With more than four decades of films, television series, novels, comic books, video games and more, Star Wars has a deep history that has inspired generations of devoted fans. In creating Star Wars: Galaxys Edge, Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm were driven to fulfill the dreams of anyone who ever imagined visiting this galaxy far, far away by telling new stories that feel authentically Star Wars.
Inside Star Wars: Galaxys Edge at Disneyland Park in California and Disneys Hollywood Studios in Florida, guests explore a land filled with rich details meticulously researched and crafted by Imagineers and Lucasfilm. Though the planet Batuu and its Black Spire Outpost may be new to fans, this setting offers a genuine Star Wars experience for all who enter as they discover a plethora of hidden gems and other details drawn from across the galaxy.
Hidden Gems to Look for in the Land

  • While Star Wars: Galaxys Edge is set during the current trilogy of Star Wars films, the land features elements representing many different eras of the Star Wars Examples include:
    • Several creatures seen throughout the land will be familiar to some fans, such as the dianoga from the Death Star trash compactor in Star Wars: A New Hope found in a tank above a Black Spire Outpost drinking fountain, or the taxidermic wampa from the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Dok-Ondars Den of Antiquities.
    • A podracing engine in the Ronto Roasters food stall calls back to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, while the former smelter droid turning the spit of meats is similar to a droid seen in Jabba the Hutts palace in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
    • A mural on the wall of Dok-Ondars Den of Antiquities depicts an ancient battle between the light and dark sides of the Force. The original bas-relief of this mural was seen in Chancellor Palpatines office in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
    • Hondo Ohnaka, best known from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels animated television series, gives guests their mission in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
    • Nien Nunb, who served as Lando Calrissians co-pilot when the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star, pilots the Intersystem Transport Ship in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.*

  • Batuus landscape is dotted with tall petrified tree trunks, and Black Spire Outpost takes its name from a trunk in the center of the village that is darker than all the others.
  • Imagineers took rubbings from the feet of the R2-D2 droid used in Star Wars: A New Hope and turned those into a set of three-dimensional wheels. Then they built a trolley with those wheels and rolled it through the land before the concrete pathways fully dried to leave behind authentic droid tracks that guests might spot as they explore the outpost.


Its All About the Story

  • One reason Imagineers set Star Wars: Galaxys Edge on a planet never before seen in the Star Wars universe was to give everyone a chance to step into the story at their own levels whether a guest is a lifelong Star Wars fan or has never watched a Star Wars film, everyone visiting the land sees Batuu for the first time.
  • Batuu and its residents are starting to appear in and inspire other Star Wars stories:
    • Both Black Spire Outpost and Dok-Ondar were referenced in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
    • Characters in the Timothy Zahn novel Thrawn: Alliances visit Ogas Cantina.
    • Star Wars: Pirates Price, a young-adult novel by Lou Anders, details a previous trip Hondo Ohnaka made to Batuu.
    • A five-issue Marvel comics series, Star Wars: Galaxys Edge, debuted in April and delves into some of the famous antiquities found in Dok-Ondars shop on Batuu.
    • Released Aug. 6, 2019, Star Wars: Galaxys Edge A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Cordova is a young-adult novel about two childhood friends from Batuu who are reunited later in life and have a series of adventures.
    • Galaxys Edge: Black Spire, a novel by Delilah S. Dawson released Aug. 27, 2019, tells the story of Vi Moradi, Leia Organas top spy who chooses Batuu for the Resistances secret command post (guests may encounter Vi as they explore Black Spire Outpost).

  • During Star Wars Celebration 2019, April 11-15 in Chicago, many attendees who visited the Star Wars: Galaxys Edge booth recorded video testimonials sharing their personal Star Wars These videos were embedded into a Jedi holocron that is now placed inside Dok-Ondars Den of Antiquities at Disneys Hollywood Studios in Florida.

Attention to Detail

  • The land was designed with sightlines that evoke cinematic angles. Guests begin with views of wide vistas, then as they explore deeper into the land, their field of vision narrows into tighter spaces like zooming in for a close-up.
  • In developing props and other dcor for the land, Imagineers tried whenever possible to use pre-1980 materials to best capture the look and feel of the props in the first Star Wars films (Star Wars: A New Hope was released in 1977).
  • To create the look of an older Hondo Ohnaka and properly capture the pirates personality for his Audio-Animatronics figure in Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Walt Disney Imagineering consulted the characters creator, Dave Filoni.

Inspiration and Authenticity

  • In search of aesthetic inspiration for the land, Walt Disney Imagineers visited George Lucas private archives in California to study original Star Wars concept artwork created by Ralph McQuarrie, the artist who helped Lucas shape the look of the Star Wars They also traveled to Morocco and Turkey to experience ancient open-air markets. These sources provided Black Spire Outposts authentically earthy, yet otherworldly environment.
  • To ensure authenticity in their designs for the land, Imagineers also visited active Star Wars film sets in the United Kingdom. There they studied everything from ships to costumes to props to help inform their work on Star Wars: Galaxys Edge.
  • In developing merchandise for Star Wars: Galaxys Edge, Imagineers were granted access to the Lucasfilm archives to study original props and costumes. In many cases, a special scanning tool was used to take 360-degree digital pictures of these artifacts, then 3D prints were made of new models for items sold in the lands.
  • To re-create Princess Leia Organas iconic necklace worn at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, Disney reached out to the original European designer, who still had the pieces mold from four decades ago. That mold was then used to create the new item, available now at Dok-Ondars Den of Antiquities.
  • The soldiers ration kit offered in Resistance Supply is based off Luke Skywalkers kit from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Disney asked actor Mark Hamill (who played Luke Skywalker in the film) what he remembered was in his original kit and re-created some of those items in the version for Star Wars: Galaxys Edge.
  • The Jedi robes and tunics available for purchase in Black Spire Outfitters are modeled after the costumes for Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
  • The interactive experience in the Droid Depot is inspired, in part, by young Anakin Skywalker tinkering with C-3PO in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
  • The guest experience inside Savis Workshop Handbuilt Lightsabers** draws some of its inspiration from episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where Jedi younglings learn how to build their own lightsabers.

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* Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opens Jan. 17, 2020, at Disneyland Resort.
**Savis Workshop Handbuilt Lightsabers is subject to availability, and reservations are required. Guests wishing to book a reservation for Savis Workshop may do so on the same day of their visit, beginning at 7 a.m., with a valid credit card. Visit Disneyland.com/SavisWorkshop for details.


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