It goes without saying that Disney has greater plans for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge beyond its initial theme park iteration that debuted this week at Disneyland (and towards the end of summer in Disney World). Galaxy’s Edge has a strong presence in the literature space as the planet Batuu is mentioned in the Thrawn: Alliances novel along with the announcement back in January that Marvel would be releasing a comic series based on the park. We’re also getting a new novel titled Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire from author Delilah S. Dawson that introduces us to a new Resistance spy named Vi Moradi.
With all this content centered around Galaxy’s Edge already revealed, it remains to be seen where Batuu will be heading in the future. But what we do know is that as of right now, the Galaxy’s Edge timeline is set after the events of The Last Jedi and before the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker.
“We knew that this was going to be a flexible stage for future storytelling, so what you see on opening day might not necessarily be what you’ll see in the near future,” says Margaret Kerrison, Managing Story Editor for Walt Disney Imagineering. “So we have a lot of new stories coming in from Star Wars, with new films opening and new animated series and new books, all kinds of multimedia storytelling – all of that is going to be incorporated into our land from May 31 onwards.”
Right now, the storyline for Galaxy’s Edge takes place concurrently with where we are in the third trilogy – after the events of Episode 8: The Last Jedi, and before the action we’ll see in Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker. This timeline is built into the backstory of Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, the only ride that’s currently open; Chewbacca has brought the Falcon to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost for repairs following The Last Jedi, and is working with smuggler-turned-“legitimate” businessman Hondo Ohnaka, who fans first met in the animated series The Clone Wars. “[Hondo] needs crew to smuggle some goods for him, so he borrowed the Falcon from Chewbacca,” Kerrison tells IGN. “And Chewbacca needs some supplies for the Resistance, so they’re kind of working together in order to have a win-win situation.”