Fans of the cinematic universe of Star Wars have long felt that their passion was underrepresented in the theme park arena. Sure, there were the odd rides here and there, but in comparison to the expansive and epic galaxy far far away, it wasn't nearly enough.
The franchise has enjoyed a reboot in recent years, and with it, has come an extra treat for fans. Walt Disney has announced that they'd finally be honoring Star Wars with the theme park experience that it deserves. The immersive experience, which is called "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge," has been in production for some time, and it promises to be absolutely incredible.
Now, exclusive aerial photos have been released of the almost-completed project, and fans are blown away. And for upwards of one billion dollars, we'd expect nothing less! We've got all the photos and the best of the internet's reactions right here, so get scrolling!
Star Wars is one of the biggest franchises of all time.It all started in 1977, with the first, eponymous movie - and it quickly became a widespread phenomenon.
Since then, there have been many iterations.The first film, now known as episode four, was followed by two sequels. These three movies are now known as the original trilogy.
The movies were universally acclaimed.They featured tons of amazing early special effect sequences, plus fascinating and deeply human character studies.
They also featured an all-star cast.Harrison Ford as Han Solo was a perfect choice and fans still look back on this era fondly.
And that wasn't all.The original trilogy also starred national treasure, Carrie Fisher, as Princess Lea - and left the part with big shoes to fill!
The original trilogy was followed by more films.The next part of the Star Wars franchise was a trilogy of prequel movies, which were released between 1999 and 2005.
These movies were a huge commercial success.Dubbed "The Tragedy of Darth Vader," this was many young people's introduction to the immersive Star Wars universe.
Star Wars even has a national holiday.Based on a common mishearing of the famous line from the film, May the 4th is now recognized worldwide as a day to celebrate the movies.
The franchise has since had another revival.The sequel trilogy of movies came out between 2015 and 2019, alongside two theatrical anthology films, Rogue One and Solo.
And they haven't been the only newly released Star Wars-related treats.Last year, it was announced that Walt Disney were investing a ton of time and money into creating a new interactive Star Wars experience.
It's safe to say, people were pleased to hear it.Construction began on these two huge projects in early 2016, and they're set to open later this year.
On Christmas Day, a sneak preview was unveiled.The parks are set to encompass over fourteen acres, with one in Orlando, Florida, and one in Anaheim, California.
As time has passed, more information has been released.Including this "trailer" for the park, released earlier this month. The openings are scheduled for Orlando on May 31st, then Anaheim on August 29th.
Fans are pretty excited.And they should be, considering the budget. Both parks have cost a whopping one billion dollars - which can only mean they're going to be pretty breathtaking.
There are also promises of record-breaking rides.In fact, it's been reported that the ride could last up to twenty-eight minutes, which is a record-breaker by any standards.
These parks are within the Walt Disney theme parks.They're set to be in the Disneyland Resort, and the Walt Disney World Resort, but they're big enough to almost be theme parks of their own.
And it seems there hasn't been any skimping.Some new aerial photos of the almost-completed parks have been released!
The images came out this week.
Aerial view of Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. https://t.co/IMaJs6sDnO— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555848602.0
And the images are pretty spectacular.
Aerial view of Millennium Falcon and a portion of Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. https://t.co/EekXUCJCqN— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555847859.0
Look at the surrounding vehicles!
Aerial view with arrow at future location of a spaceship in Black Spire Outpost. At Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. https://t.co/x68RP6gYwK— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555848423.0
And that's not all we noticed in the photos.
Aerial view of an area of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge compared to model in the Walt Disney Presents gallery. https://t.co/aujRlsuudU— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555845716.0
It's clear that the work isn't over yet.
Aerial view showing scaffolding around Millennium Falcon. Note also a roof at a nearby doorway. In Star Wars Galax… https://t.co/ddNay8ddQU— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555847774.0
Some of the images are surprisingly beautiful.
Spires of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in the skyline of Disney's Hollywood Studios. https://t.co/kEhMhERM1r— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct)1555781716.0
It's safe to say, the internet's pretty excited.
Omw to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge on opening day https://t.co/3q2K3OOl8R— Ellen-Mae (@Ellen-Mae)1556061843.0
The huge price tag has been taken into consideration.
Makes Mr Millers £1m turn ride in perspective 😂 https://t.co/L9dpK3Yqso— TradesMannLtd (@TradesMannLtd)1556104859.0
Some have drawn attention to the immersiveness of the experience.
The level of immersion in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge has me questioning why we haven't called cellphones "data pads"… https://t.co/LO5POO9mID— Jesse Inocalla (@Jesse Inocalla)1556051168.0
Although there's still, of course, been some criticism.
New details on "Star Wars" rides opening at Disneyland May 31. Only six people able to ride Millennium Falcon at a… https://t.co/AlAlwXhSK6— Bobby S (@Bobby S)1556081855.0
And there's another contentious issue, too.
You'll have 4 hours to see Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — assuming you can get a reservation. https://t.co/b5ginfGzVo https://t.co/WJwIyoeOKX— azcentral (@azcentral)1556078760.0
Nonetheless, we're sure that Disney aren't worried.
Reservations to Visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Open Next Week https://t.co/i59hr4oZdy https://t.co/DqRImZOJex— Karrde Is Not A Jedi (@Karrde Is Not A Jedi)1556045402.0