Guests attending last night’s Star Wars Galactic Nights event at Hollywood Studios got new details about Galaxy’s Edge, the upcoming Star Wars land opening next year at both Disneyland and Disney World.
The village making up the new land, previously revealed to be on the planet Batuu, is named Black Spire Outpost. Disney explained this name comes from the petrified remains of its giant sequioa-like trees:
The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.
One of the two planned rides will have guests step onto a Resistance troop transport which will carry them in the middle of a battle between The First Order and The Resistance.
There will be actual, full-size AT-AT walkers that guests will have to “go up against.”
Nien Nunb, Lando’s co-pilot in Return of the Jedi who returned in The Force Awakens, will feature in the new land, though details were sparse. Imagineering even tracked down his original voice actor in Africa to get the voice right!
There will be a “creature stall” (think petting zoo) of animatronic characters including a Tooka Loth-Cat from the Rebels animated series). Lucky guests may also be able to purchase Loth-Cats and other alien creatures – Porgs, anyone? – at the stall, presumably in the same way Pandora sells banshee puppets.