At the start of this month we ran a little feature and list of what sorts of shops to expect when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this year on two Disney theme parks. We’ve already established that the expansion theme area will be immersive, genuine playing its setting as the smuggling town of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.
But aside from that, and of course the heavily-anticipated rides and attractions (one of which will actually open later than the rest), Galaxy’s Edge will also offer a unique experience for its guests who have come to their corner of the Galaxy far, far away: alien dining and exotic cuisine.
If you could recall the cantina scenes from the original trilogy, or the dining room of Anakin’s house on Tatooine during the prequels, or even Luke milking green muck from an Ahch-to alien in the sequels, then you somewhat know what to expect from the dining facilities of Galaxy’s Edge.
But really, it’s thematic keyfabe. The new area’s going to dazzle diners with artfully-plated extraterrestrial food that (thankfully) should taste approximately to yummy Earth stuff. Here’s a short list of the three primary dining locations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:
Black Spire Outpost Market – alfresco dining with plenty of “alien patrons” and droids milling about
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – the outpost’s cargo depot, also the gathering spot for “travelling food shuttles” aka food trucks
Olga’s Cantina – a sendup to similar cantinas in the Outer Rim; features ex-pilot droid DJ R-3X mixing music while the staff mixes galactic drinks (both alcoholic and not, to cater to everyone)
But just what kind of alien food is in store when tourists to Black Spire Outpost decide to chow down. Here’s a sample list of menu items across all the places mentioned above. Let’s see if you enjoy the selection:
Blue and Green Milk – Blue Milk was from the first “Star Wars” film ever, and Green was already mentioned
Braised Shaak Roast – beef pot
Felucian Garden Spread – veggie meatballs
Fried Endorian Tip Yip – fried poultry
Ithorian Garden Loaf – veggie meatloaf
Meiloorun Juice, Turkey Jerky & Ronto Wrap Set – Batuu’s take on a Mexican snack set
Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor, Black Spire Brew, Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession Provision & Cliff Dweller – the non-alcoholic menu for Olga’s Cantina
Outpost Mix – popcorn
Oven-Roasted Burra Fish – obvious from the name
Oven-Roasted Tip Yip – if you want chicken roasted, not fried
Phattro and Moof Juice – neither milk nor alcohol
Raspberry Creme Puff with Passion Fruit Mousse, & Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse and Coffee Custard – self explanatory
Smoked Kaadu Ribs – pork ribs
The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub and Fuzzy Tauntaun – Olga’s alcoholic cocktails
Yobshrimp Noodle Salad – finally, here’s their oriental cuisine approximation
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disneyland on May 31 and on Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on August 29. A third location has begun work on Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, opening 2021-2025.
While it’s already gotten the green light for a follow-up second season on Disney XD, “Star Wars Resistance” is now busy getting its two-part season finale underway, with the first segment of “No Escape” premiering this past Sunday. At that point the series has caught up to the events of “The Force Awakens” and deals the main character Kaz (Sean Christopher) a devastating, personal blow.
As fans of “Resistance” wait with bated breath for the conclusion of the show’s first season next week, let’s wrap up our own series of lists regarding its predecessor “Star Wars Rebels.” Tuesday last week marked the first anniversary of the end of “Rebels” after four seasons, something fans of the animated series greatly celebrated.
That said we’ll enumerate theepisodes for the last two seasons of “Star Wars Rebels” here, ahead of what we hope to be a seasonal wrap-up of “Resistance” next week. As Ezra Bridger said when we last saw him, “The Force will be with you, always.” Obi-Wan Kenobi surely approves:
Steps into Shadow: Part 1
Steps into Shadow: Part 2 – September 24, 2016 (2-part season premiere)
The Holocrons of Fate – October 1, 2016
The Antilles Extraction – October 8, 2016
Hera’s Heroes – October 15, 2016
The Last Battle – October 22, 2016
Imperial Supercommandos – November 5, 2016
Iron Squadron – November 19, 2016
The Wynkahthu Job – November 26, 2016
An Inside Man – December 3, 2016
Visions and Voices – December 10, 2016
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 1
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 2 – January 7, 2017 (2-part midseason premiere)
Warhead – January 14, 2017
Trials of the Darksaber – January 21, 2017
Legacy of Mandalore – February 18, 2017
Through Imperial Eyes – February 25, 2017
Secret Cargo – March 4, 2017
Double Agent Droid – March 11, 2017
Twin Suns – March 18, 2017
Zero Hour: Part 1
Zero Hour: Part 2 – March 25, 2017 (2-part season finale)
The third season is particularly popular for bringing over a character from the old “Star Wars: Expanded Universe” book series into the new Disney-Lucasfilm continuity: Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). It also sees a good focus on the Mandalorian culture, from which Sabine Wren hails (and which were actually appropriated by Jango Fett and his clone-son Boba Fett).
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2 – October 16, 2017 (2-part season premiere)
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 2 – October 23, 2017 (first 2-part episode that is neither a season premiere nor finale)
The Occupation – October 30, 2017
Flight of the Defender – October 30, 2017 (first 2-episode air date in the series, of which there will be more)
Kindred – November 6, 2017
Crawler Commanders – November 6, 2017
Rebel Assault – November 13, 2017
Jedi Night – February 19, 2018 (mid-season premiere, famous as the episode that depicted the death of popular character and Jedi purge survivor Kanan Jarrus)
Wolves and a Door – February 26, 2018
A World between Worlds – February 26, 2018
A Fool’s Hope
Farewell – March 5, 2018 (3-episode air date, with the latter two being a 2-episode finale for both the season and the series)
The fourth season is the culmination of the struggle to liberate the planet Lothal from the Empire by the Rebel Alliance cell centered on the spaceship Ghost. The costs would be ultimately heavy especially towards the end, but will provide “Star Wars Rebels” with incredible storytelling across its plot arcs. This complete package would endear the show to “Star Wars” fans and set another high bar for the successor animated series, “Star Wars Resistance.”
We’ve been hyping Galaxy’s Edge, the long and heavily-anticipated expansion area based on “Star Wars” for two Disney theme parks, for months on end now. We discussed its attractions and even mentioned its various merchandise shops. But one piece of information has eluded us all: when are they finally opening?
So far we’ve only gotten timeframes for this year; the Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge (north of Frontierland) was opening in the summer, while the Disney World version (addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios) was in the fall. But even Disney must have realized that keeping the dates vague was upsetting fans. Hence, they broke their silence Thursday.
Time to clear out our ears, people: Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31, while the Disney World Galaxy’s Edge is on August 29. The latter date is important and very hype-worthy. Forget fall; they’re both opening this summer!
If you’re making plans to go to Anaheim this May to get the “Star Wars” experience, take note. From the 31st of May to the 23rd of June, access to Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland is by reservation. It’s free but will depend on availability of space, which is understandable. Another thing: the “Rise of the Resistance” attraction won’t be ready yet on opening day, so you’ll have to consider the merit of coming later in the year, when it is.
To help visitors out, if they happen to be booked at any of Disneyland’s three hotels during the reservation-only period, they automatically get one Galaxy’s Edge reservation per individual guest. As of the first statement, no reservation-only period has been announced for Disney World’s own.
Covering an area of 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge will depict a remote planet of the Star Wars galaxy, particularly the smuggler’s town of Blackrock Spire, a conflict spot between the Resistance and the First Order. The experience is full immersion; no franchise branding anywhere, and all cast members in character.
Continuing on from the one-year anniversary of the conclusion of “Star Wars Rebels” last year on Disney XD, here is the episode list for the second season of the show:
The Siege of Lothal: Part 1 – June 20, 2015
The Siege of Lothal: Part 2 – June 20, 2015 (two-part early season premiere)
The Lost Commanders – October 14, 2015
Relics of the Old Republic – October21, 2015
Always Two There Are – October 28, 2015
Brothers of the Broken Horn – November 4, 2015
Wings of the Master – November 11, 2015
Blood Sisters – November 18, 2015
Stealth Strike – November 25, 2015
The Future of the Force – December 2, 2015
Legacy – December 9, 2015
A Princess on Lothal – January 20, 2016
The Protector of Concord Dawn – January 27, 2016
Legends of the Lasat – February 3, 2016
The Call – February 10, 2016
Homecoming – February 17, 2016
The Honorable Ones – February 24, 2016
Shroud of Darkness – March 2, 2016
The Forgotten Droid – March 16, 2016
The Mystery of Chopper Base – March 23, 2016
Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 1 – March 30, 2016
Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 2 – March 30, 2016 (two-part season finale)
Season 2 of “Star Wars Rebels” sees the return of popular characters from the previous animated series “The Clone Wars,” such as the Clone Troopers and Ahsoka Tano. It also started bringing in classic icons from the original film trilogy such as Princess Leia and Darth Vader.
The latter has a climactic reunion with Ahsoka in one of the most celebrated episodes and season finales of “Rebels,” cementing its reputation as a strong “Star Wars” story, and a reason why it’s fondly remembered a year after it ended.
If fans of Disney and its connected film studios are paying attention, they’d realize that this 2019 is turning out to be one of the most release-heavy years for the media giant in terms of movies. It’s easily shaping up to be one of their most packed schedules yet devised.
For instance, Disney has three remakes of their classic Animated Canon (two in live action, one live-action-looking). Their second-busiest filmmaking arm (Marvel Studios) matches that output. And let’s not forget new animated pictures, and “Star Wars.” If you think that’s bloated already, then apparently Disney thinks one more won’t hurt.
According to Vanity Fair, Disney’s sequel to “Maleficent,” the 2014 live-action remake (more like retelling) of “Sleeping Beauty,” has been moved earlier from its original May 2020 premiere to this coming October. Now it’s like almost every month there will be a Disney production debut.
To better illustrate this weighty schedule, here’s a list of all Disney and related-studio films coming this 2019. Fox isn’t included for now, because as of this writing the acquisition deal isn’t even finalized yet. Only major cinematic releases count:
Dumbo (March 29) – live-action remake
Aladdin (May 24) – live-action remake
The Lion King (July 19) – “live-action” CGI remake
Jungle Cruise (July 24) – new “based on Disney theme park attraction” live-action movie
Artemis Fowl (August 9) – live-action based on children’s urban fantasy adventure book series by Eoin Colfer
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 18) – sequel to “Maleficent” (2014)
Disney Animation Studios
Frozen II (November 22) – sequel to “Frozen” (2013)
Toy Story 4 (June 21) – fourth installment, following end of “trilogy” in 2010
Captain Marvel (March 8) – prequel set in the 1990s
Avengers: Endgame (April 26) – last part of MCU Phase 3, and “end” of overarching storyline from Phase 1
Spider-Man: Far from Home (July 5) – first part of MCU Phase 4
Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20) – last part of Sequel Trilogy and conclusion of Skywalker family story
That’s 12 movies in all. Starting from March, at least one will be premiering every month except for September. That’s just incredible. Disney really dominates in 2019.
This past Tuesday, March 5, marked a one-year anniversary. This was the date that the two-hour season 5 and series finale of “Star Wars Rebels” aired on Disney XD. Fans of animated “Star Wars” who initially compared “Rebels” poorly to its predecessor “The Clone Wars” were eventually caught up in the series and blown away by its splendid story progression.
In celebration of this milestone for a “Star Wars” animated series that won the hearts of fans to establish itself in franchise canon, we’ll provide this list of episode titles for the show, starting with season 1 in this portion:
Spark of Rebellion (Part 1) – October 3, 2014
Spark of Rebellion (Part 2) – October 3, 2014 (two-part series premiere)
Sunday, March 3, saw the premiere of the 18th episode of “Star Wars Resistance,” follow-up series to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” from Lucasfilm Animation. With that, all that is left is the finale for the show’s first season, divided into two episodes airing until mid-March.
As seen in “Descent,” things are going very far south for young Resistance spy Kaz Xiono, with all his friends being caught one after another by the First Order on Colossus Station. Escape might be their only option, as the Resistance is now busy with the events of “The Force Awakens” elsewhere to help out.
With this inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” winding down, let’s enumerate its component episodes:
The Recruit (Part 1) – October 7, 2018
The Recruit (Part 2) – October 7, 2018 (hour-long two-part premiere)
The Triple Dark – October 14, 2018
Fuel for the Fire – October 21, 2018
The High Tower – October 28, 2018
The Children from Tehar – November 4, 2018
Signal from Sector Six – November 11, 2018
Synara’s Score – November 18, 2018
The Platform Classic – November 25, 2018
Secrets and Holograms – December 2, 2018
Station Theta Black – December 9, 2018
Bibo – January 13, 2019
Dangerous Business – January 20, 2019
The Doza Dilemma – January 27, 2019
The First Order Occupation – February 3, 2019
The New Trooper – February 10, 2019
The Core Problem – February 17, 2019
The Disappeared – February 24, 2019
Descent – March 3, 2019
No Escape (Part 1) – TO AIR March 10, 2019
No Escape (Part 2) – TO AIR March 17, 2019
“Star Wars Resistance” airs at Sunday evenings on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.
It’s probably been repeated lots of times now where Disney theme park-goers are concerned. This year the long-awaited “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” themed area will open in Disneyland during the summer and in Disney World in the fall. This new expansion promises a unique experience and setting immersion for its future guests like never before.
For one thing Galaxy’s Edge, which “takes place” on a smuggler’s port in a backwater planet, will simulate the “Star Wars” in-universe lifestyle closely. To take an example, their merchandising stands will be so “authentic” that their products won’t come in packages with a Disney logo, but rather sold as is, like they’re on barter in a space opera marketplace.
It also means there are no Galaxy’s Edge collectibles like shirts for sale; at all.
Some new info on Galaxy’s Edge has enabled us to make this list of all these known toy and collectible stores to be found there:
Toydarian Toymaker – run by Zabecca the Toydarian (same species as Watto the junker from Tatooine); sells character dolls and action figures
Creature Stall – features stuffed dolls of the various alien creatures seen in all the films and TV shows set in the Galaxy far, far away
Droid Depot – sells droid models that can be self-assembled from components shown on conveyor belt; can be made interactive with electronic chips
Savi’s Workshop – a possible Jedi survivor that provides services for customers to construct their own custom lightsabers; how the energy blades are generated remains a mystery theme-park-wise
Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – specializes in “antique”-looking goods as well as holocrons featuring holo-messages from Jedi and Sith, both ancient and recent
Black Spire Outfitters – the “Star Wars” costume shop; has all guests need to look like a Jedi, Sith, or whatever else they want
First Order 709th Legion “Red Fury” – the local First Order garrison for Black Spire Outpost in Batu; sells stationery and gear that marks their owners as loyal to the First Order
Resistance Supply – the local Resistance cell; provides the same stuff as the First Order, but from Resistance sources and strictly for Resistance supporters only
Prices for all these merchandise have yet to be revealed.
When a “Star Wars” film comes out, aside from exotic planetary locations, sweet space vehicles and pitched battles and action sequences that are to be expected, another element of the franchise to watch out for is the latest alien creatures. From humanoids to little winged or four-legged critters, seeing non-human entities in “Star Wars” best sells what it’s like in a galaxy far, far away.
Even in the polarizing Sequel Trilogy entry “Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” unsettled franchise fans may have had a decent enough reception for Porgs, the constantly-screeching flightless birds from Luke Skywalker’s hideaway planet of Acht-to.
These annoying yet adorable things are the focus of a new virtual-reality experience to be made available on the Magic Leap One VR headset. Developed by the ILMxLAB branch of Lucasfilm, this VR experience applies the “virtual pet-raising” genre onto the “Star Wars” universe, with a Porg as the pet.
Titled “Project Porg,” the experience puts the VR player in the role of impromptu caretaker, having been entrusted by Chewbacca with a Porg and a care device, along with a C-3PO message serving as instruction guide. Good care for the Porg will allow it to grow and eventually hatch offspring.
According to ILMxLAB chief executive Vicki Dobbs Beck, the virtual actions required to care for the Porg has similarities to procedures in caring for any household pet. In addition, the “Project Porg” experience is connected online, allowing players to “take” their Porg to public locations with Magic Leap access. One possible venue might be the “Star Wars” area Galaxy’s Edge, close to opening in both Disneyland Park and Disney World.
“Project Porg” on Magic Leap is not the only VR project that the “Star Wars” creative company is working on. They also have the episodic VR series “Vader Immortal” which runs on the Oculus Rift.
It has already been stated before that the upcoming Episode IX of the third “Star Wars” trilogy, set to premiere this December, will be the final end as it were of the saga of the Skywalker family, whose several family members have been among some of the strongest users of the Force in the Galaxy. As a part of the Disney brand however, Lucasfilm has been exploring various avenues to produce more stories in film for the eternal struggle between Light and Dark in the “Star Wars” setting.
The “Star Wars Story” anthology had been such an option. Several movie and TV producers have been approached and some ideas have been pitched. Now a new movie project buzz has come out involving the show-runner tandem of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
Cinema Blend has it that Dave Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who adapted George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series into the award-winning HBO program, will now be working on their own film trilogy in the “Star Wars” vein.
This is a specification of an earlier report from the previous year, where they have been offered by Lucasfilm a chance to work on a spinoff movie or two. Now they appear to be taking up the same trilogy project that had once been given to “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson. The 2017 movie’s polarized reception hushed up any talk about a Johnson “Star Wars” trilogy.
If this report is actually substantial, then it might explain why, with “Game of Thrones” finale season 8 coming to HBO in April, Benioff and Weiss haven’t seemed to start work on their other big TV project, the alternate-history drama series “Confederate.” HBO programming president Casey Bloys did tell TV Linethat the “Thrones” show-runners have been roped to work on the offered “Star Wars” films next, putting “Confederate” on hold.
Aside from movies, the overall “Star Wars” media experience has been going strong, with the current main animated series “Star Wars Resistance” already green-lit for a second season, plus the live-action series “The Mandalorian” that will premiere on Disney+ streaming.