After years of speculation, the Walt Disney Company officially announced that a magnificent Star Wars Land will come to Hollywood Studios and Disneyland:
Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland in Anaheim and Hollywood Studios, allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.


Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single themed land expansions ever at 14 acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.


“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. 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.”


These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.


The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.

For 60 years, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has been delighting millions of people with fantastic storytelling, exceptional entertainment and extraordinary experiences, creating places where guests can make life-long memories with their friends and families. This announcement marks an unprecedented time of growth with exciting developments happening around the world – from Disneyland Resort’s Diamond Celebration to the anticipated opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.

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15 Comment(s):

Anonymous said...

I think they forgot to mention it will be about 8+ years before it opens with their current track record. I wish they would take a page from Universal and starting building things and then about a year before opening, announce it. This is going to be Avatar all over again.

Who wants to bet that the other attraction that "puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission" is just going to be Star Tours with a new name and different queue at Hollywood Studios?

I will say, the pictures do look good. However, not picking a known location is going to be another issue. HP works so well because people get to visit places they have seen in movies and read about in books. Sure, this land will take place in the same world, but none of it will be something fans will be able to say "I remember that from movie "X"".

On the plus side, at least Hollywood is finally get something!

Anonymous said...

I just hope they don't use the same emaginears and or construction crews that worked on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We don't need another D ticket ride and at the age 50 I would like to see this land before I'm stricken with Alzheimer's or die of old age.

Lee said...

DHS let me down, yes Star War's Land is cool and will probably be amazing, the biggest let down is definitely Toy Story Land. Much rather have an Monster Inc Door coaster and a cool Incredible's themed dark ride and i would even take a clone of crushes coaster at DLP. But this is just lame even the slinkily coaster.

Anonymous said...

I can understand the apprehension of those above however, this has so much more potential and appeal than Pandora. I still think Pandora was and is a huge mistake.

Travel Jester said...

Would be REALLY cool if it actually turns out looking like this artwork

Anonymous said...

5 years cat least

Anonymous said...

I was hoping that there was a mixed Pixar Land, as well. It would be a much more interesting Pixar Land if there were different movies represented, instead of the whole place being like a giant Toy Story shrine.

Jason said...

I disagree with the comments about Pandora above, but we're all entitled to our own opinions. I think comparing Pandora with Star Wars is apples and oranges, aside from the fact that they're both sci-fi. I personally can't wait to visit both, and I think Pandora at night may be the best attraction at all of WDW if it will really look like the illustrations they've released.

Anonymous said...

Termite mounds. Giant termite mounds.

Anonymous said...

It takes Disney 6 months to paint a fence. I don't expect this to be finished in 7 years. Universal puts up attractions 18 months compared to 4 or five years for Disney. Making up some fictitious planet is a way they can dodge criticism for a known location.

Anonymous said...

Who cares if it takes 10 years to build? These new lands look absolutely amazing. This is what is going to put Disney back on top. Even if the Avatar movies suck, creating this type of world is going to be incredible. 14 acres of Star Wars? That's going to be so cool

Anonymous said...

This will not put Disney back on top, not at all. If it takes ten years to build, Universal would have put up 5 times of attractions.

Anonymous said...

I agree about Harry Potter, it works phenomenal well because the settings represent, as close as possible, the places we wanted to go to when we read the books and saw the movies. If Harry Potter were set in all new locations in the Harry Potter universe no one, myself included, would care because we would have no connection with any of the settings having never seen them. STAR WARS LAND is making a huge mistake by creating a whole new planet for the setting rather than a location from the original movies we've wished we could visit. Just sticking STAR WARS characters in a location we don't associate with the movies is a bad move for the project. Who wouldn't want to go to Hoth and wander through the rebel base and through the hanger with the Millenium Falcon surrounded by snow speeders and X-Wings? Visit the Death Star, walk aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer, go to Dagoba, Tatooine, Bespin, Alderan, Yavin? This all new setting makes no sense and in a stylistic sort of way looks more like a location from the Avatar universe, not STAR WARS. I don't care about the land since I have no connection to the 14 acre new mystery planet, even with WDI dropping STAR WARS characters on this generic planet setting doesn't make me excited for the setting the only thing I'm looking forward to are the attractions. It's a huge disappointment to this STAR WARS fan.

Kubrick said...

So where are they putting this?

Anonymous said...

@ the last Anonymous

Admittedly I'm not a big Star Wars fan, but I think this is actually a masterstroke on the part of WDI. The biggest issue with the Star Wars universe is the size of it. Yes, it would be great if people could visit real locations from the movies, but the fact of the matter is there are just too many. It's not fair to compare against the Harry Potter universe, since there are only really a couple of key locations from the books (to be honest, Universal will be stretching it a bit if they do opt for the Ministry of Magic as a third "land").

By taking this approach, WDI have ensured they can bring in all of the most loved characters and aspects of Star Wars without disrupting the integrity of the "story" of the new land. And that's not to mention the fact that the concept art looks amazing.

WDI will pull this off, and pull it off in a BIG way. Now we just have to see how many years we'll have to wait...

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