Magic Behind the Music: Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge – The Mandalorian ~ Tatooine Ambiance Loop
It’s not often that our Magic Behind the Music series gets to bridge the gap between the Disney Parks and the Disney Studios. With the recent addition of a Mandalorian music loop to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we get to highlight not just Galaxy’s Edge, but also the Disney+ original series, The Mandalorian, both of which have become stunning additions for fans of the Star Wars saga. I have spoken. The music loop audio was added to the D-COT Jukebox on November 3, 2020. Currently it has a play count of 376, with a weekly count of 12. 20 D-COT members have made it a favorite and Supporters have added it to 18 Custom Playlists. It has a praiseworthy rating of 5.0/5 across 24 votes. So let’s take a look at why this track has gained a good following on the Jukebox in such a short time.
Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29, 2019. The Mandalorian aired its first episode on Disney+ on November 12, 2019. With the release of The Rise of Skywalker later that same year, 2019 became a very big year for Star Wars fans across the spectrum. Galaxy’s Edge features, perhaps, some of the most immersive Imagineering work to date. Seasoned Star Wars fans finally know what it’s like to stand by the Millennium Falcon, and perhaps, even fly it. Guests can stroll through a galactic marketplace, build droids and light sabers, get trapped on – and then rescued from – a First Order star destroyer, visit an alien cantina, and even find out exactly what the famed blue or green milk tastes like. The realism is truly unparalleled as even the cast members there will tell you they are from Batuu, the featured planet in Galaxy’s Edge.
Meanwhile, with The Mandalorian online series, fans both young and old are finding a common enthusiasm. Much mystery surrounds the Mandalorian people, and practically every individual of the creed has their own deeper mysteries in their backstory. This gave the writers of The Mandalorian much to work with, and more since they set the series between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, but closer to the end of the former installment. Before the days when people were largely entertained by sci-fi and superhero films, westerns were the entertainment mainstay. This was the way. It was certainly true in Walt Disney’s day as stories from America’s old west were a frequent part of the Wonderful World of Disney and formed a foundational themed land with Frontierland in both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom parks.
Interestingly, the writers of the Mandalorian have brought elements of yesteryear’s westerns into the sci-fi realm with this series. As you listen to the music on this feature track, you might be able to pick out some sounds that are reminiscent of the western themes of the past. All this served to unify many fans of the Star Wars saga and make the concept truly timeless as creator, George Lucas, always hoped it would become. Either that or it’s the Child. Yeah. It’s probably just the Child.