Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Gives Fans a Chance to Step Inside the SW Universe

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy‘s Edge, open at Disneyland in California and opening in August at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Short of being cast in a Star Wars film, the closest you can get to the galaxy far, far away—for now—is a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here, you can immerse yourself into your own Star Wars experience at the brand new Galaxy’s Edge. How immersive is it? Great question. Let’s dive in.

You become part of the experience

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

You are on the planet Batuu; a remote outpost in the Outer Rim, just on the edge of wild space. They call the town Black Spire Outpost. It’s a smuggler’s haven. A place where you can go unnoticed if you wish. Currently, it is controlled by the First Order but elements of the Resistance are lurking and ready to strike. Sides are being chosen. What will you do?

This is just part of your role set up by Disney’s Imagineers. You don’t just bounce from ride to ride at Galaxy’s Edge like any other theme park. The staff wants you to choose a side. Get involved. Take part. And your interactions with the various cast members will help you make your choice. There’s even an interactive app to push you along. The Disney Parks Play app is available on both Apple and Android, and allows you to intercept radio signals, scan cargo crates, hack into droids, and earn credits toward virtual loot.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Smuggler's Run at Galaxy's Edge
Take control of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy in Smuggler’s Run

We know she’s got it where it counts when Han and Chewie are at the helm. Think you have what it takes to pull a job in the Falcon? Then climb aboard! Based on reviews from the ride, you can take your turn in the Falcon seriously and complete the smuggling mission for Hondo, or you can smash into everything there is to smash into and let the Tie Fighters use you for target practice. That route will cost you some credits. Either way, just never tell us the odds.

(Next page: How Galaxy’s edge will evolve.)

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