On the eve of Star Wars Day (May 4), Disneyland California reopened on Friday (April 30) and there is no doubt that Star Wars fans will be flocking to Edge of the galaxy land in the Magic Kingdom when the rope falls. One new hope seeks to capture the magic immersive earthwhich can be found both in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
“The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“(Abrams Books, 2021), by Amy Ratcliffe, is a deluxe new artbook released today that reveals the Disney Imagineers creative process to revitalize Galaxy’s Edge, an elaborate re-creation of a vibrant planetary mall in Batuu that has been one of Disneyland’s hot spots. since its official opening in 2019. This 256-page tome covers all the conceptual magic needed to bring life to earth, as well as the secrets of many planned shops and attractions that have been abandoned due to budget constraints or changing layouts.
“I’m a huge fan of both Star Wars and Disney parks, so diving so deeply into the Galaxy’s Edge design was exciting,” Ratcliffe told Space.com. “I interviewed over 20 people from Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm and loved talking to them and digging into their memories and work.
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Travel to Batuu from Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in this stunning art booklet behind an immersive amusement park.
“I covered Galaxy’s Edge quite a bit while working as an entertainment reporter, including an intense multi-day press screening before the earth opened at Disneyland. But even with that, I learned a lot, ”said Ratcliffe. “One particularly interesting fact is how Walt Disney Imagineering brought the Imagineers to Pinewood Studios in London to work with the design team that recently completed Rogue One.”
According to Ratcliffe, everyone she spoke to for this book, regardless of their role in the birth of Galaxy’s Edge, had nothing but enthusiasm and passion for the project.
“We looked back at work that, in some cases, was completed more than five years ago, but everyone remembered their thought process and excitement about working in the Star Wars galaxy. I think readers will not only get an idea of the sheer volume of work. who went on to develop such an ambitious country, but they will also see how much care and attention has been put into it, ”she said.
Regarding one of the book’s 700 artwork favorites, Ratcliffe admits it is a difficult choice.
“So I’m going to cheat and use concept art focused on a general area: all the pieces and ideas for the Resistance area,” she said. “The organization inhabited the forest outside the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, and it is far from the hustle and bustle and feels quieter. I love being outside and hiking in the forest, so I loved seeing the lush conditions they presented for the Resistance base and imagining yourself there. “
The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now available on Amazon.
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