We’ll have to wait before we can properly explore the Star Wars theme parks planned for Disney World and Disneyland, but now fans can catch a glimpse of it when they embark on a journey far, far away on a staple Disney attraction.
Starting today, attendees who go on the Star Tours ride located at Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will travel to Batuu, an outpost located on the edge of the galaxy that will serve as the home base for Disney’s Star Wars theme parks.
According to Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge, C-3PO and some other characters know all about Batuu even though it’s an entirely new part of the galaxy for us.
“This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures.”
Disney Parks previously gave fans a glimpse of Batuu with a flyover of a model version of the theme park, which showcases a little bit of everything for Star Wars fans—along with a few familiar quirks.
Batuu—and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge—will open in 2019.