Updated 1:47 pm, Monday, April 17, 2017
Not only did “Star Wars” fans get a new trailer for the December release of “The Last Jedi” last week, but new details on the much-anticipated Star Wars Land also emerged over the weekend.
As part of the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, a Star Wars Land panel on Saturday revealed some new information to thirsty “Star Wars” fans.
Representatives from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm discussed the new “immersive” theme park, set on an all-new planet in the Star Wars universe on the Outer Rim.
Per the Disney Parks blog:
The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.
Also among the new nuggets of information from Saturday comes news about the park’s interactive experience. Apparently, decisions guests make at the park will earn them a “reputation,” according to the Huffington Post.
For instance, guests who pilot the Millennium Falcon — a ride that was announced in March as one of the major offerings of the 14-acre park — may have interactions with characters later on in the day, depending on whether you return the ship all banged up or not.
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“An experience might begin on board the Millennium Falcon and follow you right out the door of the attraction and into the local watering hole,” Imagineering executive creative director Asa Kalama told the crowd. “So it really is up to you to determine how you want this thing to play out.”
Guests will also be able to join the Resistance or the First Order, and picking a side could lead to a side mission. It wasn’t clear how these interactive portions of the park will be executed, but there is some speculation that guests will be given RFID bands that will direct how the park and its characters will react to visitors.
Also continuing along the theme of immersiveness, panelists also said certain areas will have “distinct” smells and refreshments, such as the distinct-looking Bantha milk.
Excited about the new park? Be prepared for a long wait: Star Wars Land is scheduled to open in 2019.