The near USD$1billion project announced in 2015, is set to open on May 31st to go along with other popular sections of the park such as Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, and Frontierland.
After first experiencing a galaxy far far away in December 1977, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lets fans get up close and personal as they can stop for a drink at the famous Olga’s cantina, or stop by Savi’s workshop and make your own custom lightsaber. To go along with the themed restaurants and gift stores, Galaxy’s Edge offers two rides for fans making the intergalactic journey. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, allows fans to take Han Solo’s pilot seat as they try their hand at being infamous space smugglers. For the more adventurous there is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, an interactive ride that puts fans right in the middle of the battle between the light and dark side.
The Disney corporation bought rights to Star Wars back in 2012 as the purchased George Lucas’ film company Lucasfilm’s for the neat price of $4billion. Since 2015 there has been four Star Wars titles released in cinemas including episodes seven and eight of the original saga. The four movies alone have combined to gross $4.8 billion at the box office, and we can only imagine how much more from merchandise. With episode nine set to release this December and numerous Star Wars projects in the works, the price tag on the park extension seems a fairly moderate investment in the grand scheme of Disney’s business plans.
After the opening of the LA based Star Wars land, Disney is set to include a similar project in Orlando based Disney World expected to open in August of this year. Fans making the Journey to Orlando will be able to dive deeper in the Star War experience with fans being able to choose to stay at the accompanying the Star Wars Hotel.