• Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Step-by-Step - Introduction to Batuu and the Black Spire Outpost

    By: Shelley Caran


    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Our Attraction Insider, Shelley Caran, is here with a brand new series Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Step-by-Step where she will walk you through the new land opening at Disney's Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019. 

    To start our journey into this new land, let’s start by talking about where we find ourselves in the Star Wars galaxy. 

    The Planet of Batuu

    Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set on the planet of Batuu which is a far-flung destination along the galaxy’s Outer Rim, on the frontier of Wild Space – the uncharted region beyond all known star systems. 

    Batuu was once a thriving stop for traders and travelers before advancements in lightspeed technology. 

    Now its lush forests and majestic mountain regions are known only to those who dare to venture this far into the Outer Rim to visit its Black Spire Outpost. 

    When guests arrive at the Black Spire Outpost, they will find themselves immersed in a world set somewhere after the events of The Last Jedi and shortly before this December’s Episode IX where they will encounter aliens, droids, and other inhabitants of Batuu as they search for rare and unique goods, discover unusual food and drink, or even join a crew seeking adventures. 

    Recently, the struggle between the First Order and the Resistance has made its way to this remote planet.

    Scott Trowbridge, the Portfolio Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, has said that this elite garrison from the First Order is known as the ‘Red Fury’.

    These Stormtroopers are searching for someone or something, and you can find them near the life-sized version of the TIE Echelon, a new ship which has a cockpit similar to Kylo Ren’s batwinged shuttle but the curved foils of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1.

    Just be careful…The Red Fury doesn’t like strangers approaching their ship.

    But if you venture beyond Black Spire’s gates, you’ll find where the resistance has set up a hidden headquarters.

    Be on the lookout for a Blue Squadron X-wing, parked on a low platform alongside an A-wing fighter. This area is meant to be part of Batuu’s tranquil Surabat river valley, where early planetary beings set up their own community in cliffside and cave dwellings. 

    Keep in mind, the Resistance doesn’t think of this home base as permanent. They are in a weakened state, and if The First Order strikes, they’ll have to take off in a hurry.

    They’re here on Batuu out of necessity, but you’ll have to visit the park (and maybe see Episode IX) to understand exactly why this place is important to both sides.

    We are really excited to share even more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

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