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A Star Wars-themed land, currently and unofficially referred to as Star Wars Land, is an upcoming themed area being developed at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida.[1] The new land was first announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015. The land at each park will each encompass 14 acres.[2] Walt Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge is supervising the development of the new land at both parks.[3] Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on March 3, 2016, at the Disney shareholders meeting, that construction on both versions of the land would begin in April 2016.[4] Construction began at both locations on April 14, 2016.[5] On February 7, 2017, it was announced by CEO Bob Iger during The Walt Disney Company's quarterly earnings conference call that both Star Wars Lands are scheduled to open in 2019.[6]

Design

Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, stated that the land "will introduce you to a Star Wars planet you’ve never seen before — a gateway planet located on the outer rim, full of places and characters familiar and not so familiar."[2]

The land will immerse the guest into the Star Wars universe. According to Iger, it will be "occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens and droids … the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology."[7] In an interview for the winter 2015 issue of the official Disney fan club publication Disney twenty-three, Trowbridge stated: "[O]ur intent is to make it feel as if you just walked into one of the movies... Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses. What does that street feel like? What does that animal smell like? What does blue milk taste like?"[8]

Concept art depicts a full-size Millennium Falcon situated among alien buildings built into tall cliffs.[9] The Star Wars-themed land will have two new attractions: one will allow riders to control the Millennium Falcon, and the other will place guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance.[9][10] There will also be a version of the cantina.[11]

Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on March 3, 2016, at the Disney Shareholders meeting, that construction on both versions of the land would begin in April 2016.[4]

Parks

Disneyland

At Disneyland, Star Wars Land is being built to the north of Frontierland, where Big Thunder Ranch and backstage areas were located.[11] As a result of the expansion, Disney purchased nearby properties in order to replace the office and warehouse space that was on the land.[13]

On January 11, 2016, several attractions in Frontierland and Critter Country were closed. Big Thunder Ranch closed permanently, including the multi-function event space, barbecue restaurant, and petting zoo. Other attractions closed temporarily, including the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America. While the Rivers of America remain closed, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, Tom Sawyer Island, Fantasmic!, and the Disneyland Railroad will all be unavailable to park guests until summer 2017.[14][15]

The construction of Star Wars Land will result in a re-configured route for the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America. A first look at how these changes would impact the park were revealed in January 2016, when concept art was released depicting the northern bank of the river after construction is completed.[16]

Disney's Hollywood Studios

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Star Wars Land is replacing the majority of the park's Streets of America, including the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure which closed on April 2, 2016, as well as the surrounding backlot facades, restaurants, and shops. Together with the previously closed The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, Star Wars Land will be part of a major expansion of the park that will include Toy Story Land.[2][18][19][20][21]

The remaining operating portions of Streets of America (containing Muppet*Vision 3D) were left undisturbed and renamed as Muppets Courtyard.[22]

Gallery

References

  1. "'Star Wars’ Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks, Says Bob Iger", Variety (August 15, 2015). Retrieved on August 15, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Orlando Sentinel (15 August 2015). "Star Wars land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios - Orlando Sentinel"..
  3. "Tomorrowland at Disneyland revamps with Season of the Force ahead of new 'Star Wars' movie release", Los Angeles Times, Tribune Publishing Company (13 November 2015). Retrieved on 10 January 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Martin, Hugo (3 March 2016). "Disneyland to start building its 'Star Wars' land in April"..
  5. "Disney Breaks Ground on 'Star Wars' Land in California and Florida", The Hollywood Reporter (April 14, 2016). Retrieved on April 14, 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Pandora – The World of Avatar to Open May 27, Star Wars Lands Coming in 2019 - The Walt Disney Company". The Walt Disney Company (7 February 2017). Retrieved on 8 February 2017.
  7. "‘Star Wars’ Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks; Harrison Ford Visits D23 Expo", Variety. 
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Frye
  9. 9.0 9.1 "8 unanswered questions about Disneyland's Star Wars Land". latimes.com. Retrieved on 2015-10-15.
  10. Chuck Campbell. "Disney World expansion to add 'Star Wars' land"..
  11. 11.0 11.1 "VIDEO: It's official: 'Star Wars' theme land coming to Disneyland"..
  12. "Disneyland Closing Attractions to Make Way for "Star Wars Land"". 
  13. "Disney buys Anaheim land, sparking expansion speculation", Los Angeles Times (August 4, 2015). 
  14. "Disneyland Closing Several Attractions on Monday Ahead of ‘Star Wars’ Land Construction", ktla.com, Tribune Broadcasting (January 9, 2016). Retrieved on April 14, 2016. 
  15. Niles, Robert (July 28, 2016). "Disneyland targets summer 2017 for Rivers of America return".. Themeparkinsider.com. Retrieved on July 28, 2016.
  16. "Concept art: How Disneyland's Rivers of America will look after 'Star Wars' land construction is finished", Orange County Register (January 15, 2016). Retrieved on April 14, 2016. 
  17. "Experience Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show One More Time at Disney's Hollywood Studios". 
  18. Knopp, JeniLynn (August 26, 2016). "VIDEO: Star Wars area construction progressing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios".. insidethemagic.net. Retrieved on August 28, 2016.
  19. Paige, Rachel (January 15, 2016). "What's closing at Disney World to make way for "Star Wars" Land".. hellogiggles.com. Retrieved on August 28, 2016.
  20. Bevil, Dewayne (March 24, 2016). "Hollywood Studios attractions on their way out at Disney World".. orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved on September 6, 2016.
  21. "Earffel Tower coming down, attractions closing at Disney's Hollywood Studios", Orlando Sentinel (January 15, 2016). Retrieved on November 21, 2016. 
  22. "Disney's Hollywood Studios: When a theme park is part construction zone", Orlando Sentinel (April 29, 2016). Retrieved on November 21, 2016. 


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