‘Star Wars’ Land Condemned, Third Ride Needed To Save Area

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A family walks through Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland

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Disney’s Star Wars land has been condemned, with a third attraction cited as its only saving grace.

As of 2019, Disney has opened two Star Wars lands worldwide: one in Disneyland Park and one in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Both operate under the moniker Galaxy’s Edge, with the entire land “based” in the village of Black Spire Outpost on the remote planet Batuu.

The sun sets over the Millennium Falcon at Hollywood Studios' Galaxy's Edge
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Despite being located on opposite coasts, the two Galaxy’s Edge locations are near-identical. Both feature the same two attractions (Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance), the latter of which has been heralded as one of the best rides developed in Disney park history. (At least, when it works properly).

For the most part, Galaxy’s Edge has proven to be a successful addition at both Disney theme parks. However, both lands have also received their fair share of hate since opening. To some, the biggest flaw is that the land takes place in a setting unknown to fans of the films, arguing that setting it somewhere like Tattooine or Coruscant would’ve been far more effective.

The Mandalorian and Grogu at 'Star Wars': Galaxy's Edge
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To others, it’s the very idea of IP commandeering an entire land (instead of the conceptual lands previously favored by Disney, such as Frontierland, Fantasyland, etc). This has been an increasing trend with Walt Disney Imagineering in recent years, and, according to recent comments from Disney CEO Bob Iger, this won’t change any time soon.

Whatever its shortcomings, a recent debate between fans on Reddit has argued that Disney’s Star Wars land is, in fact, redeemable. The consensus is that a land with just the two attractions is sorely lacking – and doesn’t have the longevity to maintain its popularity.

Fireworks illuminate the night sky above a parked Millennium Falcon at a 'Star Wars'-themed park attraction, casting a spectacular glow on the intricately detailed landscape.
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The solution? A third attraction.

“It needs a straightforward themed thrill ride,” wrote Reddit user Ravenscroft1969. “I’m thinking a dual track coaster based off the Speeder Bikes like the ones in ROTJ (Empire vs Rebels or First Order vs Resistance) through a forest with a 3-D aural track with ‘explosions.’ The ‘battle’ could weave in and out of the forest and crashed wreckage from a space battle.”

As one user pointed out, this attraction wouldn’t even need to be the same technological marvel as Rise of the Resistance. Instead, it could just retheme the same ride system utilized by TRON Lightcycle / Run.

A group of people celebrating with brightly colored Lightsabers in a dimly lit, sci-fi themed setting, evoking a Galaxy's Edge ritual.
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Others have argued that a thrill ride isn’t necessary. Instead, Galaxy’s Edge just needs a “people eater ride” that will take away some of the foot traffic permeating the area at present. “A tour through Endor or something,” suggested one user. “100% agree it needs [another] ride. It feels like most of the land is just stores.”

On the flip side, some think Galaxy’s Edge needs “a ride with no height requirement for the littler kids to get a taste of Star Wars.” As per user suggestions, this could take the form of a Dumbo the Flying Elephant-esque attraction, with the ride vehicles themed to X-wing starfighters or TIE fighters.

A family walks through Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland
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Whatever shape this attraction would take, the general opinion is clear: Galaxy’s Edge desperately needs another attraction. Considering the space restraints at Disneyland Resort (specifically around the area inhabited by Galaxy’s Edge), this seems more likely at Disney World than in Anaheim – and with $17 million earmarked for the resort’s expansion over the next decade, this is an ideal outlet for The Walt Disney Company’s cash.

What would you like Disney to add to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Let us know in the comments!

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