July 14, 2017 – During a preview at the D23 Expo 2017, fans are being treated to a first detailed peek at a model of Star Wars Land. The 14-acre themed areas are now under construction at both Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
A large, detailed model of the Star Wars-themed lands reveals numerous details of the never-before-seen planet. Once the lands are opened sometime in 2019, guests will find themselves immersed in an other-worldly environment where they can interact with aliens, droids and beasts; explore a forested entry, exotic market bazaar, local culinary options, shops and stunning architecture; take a close-up look at an alphabet soup of classic Star Wars vehicles (an A-wing, X-wing and Millenium Falcon, among others); and participate in two new attractions – a First Order Battle Escape and a Millenium Falcon ride.
At Disneyland, there will reportedly be three entrances into Star Wars Land, including the forested area mentioned above. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there may be three or even four access points. In both theme parks, your walking journey may also be determined by your sympathies, whether you choose to meet up with the Resistance or follow the First Order.
The themed land represents a never-been-seen planet from the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy. Disney thus avoids the problem of boxing itself in if it had instead chosen one or two familiar planets to replicate.
Nevertheless, there are plenty of echoes of familiar planets we have seen before: The model shows hints of the rugged frontier wilderness of Endor and Tatooine. Further, the architecture and landscaping reveal shades of Yavin and Naboo. Pretty clever on Disney’s part.
The D23 Expo is being held at the Anaheim Convention Center, July 14-16, 2017. The detailed model is on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ “A Galaxy of Stories” pavilion throughout the weekend.
Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman, will share many more details tomorrow, July 15th, during a D23 Presentation.
In the video below, filmed July 13th, Bob Chapek unveils the model:
It was just two years ago, at D23 Expo 2015 (Aug. 14-16, 2015), when Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger first announced the Star Wars project. Star Wars Land on both coasts will be Disney’s largest single-themed park expansion at 14 acres each.