Star Wars Lands at both US Disney Resorts

Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:25 AM

Over at D23, Iger announced 14-acre Star Wars lands will open at Disneyland and Hollywood Studios, each with two major attractions (one of which lets you fly the Millennium Falcon) and the Mos Eisley cantina. *swoon*

Leading up to that at both parks: Star Wars Launch Bay preview centers; Star Tours updated with material from the new movie; annual Season Of The Force events.

As part of Season of the Force, Disneyland's Space Mountain will get an Hyperspace Mountain overlay and Studios will have a fireworks display set to music from the films.

Studios will also be adding a Toy Story Land.

I've been curious about how Disney would roll out Star Wars in the parks. This all sounds solid to me.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 12:59 PM

I will be curious to see where they put this in Disneyland - I don't see it replacing Tomorrowland, both because of that land's iconic status and because it seems limiting. There's some speculation referred to in an LA Times article that it would go across Harbor Boulevard on a chunk of property well outside the current park's boundaries, and I had been wondering about the possibilities of that myself - but the same article indicates Disney said the park's footprint won't increase.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-disney-ne...story.html

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 1:28 PM

Gonch showed me an article on Facebook that showed that Star Wars Land at Disneyland was going beside Toon Town and behind Tom Sayer's Island. It will replace a backstage area where they keep their horses.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:16 PM

Take that, Master Potter!

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Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:01 PM

hambone said:

I will be curious to see where they put this in Disneyland - I don't see it replacing Tomorrowland, both because of that land's iconic status and because it seems limiting. There's some speculation referred to in an LA Times article that it would go across Harbor Boulevard on a chunk of property well outside the current park's boundaries, and I had been wondering about the possibilities of that myself - but the same article indicates Disney said the park's footprint won't increase.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/herocomplex/la-et-hc-disney-ne...story.html

I think the across-Harbor plot will be used to relocate some backstage stuff that is currently north of the park, making room to the north of the existing footprint for Star Wars. I'm not as convinced that Toontown survives, as that seems like a natural guest portal to the north end. The only other option is up through what is now Big Thunder Ranch. I suppose that could work, but it seems less likely.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:02 PM
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