Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme parks confirmed to open in next few months

May the force be with you, always

Disney have confirmed the opening dates for their Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme parks.

The new worlds inspired by the iconic franchise have been under construction in California and Florida and kept under wraps for quite some time.

Having already teased fans with glimpses of the new theme park lands coming to Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, company boss Bob Iger has now announced that the parks will open in May and August 2019, respectively.

A new short video marking the announcement has also been released. You can watch it below now.

The lands, known as Galaxy’s Edge, promise to be the largest single attractions built on the park and will bring visitors to the planet of Batuu.  It will feature a remote village that was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel.

Now home to those who prefer less attention, 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 others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

Fans will be flung into the battle between the Resistance and their enemy, with interactive elements that allow park guests to take part in a story. There will also be the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, interact with droids and creatures in the shops and cantina and hear new music from Star Wars composer John Williams.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in California on May 31, while the Florida location will open August 29.

Last month, France’s leading fencing federation recognised Lightsaber Duelling as an official, competitive sport, delighting Star Wars fans around the globe.

The federation’s secretary general, Serge Aubailly, said: “With young people today, it’s a real public health issue. They don’t do any sport and only exercise with their thumbs. That is why we are trying to create a bond between our discipline and modern technologies, so participating in a sport feels natural.”