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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DCBaker1 day ago

While the prices in Walt Disney World are currently still listed the same as quoted above, in Disneyland Savi's Workshop and Droid Depot have dropped back down to $219.99 and $99.99 respectively. Will the pricing in Walt Disney World follow?

SpectreJordan27 days ago

I love all of that too; I like the concept of the ride but I'm not a fan of it in its current state, I'd revamp it in a heartbeat. But from a financial perspective, I don't see much they'd gain from it.

_caleb27 days ago

THIS. Honestly, the biggest weakness of all WDW parks is acoustic drop ceiling in ever attraction!

UNCgolf27 days ago

Yes.

MisterPenguin27 days ago

1. a much better IASW that's longer with better puppets, a better ceiling, better effects 2. updating IASW to be more culturally sensitive and diverse can most easily be done with a whole re-do, especially with plans to add IP dolls 3. updating the song to highlight the various languages of the world better and to re-orchestrate it to be less cloying and repetitive 4. moving IASW from Fantasyland opens up access to all the land behind HM and RoA better than the current plan to go thru Frontierland's train station (in that area). 5. IASW in Epcot is the perfect all-ages ride to introduce the concept of World Showcase... which is thematically better than being in Fantasyland. Is world peace a fantasy?

GoofGoof27 days ago

I remember those plans too. I think Radiator Springs was supposed to go where the backlot tour was (where SW is now) and the SW land went from echo lake over the location of Indy stunt show and into the parking lot. As far as I know the expansion pad into the parking lot should still be available. The SW hotel is further back so I don’t think used up the space.

SpectreJordan28 days ago

It's a fun idea, but I don't really see what Disney would gain from it. It'd probably anger a lot of normal people too, as your average person expects IASW to be in the castle park.

HauntedPirate28 days ago

Not that I’ve ever heard from people I trust.

HauntedMansionFLA28 days ago

The African area in world showcase has a nice plot of land

mickEblu28 days ago

No what

ppete197528 days ago

No and neither is cop

mickEblu28 days ago

I know this has been a fan idea forever but has it ever really been considered? To me it makes a lot of sense. Move it to world showcase and give it a proper facade. Then you have a nice plot for a new E ticket in Fantasyland. Of course I’m not sure where or if they could even fit it into World Showcase somewhere.

_caleb28 days ago

Maybe they'll move it when they move IASW to Epcot

SpectreJordan28 days ago

Man, that's a nice amount of space. This park desperately needs that to be used.