The Architecture: Rugged Futurism Sets the Scene
The first thing you’ll notice when walking into Galaxy’s Edge: the atmospherics, which make you feel like you’ve exited not only Disneyland but planet Earth entirely. This transformation is accomplished through sounds and smells, but most of all, through the visuals of architecture. Everything in this new Star Wars land sits at the aesthetic cross section of rugged and futuristic—an archeological, earth-toned overlay combined with detailed dedication to technology and innovation.
Imagineers decided to design a never-before-seen corner of the Star Wars galaxy so that everyone, no matter their level of fandom, could have an engaging entry point into the storytelling. They spared no expense in carving these grounds from more than 200,000 square feet of rockwork and 260,000 square feet of plaster, with spires that rise up to 130 feet. The centerpiece, of course, is the first-ever full-sized Millennium Falcon.
Batuu’s landscape also includes ancient ruins, curvy buildings, mysterious staircases (that seem to lead nowhere in particular), cinematic angles, and innumerable Star Wars references. To inspire the look, Imagineers visited George Lucas’s private archives in California, active Star Wars film sets in England, and bazaars in Turkey and Morocco. You’re invited to interact with it all—touch the walls, wander within, and get immersed. Pro tip: The Middle East–inspired Marketplace is an excellent place for a photo opp.
The Light Fixtures: Intrigue Hangs Overhead
When you’re in Galaxy’s Edge, make sure to look up. There’s an alluring array of light fixtures and ceiling decor hanging overhead: dangling pendants and chandeliers from high-tech to homespun, small to very large. This layer of decor enhances the scenery, and all of it is pulled straight from the films.