Our friends at Nearmap have provided us some new aerial imagery of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The images were taken in mid-May and show construction progressing nicely here in Florida. Of course, Disneyland’s version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is already open, so if you want to take a virtual walk through the entire land, we created a 360° video that completely immerses you in the land.
Ok, let’s take a look at the latest imagery from Nearmap.
The image below is an overview of the entire 14-acre land. We can see Toy Story Land to the north of the construction site and expanded Cast Member parking to the southeast. The two giant show buildings for Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance sit on the south end of the site, with the entire walkable land to the north. We’ll touch on a few notable areas, as well as providing some photos of the Disneyland equivalent where possible.
We’ll start in the Resistance forest, which will likely serve as the main entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. We can see a noticeably more compact space here due to the slightly different layout of the area compared to Disneyland. In Disneyland, the Critter Country entrance is effectively replaced in Disney’s Hollywood Studios by Grand Avenue, outside of the tunnel that will transport guests to Batuu. We can just see the Grand Avenue area in the upper right of the image below. We don’t see any spaceships in place yet, but we expect a similar arrangement to how they’re positioned in Disneyland.
Moving on, we have an overview of the Marketplace area. This is where you can find all of the fun little shops that will sell you everything from a Black Spire Outpost branded shirt to a shoulder Kowakian Monkey-lizard. As seen in the overview, a lot of the paving in the Black Spire Outpost village are progressing nicely.
Here’s a look inside some of the Marketplace spaces in Disneyland.
Here’s a look at the garage. It’s at this garage that First Order patrols can be spotted overlooking guests from time to time.
A look at the garage in Disneyland.
Another interesting aerial highlights the space that was supposed to be a table service restaurant behind Oga’s Cantina. This table service restaurant was supposed to feature a dinner show, according to Disney, but was cut out of the final plans. In the aerial below, it’s the space in the bottom right quadrant of the image.
The large, circular dome in the far right of the image is the roof for Oga’s Cantina. Here’s a look at the front of Oga’s Cantina from ground-level in Disneyland.
Finally, here’s a look at the parked Millennium Falcon in front of the Smugglers Run attraction.
Here’s a look at the Disneyland space.
Now, time for a bit of speculation. Judging by the aerial images and progress seen at Disneyland in the closing weeks, we’d bet that the Walt Disney World version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be completed a good time ahead of the announced August 29th opening date. While we absolutely think that Disney will stick to the August 29th opening date for the general public, it looks like the land will be ready at least a few weeks ahead of that. Again, this is speculation and simply an observation of where the construction appears to be as seen in the aerial photos.
If Disney is able to keep up the construction pace, and if Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is ready to go, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some sort of preview event(s) for the new land. As a matter of fact, this speculation on our part isn’t even unheard of. Back in early March, Disney made a statement about previews of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Here’s their statement:
At Disneyland, there will not be preview events for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge offered before opening. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we are still evaluating the possibility of previews and will share more at a later time.
They certainly stuck to their word for Disneyland, offering no Annual Passholder preview events, paid preview events, or soft openings of any kind. If work continues to progress like we’ve seen in just the past few weeks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may just be piloting the Millennium Falcon sooner than you think.
Again, we’d like to thank our friends over at Nearmap for providing the aerial photos for this story.
Keep checking back with us for continued coverage of all things Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and beyond at the Disney Parks.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland and will open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29th.