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…”]
- 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.]