With Disney aiming to open its new Star Wars corner of the theme park galaxy to California guests next year, aerial photos of the park’s busy construction area have just turned up the makings of one big, easy-to-recognize hunk o’ junk.
Unlike the neglected downtime it spent in Jakku’s desert parking lot, there’s no tarp to hide the unmistakeable outline of the Millennium Falcon in these images, taken above Disneyland by Utah-based aerial surveillance company Nearmap. The shots reveal the Falcon’s distinctive shape as the pieces of the framework to house its themed attraction fall into place.
What’s perhaps most notable about this version of the Falcon is just how friggin’ huge it is. Comparing its scale with all that surrounds it, the Corellian freighter is among the largest structures to grace the new Star Wars world to date.
Disney’s reportedly planning something even bigger, though: an Imperial Star Destroyer “built on a scale we’ve never done before,” according to the Disney Parks blog. While the Falcon attraction will put guests in the cockpit to “pilot” the ship on a “critical mission,” the star destroyer will put them smack in the middle of the hangar bay while a battle between the First Order and the Resistance swirls around them.
Set in the Black Spire outpost of the far-flung planet Batuu, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park appears to be going for the Mos Eisley spaceport vibe: a place for smugglers, off-the-grid explorers, and pretty much any unsavory, bounty hunter-like character you’re likely to run into at a frontier cantina — which, as it happens, Galaxy's Edge reportedly will have.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled to open next summer at Disneyland, and will be followed by a similar version at Walt Disney World in Orlando, which is tentatively set for a fall 2019 opening.