At D23 Expo 2017, the model for Star Wars Land, opening at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019, was unveiled and it looks like a planet that can be found within the Star Wars universe. If you haven’t seen the video, I’ll let you check it out.
Star Wars Land will be a new planet not seen in the movies and Disney has described the land as “a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space.” The decision thought-process behind this is due to well-known planets, like Hoth and Tatooine, already have a pre-established story that fans are well-versed in. So in order to make the land more immersive, Disney decided to create a new planet that can still be part of the movies but also a bit removed. Also, your choices in the land will have consequences.
From the looks of the model, it seems like the land is larger than Pandora and Cars land and it seems like it is. Bob Chapek, Disney Park chairman, revealed that Star Wars Land is “the most ambitious lands that we have ever built at Walt Disney Imagineering.” The land will feature 2 rides – the Millennium Falcon and possibly a First Order themed ride from the look of a transport vehicle seen in the exhibit room. What we know so far about the Millennium Falcon ride is that we’ll be able to pilot the Falcon. When asked about the Falcon ride from Inside the Magic, Scott Trowbridge, a Walt Disney Imagineer and head of the project, said, “You fly left, the ship goes left. You fly right and smash into that building that is completely your choice. Though I will tell you, if you bring back the ship all banged up, the boss man might not be too happy and this is a land where those kinds of choices have consequences.” As for the other ride, there have only been pictures of what could possibly be the seats for the ride. The seats are inside a First Order transport vehicle, and there are rumors and speculations of what this ride could possibly be.
There will also be a notion of Galactic Credits which seems to be how your progress is tracked through the land. If you crash the Falcon during the ride, there may be a bounty on your head because you owe money. But although it may be fun to be immersed in the land, it may not be for everyone. So Disney does have a plan to cater to those who don’t want to be too immersed in the land.
For the new Star Wars Land, there are several hints throughout that many can guess when the land is set in. For starters, in an interview, Trowbridge pointed out few details that he noticed in the model such as the “recent arrival of that First Order TIE Fighter” and a “Resistance outpost.”
If anything, I’m really excited for Star Wars Land to open in 2019. From an announcement at D23 Expo 2017, it seems like Star Wars Land will be opened before the next D23 Expo which will be possibly before July 2019. I’ve already been to Pandora at Animal Kingdom and I have seen how Disney plans to integrate Star Wars Land to the parks. It will be a different experience compared to the other Disney parks due to not being able to see outside of the land. And if the rumored second ride is supposed to be better than Flight of Passage, 2019 can’t get here faster!