The Rise of Skywalker

Only 15 days to go until the last episode in the Skywalker sage is released – Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker here in the UK.

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The anticipation is building, Disney are releasing more and more TV spots and the cast press tour is underway.

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I for one am nervous at seeing the final instalment of a franchise I have followed for over 40 years, apart from family it has been the most constant thing in my life from when I was just 5 years old, seeing the film in London just after Christmas 1977; I have bought and been bought every manner of toy, vehicle, book and film; met with cast & crew at conventions and not least this built this website, where I have managed to visit many of the film location sites.

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Star Wars has been in so many peoples lives and we have travelled along it’s ups & downs, as it has moved with generations so have we passed it on to generations of our own, to our sons or daughters or grandchildren. Star Wars was not for everyone, there are still some out there that have never seen one of the films but you cannot get away from the impact on popular culture throughout its time and there is not a corner of the globe that doesn’t know something about The Force or a Jedi.

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Will this make everyone happy, I doubt it, you can only please some of the people some of the time, we all have our own opinions on how it should end, I do have (some) faith in JJ Abrams and HOPE that he can bring balance to this force and make The Rise of Skywalker a fitting ending to a beloved saga that happened a long time ago….

1 month on – Star Wars Galaxys Edge.

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Star Wars Galaxys Edge has been open a month but I have just found this YouTube video from ATTRACTIONS MAGAZINE which gives an amazing 360 4K walkthrough of the  Planet Baatu and Black Spire Outpost Park area.

As the video is playing you can scroll round and look into the depth of detail as if you were there!

Check it out Part 1 here:

Check it out Part 2 here:

5b45158082075831008b4571-750-375Star Wars Galaxys edge in Walt Disney World, Florida is due to open 29th August 2019.

galaxys-edge badge Disney guests visiting Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge will be able to stop by the Droid Depot to build their own R-series or BB-series droids that will act as a friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost. Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge opens in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in California and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

 

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge opens

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Well, it’s been almost a week since the star studded opening of Disneyland, California’s biggest expansion and takeover – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is now open!

Dedicated on the 30th May 2019 by Disney Chairman & CEO Bob Iger with creator George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams and Harrison Ford in attendance.

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Encompassing almost 14 acres the new environment is set on the planet of Baatu, a “remote frontier outpost” on the outer rim of the unknown territories; it features the Smuggler’s Run ride where guest can enter the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit and take on the role of either Pilot, Gunner or Engineer, working together to complete the challenges set. The other ride, not yet opened is Rise of the Resistance which pits the troops of the First Order against the small numbers of the Resistance (or old rebels).

Disney guests visiting Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge will be able to stop by the Droid Depot to build their own R-series or BB-series droids that will act as a friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost. Star Wars: GalaxyÕs Edge opens in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort in California and fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. (David Roark/Disney Parks)

There is also Oga’s Cantina, a place where you can buy food and drink. There is a droid depot building, where you get to custom build R2 or BB units and add accessories like appendages or mood chips. Also you will be able to build (in secret) a lightsabre in Savi’s workshop from old scavenged items. Last but by no means least, there is merchandise, lots and lots of merchandise! Everything from pin badges to puppet Kowakian monkey-lizard (you know, right).

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All in all the feedback, You tube videos mostly, have been very positive, just type Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge into the search bar and find all those lucky visitors.

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Currently you have to book and only get a 4hrs slot to experience everything and YES the lines will grow longer once fully opened but hey it is the closest you will get to a galaxy far, far away.

(Disney…..I’m waiting for your call)