Disney Announces Star Wars Land
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced "the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney parks and Star Wars," the largest land expansion in the Disney theme parks' history, during the D23 Expo in Anaheim today.
All concept art courtesy Disney
The 14-acre Star Wars Land will debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in California. Star Wars Land will include a Millennium Falcon ride that includes "the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy," the iconic cantina, and a second E-ticket ride themed to Episode 7.
“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever," Iger said. "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.”
Update: In the afternoon session, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek did not reveal an opening date for Star Wars Land, but brought Imagineer Scott Trowbridge on stage to talk about the land and several other Star Wars-themed attractions and events that would be coming to the parks. Trowbridge said that Star Wars Land would "take some time," but that these new experiences would be debuting soon.
Star Wars Launch Bay: An interactive experience, to go to into the former Innoventions pavilion at Disneyland and the former Animation pavilion space at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Star Wars Launch Bay will include character meet and greets, exhibits themed to the new Star Wars films, and new stores. It will open later this year on both coasts.
Season of the Force: A new limited-time event that will run at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, beginning in 2016. At Disneyland, Space Mountain will transform into Hyperspace Mountain during the event, with new on-ride projection mapping and special effects. At DHS, the park will be getting a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show. The events in both parks will include expanded meet and greets, street entertainment and special food and merchandise.
In addition, Disney will be updating its Star Tours rides in Anaheim and Orlando with new destinations and characters from the upcoming Star Wars films. That will happen later this year.
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October 1st, 2021 .... Game on, WDI!
So we will be able to fly the Falcon in a simulator ride?
Interesting that Disney "solved" the problem of where to site a story that takes place across multiple planets by... creating a new planet within the canon to house all the action of the new land.
YAY! About time, Disney. This will do amazing things for attendance at Hollywood Studios.
Even though we all knew it was coming, this announcement is fantastic news. I CANNOT WAIT TO VISIT STAR WARS LAND!!!!!!
Does anybody offhand know the acreage of Hogsmeade and Disgon Alley?
No time frame? Can't wait till the year 2034 when this should be finished.
I think it's great for Hollywood Studios, but I'm not sure how I feel about it being in Disneyland...
Concept art looks great. The place kind of reminds me of Naboo, but I do like the idea of creating a whole new world for the zone. I'm stoked that DLR will get the upgrade too, I hope it includes everything from the Orlando version.
YES!!! This is going to be great, and I really hope Disney tries to get it open by the end of the decade (the sequel trilogy concludes in 2019, so that would be a good target). Both parks will definitely benefit from two new E-ticket attractions. Even better (at least for me), since the land sounds pretty similar at both parks it's not going to force me to delay my Florida trip.
How will they integrate Star Tours in their design? It might look disjointed. The art looks great. No Pixar Land art? That's another thing that might come first. Is it called Star Wars Land or something more appropriate to the actual places in the movies?
The grand irony is ex-Universal Creative vet Scott Trowbridge is a player on the Disney Star Wars team.
I have mixed emotions. First of all I am very happy that Disney is finally going to build a Star Wars land. It is both bigger and includes more new attractions then I expected.
WOW!!!! If the end result looks like the concept art, I'd be inclined to consider a visit.
Please, do not demolish Toonland and Tomorrowland. They are very important!!!
Disney will need 24/7 construction like Universal does with all of its recent expansions and upgrades. If they hire the 9 to 3 "Island timers" which Florida is famous for, it will take three times as long.
If N B is thinking even he might make a return visit to a Disney park because of Star Wars Land, then the folks at WDI are finally back on track!
Iger said, "we are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever," so it sounds like Star Wars Land in California will simply be an expansion of Tomorrowland, which I feel makes the most sense since we already have Star Tours in Tomorrowland. Can't wait to see a crazy makeover for Tomorrowland! I'd imagine they would probably utilize the now closed Innoventions building for Star Wars Land. I have a feeling a lot of the Star Wars Land will be behind Space Mountain where the proposed "Hollywoodland" was supposed to be before Toontown/ the current Hollywoodland at DCA were built. That Hollywoodland was supposed to have a west-coast version of the Great Movie Ride and a Roger Rabbit themed motion-simulator ride
Woo-hoo!!!!! Unfortunately won't see it 'til about 2030. Uni would have it done in about 2.
I think a "new" planet is a fantastic idea (and one that I'd not really considered). Tatooine/Mos Eisley is iconic, but once you remove the Cantina from it there's not too much to it, and themeing may be difficult.
Concept art looks fabulous. That's what I've been hoping to see from Disney, good imagination....I believe Hogsmeade was 20 acres plus whatever the new train station & entrance occupies. Diagon is 12 acres....Darron: That 135 acre figure for DHS is kind of confusing since that includes all of those backstage areas that were originally reserved for film production, costuming, scenery etc. that's closed to the public. The actual area open to the public is really only around 60 acres so it's actually a fairly small park at this point in time. So Star Wars & TS land will actually be significant portions of the park in respect to it's overall real size.
...and, of course, they'll HAVE the original trilogy tie-in with the Millennium Falcon and, you know, Star Tours.
Leaked from an unnamed source: During the Millennium Falcon experience, one of the ground breaking effects will allow guests to look into a rear view mirror and see Harry Potter riding a broom stick.
Sorry, I take that back.
This new Harry Potter land looks awesome!
The same two guys who built the Dwarf Coaster in 3 years will be building the new 14 acre Star Wars Land. WDW will only budget for these two castmembers to work between 11 am and 2 pm, so we will see this in about 6 years.
Where are they going to build in Disneyland???????
I certainly am excited, but I wonder how they will control the crowds? As it stands, you will get to ride just three with FP+ then stand in a line for hours. Hopefully by the time these are completed, they will have worked out the people problem. Maybe release a Rancor or two during peak times. I have to say I will have to be there within the first six months of opening.
Who wants to join financial resources and buy a house in Golden Oak with me? :P
The TPI Frat House at Golden Oaks! I am so in!!!!!
Why is Hyperspace Mountain only limited to Disneyland? Shouldn't DHS' RnR coaster get the makeover?
I know who could sell that to us... ;-)
I'm curious what this will do to Disneylands attendance. It very well may catapult it to the number 1 visited theme park in the world.
Just like with the Toy Story Land that was announced, along with this and the Avatar Land coming to Animal Kingdom, I also have mixed feelings on these projects. Whilst I am excited for new things coming to the parks, I am saddened that the best they could come up with is to stick to a single movie franchise rather than do a more general theme and incorporate those franchises into the lands that the theme represents, like things currently are. I said back when Star Wars Land was first rumored to be coming that it would be better to have a "Sci-Fi" land at Disney's Hollywood Studios and then both expand on Star Wars, but also incorporate other sci-fi films that are apart of the Disney brand(Perhaps something themed to John Carter or the Alien movies) added in so as to appease those who aren't as big of a fan of Star Wars as others. Same with Toy Story Land. It would've been nicer to simply expand Pixar Place to include other attractions from other Pixar films not already in use at other parks(i.e. no more Finding Nemo stuff), but perhaps adding in attractions based on Cars, Monsters Inc., Wall E, Up, etc. That way the "Studios" aspect of the park could remain which I hear the name of the park is also going to change, but if so, will the Great Movie Ride fit the general theme of the new name of the park? Also, if(probably won't, but if) the new Star Wars movie isn't as well received as its being hyped to be, will that scrap the plans for the Star Wars Land?
Since I live in Florida, I my opinion is generally focused on Walt Disney World, however, hearing about the Star Wars Land being brought to Disneyland Park in California almost appalls me. While I like Star Wars and it seems like an ideal fit considering Tomorrowland has Star Tours, to suggest changing the land itself to a Star Wars Land feels like a slap in the face to Walt Disney himself. It is a wrong way to go about revamping a land as classic as Tomorrowland. I'd feel less upset if they decided to make a Star Wars Land at Disney California Adventure park and move Star Tours over to that park and replace it with something new in Tomorrowland as a means to begin revamping it into something more futuristic than it is, but to cover it with a single film franchise is awful. Maybe I'm wrong though and maybe it will be embraced well by both fans of the story as well as disney fanatics. I for one will miss the classic Tomorrowland that was and never will be again. Hopefully the Tomorrowland at Walt Disney World won't succumb to a movie franchise.
Everything I have read says that Star Wars Land will either replace ToonTown (and even surpass it's borders)or be built beyond ToonTown. Many backstage buildings are supposed to be repurposed into onstage show buildings as well as the engulfing of the Festival of Fools arena area at Disneyland. If these rumors hold true, this will be one massive undertaking. i guess we have Universal to thank for Disney's wake-up call.
Tomorrowland needs an update. Either bring it up to standards or replace it with Star Wars Land. Otherwise the shiny new Star Wars Land will have a miserable companion and people will talk about his sick brother that also tanked at the box office.
Disney's said nothing about the site of Star Wars Land in Disneyland. And, frankly, some of the sources reporting a site for Star Wars Land in Disneyland have had a pretty awful record in reporting the identity and location of new attractions. (You will note that there were no new Marvel attractions revealed today for Disneyland. Nor were there any Indiana Jones attractions at DHS, or a Monsters Inc coaster in what became the new Toy Story Land.)
My guess as to the year of completion for all these new lands at WDW is 2021 which coincidentally is the 50th anniversary of WDW
It all looks great. Star Wars land looks a little bit like the concept images they showed of Avatarland, but I'm sure it will capture its own identity upon completion. The new Toy Story land looks great too. These are much better replacements than what was currently occupying the space.
According to the LA Times, Toontown and Tomorrowland will not be harmed in the construction:
I must say I'm glad that Star Wars Land is gonna take so much inspiration from the new movies. I've said in one or two previous comment threads that I can't imagine what Disney would do with an entire Star Wars-themed land as every ride-worthy moment from the already-existing films were taken by Star Tours thanks to the new update. This only makes me hope even more that the new movies are good. JJ Abrams, if you screw this up, I will personally send Boba Fett to assassinate you! (Better make sure I tell him no disintegration)
We need to harm Tomorrowland.
The concept art look great as well as the ride lineup. I'm really looking forward to this new land in DHS.
I almost died looking at that concept art. If it looks half as good when built, it will be awesome. I know we're waiting a long time for this, but...should be worth the wait.
I don't think Disneyland would have STAR WARS LAND replacing in Tomorrowland, but since I called Disneyland couple weeks or days ago this year, that the Disney Cast member/operator says to me that STAR WARS LAND is not going to be replacing Tomorrowland nor Toon Town, but it will be replacing BIG THUNDER RANCH, as I voted for that too what I agreed.
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