Batuu, a new Star Wars planet, has been revealed at the end of the Star Tours ride at Disneyland. Ever since acquiring Lucasfilm in 2012, the Mouse House has made sure to make the most of their prized possession. In addition to a film slate of annual releases and a bevy of other content, a Star Wars theme park, Galaxy's Edge, is set to open in 2019. The company has spent the last couple of years teasing its various features, most recently unveiling a miniature model and behind-the-scenes video at the D23 Expo.
While official details are still scarce, one thing that has been confirmed about the park is that it is set in an Outer Rim village on a new planet that hasn't been seen before, causing some to speculate where that might be. Now, Disney has shared this bit of information, and Batuu is where attendees will be spending most of their time when Galaxy's Edge is finally completed.
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Screen Rant went to Disneyland to check out the new Star Tours attraction, which is entirely set in the sequel trilogy era. The ride ends on Batuu because the location is "safe." More details will be unveiled during the Galactic Nights event taking place next month to commemorate the premiere of The Last Jedi.
It goes without saying that Galaxy's Edge is poised to be one of the crown jewels of Disneyland and Disney World in a couple of years, fully immersing park visitors in the Star Wars universe in a way few would have thought was possible. The park is billed as a fully interactive experience with attractions based on iconic vehicles like the Millennium Falcon and a star destroyer. There will also be famous characters from the films to meet and greet, including BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren. Ever since A New Hope first premiered in 1977, fans have wanted to travel to the galaxy, and now Disney is making those dreams come true. The decision to place the park on a new planet is smart, since it's something unfamiliar to explore.
Fans will no doubt be watching with keen interest at Galactic Nights to see what else is revealed about Batuu as Disney continues to hype up Galaxy's Edge. Perhaps one day Batuu will become a part of the movies, but for now, it's simply a trip to California or Florida away for those who want to go.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019