Every other year, Walt Disney Imagineering showcases their latest major theme park project(s) at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Pavilion inside D23 Expo. This year, the focus is entirely on one thing: Star Wars Land. As was revealed last night, the central focus of the pavilion this year is a complete model of Star Wars Land, built on the scale of ½ inch to 1 foot.
At 14 acres (2 acres larger than Cars Land), Star Wars Land is the largest themed area added to any Disney theme park. Both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida are currently in the construction phase of duplicate installations of this land, with both areas scheduled to open at some point in 2019. Set on a forgotten planet on the edge of Wild Space, far from the standard hyperspace lanes, Star Wars Land is likely to be the most cohesive and completely immersive land in the industry upon its debut.
Guests entering Star Wars Land will travel away from the existing theme park and into another world. Here, they will find themselves in an alien settlement inhabited by all manner of beings from across the galaxy. Many shopping and dining opportunities will be present, and guests never know which of the galaxy’s most famous (or infamous) residents they might meet on the streets.
The featured dining location is the cantina, which will serve refreshments from many different worlds. Here, guests can kick back and enjoy a beverage while interacting with the locals. While not a direct copy, this should satisfy the desires of any fan who ever fancied a visit to the Mos Eisley cantina, as this was said to highly resemble the more famous establishments found on heavier trafficked planets.
Within this settlement, guests will also find the Millennium Falcon docked for a stopover. Those wishing to go for a spin can try their hand at taking the controls of the Falcon for themselves. Be warned, however…word spreads fast here, and there is a good chance that your adventure as a pilot will be known to others.
While exact details are being withheld for the moment, it has been said that the Millennium Falcon attraction is the next evolution in the simulator technology pioneered by Star Tours, but it is unlike anything else Disney has ever done in that the ride is 100% interactive. You’re not being taken on an adventure anymore…this time you are in charge, and it is up to you where the adventure goes. There is also no news about whether or not familiar characters will be featured in this land’s attractions, but if a certain duo is to appear, this is likely where they will be.
Guests traveling beyond the settlement will find ancient ruins currently playing host to the Resistance. As a remote planet, the Resistance has set up shop here as their latest effort to hide from the First Order. However, as is true in every story, the First Order will eventually show up, and a second attraction puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the two opposing factions.
Disney is currently even more tight-lipped about this one, stating only that it is the single largest attraction they’ve ever created and that it is unlike anything they’ve done before. Based on a model of the ride vehicle on display, this appears to be the latest evolution in Disney’s trackless technology. While there is much conflicting information, several sources state that this could be so massive and so unique as to be the first “F-Ticket” attraction. Regardless, if the scale of the model is anything to go by, the attraction will be enormous.
In addition to the gigantic model, the pavilion also featured prop models and concept art from the land on display, including but not limited to what is shown below.
Star Wars land debuts on both coasts in 2019, and a promise was made that information about the land will be revealed piece by piece over between now and then, including potentially as soon as tomorrow's Parks and Resorts presentation.Tweet
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