Greetings from D23 Expo 2017! Disney’s big biennial convention is well underway now and like other Expos, one of the must-dos on this year’s show floor is the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts pavilion, hosted by Walt Disney Imagineering. It’s all about Star Wars this year, and while the pavilion as a whole is fairly sparse (more on that in a bit), the massive scale model of Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Star Wars-themed lands is nothing short of show stopping. The model gives a full visual overview of the land but aside from a couple hints buried in concept art and a couple maquettes on display; details on dining, shopping, and attractions remain totally absent… will Saturday’s Parks and Resorts presentation with Parks Chairman Bob Chapek reveal more? We certainly hope so!
UPDATE 8:15 P.M. Friday, July 14: Star Wars Land rumored to be officially named “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”
Rumor is circulating online that the name of the new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be officially named Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The breaking news comes after a Reddit user posted that they discovered the official name buried in Disney Parks Blog source code. As of this update, this is still rumor but we’ll likely get confirmation either way at tomorrow’s Disney Parks and Resorts presentation with Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek. Stay tuned here for more info from D23 Expo 2017!
UPDATE: CONFIRMED Saturday, July 15: The name of the new Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World was confirmed to be the previously rumored Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge during Saturday’s Parks and Resorts presentation with Bob Chapek. A banner was added to the Parks and Resorts pavilion with the new name after the announcement was made.
Maquette of the ride vehicle for the still-unnamed “battle escape” attraction. Looks like Disneyland will finally get a major indoor attraction utilizing the trackless ride technology that’s been wowing guests for years in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Paris.
After Saturday’s Parks and Resorts presentation with Bob Chapek, a banner over the entrance to the model area of the pavilion was added, with the land’s official name — Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Note the cliff wall on the painted backdrop in the photo below — is Disney planning on investing in cliffside theming for the side of Mickey and Friends parking structure that might be visible from some vantage points within the land?
Disney released a video overview of the model on Thursday night
Overall, the pavilion is fairly sparse this year, especially when compared to the last Expo, which provided an exhaustive and elaborate rundown of everything in store for guests at Shanghai Disneyland. This year’s “Galaxy of Stories” showcases the galaxy but is pretty sparse on the stories, with little info actually shared here. Guests are left to speculate what the features of the model are, and maquettes on display are vague and without context. Hopefully we’ll get more information at Saturday’s Parks and Resorts presentation with Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek. Even still, why show so little when you’re dedicating such a significant footprint to Parks and Resorts on the show floor?
Stay tuned for more coverage from the 2017 D23 Expo here on MiceChat!