D23 Expo 2015: “Star Wars” land announced for Walt Disney World and Disneyland, 14-acres of new attractions

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Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Today at the D23 Expo 2015, Disney CEO Bob Iger finally announced that Star Wars Land is coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

It will be the largest expansion ever at Disneyland, 14-acres including the Mos Eisley Cantina, Millennium Falcon ride, and a battle between the First Order and the resistance.

Update: It was later revealed that Star Wars Land at Disneyland will be taking over Big Thunder Ranch and nearby backstage areas to comprise that 14 acres. It will begin construction by the end of 2017. Toontown will not be replaced or affected by Star Wars Land. (Source: @DisneylandToday)

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“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

These authentic lands will have two signature attractions. Along with the thrilling battle experience, another attraction puts guests behind the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, as they take on a customized secret mission.

Iger also shared concept images of the Star Wars-themed lands, giving fans a glimpse at what is to come for Disney parks.

The partnership between Disney and Lucasfilm dates back to 1987, when the successful Star Tours attraction, inspired by George Lucas’s legendary Star Wars film series, opened at Disneyland. The attraction was then redesigned, emerging as “Star Tours – The Adventures Continue” in 2011 and featuring more than 50 different story outcomes and the possibility to visit five different planets.

Guests will interact with characters in immersive environments, bringing the “Star Wars” worlds to life.

Photo credit: Danielle Ernest

35 Comments

  1. amanda

    I wish they had released a date that this would open

  2. Eric

    Does this confirm the Toontown Closure rumor then?

  3. Kristee Bedgood

    Let me guess…
    It will debut on May The Fourth…

    May The Fourth be with you

  4. EricF

    Did they made thought up the new name for Hollywood Studios yet?

    1. Robert

      The new name is going to be Disney’s Hollywood Adventure

      1. tomv

        Don’t think it was confirmed yet at the expo

        1. EricF

          Well, I’m thinking that Hollywood Studios will rename into “Disney-Turner Movieverse” which will be a joint venture park of Disney and Turner (a Time Warner company), thanks to Turner’s channel TCM sponsoring the Great Movie Ride and currently airing (maybe) Disney classic films on TV, that will have attractions based on movies and TV shows from Disney (Disney Channel, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lucasfilm) and Turner Broadcasting System (CNN, Cartoon Network, MGM’s Wizard of Oz film). What would you think about my idea? Will that be possible? Why or why not?

          1. EricJ

            PLEASE

            STOP

            (Do we want you to stop making Armchair-Imagineer fanboy crap up out of your head? Write in and tell us why or why not!)

          2. EricF

            Okay I’ll stop doing that forever. I’m sorry.

  5. Steven wheeler

    I hope it is complete within five years. I am a star wars junkie. I do not see where they can put it in California being they do not have much Real estate available at Disney Land. Or California adventure.

    1. Emma

      They recently bought up 14 acres across the street from Disneyland, Star Wars Land is most likely going there.

      1. tomv

        Actually it’s going on the north side of the park. Toon town will be going by bye as well as circle d ranch and other back stage building to be relocated off site.

        1. Michelle

          Did u not see the article?? Says Toon Town will not be affected!

    2. tomv

      Maybe by 2021 hopefully for the 50th anniversary of disney world but who knows. Disney is not know for its construction speed. Toy story land will more then likely be completed before the star wars expansion.

  6. luke

    Cant wait

  7. Mike

    Disney just bought 14 acres next to the park on the 5th. this must be what it was for.

    1. tomv

      Marvel expansion and parking structure expansion

    2. Brad

      Update: It was later revealed that Star Wars Land at Disneyland will be taking over Big Thunder Ranch and nearby backstage areas to comprise that 14 acres. It will begin construction by the end of 2017.

  8. jay

    BuzzFeed is saying it will go where Big Thunder Ranch and Toon Town is currently including the office areas behind that. The office areas supposedly will go in the newly purchased areas across from the park, behind the hotels.
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/star-wars-theme-parks#.pgkEjKxvq

    1. Munchmunch

      Doesn’t say anything about Toon Town at all. Read the article.

    2. Eric

      Actually according to the official Disneyland Twitter, it is only Big Thunder Ranch and Backstage areas being replaced:

      https://twitter.com/DisneylandToday/status/632769115116187648

  9. Mike

    Hollywood Studios is only about a 4 hour park now – and most of that is defined by how long we want to stand in the 2 thrill rides. Glad to see some adult themed non-princess/fairy focused entertainment coming to that park.

    1. Rob C

      Hollywood Studios is def. a 4 or 5 hour park, but the Sunset Blvd. rides aren’t the only attractions. When I was a CP I would always hit Star Tours and Toy Story Mania as well. Mind you Mania is mainly a long wait because of the long ride load-times (a la Soarin’ at Epcot), but I still don’t think you can simply boil down Hollywood Studios to just two attractions. It is a 3 attraction park at least.

  10. Liz

    So was there any talk on where the 2 lands would go at each park? I’ve been very nervous that Studios will close Muppets, since it’s Star Tour’s nearest neighbor. 14 acres is a lot of space.

  11. Deb

    A me too. Two steps behind. Guess Harry at Universal is giving Mickey a run for his cheese…er…money.

  12. Stephanie

    Maybe the back portion but not big thunder ranch!!! It’s one of the very few somewhat quiet places you can go to if you need a breather!!

  13. Gary747

    Just because the Disney Corp purchased the Lucas rights to Star Wars does NOT turn Star Wars into “Disney Magic”. Wrong history, wrong culture. Will the Steam Train still navigate through “Star Wars Land”? If the massive “Star Wars” cult can sustain such a park, build it in its own realistic environment, like the high desert above Los Angeles, near Lancaster or Apple Valley. Please don’t ruin Mr. Disney’s dream.

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  15. Troy J.

    I am glad they are leaving Toon Town alone, I like to walk through and the Roger Rabbit ride is always good once per trip. Good decision to get rid of Big Thunder Ranch. Gee, we can’t pet goats anymore… what a shame! I always thought it was annoying to walk past/through this area to get from Fantasyland to Frontierland and was NEVER inclined to go in NOT ONCE! I for one applaud this decision. Now, the decision to replace Aladdin with a despicable Frozen Show… not a fan!

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