Disneyland’s Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opens for Business

Not long after Disney bought the enormous Star Wars franchise, they made plans to open dramatic new theme parks dedicated to the well-loved world.

Both Disneyland and Disney World planned to build matching, 14-acre parks at their respective California and Florida locations. Disneyland opened first, with a press-visit this week to the much-storied addition to the Disney empire.

Polygon toured the park, and gives us a glimpse at the amazing craftsmanship and detail that went into transforming a lot in Anaheim into a believable, tactile world, far, far away.

And stay tuned for the opening of the futuristic Star Wars Hotel, opening later this year at Walt Disney World Resort.

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The Millennium Falcon gets prime placement in the park, and is part of a major theme ride.

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There is no glaring signage or familiar Disney branding, this world has been crafted to look as authentic as possible.

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We love the subtlety of the way finding, like bathroom signs and trash bins, which have a heavily distressed look, like they’ve been around for generations.

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Of course the Star Wars experience wouldn’t be complete without a cantina, and this one mixes up a plethora of fascinating exotic cocktails, both alcoholic and not.

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Throughout the park, staff (called cast members) are entirely in character, only responding as if this was their home planet.

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Various shops and stores are available to explore on this fictional location, called Black Spire Outpost.

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We love the mounted heads, from creatures both familiar and not.

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Various animatronic characters populate the stores and restaurants, adding a magical element that Disney is known for.

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They did a great job of building a realistic ‘used future’ that made Star Wars so familiar and loved. Everything feels distressed and authentic, despite it being brand new.

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Currently, only one ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is open for use. A second major ride, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will open, to much fanfare.

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