Five military members and their families explored a galaxy far, far away during an exclusive preview of Walt Disney World Resort’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, before its public opening this week.
Disney Hollywood Studios transformed 14 acres of land for guests to live their own Star Wars adventures. The families enjoyed a feast of galactic food and drinks, shopped at intriguing merchant shops, and even piloted the most famous ship in the galaxy, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class Karl Haslauer and his family visit The Black Spire Outpost marketplace inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as part of a special advance preview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge before it officially opens. Five U.S. military service members representing all branches pose with Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek, Disney Parks Western Region President Catherine Powell, Walt Disney World Resort President George A. Kalogridis and Chewbacca — the galaxy’s most famous Wookiee — in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Army Capt. Jerome Bustamanate and his family construct a droid, one of the galaxy’s most indispensable sidekicks at the Droid Depot inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jorge Salas and his family sit at the chess table inside “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” as they prepare to take the controls and fly a mission aboard the most famous starship in the Star Wars galaxy. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek welcomes U.S. military personnel and their families to a VIP preview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Support for the U.S. Armed Forces is a long-standing Disney tradition.Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek provided a Disney-themed challenge coin to five active-duty servicemembers representing Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard in gratitude of their military service.
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