When any new themed space is constructed at a Disney Park property, there are years of behind-the-scenes planning that happen earlier than any ideas are introduced to Company.
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Such was the case with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars-inspired land that opened at each Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park and Disneyland Resort’s Disneyland Park in August 2019 and Could 2019, respectively.
The “Artwork of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” espresso desk e book gives perception into lots of the concepts and experiences that had been in the end scrapped earlier than Batuu as we all know it at the moment — with Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Oga’s Cantina — got here to life.
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Now, as Walt Disney Imagineering prepares to open its most bold challenge ever — the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser Resort lodge — on March 1, 2022, it has been confirmed that sure “useless” Galaxy’s Edge concepts might be introduced again to life on the Halcyon starliner.
Notably, one Twi’lek famous person performer named Gaya is ready to make her official debut throughout the upcoming dinner present onboard the Corellian starship. Per the character’s Wookieepedia entry:
Artist Brian Matyas posted the artwork to Instagram referring to Gaya as, “Vocalist in a band that will play within the park and within the lodge.” A presentation that was a part of Disney’s Vacation spot D23 occasion on November 20, 2021 confirmed that Gaya was the performer on the lodge and revealed a photograph of the character. A promotional video launched on November 28 featured Gaya performing aboard the Halcyon.
Matyas’s publish from earlier this 12 months reads:
Gaya sketch for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge/Galactic Starcruiser featured within the Artwork of Galaxy’s Edge e book. Vocalist in a band that will play within the park and within the lodge. I’ll publish the opposite bandmates within the close to future!
Galaxy’s Edge Company could not understand it, however they’ve truly been listening to Gaya since Disney’s Star Wars land opened on each coasts. The Star Wars galaxy’s premiere musical starlet has two songs which are a part of the common loop at Oga’s Cantina — “Oola Shuka” is her most well-known quantity.
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The character has existed for fairly a while and was initially speculated to be featured on the Kalikori Membership, a sit-down restaurant at Galaxy’s Edge that by no means got here to fruition. The scrapped institution [concept art below] is described as:
…a restaurant, bar, and leisure venue present in Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. The considerably hidden membership included a table-service restaurant and reside performers. It was owned by a feminine Twi’lek named Gaya, who was additionally one of many many performers on the membership.
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Gaya additionally has an intriguing backstory together with the truth that she “fought for the integrity and freedom of the Twi’lek folks and typically operated inside the prison underworld to realize her targets” — anybody conversant in Star Wars: The Dangerous Batch will recall how Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) and her household fought to guard the Twi’lek homeworld of Ryloth years earlier than Gaya grew to become a power for good within the Star Wars universe.
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Keep in mind, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge falls within the Star Wars timeline between Star Wars: Episode VII – The Final Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019), that means iconic characters like Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are deceased.
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We do know, nevertheless, that characters like Chewbacca, Rey, and Kylo Ren will all be on board and Company will take a port tour to Batuu’s Black Spire Outpost — however many different particulars about this first-of-its-kind Walt Disney World Resort lodge stay beneath wraps.
One factor we’re sure of? This wonderful expertise comes at a value. Though many Galactic Starcruiser voyages have already offered out, proving how excited the Star Wars fan group is, Company are paying upwards of $5,000 per journey for a stateroom.
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However, from the sounds of issues, the possibility to “truly” journey to a galaxy far, far-off and see some extinct Galaxy’s Edge ideas within the course of might be value each single credit score you spend.
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