A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This documentary demonstrates how professionals in different fields collaborate to make an artistic vision come to be. Imagination, creativity, engineering, and performing arts contribute equally to Galaxy's Edge experience.
Positive Role Models
Racial diversity and balanced gender representation among the destination's staff and experts. The people who created the attraction are creative and work together.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, but Star Wars weapons like lightsabers and blasters are among the props that the Galaxy's Edge actors carry in the park.
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Products & Purchases
This is a lengthy and effective ad for Star Wars Galaxy's Edge theme park attraction. Host and other celebrities help showcase the things to see and do there, speaking in superlatives about park's features and activities. Star Wars cast members share their experiences related to the endeavor. There's also promotion for immersive adventure Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, due open in 2021.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Adventure Awaits is a movie-length documentary -- and exceptionally effective advertising effort -- about the Walt Disney theme park attraction Galaxy's Edge. The film shows viewers all around the expansive Star Wars-themed destination that lets visitors meet characters from the movies, taste some of the galaxy's most exotic foods and beverages, and sit in the captain's seats of star destroyers and other galactic transports. Celebrity tour guides help build excitement for the locale with their own genuine enthusiasm, and there's additional promotion for the even more immersive experience called Galactic Star Cruiser that's due out in 2021. This documentary is an intriguing watch that celebrates the creativity, attention to detail, and engineering that went into designing Galaxy's Edge, but its powerful advertising capability for the Walt Disney and Star Wars brands and for this theme park in particular should be carefully weighed when kids and tweens are set to watch.
Is It Any Good?
Add to the lengthy list of things that Disney does well: the framing of an elaborate advertising campaign as entertainment. Star Wars Galaxy's Edge: Adventure Awaits is 101 minutes of the most captivating self-promotion you'll ever see. It uses a star-studded crew of celebrity tour guides to help viewers fully appreciate the magnificence of this impressive destination that lets Star Wars fans interact with characters, join the Resistance effort, make their own lightsabers, and even fly the Millennium Falcon. The celebs seem genuinely awed by what Galaxy's Edge offers to fans and thoroughly enjoy the experience.
If visiting Galaxy's Edge in person isn't on your agenda for the near future, then Adventure Awaits really is the next best thing to being there in person. You'll get to glimpse the local hangouts in Black Spire Outpost, meet some of the colorful residents, and see how the immersive experience pulls fans into the Star Wars story from the moment they enter the park. It's a very thorough virtual visit (if that happens to be what you're looking for), but it's an even more powerful promotional tool for making you want to get there in person, which is important to keep in mind if you're thinking of watching with young Star Wars fans.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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