Disney is bringing Star Wars experience to Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, with a pair of 14-acre Star Wars Land attractions that will include cantinas, roaming creatures and the ability to fly the Millennium Falcon.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the long-rumored attractions Saturday at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center at the end of the studio’s live-action presentation. Iger said it would be the largest single-themed parks expansion that Disney had ever undertaken but did not indicate a timetable for when they would be open.
“We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever,” Iger said. “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.”
Though Disney recently purchased Lucasfilm’s movie rights, the two have been partners since 1987, when the first Star Tours attraction was opened. Star Wars Land is an entire world, complete with costumed castmembers, restaurants and other attractions that will make the experience fully immersive, Iger said.
“You can experience new stories with characters from The Force Awakens, and familiar characters from the Star Wars saga,” Iger said. Each park will have two main attractions, one of which is to “take the controls of the Millennium Falcon.”