The epic amount of world building that is going into Disney Parks' massive Star Wars-based park extension Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge continues to be revealed little by little. We've known for a while the new park will be located on a planet called Batuu, but today we know the main settlement on that planet (where all of the action will take place) is called Black Spire Outpost.
The name of the location was shared during the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and has now made its way to the Disney Parks Blog. Not only do they provide the name, they give us some backstory as well.
Black Spire Outpost is the largest settlement on Batuu, a planet that is already starting to find its way into canon and will soon be featured in Timothy Zahn's upcoming Star Wars novel Thrawn: Alliances. Described as "an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space," the outpost sound like the perfect place to get into some Death Star-sized Star Wars shenanigans. It is also described as being "off the beaten path" and a "haven" for characters both notorious and colorful. Sounds like this place really is on the edge of the galaxy!
As for the in-universe history of the town, it would appear the place gets its name from the petrified remains of "once towering ancient trees." These landmarks remain a must-see point of interest, and became "the heart of the outpost itself" to the first settlers.
When exactly did that settling occur? We're glad you asked. It's already been announced the new park will take place during the time period of the sequel trilogy — the First Order will have a presence there, and for further proof, look at the Millennium Falcon's radar dish in the concept image above. The settlement's origins go back much further back then that, however. We can assume Black Spire Outpost is already a notorious haven in the period before the original Star Wars, as you can hear it mentioned during the fabulous fun of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
That's right — at one point, the quick-witted L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) brings it up during one of her arguments with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). She tells him that he "couldn't get from here to Black Spire" without her, and she's almost certainly correct.
We don't know about you, but every detail about this place makes us more and more excited to go. We're likely not the only ones— Black Spire Outpost is soon going to gain a galactic reputation for being a place where tons of piping-hot tourists wait in really long lines.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is expected to open at Disneyland in the summer of 2019, and then at the Walt Disney World Resort in fall of that same year. Plan your galactic vacations (and credits) accordingly.
(Via: Disney Parks Blog)