Star Wars was the first movie I experienced in a theater as a kid and it inspired me to become a storyteller. So when Disney released drone footage of their new Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge, I was pretty excited. The story that helped influence me as a writer will soon be a place all of us can visit.

A New View

Until now, it has been a challenge to get a good view of all the construction happening in the new Star Wars area at Disneyland. This new drone footage gives you a fantastic look at what is materializing as they construct this new land.


Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019 in Anaheim and later in Orlando. The land will feature immersive experiences and cutting-edge technology. Disney patented designs that will allow you to interact with droids that will follow your face and engage in conversations with you, using their artificial intelligence. Galaxy’s Edge will be unique from other lands you’ve experience in the Disney universe. According to Mice Chat, the Imagineers are aiming to create a Star Wars environment, “that is more akin to Renaissance Faire cosplay than a theme park land. Shops and dining would be hyper-themed and operated like elaborate dinner theaters and living history museums.”

Stormtrooper Battle Escape

A premiere attraction in Galaxy’s Edge will be Stormtrooper Battle Escape where you’ll get the chance to fight against the First Order. A report about the attraction suggests you’ll abandon your vehicle mid-ride and try to escape the Stormtroopers.

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According to Mice Chat, you will “rush to your wireless and trackless vehicle and board and then disembark and re-board the vehicles on different levels of the massive ride building several times during the course of a long experience, all while under attack by Stormtroopers. The pit currently being dug deep into the ground on the Alcatraz site is required for the elevator mechanism that will make the multi-level ride possible. Imagine riding Pirates of the Caribbean, but getting off your boat in the caverns to explore the skeletal remains, getting back in your boat quickly when you hear Barbosa attacking the fort, sailing along until you get out of your boat a second time in the auction scene to interact with the panicky townsfolk for a while, then re-board your boat quickly when the fire breaks out to escape by sailing through the rides finale.”

Whatever Disney has in store, this footage makes it all look very promising. What are you most excited about in Galaxy’s Edge?