Two Star Wars-themed zones are coming to two Disney parks, and yesterday we got an in-depth look at a galaxy far, far away thanks to an absurdly detailed model unveiled at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors will get to explore a whole new planet not seen in the films and TV shows of Disney’s Star Wars canon, which the Disney Parks blog describes as, “a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space.” Artists often create miniature versions of the Star Wars universe for their own satisfaction, but it’s incredible to see the attention to detail professional time and money can lend the used-future universe, even outside of the film studio.
The model reveals one familiar sight: the Millennium Falcon, which visitors will be able to fly (!!!) in one experience. Another attraction, according to the Disney Parks blog, “puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” Each Star Wars land will add 14 acres to its respective amusement park, making it the largest themed expansion in Disney history.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek hypes the expansion in his official statement. “To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” he says. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”
George Lucas’ iconic series has long been a staple of the Disney experience through its iconic Star Tours ride, but the mega corporation’s $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012 sparked a spree of adaptations. The Star Wars cinematic universe has occupied theaters since 2015’s The Force Awakens, Industrial Light and Magic has been cranking out mixed reality experiences, the parks have been building expansions, and then there’s the mountain of merchandise that accompanies all the new territory.
Star Wars isn’t the only sci-fi universe Disney has plundered for its worldwide theme park empire. There are TRON experiences in Shanghai and an Avatar-themed Pandora world in Orlando.
Chapek is scheduled to reveal more about the Star Wars expansion at D23 Expo on Saturday, July 15. Stay tuned on the Disney Parks blog.