For those of you unable to make it to D23 Expo to see the model in person, Yahoo Movies has brought the exhibit here; click through for a virtual visit to the Star Wars land.
Largest-ever single-themed expansion at Disneyland, based on the 'Star Wars' movies, is scheduled to open at the Anaheim park and Walt Disney World in 2019
'Star Wars,' Marvel, live-action adaptations of animated classics, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' Disney Animation, and theme-parks updates get our attention at D23
Universal Studios’ “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” continues to be an enormous draw on both coasts, and anticipation is high for the upcoming debut of Disney World Florida’s “Pandora — The World of Avatar” theme parks. Disney’s Star Wars parks aren’t set to debut until 2019, but work is already well underway on putting some of their biggest exhibits together. As you may know, these two new immersive lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where “Star Wars” characters and their stories come to life and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.
The Empire is expanding, and will soon have outposts established in Orlando and Anaheim. The House of Mouse confirmed this week that the anticipated Star Wars Land expansion — dual 14-acre immersive themed lands at Disneyland and Disney World that will be on the official galactic map — would open in 2019, in time for Episode IX, the closing chapter of the central "Skywalker Saga." The project, announced in 2015, began construction in April 2016. Over the past several months, Disney has been releasing concept art for Star Wars Land, and we've collected it all here to give you the flavor of that galaxy that's suddenly not so far, far away.
That galaxy far, far away just got a little closer. Disney announced Thursday that construction teams in Orlando and Anaheim have officially broken ground on the Star Wars lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
A ‘Star Wars’ attraction ahead of Space Mountain at Disneyland (Getty/Disney) Andy Richter once controlled the universe, but unfortunately, he has no say over what happens in the Magic Kingdom. The theme park, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, has introduced several new Star Wars attractions already, including the Star Wars Launch Bay (a commercial hub for merchandise, video games, and more) and temporarily turning the classic Tomorrowland ride Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain.
Disney boss Bob Iger delighted and surprised fans at the D23 Expo this year with the announcement that both Disneyland and Disney World would be adding a Star Wars Land. Construction is slated to begin in January for a 2017 opening. To whet fans’ appetites in the meantime, the theme parks have opened Season of the Force, a group of Star Wars-based attractions. Yahoo Movies recently toured Disneyland’s version.
While previewing its upcoming live-action film slate at the D23 fan expo, Disney dropped the blockbuster news that the company’s vaunted Imagineers were plotting an immersive Star Wars Land to cover 14 acres at both the Orlando and Anaheim outpost. Later on, however, during a separate panel focusing solely on the theme parks, we learned the studio-resort synergy will encompass far more than a cantina and Millennium Falcon simulator. In fact, it stretches beyond Star Wars to the company’s other acquired brands, Marvel and Pixar.