Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
The day is finally here.
Disneyland opened its long-awaited “Star Wars”-themed land at 8 a.m. Friday to reservation holders, offering them the first glimpse of the brand-new planet of Batuu.
Just in case you didn’t manage to snag a coveted opening day reservation, here are the first pictures and videos coming out about the new land on social media. This story will be updated throughout the day, so keep checking back.
Waiting in line
Disneyland opened the new land at 8 a.m., but crowds were already lining up in the wee hours of the morning.
The parking lots opened at midnight, and Disney began letting people line up for special opening day merchandise at 2 a.m.
Galaxy’s Edge is open
The lucky ones with first-hour reservations began flooding into the new land soon after 8 a.m., greeted by waving and cheering cast members.
All the sights at Star Wars land
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set in Black Spire, on the fictional planet Batuu. It’s described by Disney as a remote outpost on the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space. (That’s the uncharted region past all known star systems.)
Think the Wild West — but in space.
The land features shopping, make-your-own droids and lightsaber options, food and of course, a Millennium Falcon ride.
One of the biggest draws for visitors to the new land is sure to be the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, which lets visitors pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy. They can also shoot down First Order ships, or fix the Falcon as it inevitably breaks down.
The Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the only full-size replica ever made of the ship, according to Disney.
Disney offered limited-edition, opening-day merchandise throughout Disneyland park and Downtown Disney.
But within the land the trinkets and souvenirs are all specifically crafted to look like they would actually have been sold at the remote trading outpost of Black Spire. That means no “Star Wars” logos, according to the creative team behind the land.
Food and drinks
Galaxy’s Edge has a whole range of foods, drinks and snacks for the weary galactic traveler, including the blue milk made popular by Luke Skywalker in 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
Characters from the latest “Star Wars” sequels make appearances throughout the park, including Rey, Kylo Ren and of course, stormtroopers.
Disney has also crafted a special character who appears throughout the land as a leader of the Resistance.
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