Imperial walkers have invaded Disney's Star Wars land
March 15, 2017, 7:40 PM ·
Disneyland fans are getting excited by the apparent arrival of two Imperial AT-AT walkers in the park's upcoming Star Wars land.
First featured in The Empire Strikes Back, the Imperial Walkers are those hulking, four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport vehicles, one of which Luke's buddy Wedge Antilles foiled by flying his Snowspeeder's tow cable around its legs. More recently in the Star Wars film series, a wrecked AT-AT walker provided Rey's home on Jakku in The Force Awakens.
Partial "movie set" versions of Imperial Walkers have guarded the entrance of Walt Disney World's version of Star Tours ever since that ride opened at the then-Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park in 1989. But Disneyland's never had the walkers in front of its Star Tours, which stands at the front of the park's Tomorrowland.
Steel frames for two walkers appeared on Disneyland's Star Wars land construction site this week. And it looks like they're going inside one of the new land's show buildings.
Construction at Disneyland appears to be running ahead of the pace at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort, which is getting a pretty much identical installation of the upcoming land. So Orlando-area fans should be on the lookout for the arrival of the walkers at Disney World in the weeks to come.
Disney's Star Wars land will feature two new attractions: a dark ride battle with the First Order and another ride where visitors can pilot the Millennium Falcon. In addition, the land, which is set on a new planet in the Star Wars universe, will feature a Cantina and numerous interactive elements. The lands will open sometime in 2019.
Update: Since everyone's talking about this now, Disney has dropped a promo video from the construction site.