Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge is “The Force” behind the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
Trowbridge was involved in every aspect of the creation of Galaxy’s Edge, from the 100-foot-long full-scale replica of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon to the most minute details, like the hand-painted rock formations on the walls surrounding Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo.
Today, to mark the 1st anniversary of the D23 Inside Disney podcast, Trowbridge made some exciting announcements for Star Wars fans. Here’s some of the news we got from the D23 Inside Disney podcast.
Enhance Your Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Experience
Trowbridge told the D23 Inside Disney hosts that publishing initiatives are one way The Walt Disney Company hopes to expand the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experience, making Blackspire Outpost even more meaningful for visitors who take the time to read various texts.
He took the opportunity to announce that the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Trading Post collection (more details below) will include a special Target edition of Star Wars: Myths and Fables. This book contains the “fairy tales, myths, and legends passed down through generations in the Star Wars world.”
Trowbridge also shared that a special Target edition of George Mann’s Star Wars: Dark Legends will be available in the Trading Post merchandise series.
Both only-at-Target Star Wars books will feature a custom cover and three brand new Batuuvian stories that have never been shared with the Star Wars fandom before.
Continuing his announcements, Trowbridge shared details about the first-ever Star Wars children’s book created by his team, Ellie and Me.
According to Trowbridge, the kids’ story is about two creatures (Ellie and Salju) who “live on Batuu in Blackspire Outpost.” He shared that “these are two characters we first came up with when conceiving the land. We just fell in love with these characters! This is the cutest book that I’ve ever seen.”
Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser Hotel
Trowbridge told D23 Inside Disney team that he is immensely excited about the upcoming Galactic Starcruiser hotel. He said, “Whereas Galaxy’s Edge might be a great way to spend a couple of hours in the Star Wars world, our Galactic Starcruiser gives people a chance to spend a couple of days in the Star Wars world aboard our glamorous Starcruiser, The Halcyon.”
Trowbridge continued, “Star Wars has always been a place to experiment with new and innovative forms of storytelling.”
He also stated that if “my barometer of excitement” for other new experiences coming to Galaxy’s Edge in the theme parks is any indication, fans have much to be excited about moving forward!
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Trading Post Backstory
With the Target x Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Trading Post collection hitting store shelves this weekend, it’s time to prepare your wish list. Trowbridge showcased several items fans can expect to see in stores and online on August 30.
Referencing Star Wars merchandising outside of Disney theme parks, Trowbridge told the D23 Inside Disney podcast, “It’s so great that people feel a connection to Star Wars and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and to the stories and the characters…the opportunity to allow people to deepen their connection to the characters and the stories… that’s fantastic.”
Trowbridge quipped, “That opportunity to take a piece of that experience and relive it at home…is great. I wish everyone could go to one of our Galaxy’s Edge parks every day of the year…but, you know, that’s hard.”
The Galaxy’s Edge Trading Post merchandise collection at Target is an excellent way for the Disney team to bring Batuu to people all over the country, some of whom may have never even had the chance to visit one of Disney’s theme parks before.
Trowbridge also shared that the teams at Disney and Lucasfilm strive to constantly “extend the world of Galaxy’s Edge” into people’s homes via various mediums, including books, merchandise, and video games.
The Mandalorian Easter Eggs
Trowbridge also shared some surprising hidden “Easter eggs” from Season 1 of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian. These were previously hidden in Blackspire Outpost’s Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities shop.
In the D23 Inside Disney podcast interview, Trowbridge said, “A place like Galaxy’s Edge wants always to feel like it’s alive and like a place for new adventures to break out at any second.”
He continued, “When the land first opened…for example…a particular helmet and a particular pulse rifle that were there [Dok-Ondor’s] on opening day, and nobody knew what they were or what it meant.”
The artifacts in question were, of course, featured in The Mandalorian later in 2019!
What do you think about the latest Scott Trowbridge Galaxy’s Edge news? Are you excited about the changes coming to the already immersive Galaxy’s Edge experience?