Star Wars themed land announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Aug 15, 2015 in "Disney's Hollywood Studios"

Star Wars themed land concept art
Posted: Saturday August 15, 2015 3:49pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Star Wars land is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios featuring two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.

Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.

Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s 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.

“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.

No timeline has yet been given for the completion of the project.

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gerararOct 04, 2021

Agree! But first they should fix the falling ceiling props first…only 1 of 2 has been working for the past few months…

MovieloverOct 04, 2021

My one complaint of the ride is the final Kylo encounter just needs added smoke to help enhance the effect of the ceiling collapsing, But I do agree that heat/smell of the explosions would add to the ride as well.

gerararOct 03, 2021

This. This has been my one true complaint with ROTR. For example, when the AT-AT fires upon you as you escape by the elevator, actual fire should’ve been used. When you pass by the destroyed walls after cannon room, actual mist/smoke could’ve been used instead of projected smoke. Inside the escape pod, they should blast hot air as you free fall and your velocity increases. The only “real” element in the whole rise is the blasted air after escaping Kylo Ren’s grasp. Someone always reacts to it surprised since it’s unexpecting. Needs more of that. If a ride like Gringotts and Spider-Man in UF/IOA is able to use fire and smoke elements, Disney could’ve done the same if they truly wanted to.

Dan DeesneeOct 03, 2021

After reading some reviews on the rat ride I finally figured out what it is that bothers me so much about rise of the resistance. Outside of visuals, it has no immersion whatsoever. No heat effects, no smells, they don't even use smoker or anything like that as far as I remember. The whole thing just comes off as plastic and sterile. Technically it's a very impressive ride. I love the transitions to the different ride elements. But I never really buy into the whole experience like I do with some other Disney experiences. Anyone think Disney might add smells or heat effects eventually?

doctornickSep 28, 2021

They were using generic (plastic) Disney Parks bags for the shops in GE when I was there over the summer. I was surprised they didn't have land specific bags, especially given how heavy they were on stores in the land (not to mention also having Star Wars stores in Disney Springs).

Bleed0rangeSep 28, 2021

It just dawned on me today how to get some classic OT characters in GE…

Animaniac93-98Sep 14, 2021

Finally had the chance to ride RotR at DLR. Best Disney ride built in the USA since RSR in Cars Land. Got to see both routes the cars take you, and it was A-mode for Kylo Ren both times. As far as Disney trackless dark rides, I think I still like Mystic Manor better, though. I prefer the theme and there's more to look at.

HoustonHornSep 06, 2021

Did they get rid of the themed bags? I have two different versions - the regular plasticy ones that are (unfortunately) Dallas Cowboy colored and a more canvassy one that is burgundy and has Black Spire Outpost on it. They were available as of Thanksgiving week 2020.

doctornickSep 06, 2021

Absolutely. It’s quite baffling to me they don’t have custom bags for the land (could also use them in the SW shops in Disney Springs). I mean they have like a dozen shops in GE.

disneyC97Sep 06, 2021

I still find the use of generic “Disney Parks” bags the most ridiculous considering the lengths and expense they went to remove credit card and Coca Cola product names, etc from these lands. In addition to no BGM as it was deemed not thematically appropriate.

matt9112Aug 23, 2021

Lol i was there opening weekend (before ROTR was open) i remember the forest area just having all of those industrial fans in the shrubbery....i have never seen something make less sense in a theme park so the only sounds were a constant brrrrrrr of fans. To each there own but the music around TWWOHP never came across as too overwhelming. Its the perfect volume.

doctornickAug 22, 2021

I like that the land itself doesn’t have SW music blasting all over and instead has ambiance sounds… but I’d agree with having SW music at the entrance points to set the mood

doctornickAug 22, 2021

We went last week at DHS and Bespin Fizz was on the menu and all the drinks were in different glasses (I assume appropriate ones for each). The Fizz was smoking when it came out. there was no rushing us out. We were able to stay as long as we wanted. The music wasn’t loud but it was certainly audible. Tough to hear too clearly due to the number of people but about what you’d expect for any crowded place

Haymarket2008Aug 22, 2021

Not much has changed, as far as I can tell. Drinks were being served in their appropriate glassware and guests were smiling at the Rex and the overall vibe. It actually felt like a far more settled experience, in a good way, since last time I went. Hosts/bartenders weren't rushing people out like before.