ORLANDO, Fla. — A galaxy far, far away is inching closer and closer.
- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to open this year
- Disneyland in the summer; Disney World in the fall
- 14-acre expansion will feature rides, food vendors and shops
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is slated to open this year — at Disneyland in the summer and at Disney World in the fall.
The 14-acre expansion will feature a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon, a cantina that serves a variety of themed cocktails and a shop where customizable lightsabers can be built.
Visitors will be transported to the remote village of Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu. It's a popular stop for smugglers, bounty hunters and other colorful characters.
Galaxy's Edge promised to be one of Disney's most ambitious park expansions to date. And based on newly-released details, visitors will have even more to look forward to.
Ride 2 New Attractions
The land's two attractions include the simulator ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and the trackless dark ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
In Smugglers Run, riders will be able to enter the cockpit of a replica Millennium Falcon and take control of the ship. In groups of six, riders will be assigned one of the following roles: pilot, gunners and engineers. Just before stepping into the cockpit, riders will encounter an animatronic Hondo Ohnaka, who will brief them on their mission.
"Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a level of guest participation in a ride that we haven't done," Robin Reardon with Walt Disney Imagineering said in a statement.
The second ride, Rise of the Resistance, will let riders battle the First Order. As new recruits of the Resistance, riders will go inside a full-size starship and board a Star Destroyer. Throughout the experience, they will encounter Poe, First Order officers, TIE fighters and Kylo Ren.
Disney is promising Rise of the Resistance will be one of its "most advanced and immersive experiences"
Grab a Glass of Blue Milk
Walking around Galaxy's Edge is likely to cause visitors to work up an appetite — or a thirst. Thankfully, there will be a handful of locations selling specialty dishes and cocktails.
Blue (and green) milk can be found at the Milk Stand. Over at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, visitors can chow down on dishes like beef pot roast, chicken and a marinated noodle salad.
For selection of alcoholic beverages like a Jedi Mind Trick or the Outer Rim, visitors can make a pit shop in Oga's Cantina. Learn about all the food and beverage items here.
Build a Lightsaber Workshop
Visitors will be able to build their own lightsabers at a special workshop. Guided by shop workers known as The Gatherers, visitors will about The Force as build their lightsaber. At the Droid Depot, visitors will also be able to choose from various parts and pieces to construct their own droid.
Elsewhere in Black Spire Outpost, markets and shops will have a variety of items for sale, including Resistance and First Order costumes, Jedi artifacts, porgs, instruments, hats, pins and plush toys.
For a complete look at all the merchandise items, click here.
Star Wars Costumes
Disney cast members working inside Galaxy's Edge will wear costumes tailored to fit the land's theme. They will be able to mix-and-match their outfits. One might be dressed as a First Order officer, while another might be dressed as a villager. Get a sneak peek at the costumes here.
Attractions Insider is your all-in-one source for everything you need to know about Florida's theme parks. Get news, deals, specials, photo galleries, video, and more in our Attractions Insider special section!