Star Wars Land
Disney used the D23 Expo in August 2105 to announce two new “lands” for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land.
The second major development is the official announcement of the 14 acre Star Wars Land, making it Disney’s largest ever single expansion project. Star Wars lands will be built at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure.
In February 2017, Disney confirmed that Star Wars Land will open in 2019 in both parks.
Disney promise to offer a highly themed immersive experience as Star Wars Land will be based on a frontier trading post on a gateway planet on the outer rim. Whilst not based on a specific planet, it will offer a unique but familiar feel.
All the restaurants and shops will be run by inhabitants of the planet and you will get the chance to grab a drink at the Star Wars Cantina as seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, the very first film in the series. Look out for the Tatooine blue milk.
The existing Star Tours - The Adventures Continue will be enhanced to include a new adventure based on locations and characters from the upcoming Star Wars VII film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As before each ride will be unique, offering random ride sequences.
Complimenting the existing Star Tours simulator ride will be two new attractions.
One will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The other will give guests the opportunity to get behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a special secret mission.
As well as the major new construction, Disney are also introducing some enhancements to the park in the interim.
The interactive Star Wars Launch Bay experience will open later this year in the Animation Courtyard. Guests will have the opportunity to meet with Star Wars characters from all seven films, see costumes and props, play games and purchase special merchandise and food.
The original Star Wars Weekends are to be added to with a new seasonal event called Season of the Force, which will launch in early 2016. On weekend nights there will be a new fireworks display set to the score of the Star Wars movies.
The Jedi Training Academy will be updated with a new villain to battle.
Like Toy Story Land, there are no timescales for the completion of Star Wars Land and plans may change.