Disney update: Big Thunder Trail returns, Star Wars land at D23 Expo

June 8, 2017, 3:49 PM · Disneyland has reopened its Big Thunder Trail, restoring an important pathway that allows visitors to walk around the outer perimeter of the park, without having cram the hub to get from one side of Disneyland to the other.

Disney had closed the trail last year in order to accommodate the construction of Star Wars land. So today's Big Thunder Trail pathway is not the same as visitors walked before the construction project. The pathway, which connects Frontierland to Fantasyland — behind the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster — now follows a slightly different route, to allow for the construction of the 14-acre land to the north.

If you're interested in seeing more of what's behind those new rockwork berms surrounding Star Wars land, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced today that it will devote an entire pavilion at next month's D23 Expo in Anaheim to the Star Wars land projects, at Disneyland and at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

"A Galaxy of Stories" will display artwork and media that will introduce fans to the characters, starships, and locations that will feature in the new land.

"For the first time, guests will be able to view a fully detailed model of the overall vision for this new experience that was once 'far, far away,' but is now very, very near!," Disney said in a press release.

The D23 Expo runs July 14-16 at the Anaheim Convention Center, located one block south of the Disneyland Resort. In addition to the Star Wars land pavilion, Disney Parks will host four panels or presentations at the event:

Tickets are now on sale at D23Expo.com, with prices starting at $81 for one-day, adult admission, or $72 for D23 members.

Replies (5)

June 8, 2017 at 10:48 PM · As if Disney needs to build up more anticipation for Star Wars Land...

Of course, if they didn't showcase the upcoming land at D23, the fans would riot in the streets.

June 9, 2017 at 7:14 AM · I'm glad that is open. When I was there in March that caused more congestion during the day and especially after the parade. We tried to go that way after the parade but had to backtrack.
June 9, 2017 at 9:53 AM · That Pirates exhibit sounds great, loved the new book they just put out on the ride and the movies, would love to see a feature on it.
June 10, 2017 at 4:08 PM · In Orlando you have the continuing success of DAK's "Hamiltonian" PtWOA, then there's Star Wars at DHS, the stem to stern re-boot of EPCOT and the land of 20 million that is the Magic Kingdom .... WDW pretty much owns Central Florida tourism for the next decade ... Regardless of what the statiscians want you to believe.
June 11, 2017 at 1:02 PM · "Hamiltonian". TH, words cannot express how irrationally angry you make me with this moronic analogy. I mean every time you say it I die a little. It makes NO sense.

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