Disney Officially Breaks Ground on Star Wars Land
The Walt Disney theme parks today are celebrating the official groundbreaking for its two Star Wars lands, at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
To commemorate the groundbreaking, Disney released a 360-degree view of the construction site at Disneyland in California.
As many Disneyland visitors have seen — and is obvious from the panoramic image — Disney actually broke ground for the project months ago, shortly after closing the Rivers of America attractions in January. Demolition of the existing park locations, berm and backstage support facilities on the 14-acre construction site has been swift. Drivers approaching the Mickey and Friends parking structure via the flyover from the Interstate 5 exit have the best view of the site, which now offers an unobstructed view of the cleared land all the way back to Big Thunder Mountain.
In Florida, Walt Disney World recently closed the Streets of America and the Lights, Motors, Action stunt show in Hollywood Studios, clearing the way for the start of construction on the east-coast version of Star Wars Land.
On each coast, Star Wars Land will feature two major attractions: one where riders will fly the Millennium Falcon and another where they will be caught in a battle with the villainous First Order. The land also will include Cantina dining, character meet and greets, abundant retail, and role-playing cast members, creating the experience of visiting a new planet in the Star Wars universe.
The Star Wars land projects will be the largest themed lands Disney's history when they are completed. When will that be? Disney hasn't said yet, but Insiders are projecting that the lands will open sometime in 2019 or 2020.
I doubt there will be simultaneous openings of Star Wars on both coasts. Orlando will open 1 to 2 years later after Disneyland.
To be fair, if any park needed to get this stuff on the east coast, it was definitely Hollywood Studios. EPCOT and Magic Kingdom are all full-day experiences, and Animal Kingdom will likely be much closer whenever Avatar's fixed.
Don't personally think Epcot is a full day either if I was to be honest, yes going around the different countries and going on Sorin and Test Track but after that the rest of the rides are not that exciting, as for the Star Wars lands, will it be a race to see who finishes first east coast or west.?
"Star Wars"....never heard of it. My bet is it closes on both coasts within the first year due to lack of interest. ;)
If you look the boxes to the side says transport to Disney World. Linking that to this one.
I love that picture of the work site with the AT-AT towering above it.
Wait, why aren't the AT-ATs shooting down the X-Wings?
I saw else where that the backlot in Orlando has been demolished so they have started to clear some of the area round the back but with lights camera action only just finishing I would think Orlando is some way behind california
"There has been an awakening....have you felt it?
Really hope the rides will be new a unique like the FJ and Gringotts. (They will probably both be screen based so, sorry Universal/screen haters.) If done correctly, this could be really cool and for Disney to prove they can beat the Wizarding World! I am really excited!
"To my knowledge, they haven't even started demolition work for Star Wars Land in Florida yet."
Anon, I'm pretty sure Toy Story Land is smaller (10-11 acres if I remember right...I know for sure it was smaller than Cars Land). But anyway, I've heard from a pretty reliable source that portions of Star Wars Land will be built on areas not currently used by the theme park. A new entrance road is being built for the parking lot as the current one runs right next to the park and would be in the way of construction. The need to complete this before working on the land is why it will take longer in Florida and why Toy Story Land is being done first.
In doing some research, Toy Story Land is actually 11 acres, but this already includes Toy Story Mania so the actual new construction is much less, maybe 8 or 9 acres. Only 2 new rides in this area. Not exactly much and I assume they can finish in 2 years easily. Since they haven't finished clearing all the Star Wars Land, it will be a 4 to 5 year project from this point on.
This is the only way to draw some of the mobs away from the Magic Kingdom...
Aside from my genuine enthusiasm for these projects, my favorite words in the article are "abundant retail." It binds the galaxy together...
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