This weekend fans from all over gathered in Chicago for Star Wars Celebration Chicago. During the weekend there were some announcements made at the “Bringing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Life at Disney Parks” panel.
Josh Gad (the voice of Olaf from “Frozen”), who is a big Star Wars fan, was the panel host. Those on the panel were Chris Beatty, Asa Kalama, Margaret Kerrison, and Scott Trowbridge from Walt Disney Imagineering and Doug Chiang and Matt Martin from Lucasfilm. Josh asked different questions of the panel in regards to Galaxy’s Edge and some fun announcements came from those questions. Here are some of the announcements.
Specially Themed Coke Bottles
Disney announced that Coca-Cola designed special bottles for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The regular Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite bottles are all short round bottles with screw tops that kind of look like gears. The Dasani water bottle is a taller sleeker design. What all the bottles have in common though is that the names of the drinks are written in Aurebesh, which is pretty cool and makes these bottles extra unique.
Special Interactive Features in the Play Disney App
With the Play Disney app guests will be able to interact with some droids, scan different props around Batuu (the name of the planet for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”), translate Aurebesh to English, and tune into different satellites around the land. Check out Asa Kalama’s description of the new features in the video below.
A Fun Interactive Game Available Throughout the Land
Something else Disney included in this new land is a game that everyone can play. It involves the “blinky light panels” that you will see around the land and choosing a side. See the video below for more information on this interactive game.
The Hondo Ohnaka Animatronic
If you have been on Na’vi River Journey in Pandora – The World of Avatar, then you know how far Disney Imagineering has come with animatronics. The movements are so fluid and they look more alive than they ever have. Well, the Hondo Ohnaka animatronic is no different. He is a part of the Smuggler’s Run ride, so look for him there. Here’s a video Disney shared at the Star Wars Celebration Chicago.
More Pictures from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Disney shared more pictures from the land during this weekend’s event. The pictures give a better idea of just how immersive this new land is going to be.
As we get closer to the opening dates, hopefully Disney will give us more information. It was fun to hear these announcements and they have surely helped keep the anticipation up for the opening of this new land. You can watch the full replay of the panel below from Disney Parks.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in Disneyland on May 31st and it will open in Disney World on August 29th.
Are you excited for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
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