Disneyland’s momentary plan to put aside its dedication to immersive storytelling experiences simply grew to become extra everlasting as once-exclusive merchandise solely obtainable in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will now be offered within the former Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney.
The Star Wars Buying and selling Submit pop-up store at Downtown Disney shall be shifting from its momentary location within the WonderGround Gallery to its new extra everlasting house within the former rain forest-themed restaurant.
A gap date for the relocated Star Wars Buying and selling Submit has not been introduced. The Asian Street Eats take-away restaurant briefly positioned in entrance of the Rainforest Cafe entrance has been eliminated after a yr in enterprise.
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Walt Disney Imagineering will remodel the previous Rainforest Cafe present store right into a Star Wars store themed as a hidden jungle Resistance base with Rey’s speeder parked on the entrance.
Disney fan web site MiceChat expects the Downtown Disney present store to be themed to the Star Wars jungle planet of Yavin-Four which options Mayan-style buildings just like the Rainforest Cafe exterior.
“There’s room upstairs for Disney to do even more if they get ambitious,” in line with MiceChat. “A Star Wars restaurant or bar would really turn the volume up to 11 on this project. You think Trader Sam’s is popular? Just imagine a large Star Wars cantina in Downtown Disney.”
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The west finish of Downtown Disney has been a little bit of a ghost city since Disney deserted plans to construct a four-star lodge on the positioning of the Rainforest Cafe, ESPN Zone, AMC Theatre, Earl of Sandwich and Starbucks. The sandwich and low retailers returned after closing in 2018, however the rain forest-themed restaurant and 12-screen theater complicated have remained empty ever since. The ESPN sports activities bar has been repurposed for numerous Disney pop-up occasions and retailers.
The WonderGround Gallery will ultimately return to its former location in Downtown Disney — though no reopening date has been introduced. WonderGround will as soon as once more characteristic collectible artwork together with the addition of Disney housewares, Minnie Mouse headbands and Disneyland spirit jerseys.
The brand new Star Wars Buying and selling Submit location within the former Rainforest Cafe will promote Jedi robes from Black Spire Outfitters, dejarik board video games from the Toydarian Toymaker, pre-built droids from Droid Depot, cuddly porgs from the Creature Stall and legacy lightsabers from Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities — all Galaxy Edge retailers in Disneyland.
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Disney as soon as boasted that the merchandise offered in Galaxy’s Edge could be completely obtainable within the Star Wars land. However the prolonged COVID-19 closure of Disneyland has modified all the pieces.
Now shipments of interstellar items sure for the Star Wars planet of Batuu are offered in an outside shopping center in Anaheim — an unique locale not even in a galaxy far, distant. Blame it on area pirate Hondo Ohnaka and his band of rogue smugglers.
The unique idea behind Galaxy’s Edge was that the 14-acre land was in a separate universe from Disneyland with guests to Black Spire Outpost stepping foot on the Star Wars planet of Batuu — not less than in line with the backstory developed by Imagineering.
That meant these lightsabers offered at Doc-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and the plush alien critters obtainable within the Creature Stall might solely be present in Galaxy’s Edge. Supplied you may droop perception sufficient to neglect that the identical merchandise was offered at Batuu West in Disneyland and Batuu East in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Imagineering’s immersive storytelling went as far as to ban using the phrases “Star Wars” and “Galaxy’s Edge” at any attraction, restaurant or store within the land.
Not one of the Galaxy’s Edge merchandise was supposed to indicate up in Tomorrowland’s Star Dealer, Important Street U.S.A.’s Emporium or an off-planet store in Downtown Disney.
Galaxy’s Edge merchandise had already began to seep out of Batuu — seemingly on pirated starcruisers piloted by area scoundrels. In August, Target shops opened Star Wars Buying and selling Submit areas inside the large field retailers that carried once-exclusive Galaxy’s Edge toys, dolls, droids and lightsabers. Florida’s Magic Kingdom has been stocking Galaxy’s Edge merchandise in its Emporium present store since early September. A pallet of Galaxy’s Edge-exclusive thermal detonator Coke bottles even confirmed up in a small, family-owned Alabama grocery retailer.