When Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for$ 4 billion in 2012, many fans had the same envisioned: Disney’s got to make a theme park set in the galaxy far, far gone. It’s the peanut-butter-in-chocolate of worldbuilding: The creative brains at Lucasfilm know how to build cinematic macrocosms; Disney’s Imagineering team knows how to construct fantastical lands IRL. If the Mouse House didn’t build Star Wars worlds at its theme parks, it would be a huge missed opportunity.
Today, nearly seven years later, the first of those world-wides opened its entrances. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now a fully functioning “land” at Disney’s Anaheim park. Its twin will open at the company’s Florida resort later this year.