Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is a monster home run for Disney Theme Parks. Literally every person I’ve spoken to who has managed to get an elusive reservation to walk around the newest addition at Disneyland has raved about the experience. Not only can you build your own custom lightsaber or pilot the Millennium Falcon in the Smuggler’s Run ride, but everyone keeps telling me that, for a few hours, you absolutely forget about real life and feel like you’ve been transported to an actual planet from a Star Wars movie! I cannot wait to visit the planet Batuu and see it for myself.
However, while everyone has been enjoying the park and taking pics of the various cool things on display, a bit of trivia has yet to be revealed…until today.
When you build an addition at a theme park, it takes an army of people, permits from the city, and way too many entities that need to sign off and approve what you want to construct. In addition, unlike a movie set, which is only designed to last the length of the shoot, a theme park needs to be built to withstand extreme weather and millions of people. This all means you have to start very, very early.
If you’ve been to Galaxy’s Edge or seen pictures of the park, you know Disney built a few life size ships: An X-wing fighter, the Millennium Falcon, an A-wing fighter, and the First Order Tie Echelon.
While you probably know the first three ships, the last one, called the Tie Echelon, is new and has yet to be seen in any Star Wars movie. And based on what I learned about how the ship landed in the park, it probably won’t be.
That’s because many years ago, when director Colin Trevorrow was still helming Star Wars: Episode IX, I heard he and his design team were asked to help come up with a ship for Galaxy’s Edge. When I first heard it, I figured there was no way it was true. But then I realized they must have started designing the park years ago and maybe there was some truth to the story.
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