Hey Thrill Seekers,
Over the bank holiday weekend Disney announced the name of the village within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is coming to Hollywood Studios in the fall of 2019.
Black Spire Outpost.
We already know that the planet is called Batuu and guests who attended a panel discussion on the 27th May at Star Wars: Galatic Nights were among the first to hear the breaking news. Disney’s Story Editor Margaret Kerrison shared the news during the discussion and also told guests the story behind the name and how it is associated with the geological formations that surround it.
Here’s Disney’s official description.
The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.
There is set to be more news in the coming months and of course, we will keep you updated. Not in the know about Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge then check out this blog. (plus where have you been?!)
Hey Thrill Seekers,
Last week on OAT Live we spoke a bit about the new Star Wars Hotel coming to Walt Disney World in the future. It is definitely going to be a one of a kind resort with a groundbreaking concept which will combine luxury with complete immersion putting customers straight in to a Star Wars story throughout their stay.
Today, Disney have released some more visuals of the resort..
“The immerse experience offered at this hotel will stand out among all of our resorts around the globe. As you can see, families visiting this resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space!”
Disney state that the resort will be ‘seamlessly connected’ to Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge which is coming to Hollywood Studios in 2019 (we think) and guests will also be able to wear Star Wars attire to really fit the part!!
I’m not personally a huge Star Wars fan but even I can’t wait for this!! Especially with the rumour of interactive lightsabers flying around.. 😉
Hey Thrill Seekers,
This is the first time we’re talking about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2018 and this is definitely an exciting one…
We pretty much know for sure that Galaxy’s Edge is going to be super immersive and interactive. For example, how you fly the Millennium Falcon can affect how you are treated within the land. Disney haven’t really confirmed any other ways that the land will make guests feel as though they are really in another Galaxy however, a new patent called ‘Audience Interaction Projection System’ may have just given us a pretty concrete idea of another way Disney are going to have guests ‘fully immersed’ in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
It looks as though Blooloop have discovered some patents that lead us to believe that Disney may be developing a system that will ‘allow guests to carry a physical hilt that can interact with an augmented reality apparatus of some type’ according to the patent the physical hilt will contain positioning and motion sensors – sort of like a Wii controller. The patent doesn’t specifically mention Star Wars however they do point to weapons that look like lightsabers and mentions ways in which users can use the technology to interact with the environment and fight enemies. It looks as though it will also include a speaker for audio feedback and the ‘lightsaber’ will vibrate when the blade is engaged and make noise when it’s waved. Maybe there will be a part of the Disney App or a new App altogether where guests will be able to see how well they are doing? Who knows!
The patent states the following:
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Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most anticipated new lands for a long time. Last Saturday fans attended Hollywood Studios to see some new images of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is coming in 2019.
Disney want Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge to feel like a ‘real place’ in the Star Wars universe and they have also spoken about how they want to get the details ‘right’. Loads of details have been released already so we’re hoping that the stream of information will continue all the way up until it opens in 2019. We now also know that the planet is called Batuu.
The details include an image of the inside of the Millennium Falcon which is one of of the two rides coming to the MAHOOSIVE 14 acre expansion. You’ll be able to get behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and fly it, the choices you make will have an impact on your Star Wars journey. Disney have released a image of what the inside of the Millennium Falcon will look like, you can see that they have recreated the hallway and the cockpit in which guests will be able to enter. It is said that this attraction is going to be built on multiple turntable rooms which may be a bit like Mission: Space at EPCOT. Each of the rooms is said to have Falcon interior and will increase the capacity of the ride.
Disney’s team have stated that the Millennium Falcon ride will have multiple missions for guests to complete meaning each ride will be different. Going back to what I said about how the choices you make will impact your journey, Scott Trowbridge has advised that visitors performances on the tasks will be tracked and may influence how characters throughout the land react to you. If you bring the ship back wrecked you may be on the list of a bounty hunter or even worse.. if you find yourself on Harkos’s list you may face some problems if you show up to the local Cantina. I’m guessing that this will be done through Magic Bands.
The other ride will see visitors in an attraction on a scale that has never been done before and they will feel as though they are on a Star Destroyer inside a Hangar Bay.
There is going to be more iconic spaceships in Galaxy’s Edge such as a fleet of full size X-wing fighters, see below.
Disney have also tested blue and green milk beverages which will be found in the Cantina with Rex as the DJ (you can see me attempt to make blue milk with Gavin here) and you will also be able to explore the exotic market places of Batuu to find in-universe toys and souvenirs which are said to be exclusive. Imagineers want this part to be ‘romantic and ancient’ and have visited various marketplaces in Instanbul and Morocco for inspiration! The stall in the image below is run by a “Toydarian”(who sells toys) which Trowbridge has said was introduces in Episode I: The Pantom Menace” on Tatooine.
The new land will see guests visit a remote trading port on the edge of space where characters such as BB-8, Chewbacca and members of the First Order come to life. Guests will find themselves in the middle of the action in a land so immersive you may just forget you’re in a theme park.
Who’s as excited as we are?
Hey Thrill Seekers,
Visitors to Hollywood Studios today and in particular guests on Star Tours – The Adventures Continues were in for a whole new experience. As brave visitors boarded Starspeeders they embarked on a ‘thrilling new journey’ to the edges of space which found them making an unexpected landing on a planet in the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy. This is a planet already known to C-3P0 and now to us as ‘Batuu.’
This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers travelling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.
The Creative Executive, Scott Trowbridge has said “I look forward to sharing more updates from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as we further explore the stories and adventures you’ll be invited to discover when our new lands open in 2019.” Hopefully this means we will get some more information soon!
What do you think of the name Batuu? I’m going with the pronunciation of ‘Bat-ooooooooooo’ 😉
Hey Thrill Seekers,
More Celebs, Projections and More Announced have been announced for Star Wars Galactic Nights
So it’s nearly a month until the new Star Wars film ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ AND the return of Star Wars Galactic Nights event at Hollywood Studios.
Disney have announced some more updates to this years event;
One of this years guests, Warwick Davis has been a part of the Lucasfilm family and loved by all Star Wars fans since he started out as Wicket the Ewok in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ He also recently played Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will also appear in this years Star Wars: The Last Jedi and next years Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Star Wars: Galactic Destinations is a must see on the Sunset Boulevard area of Hollywood Studios. The exterior of the Hollywood Tower Hotel will be transformed into various, stunning locations from all across the galaxy using state of the art projections. You will be able to see your favourite film moments come to life with special effects, lighting and of course the ‘stellar Star Wars cinematic score supports each galactic location moment all evening long.’
Actor David Collins will also appear at this years event to host a special “Inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” panel discussion alongside members of the Lucasfilm and Imagineering teams. The panel will give you a insight in to the making of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands and also a sneak peek into the progress of the lands which are currently under construction at Hollywood Studios.
Every year, most of us here at OAT towers will go and watch the new Star Wars film together – it’s a bit of a tradition. This year at Hollywood Studios to celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, different park attractions will debut new touches inspired by the film on the release night. You will be able to see these at Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.
Previously announced Star Wars events include:
The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away stage show, which will both be enhanced with special elements from the entire saga; park-wide photo ops, including three new backdrops inspired by Star WarsRebels, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; encounters with Star Warscharacters; specialty food and beverage and merchandise, and much more. Guests are also welcome to dress in their favorite Star Wars attire. Attendees can also enjoy little-to-no wait-times at some of the park’s most iconic attractions.
Park access and activities will be exclusive to Star Wars: Galactic Nights ticket holders. Event hours on Dec. 16 are 7 p.m.-midnight.
Hey Thrill Seekers,
So just before the Easter break Universal and SeaWorld both revealed massive news regarding their parks. SeaWorld Orlando announced a new ride and confirmed the opening date of Kraken Unleashed not to be outdone Universal gave us an early Christmas present in the form of Harry Potter and hinted at more Potter news to come! But all was quiet on the Disney front… until now.
Disney Imagineers got together at this weekends Celebration of Star Wars event to tell us a little more about the land set to open in 2019.
They confirmed that the Planet the land will be based does not feature in any of the movies but can be found on the edge of the Unknown Regions. They also gave us a little back story confirming that the remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old 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 traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.
Disney weren’t finished with a video and a back story they had more to share. Scott Trowbridge, Creative Director stated that visitors would be able to take control of the Millennium Falcon and interestingly the choices they make during this could effect the way characters in the Land react to them, almost like the old pick your adventure style books.
It sounds like we’re going to get an immersive story unique to guests that follows them around the Land, you’ll be part of the Star Wars Universe and each attraction will just add to your overall continuous experience.
Disney Imagineer Asa Kalama added;
There are going to be a ton of opportunities to help out and support the Resistance, lots of smugglers and bounty hunters who are looking for a little bit of help and might be willing to offer you up a side job, and for those of you who are interested in supporting The First Order, that will absolutely be an opportunity as well
Its was also mentioned that the Land would have its own unique sensory experience including smells and tastes including “Blue Milk” (Bantha Milk).
We’re so excited for more information and we’re expecting more this July at Disney’s D23 Expo.
Hey Thrill Seekers,
When Disney reveals Star Wars information a siren goes off here at OAT towers similar to using the Bat Signal and we all rush head first to the nearest computer to bath in its glory… and today is one of those days.
Scheduled to open in 2019 Disney World have already broken ground on the much anticipated land.
Instead of using one of the known planets in the Star Wars galaxy guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.
Disney are also creating two new signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customised secret mission and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
We’ve also heard that Disney are working on creating droids that guests can interact with, these droids will be built using new AI technology that also allow them to learn as they go!!
How amazing is Star Wars at Disney going to be?
Hey Thrill Seekers,
The second most popular droid in the entire Galaxy (far, far away) will be making his debut this Spring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. BB-8 the standout Droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, begins character greetings at the park’s Star Wars Launch Bay.
Visitors are already able to meet Star War’s characters like Kylo Ren and Chewbacca and the rolling droid will be a welcomed addition. Star Wars Launch Bay not only offers character greetings but also offers guests the chance to explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including some from the latest film in the franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Here’s what Disney say about Star Wars Launch Bay;
Star Wars Launch Bay is just one experience that has debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the delight of Star Wars fans over the past two years: “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” daytime show features characters from around the Star Wars galaxy; while the guest-favorite “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” nighttime spectacular lights up the park each night. Guests age 4-12 can also become Jedi recruits and put their skills to the test in an unforgettable battle against villains like Darth Vader or the Seventh Sister Inquisitor. And just a few months ago, the park’s Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction began offering guests randomized destinations, making different planetary destinations possible for every galactic journey.
The addition of additional Star Wars IP to the Disney parks is just another step to cementing their position as market leader in Florida. My kids would lose their minds if they got to meet BB-8… and probably me too!
Hey Thrill Seekers,
Yesterday at Disney’s usual earnings call Bob Iger Chairman and CEO dropped some major news! Not only did he confirm that Pandora – The World of Avatar would be opening in May of this year but also sent the nerds in to a frenzy by adding a sprinkle of Star Wars info.
Bob confirmed that lands at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios would open in 2019!!! Considering Disney only broke ground in April 2016 a 2019 opening date seems really optimistic.
Disney’s Star Wars lands represent the companies largest-ever, single-themed land expansions. At each location, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.
For me I’m excited about taking the controls of the Millennium Falcon as one of their signature attractions suggests.