It’s not much to look at right now, but Disney is in the midst of creating yet another destination for the geeks and nerds who have entirely too much time invested in learning Klingon and Elvish. This particular destination is in the form of a theme park for the Star Wars franchise, and it will be on a planet not yet introduced to the galaxy far, far away.
The setting of the new theme park isn’t somewhere Star Wars fans will have seen before, as Disney has confirmed that this park will be set on a new planet called Batuu, located in the Outer Rim of the galaxy.
By the time it opens, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will cater for all Star Wars fans, boasting features relating to all 10 films of the series (Episodes I-VIII, as well as the two spin-offs).
Disney has already released details that suggest the park will be a big cross-generational hit, with guests able to take control of the Millennium Falcon and escape First Order Stormtroopers. They’ll even be able to try Luke Skywalker’s gross blue milk from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Is there a reason Disney can’t leave the classics alone?
In its Disney Parks blog, the entertainment giant expanded upon the setting of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, saying: “The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel.
“Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers travelling between the frontier and unchartered space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.”
Which begs the question…will there be a bar a la Mos Eisley??????? A place where blasters are not considered too much hardware to carry openly?
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge of California will cost the company about $1 billion and will cover 14 acres.