Forget what you’ve heard about gliding into the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or seeing Chewbacca face-to-face at Disney’s latest thematic romp. When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., on May 31 and Walt Disney World outside Orlando later this year, it won’t just be a collection of attractions, entertainment, and a liquor-slinging cantina. It’s also a nerd mall.
The highlight of Disneyland Resort’s largest-ever land expansion and first large-scale footprint since Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of Lucasfilm more than six years ago is undoubtedly the merchandise. Come for a vivid universe of attractions, stay for a detailed treasure trove referencing every obscure toy, cackling monkey, and pathetic pretzel rod that characters such as Jyn Erso, Leia Organa, and Luke Skywalker have encountered in the 42-year history of the film franchise.