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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 and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.[1] The new land was announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger at the D23 Expo on August 15, 2015.[2] The land at each park will each encompass 14 acres.[3][4] Walt Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge is supervising the development of the new land at both parks.[5][6] Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on March 3, 2016, at the Disney Shareholders meeting, that construction on both versions of the land will begin in April 2016.[7][8]


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."

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."[9] 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?"[6] Concept art depicts a full-size Millennium Falcon situated among alien buildings built into tall cliffs.[10] The Star Wars-themed land will have two new attractions, including one that will allow riders to control the Millennium Falcon, and another that will place guests into the middle of a battle between The First Order and the Resistance.[10][11] There will also be a version of the cantina.[12]



Star Wars Land will be built just to the north of Frontierland, where Big Thunder Ranch was located, and will use some backstage areas.[14] In order to make room for the expansion, Disney purchased nearby property in order to replace the office and warehouse space that is currently on the land.[15] Conceptual drawings for the new land show it to be a new world that will be a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space.[16]

In September 2015, Disneyland Resort announced that on January 11, 2016, Big Thunder Ranch would close permanently, and the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America would be temporarily closed — this includes the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, Tom Sawyer Island, and Fantasmic!.[17] An official Disneyland Twitter account confirmed that the Rivers of America will have a new route when it reopens from construction, a decision that generated outrage amongst Disneyland diehards.[18]

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Land will be part of a major expansion of the park that will include a new Toy Story Land.[20] It has been reported that construction may begin January 2016, based on released permit maps.[21]


Star Wars Land will feature at least two major "E-ticket" attractions. One of these will put guests in control of the Millennium Falcon on a "customized secret mission." The other will place guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.



  1. "'Star Wars’ Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks, Says Bob Iger", Variety (August 15, 2015). Retrieved on August 15, 2015. 
  2. Orlando Sentinel (15 August 2015). "Star Wars land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios - Orlando Sentinel"..
  3. "Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts". Disney Parks Blog. Disney Parks & Resorts. Retrieved on 13 December 2015.
  4. "'Star Wars' Land Is Coming To Disney Parks", Huffington Post (August 15, 2015). 
  5. "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. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Script error
  7. Martin, Hugo (3 March 2016). "Disneyland to start building its 'Star Wars' land in April"..
  8. "Star Wars Land to break ground next month at Disneyland and Walt Disney World"..
  9. "‘Star Wars’ Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks; Harrison Ford Visits D23 Expo", Variety. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 "8 unanswered questions about Disneyland's Star Wars Land". Retrieved on 2015-10-15.
  11. Chuck Campbell. "Disney World expansion to add 'Star Wars' land"..
  12. "VIDEO: It's official: 'Star Wars' theme land coming to Disneyland"..
  13. "Disneyland Closing Attractions to Make Way for "Star Wars Land"". 
  15. "Disney buys Anaheim land, sparking expansion speculation", Los Angeles Times (August 4, 2015). 
  16. "Star Wars Land". STAR WARS LAND.
  17. "Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in Southern California". (en-US) Disney Parks Blog.
  18. "Disneyland Today on Twitter". Twitter.
  19. "Experience Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show One More Time at Disney's Hollywood Studios". 
  21. "1st Look at Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land – Permit Maps Released |".

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