We made it out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently and decided to spend some time checking out the progress on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Most of the progress we can see from the ground revolves around the work being done on the vast mountain ranges. Let’s take a look.
Our first vantage point is from outside of the park. Here we can see work on the mountains that will sit atop the Millennium Falcon attraction show building.
The rockwork technique here is identical to that done in Pandora – The World of Avatar. Disney has nearly perfected the formation of natural-looking rocks.
Upon entering the park from the World Drive entrance, guests are treated to an up-close view of the two attraction show buildings.
First up is the Millennium Falcon building. In the photo immediately below, you can see some sort of tanks in the beige structure.
Rock work, a roof access staircase, and an access hole in the back of the show building.
A second floor access hole in the First Order Battle Escape attraction.
This corridor runs between the Millennium Falcon show building (left) and First Order Battle Escape show building (right).
A roof access door atop the First Order Battle Escape show building.
This is the last bit of exposed building in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This is the easternmost section of the First Order Battle Escape show building.
A second floor access hole with what appears to be two trash chutes.
A closer look.
The First Order Battle Escape show building with the World Drive toll plaza to the left.
From inside the park, our sightlines are a bit more limited. Here’s a look at the rockwork from Pixar Place.
The view from Grand Avenue. This will serve as the main entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
A backhoe sits atop the Grand Avenue tunnel and is likely preparing for tree installation to hide Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and preserve the sightlines on Grand Avenue.
In the meantime, we have a great view of the complex steel beams that will form the mountain range above the First Order Battle Escape building.
Installation of some structural component by crane to the second floor of the First Order Battle Escape show building.
From near the MuppetVision 3D exit, we can see work on the First Order Battle Escape attraction and surrounding area.
A peek inside the Millennium Falcon attraction show building.
The facade near the old Phineas and Ferb meet and greet appears untouched.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2019.