely joining the Resistance, or submitting to the Dark Side by aligning yourself with the First Order.
Galaxy’s Edge will also open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida on August 29th, so you’ve got intergalactic thrills and spills on both sides of the US. Whether you’re a plucky princess or a scruffy-looking nerf herder, I reckon you’re going to enjoy this!
Also published on Medium.