Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge News from Destination D

Today at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, D23’s Destination D event is underway. This morning included a presentation by Bob Chapek, Chairman for Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, who shared a variety of announcements and updates about upcoming developments at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Epcot in particular has a number of exciting changes on the way.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge made a big splash, too, of course. Chapek revealed the names of the two signature attractions: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. He also shared a new teaser video clip for each one, showing actual interiors from the rides. They look incredible!

In addition, Chapek unveiled the first tease of new Star Wars music by John Williams, composed specifically for Galaxy’s Edge. It’s just a taste, but sure to whet the appetite of all Star Wars fans. Chapek also spoke briefly about the immersive Star Wars hotel experience coming to Florida, and shared new images from the designs. From Disney Parks Blog:

This groundbreaking experience is unlike any resort experience you’ve ever seen. From the moment you board your launch pod, it’s a fully-immersive, multi-day Star Wars adventure aboard a luxury starship complete with high-end dining, space-view cabins and all of the exciting action you would expect from an authentic Star Wars experience.

The presentation mentioned the previously announced opening dates for Galaxy’s Edge: Summer 2019 at Disneyland and Fall 2019 at Walt Disney World.

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B.J. Priester has been a Star Wars fan since he played with the original Kenner action figures as a young boy. His fandom passion returned after watching Attack of the Clones in 2002 and reading the entire New Jedi Order series in 2003. He voraciously caught up on the novels and comics in the Expanded Universe in addition to writing fanfiction, frequently co-authoring with Tricia. B.J. has served as editor of FANgirl Blog from its inception, as well as contributing reviews and posts on a range of topics. He edited Tricia’s novel Wynde, and is collaborating with her on several future projects set in that original universe. Currently a tenured law professor in Florida, B.J. has been a practicing lawyer in Washington, D.C., a law clerk to a federal appeals court judge, and a law journal editor-in-chief. He is also a proud geek dad whose son who is a big fan of Star Wars and The Clone Wars.