Finding this story was a true bonus. The Orlando Sentinel and several other media outlets had a chance to sit down with Disney Imagineers to talk Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Gabrielle Russon of the Sentinel — follow her now — reported:
For more than four years, people working on building Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge have been secretive, fiercely guarding the project.
Some seemed giddy, maybe even a little relieved, to be finally opening up for the first time and sharing some of the details that they’ve had to keep protected from even their own loved ones…
Here are some nuggets pulled from a reporter’s notebook about what they said.
My favorite of the questions and answers?
The land is a collaboration between Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm, but have any of the movie directors — including George Lucas himself — actually see the land firsthand?
Imagineer Chris Beatty shared more insight:
“We’ve had a great relationship with the film directors. George (Lucas) really isn’t involved in the project. When George retired, George retired. He really did. We have taken George through the project but he hasn’t been here to tour the site.
“We’ve spent time with J.J. Abrams early in the development, understanding where his vision of the franchise was going to go and the Lucasfilm story team to understand Episode 7 and now Episode 9.”
Rian Johnson, director of “The Last Jedi,” and his team toured the land, said Beatty, an executive creative director.
“We’ve had a great relationship with them… Trust me, they are huge theme parks fans. We made the call, ‘Would you guys like to come down and see what we’re doing?”
Johnson’s response: See you soon, Beatty recalled.
What do the kids say? “Squeeeeeeeeeeeee!”