Time to start saving your dollars for a trip to Disneyland! Disney just confirmed at the D23 Expo taking place this weekend in Anaheim, California, a rumour that has long been circulating for a few years, Star Wars Land is coming to the Disneyland Resort theme park in Southern California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
For quite sometime there had been rumours going around that the company might expand their theme marks to make way for Star Wars Land and today we finally get the first official confirmation of what’s to come. It’s now safe to say I’m adding this to my bucket list along with throwing a slinky down the stairs of Tibetan temple.
Check out the concept art below and read what Disney chairman Bob Iger has to say about what we might expect to see in regards to this exciting news.
“The Star Wars universe is ready to invade ours. Disney chairman Bob Iger announced the creation of two Star Wars theme parks. The 14-acre parks will feature humanoids, aliens and droids. He called it the company’s “largest single-themed land expansion ever.” One park will be featured at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, with the other coming to Disneyland in Anaheim. Iger said attractions would include a Millennium Falcon ride and iconic settings like the Creature Cantina. “Everything we create will be part of our storytelling,” said Iger, who added every store in these parks would be operated by local inhabitants — in other words, actors in character as aliens or droids. “Nothing in the land will be out of character or stray from the mythology.” Iger said guests will “truly become a part of their favorite Star Wars stories.” “These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance,” said Iger.”
Seriously, this is such awesome news, but that’s not all. During D23, Disney chief Alan Horn revealed a cast photo for the new Star Wars spinoff Rogue One, which stars Felicity Jones, Ben Mendelsohn and Diego Luna. It’s being directed by Gareth Edwards. It’s been slated for a December 2016 release.
The 80’s child within is growing all kinds of excited with all this super cool Star Wars news. Needless to say bring on the December 18th release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens already!