The surprise new stop on Star Tours has been revealed, and it’s Batuu. The new planet will serve as the setting for the upcoming Star Wars land, Galaxy’s Edge, that will debut in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in California.
Disney reveals the first picture from Star Tours’ visit to Crait – which launches soon at both Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios – but they’re also teasing that it’s not the only new destination.
Could we be seeing another sequel trilogy world? Or perhaps a Rogue One based one? The ride currently features Jakku, Hoth, Tatooine, Kashyyyk, Coruscant, Naboo, and the Death Star at Geonosis.
This could throw that pesky rumor for a spin… Or does it? Could we be getting multiple sequel worlds? Fans in Anaheim and Orlando will find out Friday; Paris and Tokyo will both have the new content by the end of the year.
The Disney ride Star Tours is going to split off the sequel-era content from the stuff based around the first two trilogies, WDW News Today reports.
Star Tours will debut a new The Last Jedi-based sequence at Disneyland and Hollywood Studios next month. The salt planet Crait will appear in a new sequence starting November 17 at both U.S. parks. Disneyland Paris will get it on November 22, while it goes into rotation at Tokyo Disneyland on December 15.
The Star Wars Show gives us our first official look at Kylo Ren’s new ship from The Last Jedi, the TIE Silencer.
Disney Parks announced that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the official name for the twin lands that will be coming to Disneyland and Disney World. We know we’ll all keep calling it Star Wars land regardless, but hey: They’re trying.
We learned more about the park’s two rides, including concept art. And although we don’t get slid dates, the Disneyland version is expected to open first – though likely only by a few months, as they’re both still expected for 2019.
Also coming – though only to Disney World – will be a Star Wars-themed resort that will be “100-percent immersive.”
Debuting last night at Disney’s D23 Expo is our first up close and personal look at the model for the upcoming Star Wars land coming in 2019 to both U.S. parks.
The land’s setting will be a brand-new planet, “a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space.” It will debut with two rides – a Millennium Falcon mission and a First Order/Resistance battle – but it looks like the real fun may just be wandering around the place.
I haven’t heard if they’ve said if this model is the Disney World or Disneyland model, but in the concept art the two had extremely similar layouts. The Orlando version will be at Hollywood Studios, while Anaheim’s will be part of Disneyland.
For more video and photos from the Expo, head below the cut.
Another Celebration is in the books, and that means another attendance record. Celebration Orlando attendance was more than 70,000 people, StarWars.com says. That’s up from Anaheim’s 65K in 2015, and double our last Orlando outing in 2012. No wonder things got a bit… Messy. Attendees, look out for the surveys and be sure to fill them out.
We learned before the con that the next Celebration won’t be until 2019 – probably skipping the overseas outings that we had in 2014 and 2016. The leading speculation seems to be that we’ll be headed back to Anaheim, but since we didn’t get a location on Sunday we’ll be left hanging for a while longer. On the plus side, Pablo made a cannon canon.
In the meantime, here are a few other things we learned that I never got around to writing up, because cons are crazy.
→ Here’s a bit more from the Forces of Destiny panel.
→ Hasbro’s panel included looks at the new 6″ Thrawn and Jaina Solo figures, both of which will be available in the fall. Thrawn is also the SDCC exclusive, in a special box resembling his Rebels office. Also: The new Hallmark ornaments.
→ A few details on how the Star Wars lands will work. They’ll be “set” on a brand-new planet and be super interactive, which sounds like… Something. Something very new. Meanwhile, there’s a survey going around that seems to indicate that Disney is considering a Star Wars-themed resort hotel/experience in Florida that ties in with a lot of what they announced.
→ Meet the costume contest winners.
Disney has announced when we can start to expect their Star Wars lands to open, and it’s earlier than speculated: 2019! The two parks – at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando – are currently under construction.
Twitter had a nice freak-out this afternoon as a ship resembling the Ghost from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon was spotted in a new TV commercial. (There’s more evidence on the Tumblr.) Easter egg? Cameo? Only time will tell.
And that was only one of several new commercials dropped today. Here’s one, and here’s one and here’s one that’s actually on the official site and in high res! Of course it’s the one with the least new footage.
Speaking of new footage, there are two new scenes as well: One with Orson Krennic and Galen Erso (which seems to answer a question I asked in my Catalyst review) and another from the call sign scene. There’s also a new Chinese trailer, introduced by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.
→ So many more interviews today! John Knoll on how they approached the film and changes to Darth Vader’s costume. Gareth Edwards addresses the reshoots and George Lucas’ review. Riz Ahmed on being an ‘average Joe’ in the GFFA. And finally, Diego Luna on his research into being a soldier and why Cassian isn’t a typical hero. He’s really happy to be here, you guys.
→ Could something in the background of the recent creature featurette have given us a hint at that mysterious kneeling scene from the very first teaser?
→ Thanks to both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, Star Wars was Twitter’s top trending movie topic of 2016.
→ Here’s Epcot’s Spaceship Earth being transformed into the Death Star.
→ Rogue One emojjis are now in the Star Wars app!