“Saturday Night Live” alumnus Bobby Moynihan wants Disneyland to build Seezleslak’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge as a rival watering hole for Oga’s Cantina, and the comedian has even offered to repeat the role of the six-eyed alien bartender he voices in a new Star Wars VR game.
“If you build a suit, I’ll get in it and wear it,” Moynihan said with a laugh.
Moynihan and “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” producer Alyssa Finley attended an online video webinar to discuss previews of the virtual reality experience coming to the Downtown Disney outdoor mall at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim.
Free previews of the “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” VR experience will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 through Jan. 5 from noon to 8 p.m. daily at the former ESPN zone in Downtown Disney.
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Downtown Disney guests will almost be able to set foot inside Seezleslak’s Cantina, pick a song from the jukebox, play space darts and listen to some wild stories told about the Black Spire Outpost by the bartender with a voice from Moynihan.
The VR action-adventure experience expands the story of the Black Spire Outpost and the world of the “Star Wars” planet Batuu, the setting for the two 14-acre theme lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Players eventually end up in a Black Spire Outpost bar called Seezelslak’s Cantina, run by a six-eyed Star Wars alien with a tendency to over-suck and a hate-love relationship with porgs. Seezelslak is a naturally born storyteller who pampers his patrons with tales of the Black Spire Outpost.
“The biggest thing we want to do is just take this story that starts in the park and make it bigger,” Finley said. “Do not tell the same story because people have a chance to see that story already by going and it is amazing. But to try to say, ‘How do we fit in? Where is the ship in which the canteen lives parked in the park? How does it fit into what is there? How is it related to everything? ‘”
In the VR game, Seezelslak’s ship is also his “cantina” – which he has landed on top of Oga’s Cantina, which triggered a rivalry between the dueling hives of scum and villain. The rivalry ended – at least for the time being – when Seezelslak fled the Black Spire Outpost before Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland in May 2019.
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The VR game’s creative team worked closely with Walt Disney Imagineering to ensure that Seezleslak’s ship / canteen could be parked on top of Oga’s Cantina.
“It’s a legitimate parking lot where it could be,” Finley said. “We just wanted to make sure all angles and all views were accurate as they would be if that were true. Because it is.”
Moynihan has had many voice acting roles in Star Wars TV series from “Star Wars: Visions” and “Star Wars Resistance” to “The Bad Batch” and “Clone Wars.”
In his latest role, Moynihan pampers VR players like Seezleslak with tales of mysterious Jedi temples and battles involving a Guavian Death Band on the outskirts of the Black Spire Outpost.
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Moynihan has visited the real world Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland many times – before and after the theme country opened in 2019.
“I’ve been there a bunch and I feel very connected to that place,” Moynihan said. “Being asked to be involved in this game was like a no-brainer, but it has also improved my experience in the park.”
Moynihan was recently in Galaxy’s Edge for a commercial video recording before dawn for an upcoming Disney + segment about his role in the “Tales” VR game.
“I was standing right there at sunrise in an empty Galaxy’s Edge and saying, ‘This is where my canteen is,'” Moynihan said. “It was a really special, wonderful moment. Especially for a fan.”
The “magic moment” made Moynihan wish Walt Disney Imagineering would build Seezleslak’s Cantina at the Galaxy’s Edge theme park in California and Florida.
“To stand in the park and look up there and wish that ship would be there one day,” Moynihan said. “Hint, hint, Disney. Come on.”
Until then, Moynihan would like to see Seezleslaks Cantina have a temporary presence in both Batuu West and Batuu East.
“Maybe a pop-up food truck,” Moynihan said. “Parked right next to the Falcon at Christmas time. Collect some extra money for Life Day gifts. “
Moynihan did not finish giving hints to Disney’s brass, which suggested that Seezleslak should get his own Disney + series.
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“Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge” The VR experience dives deep into the fictional story and lore created for the Star Wars countries at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as well as the theme park’s food and restaurants.
The second edition of the VR game introduced the Ronto Wrap “space meat” sandwich from Ronto Roaster’s food stalls in the Star Wars countries and the legendary Docking Bay 7-sporks – which serve as the game’s black market currency, a nod to the violent theft of the characteristic Star Wars silverware when the country first opened in 2019.
“I have a confession to make,” Moynihan said of the Docking Bay 7 sporks. “This is not a joke. I’m 100% not kidding. Ninety percent of my cutlery and plates are from Galaxy’s Edge.”