Calling all nerds, geeks, sci-fi freaks, and fanboys: you’re one step closer to living out your Force-fueled fantasies. Star Wars Land is officially under construction at two Disney resorts, and for the first time, the Mouse is pulling back the curtains to reveal a glimpse of what’s to come.
At this weekend’s 2017 D23 Expo, Disney debuted a 50-foot-wide, ultra-detailed 3D model of the upcoming attractions bound for Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida. Both Star Wars 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.
Both parks will also put guests at the heart of the action with immersive experiences – one that puts you in the pilot’s seat of the Millennium Falcon on a customised secret mission, and one that drops you in the centre of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
“This is the most ambitious land we’ve built to date,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s parks division, at the unveiling.
“As you move through the areas, you might be recruited to join one side or the other,” Scott Mallwitz, executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, told the Orange County Register. “Are you a spy? Are you part of the Resistance or willing to join the First Order? It’s up to you. And your role inside of that will be defined by how you choose…. Your actions will matter.”
The Star Wars lands are expected to cost about $1 billion each and are due to open in 2019.