Trowbridge echoed Beatty’s sentiment that Galaxy’s Edge is all about the guest experience. Beatty said developers quickly ruled out focusing on any specific film or character arc in the franchise.
Instead, they’re building a brand new, unnamed planet.
The new planet is set on the outer rim of the galaxy, hence the name Galaxy’s Edge. Beatty said they created a place where both beloved characters from the franchise could mix with new, unknown members of the galaxy. He called it “a smuggler’s planet,” something quintessential “Star Wars.”
“It’s kind of forgotten about. People in the know like Han and Chewie, they knew of this place,” he said, referencing beloved franchise characters Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Beatty didn’t rule out the possibility of Galaxy’s Edge appearing in an upcoming “Star Wars” film, though he didn’t reveal any current plans. Lucasfilm’s developers and writers worked closely with Disney’s Imagineers on the expansion.
During his presentation, Chapek also announced many characters from the films will be featured in Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. But it was the droid Rex that received the biggest applause from the audience. Rex may serve as a DJ at a cantina in Galaxy’s Edge, Chapek said.
The chairman also announced a Star Wars-themed luxury resort at Walt Disney World, which he says is “100% immersive.” Chapek did not announce an opening date or if construction is ongoing.