Disney's Almost-Finished 'Star Wars' Park Looks Epic in This New Behind-the-Scenes Video

Ever since Disney broke the news that it was developing a Star Wars theme park, diehard fans have been waiting with bated breath to see what sort of experience the company would bring to life. Then came some teaser footage of the sprawling park under construction, which drew a collective gasp excitement online. Now, Disney's dropped even more behind-the-scenes video and details about the soon-to-open Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, which suggests it'll be one of the biggest, most immersive park experiences it's ever engineered. 

In a video released on Christmas Day (posted above), Disney revealed quite a bit more about what the park will look and feel like when it makes its debut at Disneyland in Anaheim, California this summer. In fact, it even provided a sneak peek inside the grounds and the two epic rides guests will be able to enjoy there, "Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run" and "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance."

On "Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run," guests will have the chance to become part of the cockpit crew in the iconic spaceship and serve as pilot, gunner, or ship engineer as they make an adventurous and insanely fast trek through the galaxy. "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance," which Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge describes as "the most epic attraction we've ever built," invites riders to stand up to the First Order as recruits of the Resistance in an epic battle. And that's just a taste of what to expect on Batuu, the remote planet on the galaxy's outer edge, which is what the park is modeled after. And beyond the rides, the grounds of the 14-acre park alone look breathtaking. 

"It will be jaw-dropping and incredibly emotional to walk into the land for the first time," said Carrie Beck, vice president at Lucasfilm Story Group. "To actually be standing there amongst the buildings and amongst the ships, and have this feeling that it is all real, that it has been brought to life, and it's right there in front of you, it's overwhelming."

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is scheduled to open first at Disneyland in Anaheim this summer, and then a bit later in the fall at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Until then, you'll just have to pass the time making wild guesses about what Episode IX has in store.


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