Season 3 of The Mandalorian has just hit Disney+, and the popularity of bounty hunter Din Djarin and Grogu, his adopted alien son, continues to soar… but is it enough to warrant a new ride at Disney Parks’ Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?
Showrunner Jon Favreau seems to think so and shared his ideas for what a Mandalorian-inspired ride might look like in a recent interview with IMBD. In his vision for the potential attraction, Favreau imagines an immersive experience that blends special effects developed for the show with Walt Disney Imagineering’s ride technology to create an educational experience with a behind-the-scenes tone.
The filmmaker explained, “I know when I was younger, I loved when they pulled the curtain back on the effects of the movies. It really made me probably want to do what I’m doing now, so I think that there should be an educational component, but not educational like a museum reading a plaque — educational, like, sitting here; feel this; and here’s how we did it.”
In fact, Favreau seeks to bring Guests into his television world through the use of advanced haptics and an enormous, curved LED screen known as “The Volume” at Industrial Light and Magic used to film the realistic space environments in the hit Disney+ show. The Volume substitutes the typical static greenscreen in a new way, combining curvature with photorealistic backdrops to replace the need for outdoor locations or detailed physical sets.
As the camera shift, so too do the background perspective and light sources, allowing for a more dynamic design that feels real, something which could fit right in with Batuu’s already successful attractions like Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run. Furthermore, Jon envisions the ride facade as set inside Mando’s vessel, the Razor Crest, similar to the iconic entrance visual of Han Solo’s Millenium Falcon already present at both locations in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Disneyland Resort.
In addition, The Mandalorian actress Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze) also weighed in, advocating for a ride based on her scenes flying a ship or even replacing one of her favorite attractions, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure Park, with a Star Wars themed ride. Although Disney has yet to announce the addition of any future attractions at Galaxy’s Edge, one element of the show has made its way to Disney Guests.
The Mandalorian himself, along with Grogu (or Baby Yoda to some), has started interacting with Guests at both the Southern California and Florida Disney Parks, with theme park Guests able to expect regular appearances of this now permanent meet-and-greet. Moreover, fans at last summer’s Star Wars Celebration Anaheim learned that Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will receive all new destinations and scenes at both US Parks, along with Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.
Certainly, this means we can likely expect more Mando in the future, especially since the show’s popularity has led to a huge fanbase for both characters. After all, this is the way.