Disney Reveals New Star Wars Land Art, But No New Details
The Walt Disney Company tonight revealed new concept renderings for Star Wars Land during a televised tribute to the 60th anniversary of Disneyland.
Harrison Ford hosted the two-and-a-half minute segment, which did not reveal any new location names, opening dates, or additional operational detail beyond what Disney announced last summer at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, when Disney first confirmed the Star Wars Land project. Disney is building two Star Wars-themed lands, one at Disneyland in Anaheim and the other in Florida at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The two lands will include a ride where visitors will pilot the Millennium Falcon and a ride where visitors will be caught in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Dining locations will include a Catina, and the land will include multiple shops and character meet and greets.
Concept art courtesy Disney
Construction has begun at Disneyland, where the Rivers of America attractions and Disneyland Railroad are down for the rest of 2015 as Disney reroutes them to make way for the new land, which will be located north of the Rivers of America, from Fantasyland to Critter Country. At Walt Disney World, Disney has announced the closure of several attractions, including part of the Streets of America, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground and the Lights, Motors, Action auto stunt show. The area cleared by those attractions is widely suspected to be part of the site for Star Wars Land in Florida.
Skreenz & more skreenz. Disney comes of age. I'm gonna love those rides. Scott Trowbridge is showing his SpiderMan ride roots.
Mr. Iger on my shoulder...
I seen the art work. Nothing new as I had expected. As I'm seeing the show right now at this exact moment, just as horrible as the holiday show.
There's about 19 artwork pictures on Magic now, many of them new. Yes, the show was a bit of a bore. The Bazaar shopping area conception looks a lot like the Bazaar in IOA's Lost Continent.
Ok, what I got from the new artwork though is an idea of what the First Order ride will be and I saw it very Spiderman/ Transformer influenced which means all the Stars Wars rides will be simulators. I am very excited to see what Disney will be doing with something Universal does very well
I didn't see the show (may watch when it's available online, but I'm hearing it's not good), but I did find the Star Wars Land segment and it was about what I expected. Looks like the rumors were probably right about the rides: An interactive motion simulator attraction (Millennium Falcon) and a trackless motion-base ride with a combination of sets and screens (First Order Battle). The concept art looks great, and I'm excited for the land, but I'm not expecting a full reveal on names or details until the next D23.
I watched it. OMG, two hours of my life lost forever. It started out promising, and since I was just there I got to say "I was there!", "I saw that!", "That's were I got my Dole Whip float!" Then it turned into an overproduced variety show that used Disneyland and DCA as a backdrop (occasionally) for songs that could hardly be recognized as Disney. Mostly, though, it was in the Dolby Theater, and seemed to ignore the face that it was a tribute to Disneyland and not to the Disney franchise. Kermit the Frog singing "Rainbow Connection"? I don't remember him even being mentioned at Disneyland. I love Fall Out Boys but they are hardly the first thing I think about when I think of Disney, and their rendition of...I heard it was from the Jungle Book but I couldn't recognize it, with their bimbo backup dancers was so out of place at a Disneyland 60th anniversary special that I thought I had bumped the channel button on the remote. Yes, I am angry, and offended that they wasted my time on the premise that something of importance was going to be announced, and even more that they squandered such a "diamond" opportunity to praise the park that has had such a powerful impact on American/world culture. A waste of my time.
James: Your review was right on. My same thoughts for the most part.
I'm so glad that I didn't watch this live, and instead popped it on my DVR and zipped through it. It took me about 15 minutes to watch the nearly 2-hour show, and that included a double-take on the Star Wars segment. Very disappointing, especially since Disney publicized the Star Wars reveal rather heavily, including teasers during the show itself.
Let me sum up these reviews of the show: "Get off my lawn with your new-fangled music! I want a documentary on Disneyland!"
AJ, I hope you're right about the First Order ride. I don't want both rides to be all about screens. I don't have a problem with screen-based attractions, I just think a new land should offer more variety than that.
Our whole family watched it and have to say we enjoyed it thoroughly! Yes many parts were cliche and alot of it seemed like a big plug for the whole Disney Company--but as Disney fans who cares! I do wish they could have done a little more within the parks too. Not to mention that they could have ended with a better song as I don't know one person who knew the song EJ sang??
Russell as I understand it the two lands will be pretty much the same size on either coast so I don't know why you think the art work could not possibly be for Disneyland alone. Of course it's not, it's the same for both. But it's Disney concept art so you know there's a good bit of fanciful liberties being taken.
You're right (above poster), it is singular, but it is also three words, Fall Out Boy. I won't tell your sister ;+) And about the "new-fangled music", I'm 59 and have been listening to them for over a year. I just thought that their sound didn't match the venue, and the back-up dancers were just plain ridiculous and distracting. The special had the promise of being so much more. Those of you who liked it, I'm glad you did. I know it is impossible to make everyone happy. This did not make me happy. I wasn't hoping for a documentary- I was hoping for a retrospective of the past 60 years, and for more info about the future of DLR.
I was glad Fallout Boy didn't sing Uma Thurman that has the Munsters theme as background track. Just imagine them creating a song around Anna and Elsa with the Haunted Mansion theme sampled as the underlying track.
I caught the first hour (then switched to watch The Walking Dead). My initial impression was that it was a really intricate infomercial. Both the Better Half and I thought the dancers outfits were a bit risque for a Disney park. Still it was a good way to spend and hour on a Sunday night while waiting for the regular programming to start back up.
James, after reading your review and seeing similar sentiments elsewhere I think I'll pass on the special. While I figured there would definitely be other content, I'd expect a Disneyland 60th anniversary special to be mostly about Disneyland. Even if it was 2/3 Disneyland, 1/3 other stuff that'd be fine. However, it sounds like this is about 1/10 Disneyland, 9/10 infomercial for Disney, and that's not something I feel the need to spend two hours watching.
The First Order ride looks like it could be great fun and I can't wait to ride, but the Millennium Falcon ride has me worried since it looks pretty much like another version of Star Tours. I hope I'm wrong though.
I'm confident that the attractions will turn out entertaining & of high quality. The Director for the Star Wars areas is Scott Trowbridge, who previously worked on a number of Universal attractions, most notably the breakthrough ride of the past two decades, namely Spider Man.
AJ, the First Order ride sounds like a genuine E Ticket! I'm officially excited about it. Thanks.
Take away the stormtroupers and the spaceships and the land doesn't feel from Star Wars.
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