New Star Wars Theme Park Lands Planned

Disney is building huge attractions in Orlando and California


by James White |
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Star Wars landed at Disney’s D23 event in a big way this year, which isn’t surprising given that The Force Awakens is kicking off a whole new batch of films headed our way. But, teased as “epic news” by Disney boss Bob Iger, the galaxy far, far away will be encroaching 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 (steps from where D23 was happening in the Anaheim Convention Centre). While things are still in the planning stages, the idea is to create immersive worlds based around a distant corner of the Star Wars galaxy, filled with characters and creatures. The unnamed new planet will be crammed with various structures, including a Cantina. Wonder if droids will be allowed in?

And even more intriguingly, there will be interactive attractions to put you inside The Force Awakens’ conflict between the Resistance (Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron in the new film is part of that group) and the dastardly First Order, and give you a chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, as long as you bring her back without a scratch.

No timetable was offered for when the attractions would be ready, but given the size and scope, we’d expect to be waiting at least a couple of years.

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