This week in Star Wars news land has been all about information pertaining to Disney’s 2019 Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park additions. We got our first listen to the score John Williams wrote for Galaxy’s Edge as well as the names/preview videos of the two main attractions that fans will be enjoying next year. Those details can be found here. We also saw a piece of concept art showcasing Hondo Ohnaka which you can view here.
A few days ago the NY Times posted an article containing additional pieces of information about the park’s two main attractions – “Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” and the new Star Wars hotel that is currently under construction in Orlando, Florida. A recently-filed permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection offered a look at the proposed design of the hotel including how many rooms will be available for booking once the hotel officially opens its doors. In their piece, NYT mentions how Disney will be doling out a serious amount of cash over the next several years as they aim to expand and upgrade their theme parks across the globe.
Michael Nathanson, a longtime media analyst, estimates that Disney will spend $24 billion on new attractions, hotels and ships over the next five years. That’s more than Disney paid for Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm combined.
As far as the two attractions and hotel are concerned, here is the new information provided in their article:
“Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run”
– Will use real-time video rendering technology invented by ILM.
– The technology will respond to the actions/controls you perform while in the cockpit.
– There are a total of 200 different controls available in the Falcon‘s cockpit.
“Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance”
– About 50 animatronic Stormtroopers will be included in the attraction.
– No specifics on how fans will be interacting with them, if at all.
Star Wars Hotel Resort
– It is code-named Project Hubble by Disney Imagineering.
– It will not contain any windows.
– Instead, each “window” will be a special video screen that provides viewers with a “space view”.
– Guests will be encouraged to dress in Star Wars attire during their stay.