Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge & Toy Story Land Models to Preview at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park is truly in the middle of an exciting transformation.

The One Man’s Dream attraction is currently being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents, which like its predecessor, will continue showcasing historic items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos and storyboards. But wait – Walt Disney Presents will also act as a preview center where guests explore what’s next for the park. Starting in mid-September, you’ll be able to view concept art, ride vehicle maquettes and a never-before-seen model for Toy Story Land. A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model also will be on display, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.

The attraction will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Announced as Name for Star Wars Lands

On Saturday at D23 Expo 2017, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, revealed the official name of the Star Wars-inspired lands that are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and shared details on the immersive experiences guests will be able to enjoy when the lands open in 2019

The lands, both called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action.

The lands will feature two major attractions that put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before.

One attraction will make you feel like you’re on a Star Destroyer inside a hangar bay. It’s an attraction built on a scale we’ve never done before.

The second attraction will give guests the opportunity to fly the Millenium Falcon, piloting the ship, shooting blasters or preparing for hyperspace – all while completing a critical mission. But how you perform on the mission holds even bigger stakes: perform with skill and you may earn extra galactic credits, while bringing the ship back banged up could put you on the list of a bounty hunter. End up on Harkos’s list and you may face a problem if you show up at the local cantina!

Guests will also encounter many familiar faces inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including BB-8, Chewbacca, members of the First Order and – among many others – Rex, the troublesome pilot you may remember from the previous version of a certain Disney attraction who takes on a new role in this land as the DJ at the cantina.

And speaking of the cantina, here guests will be able to try unique concoctions like blue milk. Nearby, they’ll also be able to acquire trinkets and treasures from across the galaxy.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019, first at the Disneyland Resort and later in the year at the Walt Disney World Resort. (No further opening dates have been announced yet.)

Disney Parks Unveils the Star Wars Land Model

As we know two Star Wars-inspired lands are currently under construction at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Tonight, Disney Parks showed off the first detailed look at the model of this new land, which will be on display this weekend at the 2017 D23 Expo.

Star Wars Land Model Video

Both Star Wars-inspired lands will transport 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.

Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

 

Disney Parks Imagineers and Lucasfilm Share Details of Their Collaboration on Star Wars-Themed Lands

At a panel discussion today at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando entitled Star Wars and Disney Parks: A Galaxy in the Making, creative minds from Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Imagineering discussed their unique partnership and shared additional details about the new galactic lands being created at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Everyone in the room got to experience the excitement and commitment this team is bringing to this project.

Here’s a look at a video shared at today’s event which gives some insight into this incredible collaboration.

Star Wars Land Video

The team shared exciting new details about the story behind this mysterious destination somewhere on the Outer Rim — lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions. The remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

Star Wars-Themed Lands at Disney Parks

Unusual characters from across the galaxy have landed here, preferring the “no questions asked” environment as well as easy access to exotic supplies and an abundant supply of ready rogues looking to join a crew for their next adventure.

As Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced last month, Star Wars-themed lands are scheduled to open in 2019. There will be more exciting updates to share as work progresses on each of these lands.

Star Wars-Themed Lands at Disney Parks Set to Open in 2019

The new Star Wars-themed lands at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be opening in 2019! Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger just made the announcement many of you have been so anxious to hear during today’s Walt Disney Company Q1 FY17 Earnings call.

The Star Wars-themed lands are the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. At each location, guests will be transported 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. Check out some of our earlier images, including a glimpse at one of the signature attractions which lets you take the controls of the Millennium Falcon!

Disney Announces New Mission for Star Tours and Star Wars Land Concept Art

During a D23: Destination D presentation today, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared that, for the first time, Disney is adding a new adventure to the Star Tours – the Adventure Continues attraction. The new mission will be added to the attractions at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm teams are currently in production to add an exciting new mission to the attraction based on elements from Star Wars Episode 8.

Star Wars Episode 8 will be the second installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy following Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due for release in December 2017.

Walt Disney Imagineering has also released its first piece of concept art showing Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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As you can see, the land will take on a whole new dimension after dark and feature adventures and surprises around each corner. The image reveals a peek at what guests will discover in this all-new land located in the southwest corner of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including one of the signature attractions that lets you take the controls of the Millennium Falcon.

Disneyland Park Guests Get a Peek at New Star Wars-Themed Land

In April, Disney celebrated the official groundbreaking of Star Wars-themed lands coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, and beginning today, Disneyland park guests can get a glimpse of this exciting and immersive experience. A new image has been unveiled on the fence along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland – one of the entry points to this never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy – revealing more about what guests will find in this all-new land.

Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Click here for a larger version of the image above. Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

The 14-acre land will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Skyway Station Demolished to Make Room for ‘Star Wars’

The steady construction progress of “Star Wars” land at Disneyland is letting nothing stand in its way.

Wednesday, construction crews demolished the Skyway Chalet in Fantasyland, one of two stations for the long-closed attraction.

The Skyway featured open-air gondolas that traveled on a cable between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, it went through the Matterhorn on its trip.

The attraction closed in 1994, and the Chalet has stood unused and empty for those 22 years. If there had been any new use for the building, it would have had to have been brought up to code, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

When it was reported that the park had applied for a permit to demolish the building, some hardcore fans protested — some even calling the city of Anaheim claiming the building was of “historic significance.”

But the permit was issued and the 5,100 square-foot building is now no more.

The Skyway was visible in many areas of the park from the day it opened in 1956. Many people would ride it to get a bird’s eye view of things. Some liked to ride it during the nightly fireworks shows during the summer.

During its 38-year run it carried an estimated 150 million passengers across the park. Employees frequently had to deal with riders in the gondolas dropping food, or spitting on people below.

When it closed, Disney cited a lack of popularity and the number of employees needed to staff the ride as reasons for the closure.

The Tomorrowland station platform for the Skyway still exists, but it has been walled off from view.

“Star Wars” land is planned for nearly 14 acres in the northwestern portion of the park. Earth-movers have been busy in the area since January, and crews have started to lay forms for some foundations. Disney has not released an opening date for the new land.

Originally posted by Mark Eades in the Orange County Register

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Break Ground on Star Wars Lands

Disneyland has taken its first steps into a larger world.

On Thursday, the California and Florida theme parks broke ground on their highly anticipated attraction: Star Wars Land.

“In these all-new lands, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet inhabited by humanoids, droids and many others,” according to a status update post in the Disney Parks Blog. “Star Wars-themed lands will be the largest-ever single-themed land expansions at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.”

Along with the update, Disney posted a 360-degree photo from the 14-acre construction site at Disneyland.

The opening date for the attractions has yet to be announced.

From the Hollywood Reporter

Disneyland to Begin Work on ‘Star Wars’ land in April

Construction will begin next month on “Star Wars” land, the biggest expansion of Disneyland in decades, Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger announced at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, saying the attraction “will be great.”

At the meeting in Chicago, Iger said groundbreaking for the 14-acre “Star Wars”-themed land will take place in April, adding that the area will feature two attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship flown by Han Solo in the movies.

An identical “Star Wars” land is also set to be built in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Fla. Iger gave no completion date for either expansion.

Disneyland closed several attractions in Frontierland on Jan. 10 to make way for the “Star Wars” expansion.

Responding to a question from a shareholder, Iger said the original plans for the expansion have been “tweaked.”

“I wouldn’t focus on what was in an earlier design plan because what we are building will be great,” he said.

Iger also addressed the company’s recent decision to adopt a new pricing policy that raises daily ticket prices at its theme parks on peak demand days and lowers the charge for low-demand days.

He said the pricing change is meant to “spread out our visitation” and reduce crowds during peak days, such as holidays. “We may end up providing a better guest experience,” Iger said of the price change, which took effect Sunday.

From the Los Angeles Times

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