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Fly-Through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | Disney Parks

July 16, 2017
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Fly-Through Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | Disney Parks

Walt Disney Imagineering designed the project in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, with Imagineer Scott Trowbridge supervising the project, Asa Kalama and Chris Beatty serving as executive creative directors, and Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo and designer Doug Chiang of Industrial Light & Magic involved as consultants.[10] Together, the team decided to set the lands on a new planet, located within the Outer Rim of the Unknown Regions.[11] Described as a “remote frontier outpost”, the unnamed planet has not previously appeared in other media, although it has existed within canon “for thousands and thousands of years.”[12][11] The team chose to create a newly designed world instead of using an existing planet from the films such as Tatooine or Hoth, because those locations evoked a pre-existing familiarity with guests, with Trowbridge explaining, “We wanted to build new Star Wars stories, new Star Wars destinations, but this time you could be in that story that required us to go to a new place.”

This used to be a vibrant trading port back in the old sub-lightspeed days, but now with advent of hyperspace, its prominence has kind of fallen and faded a little bit which has made it a great spot for those who didn’t want to be on that kind of mainstream path. The smugglers, the bounty hunters, the rogue adventurers looking to crew up, the people who don’t want to be found — basically all the interesting people.

— Supervising Imagineer Scott Trowbridge describing the featured planet[11]

The development team drew inspiration from real-world locations, including as Istanbul and Morocco, and traveled there to study the architecture, culture, and weather.[13] The team also cited Ralph McQuarrie‘s concept art for the original Star Wars trilogy as a basis for the aesthetic look of the land.[13] The timeline is set after the events of Return of the Jedi, in the years leading up to the sequel trilogy, and will depict the rising presence of both the First Order and the Resistance.[10][12] The Star Wars-themed land will have two new attractions: one will allow riders to control the Millennium Falcon, and the other will place guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.[14][15] Concept art depicts a full-size Millennium Falcon situated among alien buildings built into tall cliffs.[14] There will also be a version of a cantina.[16] The new planet is designed for guests to begin their own narrative. The Millennium Falcon attraction will feature a “customized secret mission”.[17]

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