Disney Parks’ Star Tours Heads to Star Wars Land Planet of Batuu

Batuu! Batuu! Disney’s Star Wars Land park expansion known as Galaxy’s Edge is hosted on the planet Batuu, and Star Tours is booking reservations now.  At Star Wars Celebration in April 2017, we first learned that scenes from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI would be incorporated into the Disney Parks attraction Star Tours.  It was the first time we learned that the mineral planet with the red dust was named Crait.  Well, Star Tours has a habit of going where it doesn’t belong, and Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive and studio leader at Walt Disney Imagineering, recently announced Star Tours will also make a stop at Batuu, the planetary home of Galaxy’s Edge (i.e., Star Wars Land).  Continue reading for more details while I look at booking my next trip on Star Tours!

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Crait Scene

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Crait Scene inspired by the upcoming film, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Illustration: Disney Enterprises, Inc./Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Guests on Star Tours – The Adventures Continue discover a thrilling new journey to the farthest reaches of space on a planet in the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy – a planet known as Batuu. Opening in 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in Anaheim, CA and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL, are Disney Parks’ largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Crait Scene

Star Tours reveals Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge planet name as Batuu (Disney Enterprises, Inc./Lucasfilm Ltd.)

After landing in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and First Order, riders of Star Tours found themselves landing unexpectedly on a planet in the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy – a planet known to C-3PO, and now to us, as Batuu.  The Disney Parks blog described Batuu as:

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.

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue Crait Scene

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue Crait Scene inspired by the upcoming film, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ (Illustration: Disney Enterprises, Inc./Lucasfilm Ltd.)

John Saccheri, who was one of the first to ride Star Tours with the new scenes mentioned that Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers now appear in the ride along with transmission sequences from resistance fighter Poe Dameron and Maz Kanata.  BB-8 also appears along the way.

Star Wars Launch Bay Kylo RenStar Wars Galactic Nights

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I’m a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.