D23: New Star Wars Attractions to Be Confirmed

The many rumors (that have been circulating around the web for months) regarding new Star Wars attractions for Disney's Hollywood Studios (and other Disney Theme Parks) could be confirmed during the upcoming D23 Expo, which will take place August 9-11, 2013 at Anaheim, California. Here's an official update on the D23 Expo's offerings, which also confirms the fact that new attractions currently in the works could be announced:  

Dave says the pavilion has been designed to give visitors a real look at how Imagineers work and even a peek at hush-hush works in progress. “We have a technology called DISH, which stands for Digital Immersive Showroom, and we’ll show how it’s helped us design several attractions — visitors will be able to virtually ride two attractions, the same way we do when we’re testing them. We’re also going to be doing sneak peeks at upcoming projects – including Disney Springs, the reimagining of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. There will be teasers for new attractions based on Avatar and Star Wars that we’re working on now for the Disney Parks. We’ll have a play test for a project called Adventure Trading Company, and there will be an outlet of Mickey’s of Glendale, the Imagineering Cast Member store, because like all great attractions we end with a gift shop! There will be some exclusive merchandise there for Expo visitors to take home.”

In addition to that, there will be some great exhibits showing some theme park attractions never realized:

There will be even more than this to see, as the pavilion will showcase Imagineering history and some outstanding recent accomplishments. “We set the bar very high four years ago at the first D23 Expo, and we feel we have to meet or exceed it every time out,” laughs Dave. “This year we are actually going to have a meet and greet with Captain America at our space; he’s part of Marvel’s Avengers Academy on the reimagined Disney Magic. We are also going to be showing off iconic pieces from the Imagineering art library, including a piece by Peter Ellenshaw that is rarely seen under blacklight, the way he painted it to be viewed. And we’ll have some old models on display – things we rediscovered in the Imagineering warehouse. Some of them were mislabeled, so even we didn’t know what we had! So they hadn’t been seen in a long time, and they’ll be on display. Those include a Western River Expedition attraction intended for Magic Kingdom Park, and an early model for a space pavilion at Epcot that was worked on by Ray Bradbury.”

As you can see, it looks like this will be an event to look forward to, after all. We certainly can't wait to officially hear Disney confirm that fact that a huge Star Wars Land is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Excited yet?


  1. Adding Star Wars to DHS will make it even more of a mess theme wise. DHS should not be Disney's equivalent of Islands of Adventure. The reason fully-themed IP lands works at IOA is because that is that park's theme. DHS has a totally different theme.

    At what point will Disney parks just be Six Flags?

  2. Your going way too far with this. Disney will never be like six flags.
    Stars Wars is one of the most successful movie franchises ever! Why not make a land of it. I much rather have an unique land than copy California with carsland.

  3. Happy for DHS! But on a different note i heard that Epcot's Imagination Pavilion is closing down on Jan 2, 2014. Is this finally a redo!

  4. I for 1 is looking forward to stars wars land and hopefully monsters Inc not sure about cars land as if they don't add the race part it wont be worth losing the car stunt show and back lot tour for.
    Onto starwars I do hope they do use the sound stage and the American idol building as part of it but I hope they don't build a star wars thill ride inside the great movie ride as this just needs updating with new scenes and stars.


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