Star Wars themed land announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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

Star Wars themed land concept art

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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Article Posted: Aug 15, 2015 / 3:49pm EDT
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Surferboy5671 day ago

Not sure if this has been discussed but the latest episode of “One Day at Disney” on Disney + features Jake. The droid that I am assuming was to be put into Galaxy’s Edge. They even acknowledge the whole kids putting their hands on him thing.

Supreme Leader10 days ago

I love that they are doing a poll 😂 But where are Leia and Rey's? 🤔

DCBaker10 days ago

"In celebration of this announcement, I’m excited to announce that, beginning today fans can vote for which legacy lightsaber they would hope to see offered at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities. That’s right, Dok is always looking to expand his offerings and this is your chance to tell us what you hope his next acquistion might be! Legacy lightsabers are modeled after the lightsabers of some of the most heroic, iconic, mythical and sinister figures in the Star Wars galaxy. This list includes legends from Luke Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano to Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Found inside Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, twelve unique legacy lightsabers have been offered to date. Today, you have a chance to share your opinion about what you hope to see added to Dok’s collection! Make your choice from these 6 options, all legendary in their own right — Anakin Skywalker, Kanan Jarrus, Qui-Gon Jinn, Cal Kestis, Ezra Bridger and Lord Corvax." https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/09/vote-for-the-next-legacy-lightsaber-in-celebration-of-products-direct-from-star-wars-galaxys-edge-coming-to-shopdisney-disney-springs-and-downtown-disney-district/?CMP=SOC-DPFY20Q4wo0917200008A

RSoxNo118 days ago

The discussion was also going on in another thread. I believe Disneyland opened without equity actors and WDW is using at least 1 equity actor. Hopefully someone can confirm.

Jones1418 days ago

WDW’s have been Equity from the beginning. Disneyland’s aren’t covered by a union as far as I know, though.

RSoxNo118 days ago

I don't mean to question you here, but I don't believe they used equity actors at the outset. I would certainly welcome the change if true.

MisterPenguin18 days ago

I'd like Calculon to the be the droid that walks us through the light saber experience. Now *there's* drama!

ImperfectPixie18 days ago

Thank you! :)

wdwmagic18 days ago

I believe so

ImperfectPixie18 days ago

Do we know if they'll be using equity actors for the experience?

LieutLaww19 days ago

that's not how the force works

DCLcruiser19 days ago

or a force field...

MisterPenguin19 days ago

Pictures show using every other work station. I would have thought they would've gone with plexiglass dividers.