Lucasfilm and Disney confirm Crait will be added to the Star Tours lineup following the first look at the planet in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi trailer. When Disney announced in 2015 that they would be building Star Wars Land as an addition to their theme parks, fans of the franchise everywhere threw their hands up in joy, knowing that in just a few short years, they’d finally be able to visit the Millennium Falcon and other iconic Star Wars locations. While there’s been delays in the park’s opening and news from it has been few and far between ever since that original announcement, the excitement surrounding Star Wars Land still hasn’t decreased in any way.
With new films coming out every year between now and the opening of Star Wars Land, though, Disney has still made sure to offer fans the chance to at least kind of visit some of the Star Wars universe’s newest locations through their Star Tours rides. That even meant the addition of a trip through Jakku from The Force Awakens, with John Boyega’s Finn filming a small role in it. And it looks like fans can also expect Star Tours to give them the opportunity to visit one of the exciting new locations from The Last Jedi.
The news came during the Theme Parks panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando today when both Disney and Lucasfilm executives announced that there would be a simulated trip to Crait – The Last Jedi’s addition to the Star Wars universe – added to the lineup of possible destinations on their Star Tours rides. In addition, Anthony Daniels said he would be recording some new lines of dialogue later this year as C-3PO for the Crait journey, with the intention for it to be added at the end of 2017 when The Last Jedi is released in theaters.
Fans just got their first look at Crait in The Last Jedi teaser trailer released yesterday, but it’s already got the entire fandom talking about it. Featured very briefly in the teaser, Crait is an uncharted mining planet, with an abandoned rebel base, that reportedly goes on to play a key role in the overall story of the film.
It’s not hard to see why the brief moments on Crait enraptured Star Wars fans everywhere either, with the desert-like ground apparently containing blood red-colored soil, that a squadron of new Skimmer ships kick up as they fly towards a lineup of First Order walkers waiting for them. Now, it should also be noted that there wasn’t much news regarding Star Wars Land announced at the theme park panel, other than that the park itself is set on an entirely new planet in the Star Wars universe, in a remote frontier trading outpost, that will exist and have a place on the map, and that it is still slated to open in 2019.
While this might come as some disappointing news for fans hoping for bigger announcements regarding the new park, it’s a well-known fact that Star Wars fans are no strangers to waiting for the things they want. And a theme park that incorporates so many beloved elements from the films (including the presence of both The First Order and the Resistance) and allows its visitors to control the Millennium Falcon, is something that looks to be more than worth the wait. Plus, at least in the meantime, they can still always hop on board a Star Tours shuttle, and take a quick trip to all of the most iconic planets in Star Wars history, including Jakku, Naboo, Coruscant, Endor, Hoth, Tatooine, and now thankfully, Crait.