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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens tomorrow with only one of two rides in operation, leaving visitors plenty of time to spend heavily at its five shops, a space-themed cantina and four restaurants and food stalls.  http://ow.ly/FERg30oQYbY 

The $1-billion expansion will cater primarily to adult Star Wars fanatics who won’t mind dropping serious Earth currency on an Outer Rim cocktail ($16) or a customized droid ($100).

Increased sales of novelty drinks and foods at theme parks have been bolstered by the popularity of social media, where theme park visitors can post images of themselves holding up the latest concoction (like butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter).

Disney plans to draw big revenue by serving at least 10 premixed alcoholic drinks at Oga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge — a first for the theme park. See The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun below.

Despite hefty price tags for merchandise (like $199 plus tax for a customized lightsaber), theme park expert Martin Lewison expects the only problem for Disney will be keeping the shelves stocked.  https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-disneyland-star-wars-galaxys-edge-merchandise-20190530-story.html 

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