The New Traveler's Guide to Batuu Is the Next Best Thing to Being at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge [Updated]

Concept art of Mubo’s Droid Depot.
Concept art of Mubo’s Droid Depot.
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Though Disney’s decision to close its theme parks and resorts amid the covid-19 pandemic was the right call, there are sure to be more than a few fans who had their hearts set on visiting one of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge locations at some point this year. There’s no telling if and when people might be able to journey to Galaxy’s Edge in the near future, but a new guidebook might be just the thing to make you feel as if you’re right there, scarfing down overpriced Ronto wraps and convincing yourself that you need to buy a lightsaber.

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Today, Disney and Becker & Mayer announced Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Traveler’s Guide to Batuu from writer and historian Cole Horton, a massive guide packed with all sorts of maps and illustrations of the park itself as well as in-depth backstories to the many characters one might encounter while wandering around the place. Though the guide works as a glimpse into the literal park itself, it also serves as a canonical, in-universe text that presumes you’re someone reading it with the intention of exploring the whole of Batuu as a planet.

Additionally, Disney’s also getting into the list business with Star Wars: The Book of Lists, a compendium of Star Wars facts, trivia, and random bits of lore pulled together into 100 lists. Each list mixes information that’s well-known along with the more obscure, as they’re meant to appeal to both general and hardcore fans.

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Both Star Wars: The Book of Lists and Traveler’s Guide to Batuu are scheduled to publish on June 23.


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DISCUSSION

Did you guys know that Disney has retained its executive bonus payout and incentive structure to the tune of 1.5 billion dollars, while laying off 100,000 of its park staff and telling them to go on state benefits?

According to Abigail Disney (yes), that would pay for three months employee salary, and even shareholders attempted to vote down the executive payout amount, to no avail. Executives are earning 1500x their employees yearly salary as bonuses.

Garbage company.

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