If you’re going to travel to a galaxy far, far away, you better take the time to notice every last detail.
Before Disney’s parks closed for a hiatus, In The Know traveled through hyperspace (via commercial airplane) to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where we met with Scott Mallwitz, the executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
A member of the core design team since the concept stage, Mallwitz knows the ins and outs of the park better than just about anyone. “We’ve been very careful to mine out what we would think to be the greatest hits,” Mallwitz said. “Not only in terms of all the different media, but generationally, what would appeal to different generations of ‘Star Wars’ fans.”
Mallwitz is hesitant to share any major secrets, but he let us in on one insider tip for spotting hidden easter eggs inside the park: Take an extended visit to Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, a small shop that sometimes goes overlooked by guests.
Getting inside Dok-Ondar’s Den can be simple or time-consuming, depending on how packed the general area happens to be: Sometimes there’s a line of people waiting to be allowed in, but at other points during the day, you can easily explore the dome-shaped shop.
Once inside, take your time perusing because there’s much more than initially meets the eye. You’ll off course see Dok himself, a gatekeeper of the black market, keeping tabs on his establishment from the comfort of his caged-in perch, but there’s way more to discover as you scan the walls, upper floors and ceiling. More valuable items are, understandably, kept out of reach — but not out of eyesight for the ultra-observant visitor.
Among our sightings: Boba Fett’s rocket-firing jet pack, which is tucked away in a top corner; a black attack droid from “Empire Strikes Back”; and the medal of bravery once awarded to Luke Skywalker and Han Solo.
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