'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge': Deep Inside Disney's Newest Theme-Park Land

Marcus Errico
Deputy Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Unlike the previous edition of Disney’s D23 Expo in 2015, which was packed with costumes and props from The Force Awakens, the most recent fan fest was devoid of exhibits from The Last Jedi. Instead, Disney focuses its Star Wars forces on building a pavilion that housed vehicles, aliens, costumes, concept art, props, and a full-scale model of its new Star Wars land, set to open in 2019 at parks in California and Florida ahead of Episode IX. The name of the sprawling territory was also revealed: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. For those of you unable to make it to Anaheim to see the model in person, Yahoo Movies has brought the exhibit here; click through for a virtual visit.

Luke Skywalker Visits ‘Galaxy’s Edge’

Mark Hamill was on hand to unveil the name of the new 14-acre land during D23 Expo. (Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks)

A Galaxy of Stories

Disney Parks and Resorts erected a massive pavilion at D23 Expo packed with concept art, scale vehicles, costumes, props, and a fully detailed model of Galaxy’s Edge. Guests entered the area through an archway, with displays representing the Resistance to the left, the Millennium Falcon hangar in the middle, and the First Order on the right. (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Full Model

This scale model intricately lays out the expansive, fully immersive land. Visitors enter on the left side, into a Resistance-occupied zone. Things get progressiverly dicier in the center. On the right side is First Order territory. Guests will be able to choose their own path and have interactions based on those choices. (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

Model Detail

After passing by an A-wing and X-wing, guests will participate in a battle between the Resistance and First Order — one of two major attractions. Then it’s onward through the marketplace, where they’ll meet aliens from across the galaxy. The big question: Are there AT-ATs under that central structure? (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

Millennium Falcon

The other major ride is the Millennium Falcon flight simulator. Your performance in the cockpit will dictate later encounters in the park. (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

Entering the Hangar

Here’s the concept art showing the Falcon area from the ground level. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

First Order

A full-sized TIE dominates the far side of Galaxy’s Edge. We also know that there are two giant AT-ATs being built, but they weren’t visible on the model… presumably they’re hidden somewhere, possibly in the middle section. (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

Resistance Outpost

Here are a building model and concept art for the Resistance side. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Local Artifacts

The foyer of D23 Expo’s “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion contained several props and models, including a selection of musical intruments and a bust of an Ithorian, known colloquially as “Hammerheads.” (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

Millennium Falcon

A life-sized Falcon that guests can pilot will be one of main attractions of the finished land. According to the tour guide, the storied Corellian ship no longer belongs to Han Solo but has fallen into possession of “an unsavory fellow, a smuggler.” (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)


This charming little fellow was buzzing around the pavilion, one dozens of new droids who will be populating Galaxy’s Edge.


The plaque reads: “Built from scavenged parts, this landspeeder is customized to withstand the unique peculiarities of a planet’s terrain. Raiders use vehicles like this explore uncharted lands for valuable salvage. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

First Order Fleet Transport

According to the sign, “Within the First Order fleet, troops, officers, and personnel traverse the interiors of massive ships using small transport vehicles. Piloted by astromech droids, these vehicles are programed with ship schematics and security access codes.” (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

First Order Uniform

Bookending the pavilion were sections dedicated to the Resistance and First Order. The latter side included a Stormtrooper helmet and blaster, as well as this officer uniform. (Disney Parks/Joshua Sudock)

First Order Concept Art

The troopers have fallen in and are ready for battle. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)

Concept Art

Inside the pavilion were large-format panels depicting street-level views of the various areas of the land, including a marketplace and, of course, a cantina. (Photo: Marcus Errico/Yahoo Movies)