News Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Historical Construction/Impressions

BrianLo

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That wall on the west side of the land is HUGE! Is that the wall for the Stormtrooper ride?
I actually don't think this was included on the MiceAge map. I'm thinking another partial berm to hide Mickey and Friends/backstage from the entrance path gap as guests come from Hungry Bear and wrap around behind the RoA rock work.

Technically a small expansion plot could exist there, but I assume there is some new back of house thing they'll stick in there for SWE, along with the new service road.

Edit: Here is where I think that wall is.




Double Edit: Or maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and it's actually more North making it for the attraction, so hard to judge the depth of things via photo.
 
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BrianLo

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A few days old (from Friday), but I just wanted to highlight a few photos from Mint Crocodile of some angles we haven't seen in a while.

Primarily theming of the Southern facing side of the berm is flying along. It helps with all the prefab stuff they are bringing in.










Plus the classic wide angle, which confirms my above suspicion that the new large wall will be berm and is not part of the show building.

 

BrianLo

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So is the DLRR going to climb the grade in the second picture?
The track is going to run where the yellow vest guy is (98% sure). The grade on the other side should be full of trees, for the longest time I thought that was the side the train was supposed to be on.

I know it looks like a dead end, but I think when the forms are removed shortly we'll be able to clearly make out the tunnel/trench the train will enter up there.
 

Old Mouseketeer

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The track is going to run where the yellow vest guy is (98% sure). The grade on the other side should be full of trees, for the longest time I thought that was the side the train was supposed to be on.

I know it looks like a dead end, but I think when the forms are removed shortly we'll be able to clearly make out the tunnel/trench the train will enter up there.
I know for certain that you are correct. You can see an opening in the forms where the opening for the train to enter the tunnel is. CMs who have seen this from backstage have described the reconstruction of the lower third of the vehicle underpass to the right for rerouting the track. To the left of the yellow vest guy up on the scaffolding they are painting the rock work. That wall will be behind the train. The best guess at this point is that there will be dense landscaping in front of the train. I had the same assumption about the route being behind that wall. This will be interesting.
 

180º

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I'm guessing the reason for the immense retaining walls next to the train is not for sight lines from the train, since they could have simply planted trees on the same grade. Rather, I think raising the tree line up so high will work to obscure the Millennium Falcon show building from the rest of the park.

Another note: It's harder to see in pictures, but in person, while riding BTMRR, it looks like the new railroad will come up reeeaaaaaaally close to the ride. From what I can see, there's barely room for a full size guest walkway in between Thunder Mountain and the new DLRR tracks, so its going to be a tight squeeze. That said, I won't be surprised if there is no guest path there and all Frontierland<–>Fantasyland access will be through Star Wars Land.
 

Phroobar

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Looking at the map, there will be a walk way from Frontierland to Fantasyland that won't go through SWL. It looks like the train will be on top of a rock wall on the side of the walk way. Guests could see the elevated train on the rock wall next to them.
 

BrianLo

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Rather, I think raising the tree line up so high will work to obscure the Millennium Falcon show building from the rest of the park.
The reverse applies too. That one specific segment is probably hiding the Wonderbra from Star Wars land more than anything else.

It practically looms over the plot as much as Big Thunder...
 

mickEblu

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Kind of bummed that we re losing two of the last quiet areas in the park. The lower level of the Hungry Bear and Big Thunder trail. I'm hoping that the path from Critter Country to SWL will fill that void. In terms of feeling in the wilderness / back country. I'm sure the hordes of people flocking to SWL will not help with that.
 
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