Since today, May 31, 2019, is the official opening day of Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, I thought I would post this Disney press release of Fun Facts.  And I’m sharing my comments in brackets [].

By the Numbers

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge spans more than 14 acres, making these the largest single-themed lands in Disney Parks history. [Gotta go big when it’s a galaxy far, far away.]
  • More than a dozen venues fill the lands, including Resistance and First Order encampments, a spaceport and a bustling market. [Resistance and First Order in the same place?  I have a bad feeling about this.]
  • Two attractions will entice guests to live their own Star Wars adventures – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and (opening later in 2019) Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance[In other words: Rise of the Resistance isn’t ready, but let’s open the land anyway and start making some big bucks.]
  • There are three entrances into the new land at Disneyland Park, and two at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (otherwise, the lands are nearly identical).
  • The Millennium Falcon docked in the Black Spire Outpost Spaceport measures more than 100 feet long. [“What a hunk of junk!”]
  • Among the ancient-looking spires across the lands, the tallest is more than 130 feet high.
  • The lands were created with more than 200,000 square feet of rockwork and approximately 260,000 square feet of themed plaster in each location.
  • More than 7,000 props were created for each land.
  • Nine different retail locations in the lands offer nearly 700 unique items, ideal for those looking to take a memory of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge home with them. [And Disney is counting on the fact that you will want to do so.]
  • There are more than 120,000 possible combinations for constructing a lightsaber using all the available pieces in Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers.  [Yes!  You too can build your own lightsaber for the low, low, price of only $199.99! (Plus tax)]
  • There are nearly 280,000 possible combinations for constructing an R-series or BB-series astromech droid using all the available pieces in the Droid Depot. [A bargain at just $99.99.  (Plus tax)]
  • Five locations within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offer guests a chance to purchase food and beverages. The lands’ menus feature more than 50 distinct, out-of-this-world items. [And a lot of the meat tastes like chicken. Or hot dogs.]

Did You Know?

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge marks the first time a full-size, 100% complete Millennium Falcon has ever been built. [Maybe not quite complete…I’ll bet there’s no restroom inside.]
  • Guests enter the Millennium Falcon through the same starboard airlock used by Han Solo and Chewbacca in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” [“We’re home!”]
  • The chess-type game played on the table in the Millennium Falcon main hold and lounge is called Dejarik; guests can sit at the table inside Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and the game is available for purchase in the Toydarian Toymaker marketplace stall. [Of course it is.]
  • At Black Spire Outpost, the droid in charge of music at the local watering hole, Oga’s Cantina, is DJ R-3X, the former Starspeeder 3000 pilot from Star Tours. [Apparently his first Star Tours flight was also his last.]
  • For the soundtrack inside Oga’s Cantina, Walt Disney Imagineering commissioned musicians and composers from around the world to craft original music for a galactic playlist.
  • Kowakian Monkey-Lizards and Porgs are among the “critters” guests will find at the Creature Stall. These are just a few of the many items guests may purchase during their visit. [The many, MANY items that Disney is counting on you to purchase.]
  • Academy Award-winning® composer John Williams created an all-new suite of themes written especially for the lands and their attractions. [And there is no truth to the rumor that all of the music whispers “buy, buy, buy…”]

Development Timeline

  • The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. In 2012.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been in development since 2014.
  • Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced Star Wars-themed lands would open at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios while at the D23 Expo on Aug. 15, 2015.
  • Construction in both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios began in April 2016.
  • Approximately 6,700 construction workers and artisans were employed during the development of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
  • To operate the land, 1,600 new jobs were created for Disneyland Resort.
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, one of two attractions in the lands, will open on both coasts by the end of 2019. [Second grand opening, second rush to purchase new merchandise.]

One Responses

  • Randi Briggs

    What day is your reservation for?

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