Back in 2015, when Disney CEO Bob Iger took to the stage at D23 Expo to announce the addition of two 14-acre Star Wars-themed Lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, it seemed like the wait was going to be unbearable. However, progress has been remarkably fast for such an ambitious immersive Disney Park project. But it’s the aerial image updates released by NearMap, that have kept us “in the loop” with the construction, and of course all of the countless DSNY Newscast videos I have posted on the topic.
But in the below image we can see the entirety of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and note that the shape of Disneyland’s version is slightly different to that of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
But notice in this photo that we can see that the tentatively named “First Order Battle Escape” attraction building has completely finished the external build, with all of the attention now being focused toward, as Walt would put it “The Show”. As many of the themed elements such as the forrest of landed X-Wings, will more than likely be one of the last things to be added to the land because WDI will be deep into the testing and implementing of ride components inside those two massive show buildings.
But the most notable thing about this latest aerial update, is that we now can see that much of the external work constructing Merchants Row and the Cantina has now been completed. This is interesting, as it gives us our first finished look at the exact layout of the land, as a perfect overview to gauge the amount of space between the “Village Market” area of Black Spire Outpost.
Although as you scan the newest satellite images from NearMap of Disneyland, you may spot one difference between the construction pace of Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World, as in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the trooper transport ship has already been installed on top of the quick service restaurant, opposite the Falcon attraction building.
This is interesting as it’s just an example of how Walt Disney Imagineering are approaching the installation of various components in a different order, despite the west-coast Galaxy’s Edge opening in Summer 2019, instead of Late Fall 2019 in Walt Disney World.
However, I’ll be diving into these latest aerial images in more depth in September, when discussing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on DSNY Newscast. But until next year, when Disneyland’s version of Galaxy’s Edge finally opens… I guess these construction updates should help keep the anticipation alive for all of us Disney Fans!