Go behind the scenes of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge under construction at Disneyland
The village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet of Batuu is taking shape in Anaheim’s Star Wars Land, from Oga’s Cantina to the Droid Depot.
A menacing gunmetal gray First Order TIE fighter lurked behind the outstretched arms of construction cranes and cherry pickers amid a flurry of continuing work at Disneyland as crews rushed to complete Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in time for its summer debut.
Hundreds of construction workers laid cobblestones, painted rock work and scaled scaffolding last week during a behind-the-scenes media tour of the 14-acre land taking shape at the Anaheim theme park.
Here’s a quick look at the highlights from the construction tour led by Walt Disney Imagineering executive creative director Chris Beatty.
The site: The midday tour followed a day of heavy rain, leaving the complex construction site a muddy mess. The number of construction workers peaked at 1,100 on a single day. More than 6,000 tradespeople have visited the sprawling site.
Setting the scene: Crews poured cement on the steps leading from the Frontierland entrance to the new land. Towering spires of petrified trees made from hand-shaped rock work rose 135 feet in the air. Circular buildings wrapped in scaffolding dotted the land like exclamation points, raising the eye skyward.
“This is the establishing shot and the hero shot for Batuu and Black Spire Outpost,” said Beatty, standing near the Frontierland entrance. “You really get the best view of the planet. It’s just got great layering and you can see the amazing spires in the distance.”
Throughout the land: Archways inspired by Moroccan and Istanbul marketplaces framed “heroic reveals” designed to stop awestruck visitors in their tracks. Sail-like sunshades covered intimate courtyards. X-wings, A-wings and landspeeders sprouted around every corner. Droid tracks ran across cobblestone walkways.
Savi’s Workshop — Handbuilt Lightsabers: The shop exterior will look like a space junkyard. Inside, visitors can take part in a build-your-own lightsaber experience. The shop will sell high-end lightsabers modeled after weapons used by Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren.
Droid Depot: Animatronic droids will interact with visitors in front of and behind the shop. Inside, visitors can build their own droids from scratch. Builders pick their parts from a moving conveyor belt and piece together the parts at an assembly station. The remote-controlled mini-droids will be able to communicate with full-sized units found throughout the land.
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities: The surly alien who runs the one-of-a-kind shop will barter with customers who want to haggle over prices. The animatronic creature remained covered in bubble wrap during the tour. “He just came in a night or two ago,” Beatty said. “He’s still sleeping. We’re just starting to bring him to life.”
Creature Stall: The tiny marketplace space will be chock-full of cages filled with animatronic creatures. “Some of them have little special effects that have leaves that move and eyes that look down upon you,” Beatty said.
Oga’s Cantina: During the tour, crews were installing a DJ R-3X animatronic, which will spin an alien soundtrack described as Jawa meets new age meets 1980s pop. “It’s a weird sound, but it’s going to be so much fun,” Beatty said.
Dining options: Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo has a cargo ship docked on top of the building with shipping containers inside that double as seating areas. Ronto Roasters will serve barbecue sandwiches cooked by a podracer engine. “There’s space meat that’s on a rotisserie spinning around,” Beatty said. “Our droid is standing over here on this plinth and he’s turning the spit, complaining about his job.”
This article was originally written by Brady McDonald and appeared here.