Great news, Star Wars fans!
Disney plans to build not one but TWO Star Wars-themed lands in its parks. One will be located at Disneyland in Anaheim, California while the other will be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
CEO Bob Iger announced the news today, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, following years of rumors and speculation that followed the company’s 2012 $4.05 billion acquisition of George Lucas’s production company, Lucasfilm. He made his comments four months before the Dec. 18 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first part of a third trilogy and the first film in the franchise to be produced by Disney.
Three photos showing concept art for the new Star Wars lands were also unveiled during Iger’s presentation.
Guests will be transported to a “different planet” where all restaurants and stores will be operated by “local inhabitants”…and obviously, there will be that famous Cantina. The concept art depicts beasts roaming the park and also shows, yep, a Millenium Falcon ride.
The ride, a signature attraction, will have a “customized secret mission” that puts riders in the middle of a “climatic battle between the first order and the resistance.”
The opening dates for the two Star Wars-themed lands were not revealed, however.
A Disney rep told E! News that they plan to break ground on the new Star Wars land in Disneyland by the end of 2017. There is no timetable yet for the one set to be located at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
In Disneyland, the new Star Wars land will reside where Big Thunder Ranch is located as well as in backstage areas not open to the public. The fate of the attraction, which includes a petting zoo and a barbecue restaurant, was not revealed.