Star Wars Land, the most ambitious theme park expansion Disney has ever undertaken, finally has a name: Galaxy’s Edge.
The announcement was made today by Scott Trowbridge, a creative executive with Disney’s Imagineering team, during the company’s parks panel at D23. Trowbridge said the park, which will span 14-acres, will open first in the company’s Californian theme park, Disneyland, before it is brought over to Disney World in Florida.
One of the newest attractions Disney announced today for Galaxy’s Edge will allow visitors to feel like they’re hanging out in a Star Destroyer hangar bay.
Trowbridge also confirmed a few more details that Star Wars nerds — and theme park devotees — will be happy to learn. Trowbridge called Galaxy’s Edge a “living place,” and that means it’s all about interactivity. One of the examples he gave concerned guests who piloted the Millennium Falcon, an aspect of the park that Disney previously confirmed would be made available to guests. If visitors are excellent pilots, their experience may be rewarded with extra Galactic Credits.
Galactic Credits, the currency used in Star Wars, will play a big role in how people explore and enjoy Galaxy’s Edge. For example, if the Millennium Falcon is piloted correctly and expertly, you may receive additional credits, causing Bounty Hunters to roll up to you and try to chat you up. Galaxy’s Edge is going to be a very immersive experience at Disneyland and Disney World, and Galactic Credits are just one of the examples given to showcase how that will play out.
That’s not all Galaxy’s Edge will have to offer fans, though. Favorite characters like Kylo Ren and BB-8 — who made their debuts in Stat Wars: The Force Awakens — may make an appearance in the park, according to Trowbridge. Captain "Rex" RX-24, the pilot from the Star Wars-based “Star Tours” ride at Disneyland, will also be the DJ in the Cantina.
Galaxy’s Edge is slated to open at both Disneyland and Disney World in 2019, but we don’t have any more information beyond that.