As a child rising up within the late ’90s and early 2000s, I used to be by no means actually launched to Star Wars; my mother and father and mates have been probably not large Star Wars followers both. I used to be, nevertheless, a significant Disney fan and naturally nonetheless am. As soon as Disney purchased Star Wars I believed I might try what all of this was about. I after all began with the originals, then the prequels, and now the third trilogy.
All through that point I discovered myself rising increasingly more connected to this universe. Now add in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge being constructed at each Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and my Star Wars data and love retains rising. I adopted Star Wars Celebration a bit in 2017 when it was in Orlando and thought that it might be cool to go to some day, and if it goes again to Orlando I might mix it with a Walt Disney World journey. Lo and behold, it didn’t return to Orlando however did transfer to Chicago in 2019, and dwelling close by made it a simple resolution to test it out.
I did take into account making it a trip of kinds and shopping for a 5-day ticket for Celebration however, by no means having finished any form of conference earlier than, I made a decision on a one-day ticket for Saturday, April 13th. As soon as the panels have been introduced I used to be disillusioned I might miss out on the massive Episode IX day (which was Friday), however I used to be very excited in figuring out I might get to take a look at the entire Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge happenings on Saturday.
I discovered the ticketing and entrance course of at Chicago’s McCormick Place to be very simple. You both have been mailed a badge or needed to decide it up on the venue. Along with that, there was an app that was virtually vital because it was wanted to activate your badge and preserve observe of panel reservations. In previous Celebrations you’ll simply line up and/or camp in a single day in an effort to get a spot in sure panels. This yr they did a lottery and panel reservation system by the app and on-line. This appeared to get combined critiques, and the app was glitchy so you could not all the time get panels or reservations you’ll need. I might say the app is the most important factor that must be improved for the following Celebration.
I didn’t know what to actually anticipate from this journey I used to be on. I did get fortunate and received into the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge important panel, which was held on the Windtrust enviornment throughout the road from McCormick Place. Earlier than the panel started, DJ Elliot — who Disney parks followers might know — was on stage serving to pump up the group. Mark Daniels, one other Disney parks fan favourite, was interacting with the group as properly. Lastly, Star Wars actor Warwick Davis got here out and performed video games onstage. Then it was present time!
The panel started with Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Artistic Lead Scott Trowbridge approaching stage to introduce a brand new partnership for Star Wars Power for Change. One of many largest surprises of the panel was that it being hosted by none apart from Olaf himself — Josh Gad.
The remainder of the panel exterior of Scott and Josh was Imagineer Chris Beatty, Star Wars story guru Doug Chiang, Asa Kalama, Margaret Kerrison, and Matt Martin. The panel started by going over the land, its historical past and what you would possibly discover inside. We received our first have a look at the Dok-Ondar animatronic, and another new photographs from contained in the land. The most important new objects Star Wars followers received from this panel have been Aurebesh/Star Wars themed Coca-Cola bottles and first glimpses of music from Oga’s Cantina and the brand new John Williams rating.
I, as a Disney parks fan, discovered this panel to be extra for the Star Wars fan who doesn’t know lots about this new land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was enjoyable and thrilling to be there in particular person for this, however total there was not a lot new when it comes to particulars. Panel attendees received an unique Coca-Cola Aurebesh shirt.
After the panel, I went to the present ground and received to expertise the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge sales space. Inside this sales space they’ve photograph ops with an precise trip automobile from Rise of the Resistance in addition to the primary have a look at merchandise that will likely be offered inside the land as soon as it opens later this yr. One last particular factor on this sales space for company was the “fanfessional” expertise. Right here company might inform their Star Wars story and document a particular GIF they might ship to themselves. This sales space was actually a cool expertise as a visitor and parks fan.
Because of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge panel on Saturday a number of Imagineers and Disney executives — together with Disneyland President Josh D’Amaro and Hollywood Studios Vice President Phil Holmes — have been available checking every thing out.
Partially two I’ll recap different features of the present ground, present merchandise, and way more!