New details regarding the Disney Park Star Wars Land expansion were revealed during the Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making panel on Saturday afternoon during Star Wars Celebration Orlando.
The Star Wars Land expansion taking place at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland in Anaheim, California is set to transport fans to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with 14-acre immersive environment that will introduce fans to a planet they have never seen before which has now been revealed as separate from the galactic history in the film franchise, however, the story, environment, and characters featured in Star Wars Land have been confirmed as canon.
Scott Trowbridge, the leader of the Imagineering team on the Star Wars Land expansion explained during the panel this weekend at Star Wars Celebration that the Imagineers are working to create an experience that will include rides, shops, shows, and activities that are not constrained by the narratives of both the Skywalker saga and the spin-off films as well as both of Lucasfilm’s animated series.
“It would be easy to think we should revisit some of our favorite places. But if we were to go to those places, — Hoth, Tatooine — we know the stories that happened there, we know whose stories they are, and we know we’re not in them. That’s not what we wanted to do.”
Trowbridge also added that fans will be able to embark on their own adventure within the Star Wars Galaxy:
“We wanted to build new Star Wars stories, new destinations, but this time you can be in them. We want you to discover your own Star Wars story, not just remember somebody else’s.”
When probed further, Trowbridge described the park expansion as “a remote frontier outpost somewhere the edge of wild space.”
Pablo Hidalgo and the Imagineers were reluctant to reveal the specific location of the planet within the galaxy but the outpost was described as a safe haven for those who may want to avoid the dominance of the First Order:
“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.”
The park will feature both the Resistance and the First Order as well as Bounty Hunters and smugglers which fans will be able to help out and support the characters of their choosing. In addition, Star Wars Land will also include new droids each with their own unique personality.
It was previously teased that fans will be able to fly a mission aboard the Millenium Falcon as they experience a climactic battle in the Star Wars universe. The panel revealed that you and your flight crew will each have a specific role in the adventure but no matter how bad your piloting skills are, you will arrive at your destination. Your ship just might be a bit more damaged than others and that reputation is going to follow you around the rest of the park as the choices you make will have consequences on your experience.
Executive creative director Chris Beatty also confirmed you will be able to have a glass of blue milk.
Star Wars Land comes to life thanks to Disney’s partnership with WDI and the team members at Lucasfilm. The parks themselves have long been in development — for more than 25 years Disney has been collaborating with Lucasfilm on ways to make these parks a reality and it will finally come to fruition when the park expansions open in 2019.
You can check out the new featurette released by Disney Parks featuring the Imagineers along with Lucasfilm story group member Kiri Hart, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Star Wars Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni and Star Wars land creative director Doug Chiang as well as a new piece concept art for the upcoming park expansion below.
Expect more news on Star Wars Land to be revealed during D23 this July and stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Star Wars franchise as we learn it.