Jedi Mind Trick cocktails, ‘off-planet’ toilets and £79 lightsabers: Inside Disneyland’s new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge theme park
- Galaxy’s Edge is the new £770million 14-acre Star Wars tribute at Disneyland California
- There are full-sized replicas of various spaceships, R2-D2-shaped bins and armies of stormtroopers
- The venue is the first in the park to serve alcohol to the general public – at Oga’s Cantina
- The Daily Mail’s Tamara Hinson ventured inside to find out if the attraction lived up to the hype
Harvesting basic information is tricky at Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland’s new, 14-acre Star Wars tribute in Anaheim, California.
When I ask a passing Chewbacca about the queuing time for the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride, I’m told it’s ‘one-and-a-half Earth hours’. So, 90 minutes? ‘No. One-and-a-half Earth hours.’ Later, when I ask for directions to the nearest toilet, a stormtrooper tells me it’s ‘off-planet in a galaxy far, far away’.
This new offering feels light-years away from the main park (in reality, it’s a short hop from the Mickey’s Toontown area). It’s modelled on the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu, and the roar of low-flying X-wing star fighters fills the air.
The fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy: The Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride is the main attraction of the new park
Harrison Ford paid an emotional tribute to longtime friend and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, who died aged 77 last month, during the opening ceremony
This image was posted to Twitter by the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger, with the caption ‘best way to impress your friends… give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!’ The man taking the snap on the right is JJ Abrams, who directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Mr Iger (far left) posted a picture to Twitter of him inside the replica Millennium Falcon with director Steven Spielberg (second from left), JJ Abrams (middle), Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy and Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge
There are full-sized replicas of various spaceships, R2-D2-shaped bins and armies of stormtroopers. At Oga’s Cantina (the first venue in the park to serve alcohol to the general public), I knock back a Jedi Mind Trick cocktail after lining my stomach with a Mustafarian Lava Roll.
For now, there’ s only one ride. Each of the eight vehicles on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run seats six people, which explains the wait. Passengers, who have to be over 3ft 2in tall, are given one of three roles: pilot, engineer or gunner.
I’m a gunner, so it’s my job to fire blaster cannon. But we all have panels of flashing buttons next to our seats, and it’s hard to work out who’s doing what. It’s fast and furious, and the interactive elements mean the ride can be different every time.
Storm Troopers patrol The First Order Outpost with a Tie fighter ship in the background
Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were on hand for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge
The highlight of phase two of Galaxy’s Edge, unveiled in the autumn, will be Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance, an interactive motion simulator that will put visitors in the middle of a battle.
Costing more than £770million, Galaxy’s Edge is Disneyland’s biggest outlay, which may explain why lightsabers cost £79 at Dok-Ondar’s Den Of Antiquities.
A twin park opens in Orlando’s Disney World in August. I doubt it’ll be many Earth hours before Disney recoups its millions.
Tamara Hinson was a guest of Disneyland, which has day tickets, giving access to Galaxy’s Edge and the rest of the park, from £81, or week tickets from £385. Book at disneyland.com.