Friday, 18 September 2015

New Star Wars theme parks announced

Star Wars landed at Walt Disney Pictures' D23 event in a big way this year, which isn't particularly surprising given that J.J. Abrams' (Star Trek Into Darkness) Star Wars: The Force Awakens is kicking off a whole new batch of films. But arguably the most surprising news was the announcement by Disney chief executive Bob Iger that the galaxy far, far away is set to encroach even further into the Magic Kingdom with the announcement of huge new Star Wars themed lands.

The gigantic 14 acre facilities will be built at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California. While things are clearly still in the planning stages, the idea is for the company's Imagineers to create immersive worlds that will transport guests to a distant corner of the Star Wars galaxy, filled with characters and creatures. The unnamed new planet will feature a remote trading port filled with various structures, including eateries based on the infamous Mos Eisley cantina that featured in the 1977 film. Wonder if droids will be allowed in?

"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, an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle, plus the chance to take the controls of one of the most recognisable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a secret mission – as long as you bring her back without a scratch.

No timetable has been offered as to when the attractions would be ready, but given the size and scope, we would expect to be waiting at least a couple of years. As always, watch this space.


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