It’s a big day for theme park fans here in the United States and especially a huge day for Disney fans as the long rumored Star Wars land was announced.
The announcement came at this year’s D23 conference when The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger gave the fans something even bigger than what may have been expected from the mouse house. This after more recent smaller expansion projects haven’t met the expectations of uber-fans.
However, this time around Iger did not disappoint the crowd as he announced what will be, “our largest single-themed land expansion ever.” The land will occupy fourteen acres at Hollywood Studios in The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and at Disneyland in Anaheim.
The new lands will shuttle guests to a galaxy far far away as they explore a trading port and watch their favorite Star Wars characters come to life.
The parks will have two main attractions, one allowing visitors to board a millennium falcon and another incorporating the new film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As Iger says, “These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
I for one can’t wait to head on over to the Mos Eisley Cantina to grab a bite and a drink and Iger says, “You’d expect to find a cantina, and there will be one.”
This is just part of the ever-expanding partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dating back to 1987 when the first Star Tours attraction opened. Now that Lucasfilm is part of the Disney brand we can only expect the force to grow even stronger in the coming years.
More about the largest single-themed land expansion in Walt Disney Company history is expected to be announced at the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts presentation this afternoon at the D23 EXPO.