TIME magazine has named Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to it’s 2019 list of “World’s Greatest Places” – placing it in elite company of unique worldwide destinations.
Nearly seven years after the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of Lucasfilm comes Disneyland’s largest-ever single land expansion—and a shift of the California theme park’s nostalgic identity toward more futuristic experiences. At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests don’t simply mingle with their favorite characters, they live among them while customizing their own droids at the Droid Depot (see photo) and visiting Oga’s Cantina, Disneyland’s first public watering hole serving alcoholic space brews and “blue milk.” The 14-acre land brings planet Batuu and its trading post to life, along with two groundbreaking attractions: a Millennium Falcon–themed flight simulator, open now, and the multifaceted cinematic journey of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, opening in early 2020.
Needless to say, the Disneyland Resort was pleased to be selected, commenting in the Disney Parks Blog:
We’re excited to share that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been named one of TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places 2019. This annual list recognizes 100 destinations around the world that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering guests an experience that’s unlike any other.
Since opening at Disneyland Resort on May 31, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge visitors have been transported to a galaxy far, far away as they visit the largest single-themed land in Disney parks’ history. The land has quickly become a guest favorite, with visitors raving about the many immersive experiences to explore on the remote planet of Batuu, including blasting across the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – already one of the Disneyland Resort’s top-rated attractions that recently welcomed the one millionth member of Hondo Ohnaka’s flight crew!
TIME Magazine measured the land across quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence, and as we countdown to the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World Resort on Aug. 29, we look forward to giving even more of our guests the opportunity to explore the experience-based storytelling of this one-of-a-kind land.