VIDEO: “Building the Spires of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” – Imagineering Takes You from Model to Reality

Building the Spires of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
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Hey, did you know that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland? Okay, did you know how they designed and constructed this new land? Would you like to know?

Building the Spires of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

A new video from Walt Disney Imagineering shows off the creation of the spires that give Black Spire Outpost its name, from the model-building process to fabricating the rockwork to actual construction.

The official description reads:

It took a mix of sophisticated digital technology and intricate hand-finished artistry to create the iconic spires and rock work in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The Imagineers behind this masterpiece brought together a multitude of diverse skills and disciplines to help transport guests to this fully immersive experience on the outer rim of the galaxy.

The video itself is fascinating for those who are interested in the Imagineering process. First, we see the talented sculptors who brought the model to life. Then, the unpainted model is scanned by a special camera that recreates it as a computerized 3-D model.

Then, the model is painted to be an exact replica of Black Spire Outpost. Deciding the colors that the spires will be painted are part of this process.

Then, wireframe constructions based on the 3-D scans are manufactured, providing the framework for the actual spires.

Once all of the framework is up, the frames are filled in and painted, creating the incredible look of Batuu.

If you’re like me and love learning about everything Walt Disney Imagineering does to bring their attractions and lands to life, this is a worthwhile watch.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is now open at Disneyland, and opens August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Keep reading WDWNT for news about everything coming to the Disney Parks!

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Matthew Soberman

Matthew has been a writer for WDWNT since June 2018. He probably should have realized he was a Disney Parks fan when he tried to make a model of the Horizons building in middle school shop class. (It didn't go well.) He is also a huge Muppet fan, and can also be found on ToughPigs.com. You can email Matthew at [email protected]

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