New Details Released for Disney's 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' Theme Park Attraction
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge—the new attraction being built at Disneyland and Disney World—is continuing to push the boundaries of what is possible at a theme park.
According to a sneak peak provided to Barron’s, in order to create an immersive feel within the new land, Disney is building animatronic shopkeepers that will staff gift shops selling merchandise that in itself will be incredibly unique. The retail shops in the new attraction will be run by an alien named Dok-Ondar. Interestingly, the character was referenced, though not seen, in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story.’ Dok-Ondar will be seen on Batuu, the planet where Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will exist, as an animatronic character. Furthermore, cast members will apparently be able to interact with him and haggle on your behalf to see what price is acceptable for the items you want to purchase.
Guests’ experiences on the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run ride will also be different based on how those on the ride perform, and said performances will have an impact on how cast members or animatronics respond to guests throughout the land. An example given is that after the ride, while getting a drink in the cantina, a cast member or animatronic might say, "The boss isn't happy about how you brought the ship back" to guests if the Falcon is brought back in less than stellar condition.
While the full menu for the cantina hasn't been set, one beverage sure to be available in the park is the infamous blue milk that Luke and his family drink in the original ‘Star Wars: A New Hope.’ Though it's still unclear what the drink may actually contain, for obvious reasons it is unlikely to include milk.
As for the merchandise that’s to be sold in the new attraction, guests won't be able to buy a t-shirt that says ‘Star Wars’ on it anywhere in Galaxy's Edge, because such a thing would not be for sale on Batuu. Continuing with this notion, familiar characters might look different from how they are currently known. For example, a doll of Luke Skywalker might not look like Mark Hamill, since the person on Batuu making the doll may have never seen Luke and therefore wouldn’t know exactly what he looks like.
Neither park has announced an official opening date for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, though the new attraction is scheduled to open at Disneyland this summer, followed by Disney World this fall.