Why is there an AT-AT in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction?

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019.

We’ve known that the massive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will feature two signature attractions. One of which will allow guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and the other attraction will drop guests in the middle of a battle between The First Order and The Resistance.

AT-M6 that will be featured in Star Wars – The Last Jedi film

During construction over the last several months, guests and websites have been able to get a peek inside the building of the attraction that will put guests in the middle of a battle between The First Order and The Resistance. A few of the structures that have been taking shape have resembled what appear to be AT-AT Walkers. But, during a recent episode of The Star Wars Show, which is a Lucasfilm’s produced web series, two new vehicles were announced for the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi film, the AT-M6 and the First Order Dreadnought.

When taking a closer look at the AT-M6, it will basically be the newly updated version of the AT-AT for The First Order, instead of the original AT-AT’s we saw back in the The Empire Strikes Back. This is clearly The First Order’s attempt to revive the AT-AT with some much-needed improvements and enhancements.

With that said, you would think that the attraction coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge featuring The First Order would feature the new AT-M6 vehicles featured in The Last Jedi instead of the original AT-AT vehicles from The Empire Strikes Back. Disney has pretty much confirmed that they are indeed AT-AT’s and not the new AT-M6 vehicles, thanks to the above video showing a CG animation of AT-AT Walkers inside the new attraction.

The AT-AT’s featured in the CG video don’t look like updated First Order AT-AT’s, so how do they fit into the “Battle Escape” ride? Could we still see AT-AT’s in The Last Jedi? Or is this simply a way for Disney to place Star Wars nostalgia in a Disney ride? Either way, it is a little confusing as to why AT-AT’s are part of an attraction that will feature The First Order.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is scheduled open at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019.

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