New aerial photos have been captured of Disney Parks' newest theme park Star War: Galaxy's Edge, and they're by far the best look we've gotten at the hotly anticipated project. It will open at the Orlando and Anaheim locations next year, with the latter opening first in the summer of 2019. After the announcement in 2015 that Disney was planning a Star Wars addition to their park family, the news that's come out surrounding what visitors can expect has exceeded expectations and then some. Galaxy's Edge looks like it's going to be an immersive experience like no other Disney's ever attempted.
Not only will guests be able to do unprecedented activities like fly a life size replica of the Millennium Falcon, they'll be able to do the same with a replica of a Resistance Troop transport. The Imagineers have also revealed that the first ever constructed scale versions of AT-ATs will have a presence at the park and that guests will encounter them on some kind of mission. And since this is Disney and they know the devil's in the details, fans will of course get to experience the world of the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu with varying degrees of scale. They'll get to visit creature corners featuring characters from the films, books and animated series, shop at a lifelike marketplace featuring exclusive memorabilia and toys and even indulge in an adult beverage at Oga's Cantina.
But so far, all of those attractions had yet to take actual shape considering the Disney only broke ground on Galaxy's Edge in 2016 -- until recently when Joblo published two photos that gave a very clear look at how the park is progressing. The 14-acre complex is obviously far from finished, but that doesn't mean fans can't already appreciate the extent of the massive project and how familiar it looks. The architecture is immediately recognizable as something created within the Star Wars universe and you can even see the clear outline of the Falcon, which looks impressively large and intimidating.
The biggest takeaway from just these two photos is the massive scale of this project. While Disneyland itself is a whopping 85 acres, it looks like Galaxy's Edge is making good use of its 14. The keys to good immersive experiences lie in scope and detail -- two things Disney does very well. Though the other parks they've launched might not be as big a departure from our reality as Galaxy's Edge is, there's a reason park goers remain fiercely loyal to Disney not to mention willing to cough up the now staggering prices.
Just looking at these skeletal photos, it's easy to imagine oneself truly feeling lost in the Black Spire Outpost and getting to feel as though one were actually in a galaxy far, far away. By all accounts, in 2019 there will be many fans whose impossible dream of living out their fantasies to such a degree will finally come true.
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