Welcome to Batuu: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge planet revealed on Star Tours

From StarWars.com:

“There’s a new planet to visit in a galaxy far, far away: introducing Batuu.

As detailed on the Disney Parks Blog, Batuu — the location of the upcoming Star Wars-themed land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — was revealed this morning as a surprise addition on Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disneyland park.

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Batuu is described as follows:

This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.””

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New Adventure from Star Wars: The Last Jedi Coming to Star Tours This Fall

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From Disney Parks Blog:

“Earlier this year we told you about a thrilling new adventure coming to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will place guests in the middle of an epic battle. The action takes place on the planet of Crait, which we got our first glimpse of in the teaser trailer of Star Wars: The Last Jedi earlier this year.

Today we’re pleased to share that this exciting new sequence, inspired by the latest film in the Star Wars saga, will debut at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 17, at Disneyland Paris November 22, and, as previously announced, at Tokyo Disneyland December 15!”

ILMxLAB and The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire trailer and details revealed

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From StarWars.com:

“Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID have pulled back the curtain on Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a groundbreaking hyper-reality experience that promises to immerse fans in a galaxy far, far away. An official trailer (check it out below!) made its debut today, offering a first look at what to expect, and story details have also been revealed — the rebellion needs you, your family, and your friends for a secret mission.

Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will send teams of four, under the orders of the budding rebellion, to the lava planet Mustafar. The mission: to recover Imperial intelligence vital to the rebellion’s survival. You and your squad must navigate an enemy facility disguised as stormtroopers, with Rogue One‘s K-2SO at your side. You’ll grab your blaster, solve puzzles, and fight giant lava monsters in an effort to fulfill the rebellion’s orders.

The VOID also announced that Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will debut at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on December 16 and Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on January 5. Tickets are on sale now at thevoid.com; admission for both the Anaheim and Orlando locations is $29.95 per person plus applicable fees, and Parks admission is not required. […]”

Star Wars: Galactic Nights returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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From StarWars.com:

“Last year, Star Wars: Galactic Nights — a special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrating Star Wars with celebrity appearances, fireworks, and amazing lightsaber churros — delighted fans from around the world. This December, it returns more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Galactic Nights is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 16, the day after the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with tickets available now. A Hollywood-inspired gala party, guests will arrive to red-carpet welcome and enjoy an evening of Star Wars festivities, including: performances of Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away; stunning fireworks during Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular; a one-night-only panel discussion on the future of the Star Wars-themed land Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge; tunes courtesy of a DJ at Center Stage; Darth Vader and a battalion of stormtroopers marching down Hollywood Blvd.; photo opportunities in iconic Star Wars scenes thanks to incredibly detailed backdrops; encounters with Ewoks, stormtroopers, roaming droids, and more; striking projection effects on legendary park landmarks; the chance to ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; and more surprises.”

‘Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire’ Hyper-Reality Experience Coming This Holiday Season

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From StarWars.com:

“Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and THE VOID today announced a new hyper-reality experience called Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, which promises to plunge fans into the Star Wars universe. Created by ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, in collaboration with THE VOID, it will open to the public at two new VOID Experience Centers at Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort and Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort beginning this holiday season. Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will allow fans to move freely in an untethered, social, and multi-sensory experience, including interaction with friends, fans, and Star Wars characters.

“At THE VOID, we combine the magic of illusions, advanced technology and virtual reality to create fully immersive social experiences that take guests to new worlds,” said Curtis Hickman, co-founder and chief creative officer at THE VOID. “A truly transformative experience is so much more than what you see with your eyes; it’s what you hear, feel, touch, and even smell. Through the power of THE VOID, guests who step into Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire won’t just see this world, they’ll know that they are part of this amazing story.

“At ILMxLAB, we want people to step inside the worlds of our stories,” explained Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge of ILMxLAB. “Through our collaboration with THE VOID, we can make this happen as guests become active participants in an unfolding Star Wars adventure. By combining Lucasfilm’s storytelling expertise with cutting-edge imagery, and immersive sound from the team at Skywalker Sound, while invoking all the senses, we hope to truly transport all those who experience Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire to a galaxy far, far away.””

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Revealed as Name of Star Wars Lands in Disney Parks and More

From StarWars.com:

“Today at D23, Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that the highly-anticipated Star Wars-themed land will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will allow guests to visit a remote trading port “on the edge of wild space,” while promising a truly immersive experience.

According to Chapek, the lands will emphasize living your own Star Wars adventure. Indeed, two major attractions will put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

As detailed on the Disney Parks Blog, one attraction — the biggest in scale ever at Disney Parks — will make you feel like you’re in the hangar of a Star Destroyer.

The second attraction will have you in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters, and getting ready to make the jump to lightspeed. Your performance in the adventure will have repercussions: do well and you’ll earn extra credits; dent the iconic ship, and you can end up on a bounty hunter’s list. You can view concept are for each attraction below.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also feature several Star Wars characters, including BB-8, Chewbacca, First Order officers, and many more. A well-known Disney Parks droid is heading for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as well: Rex, the pilot from Star Tours, will be the DJ at the cantina — where you’ll order blue milk and other galactic concoctions.

For more on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, check out our interview with designer Doug Chiang and see a new fly-through of the model in the video below.

In addition, Chapek also announced plans for a Star Wars-themed resort at Walt Disney World. “It’s unlike anything that exists today,” Chapek said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story. You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100-percent immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

See the gallery below for a look at some exciting concept art, and get ready to step inside Star Wars.”

 

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Disney Parks Unveils the Star Wars-Inspired Land Model

From Disney Parks Blog:

“As we’ve previously shared, two Star Wars-inspired lands are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.

Tonight, we’re happy to pull back the curtain and give you the first detailed look at the model of this new land, which will be on display this weekend at the 2017 D23 Expo.

Both Star Wars-inspired lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”