RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
Early reports are starting to come out about the new ride offerings from Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge theme park, where visitors will be transported into the world of Star Wars.
We know that the setting is Black Spire outpost on the planet Batuu. We also know that the experience will include two rides; the first is a flight on the Millennium Falcon and the second is called Rise of the Resistance. To date, details have been nebulous at best. But now we have some new information.
Rumors have begun through Alicia Stella, a writer and podcaster who focuses on Disney and theme parks. She spoke on her podcast about how there’s more than 300 animatronics on the ride and it could, potentially, last for almost 30 minutes. That’s long for a ride. In comparison, the experience for Star Tours is less than five minutes. This also jives with rumors I've heard, so I thought it was worth adding to the pile here.
Galaxy’s Edge opens in June at Disneyland.
As Disneyland prepares that opening, it's made vast improvements in other areas of the park. Dubbed “Project Stardust," Disney has been working for the past year or more on making Disneyland easier to navigate with the massive crowds expected when Galaxy’s Edge opens.
Some of those updates include improved walkways, more seating, and even upgrades to Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
For keen-eyed Star Wars fans, they’ll recognize the name of the project. Stardust was the codename under which the Death Star was built. What Disney might be trying to tell us by code-naming their walkability improvements the same thing as the Death Star is up for grabs, but I’m grateful for the improvements in any case.
GALAXY’S EDGE COMICS
Disney isn’t just preparing the physical park for visitors. Lucasfilm is actively working to incorporate elements of the park into its storytelling. Much of Thrawn: Alliances was set at Black Spire Outpost, but we have news of a new comic series as well.
Dok-Ondor is a name Star Wars fans will remember when it was dropped aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He’s a collector of antiquities in a galaxy far, far away and will be present at Galaxy’s Edge. Now, he’s featuring in a comic series that will help contextualize his place.
For Star Wars fans who enjoy collecting all the breadcrumbs of a story, Galaxy’s Edge is only going to be that much cooler.
PILOTS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN NEW SERIES
Marvel and Del Rey, the publishers of Star Wars comic books and novels, respectively, are teaming up for a brand new venture. Alphabet Squadron, written by Alexander Freed, tells the story of rebel pilots in the days after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The comic, written by Jody Houser, focuses on Imperial pilots in the same time.
It’s not the first time this sort of crossover storytelling has been done in Star Wars, but it's certainly the biggest since Marvel took over the Star Wars comic publishing duties.
Let’s hope it works, and that more of it is forthcoming.
Mark Hamill continues to bless Twitter with behind-the-scenes looks at iconic moments from the series.
Here he is on the set of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back as "Darth Doofus."
THE MAKING OF STAR WARS
I’m leaving you this week with a special bit of video.
The Making of Star Wars originally aired on TV when Star Wars: A New Hope was still in movie theaters in the ‘70s, and then it largely disappeared. In the ‘90s, you could get your hands on a VHS copy if you sent in box-tops for Corn Pops cereal.
Now, it’s easily available on YouTube. It's odd in that it's hosted by Artoo and Threepio, but it has a lot of iconic footage. Watch and learn:
Until next week: May the Force be with you!