Disney has recently unveiled its plans to build two enormous Star Wars lands in Florida’s Disney World and Anaheim, California’s Disneyland, marking the biggest expansion in the theme park’s history. The announcement was made by Disney chief executive and chairman Bob Iger at the annual D23 Exposition in Anaheim, California before 7,500 Star War fans.
Each park will be 14 acres and will include sensor features to give visitors an ‘immersive’ experience. The lands will be populated with actors playing aliens, droids and many other creatures from the Star Wars world.
The authentic Star War’s lands will feature a new planet from George Lucas’ sci-fi intergalactic universe. Two new rides will be introduced, including one where participants will be able to board and take control of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy- Millennium Falcon while being on a secret mission, and another featuring Cantina, the infamous hub of rogue smugglers and traders together with a Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and the New Order – a war from the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
The new development will also reportedly include shops and restaurants operated by Star Wars aliens and characters.
Bob Iger told the audience at the company’s D23 Expo on Saturday that his team was creating “a jaw-dropping new world” that represents their “largest single themed land expansion ever” and the new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World “will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet.”
The announcement comes less than three years after Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise were sold to Disney by George Lucas for $4 billion.
A date for the opening of the new attractions was not announced and the company did not comment on the cost of the expansion.