At the 2015 D23, Disney’s biennial expo, Disney announced two Star Wars based expansions for their parks, one in Anaheim, CA and the other in Orlando, FL. Not only is this big news for theme park visitors everywhere, but it’s a dream come true for Star Wars fans the world over. Star Wars Land promises to be the largest ever park expansion, at 14 acres each. That’s a lot of Star Wars.
The Star Wars attractions are going to use every inch of the sci-fi-themed park to make the wildest dreams of Star Wars fans come true. If you’re reading this and asking, “what is Star Wars Land, and what can it do for me?” Then get your scrolling fingers out because we’ve gathered everything you need to know about the new Star Wars Land.
For those of you who have been waiting for an announcement about Star Wars Land, we’ve got plenty of good news. This list will tell you when Star Wars Land is happening and answer questions like: Can you fly the Millennium Falcon? Or, will there be blue milk? Spoiler alert: you're going to be pleasantly surprised.
The park has been in construction for about three years, giving Disney time to create the most pleasurable fan experience, and also giving the fans time to put together the perfect first day outfit. Will you be Yoda, or a mash up of Slave Leia and Kylo Ren? Think about it while you learn everything you need to know about the new Star Wars Land.
Star Wars Land has been in construction for about three years. It was officially announced in 2015, and as of February 2019, Disney finally has a grand opening date. Anthony Breznican with EW took a tour of the new theme park expansion and revealed that Disney plans to open doors for its California location on May 31, 2019 and August 29, 2019 for its Florida location.
Hopefully Disney has had enough time to figure out how to make Boba Fett nachos.
The detailed model of Star Wars Land has lush landscapes, beautiful buildings, and amazing models of ships like the A-wing and the Millennium Falcon. In fact, the Millennium Falcon will allegedly be hidden within the park, allowing fans to happen upon it the same way most Star Wars characters seem to.
There will also be ancient ruins, a Resistance control center, and plenty of First Order bases for visitors to stumble upon as their navigate their way through the battle between both sides.
Check out more close-up pictures here.
On Christmas Day 2018, Disney gave its kingdom the gift of a new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars park, teasing two mobile adventures planned for Galaxy's Edge. The first, called Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run, takes place in a simulation of Han Solo's famous ship, and appears not unlike an update of the current Star Wars ride, Star Tours, or a 4-D movie theater setting.
The second, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, takes riders straight through a battle between the Resistance fighters and the First Order villains. Mashable points out, the trailer makes it look like "a Star Wars-themed PeopleMover (kind of like the old Tomorrowland ride)."
EW announced that Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver will appear in Rise of the Resistance with "footage to give Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, and Kylo Ren a presence in the attraction."
The designers of Star Wars Land probably realized early on that a theme park that took place solely on a desert planet like Tatooine or on the ice planet of Hoth would probably be a drag. So they've designed “a whole new planet” that we’ve never seen before in the Star Wars movies.