As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams has created original musical themes especially for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land and its attractions; composers and songwriters from all over the world also contributed original songs for Oga’s Cantina.
Altogether, between 5,000 and 6,000 people have touched the projects on both coasts. “We wanted to build a place where guests could feel, ‘I could be meaningful here,’” says Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “[But] if you want to be passive, you can just watch, too.” Long before construction began, Trowbridge says Star Wars fans would almost all tell him the same thing: “Oh, my gosh! I want to fly on the Millennium Falcon.” Thanks to Trowbridge, the Imagineers, and Lucasfilm, that shared dream is about to become a reality.
Two thrilling attractions await those bold enough to oppose the First Order. In Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, guests will climb into the cockpit of “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” to take control of the ship, acting in one of three roles: pilot, flight engineer, or gunner.
“Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is a level of guest participation in a ride that we haven’t done,” says Robin Reardon, portfolio executive producer, Walt Disney Imagineering. “When you step into that cockpit as the only flight crew of the only Millennium Falcon for the day that’s going on that mission, that’s a pretty amazing leap in terms of storytelling from the very beginning. And the payoff and participatory nature of the experience are, so far, unparalleled.”
Disney Imagineers worked with Lucasfilm Ltd., as well as with directors and producers J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, to maximize the experience. “It’s more than just a ride,” says John Larena, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering. “It’s a cinematic immersive experience.”
Disney has refered to Galaxy’s Edge as one of the most complex things the company has ever embarked on. Specifically Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run, the two attractions are so advanced beyond any previous attraction imagineered.
Elsewhere in the land, the Milk Stand will offer two local favorites: blue bantha milk, first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope and the signature drink for Galaxy’s Edge, and green milk as well. Four years ago, the team visited Lucasfilm to get ideas for the ingredients, Lucasfilm’s responsed with “You get to write the story.” Food and Beverage castmembers decided on a plant-based non-dairy drink which will allow more guests to enjoy both the blue and green milk choices and make the drinks even more unique.
Kat Saka’s Kettle is another vendor in the village and serves what is known as the Outpost Mix, a popcorn snack that combines savory, sweet and spicy flavors into one concoction.
Check out information regarding Oga’s Cantina, Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and the exciting experiences coming for travelers of Bantuu on our blog!
Travelers have the opportunity to take part in immersive and interactive experience throughout the entire land visit to Batuu by downloading the Play Disney Parks mobile app. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land designed to integrate the one-of-a-kind app for guests to create a unique experience for their time on Batuu. You can learn all about that HERE!
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