The Wait is Over for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney Hollywood Studios

Lake Buena Vista, FL - August 29, 2019

By: William A Guerro Sr

It's FINALLY here, the gates officially opened this morning for the much anticipated arrival of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The area encompasses 14 acres, the same size as the Disneyland version. Galaxy's Edge takes place within the village of Black Spire Outpost, on the wild frontier planet of Batuu, and features an attractions, shops, restaurants, and entertainment offerings.

Grand Opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida

The two matching attractions at Disneyland and Disney World, were announced on August 15, 2015 and construction at both parks began on April 14, 2016. The Disneyland version opened on May 31, 2019, and Disney's Hollywood Studios' version opened this morning, August 29, 2019. Walt Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge supervised the development and construction of the new land at both parks.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge was first publicly announced by The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015, though it did not have an official name at the time. According to Iger, it would be "occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens and droids … the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology."

Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, stated that the land "will introduce you to a Star Wars planet you've never seen before — a gateway planet located on the outer rim, full of places and characters familiar and not so familiar." In an interview for the winter 2015 issue of the official Disney fan club publication Disney twenty-three, Trowbridge stated: "Our intent is to make it feel as if you just walked into one of the movies... Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses. What does that street feel like? What does that animal smell like? What does blue milk taste like?"

Iger announced in March 2016 that construction on both versions of the land would begin on April 2016. Construction began at both locations on April 14, 2016. In February 2017, Iger stated that the lands are scheduled to open in 2019 at both Disneyland and Hollywood Studios. In July 2017 at the D23 Expo, Chapek revealed that the themed lands would be called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Chapek also announced that the Disneyland version would open first.

In November 2017, Trowbridge announced that the planet portrayed by the land is called Batuu, which appears in the 2018 novel Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances.

In May 2018, Trowbridge revealed that the name of the planet's village is Black Spire Outpost, an organization briefly mentioned in the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story. It was also announced that the Disneyland version of the land would open in summer 2019, followed by the Disney's Hollywood Studios version in late fall 2019.

The names of the two new attractions at each location were announced in November 2018 during the D23 Destination D event held at Walt Disney World. A five issue comic miniseries that introduced people to the area's location was released in April 2019. Iger announced the opening dates for both locations on March 7, 2019.

The Disneyland version of the land was dedicated on May 29, 2019. In attendance at the dedication ceremony, were Iger, Star Wars creator George Lucas, and series actors Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Billy Dee Williams. The land opened to the public on May 31.

Watch the Disney Parks LIVE team, as they lived streamed the Grand Opening this morning at 9:55am

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