PHOTO - New mission on Star Tours gives a first look at Batuu, the planet to be featured in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Nov 17, 2017 in "Star Wars Galaxy's Edge"

Posted: Friday November 17, 2017 11:06am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Guests riding 'Star Tours - The Adventures Continue' are now getting a first look at the planet of Batuu - found in the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

According to Walt Disney Imagineering's Scott Trowbridge:

This remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but its prominence was bypassed by the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer to stay out of the mainstream, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe haven for those intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order. While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures. 

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JobaccaMay 10, 2024

Star Wars Weekends were 1000x more fun than Galaxys Edge

mickEbluMay 10, 2024

I agree. I think a lot of people think not going with the OT was the main issue but I don't think that's the case.

HauntedPirateMay 10, 2024

I didn't say they should have focused on the OT, just that their focus on the ST was a mistake. One of many.

999th Happy HauntMay 10, 2024

mickEbluMay 10, 2024

I don’t think focusing on the OT would have brought more people to the land as much as I think more fun/whimsy throughout the land would have. The Falcon ride should have been a coaster. They missed the mark on Smugglers Run and thought it would make Star Tours obsolete. The OT would have just been a cherry on top of the land being more full of life and being more fun.

HauntedPirateMay 10, 2024

Almost as if those in charge were so sure they'd be printing money with their sequels for decades that they'd have to ration access to their wondrous land dedicated to them because people would be coming in droves to see Kylo and other ST stuff. Just another misguided spending spree, this one resulting in another under-built Bob-land.

LSLSMay 10, 2024

Personally, no, that's not what bums me about it. The lack of rides, and the narrow pathways is what I still don't really like about it. Give me some room and a lot more to do (and no, I don't consider shops things to do).

mickEbluMay 10, 2024

Well good news is they don't have to do any swapping. Just get some OT characters walking around, have more of a "Force" presence, lightsaber duels at various times in the day, a AA Yoda walk through attraction, a Jabba's palace dinner theatre show and base the lands third attraction on the OT. Oh yea some more missions in the Smugglers Run with some of them being OT centric.

MagicHappens1971May 10, 2024

Nothing about Galaxy’s Edge was built to be “swapped”. The land was built based on the directive from “up top” to make it based around the sequel trilogy. End of story

PurduevianMay 10, 2024

Looks like we are in agreement that it is possible! I was just saying I don't think ROTR was specifically designed to be a quick swap to the OT based on the specific FO stuff that would be difficult to replace

𝕴𝖒𝖆𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖊𝖊𝖗97May 10, 2024

Retheme of Big Thunder confirmed

mickEbluMay 10, 2024

True just find some room for a Trench Run coaster somewhere.

999th Happy HauntMay 10, 2024

Not denying those would be decently big changes, but I refuse to believe the retheme is not possible because of them. Look at Splash Mountain. By relatively fast I mean like around a year to switch over.

PurduevianMay 10, 2024

I think that is a rumor there quite a few large things that really can't super easily be swapped to the OT. Off the top of my head: BB8 animatronics in the preshow All of the storm troopers are First Order not empire and would need to be re-skinned The Tie wings in the hanger are First Order The AT-ATs are FO Sure anything is possible, but it's not as simple as changing Kylos outfit/helmet to a vader one and changin dialog.