Fans exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland spotted a familiar droid recently. R2-D2 was seen roaming the land freely according to the Orange County Register.
R2-D2 was part of a “play test,” which was part of an ongoing innovation process looking at new ways for guests to experience Disney parks.
Experiences seen in these “play tests” may or may not end up as theme park offerings.
The famous droid was seen rolling around Galaxy’s Edge near the entrance to the Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction on multiple occasions over the past few days.
The “play test” is R2’s first journey outside of the Droid Depot.
Concept art for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge showed guests walking alongside dorids and other creatures, but that was not realized when the lands opened at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.
This R2-D2 “play test” is reminiscent of the J4-K3 droid that was seen roaming Disneyland’s Tomorrowland back in 2017.
According to Walt Disney Imagineering officials, the J4-K3 test was completely independent of any work being done on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.