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Star Wars land: An inside look at Disneyland’s immersive new world

A long time ago, in a galaxy in California

Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

Lovers of all things Star Wars, this is the week. Tomorrow, on May 31, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as the largest-ever single-theme addition to the Disney parks. While the second Star Wars land won’t open at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, until August 29, we’ve got a sneak peek into what the California version looks like.

Our friends at Polygon have been in the park for a press preview, riding the brand new Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, reporting on hidden Easter eggs, and even checking out the rustic, edge-of-the-galaxy themed bathrooms. (No wretched hives of scum and villainy here.) All of this was carved out from the edge of Frontierland, rerouting the Disneyland Railroad for a deep dive into a galaxy far, far, away.

It’s a journey into the Star Wars universe and into the distant outpost planet of Batuu, where Galaxy’s Edge is set. As is the Disney way, designers built a fully immersive environment that pays homage, says Polygon, to every part of the franchise, from the original trilogy to the spin-offs. And according to early reviews, the new land is a success.

The land’s center is Black Spire Outpost, a trading village surrounded by towering rocks, that features details like droid tracks stuck in the mud. (Or what we’re meant to think are droid tracks). Stormtroopers guard the area, a 100-foot Millennium Falcon sits around the corner, and everything from the food (get ready for blue milk) to the shopping (pick up lightsabers, or maybe some power converters) is spot-on.

Whether you scored a time slot to visit the park or not, here’s a sneak peek at what Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge looks like in person.

A portion of the Galaxy’s Edge park in Disneyland. There is a domed building with an arched entrance. There are various sculptures of people outside of the entrance. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
The interior of a building at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. The walls are stone and resemble a desert outpost. The ceiling has various hanging light fixtures. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
Stone walls, doors, and light fixtures at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
Stone buildings at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon

The interior of a building at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. The ceiling has an intricate web of pipes and structures hanging from a circular space. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
A bar at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. There are various drinks displayed on the bar with drink labels. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
The interior of a building at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. There are industrial machines and parts in the center of a room. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon
A spaceship illuminated with colorful light near buildings at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland. Photo: James Bareham/Polygon