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On October 30, 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas for a whopping $4.05 billion. This transaction was just the beginning of Star Wars resurgence in pop-culture. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens recaptured everyone’s imagination, bringing the spectacular sights and sounds from the Star Wars Universe to an entirely new generation of fans — it also brought us BB-8!

Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

When Disney Acquired Lucasfilm, it was pretty much a given that they would release new Star Wars films, TV shows, comic books, and novels. We also assumed that Disney would pepper in elements of Star Wars into their existing parks, like we saw with Star Tours at Disneyland. Disney did one better, and announced they would be adding a whole new section into their already existing parks, totally dedicated to Star Wars.

This new section of the park could put you in the shoes of a Stormtrooper, or have you piloting the Kessel Run in the Millennium Flacon. Finally, fans could take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the galaxy far, far away – you could even enjoy a nice cold glass of Bantha milk! If all of this sounds like a dream come true, then you’re in luck, because Disney is about to make all your wildest nerd-fantasies a reality,

Star Wars Land Announced At D23 In 2015

At the D23 Expo in 2015, Disney announced they would be officially opening a 14-acre section inside Disneyland and Disney World, that would be solely dedicated to Star Wars. This coming attraction would be named Star Wars Land, and it would feature all your favorite Star Wars characters, new rides, locations from the film, and even a life-size Millennium Falcon. During D23, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Bob Chapek spoke about what their plans were for the parks, and what fans can expect when they visit:

"It's going to bring even more of the Star Wars story to life with an entirely new planet on the outer rim, a frontier town that's one of the last stops before wild space. "It will be full of characters both familiar and not-so-familiar. Everything will be in story from the food to the entertainment to the attractions."

Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Disney is going to transport fans to an outer rim planet set in the era of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. You will be able to totally immerse yourself in the world of Star Wars like you never have before. The park will feature two signature rides, one which will put you at the helm of the Millennium Falcon, while the other will have you right smack-dab in the heart of a battle between the First Order and The Resistance.

Star Wars Land won’t just have rides — it will also be a completely immersive experience. There will be people in costume as aliens, interactive droids, and characters we have come to know and love from Star Wars lore. During the D23 presentation, Disney's Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge also describes the unique culinary experience fans could experience at Star Wars Land – which might include a trip to a familiar Cantina:

"This is the finest place on the planet to relax and indulge and it's unlike any place you've ever been before or any place you've ever seen before. For the first time you're going to be able to dine on local delicacies, and immerse yourself in that unique culture and the cool customs of that outer rim. And while you're there make sure to listen to the exotic sounds of the planet's best entertainers."

Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

Chapek amd Towbridge’s presentation really hit Star Wars fans in all the right places, and described an experience they could have only dreamed of before. The park is going to be large, and extremely detailed – which means it would take a great deal of time to create. We had no idea when Disney would begin construction, or when we would be able to visit the parks. Thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger, we now have an official opening year for Star Wars Land.

Star Wars Land Opening In 2019

Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]
Star Wars Land Concept [Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm]

According to the Hollywood Reporter, during Disney's quarterly investor earnings call Tuesday, Bob Iger announced that Disney will be officially opening Star Wars Lands at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida in 2019. During this call, Iger also confirmed that he has seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and told investors the film is a great continuation of the Skywalker saga – hooray for Rian Johnson.

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These announcements follow Disney’s record breaking year at the box office; with a worldwide total of $7 billion. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story help push Disney over the $7 billion threshold, but Disney couldn’t have gotten there without films such as Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Zootopia, and Jungle Book – which all earned around $1 billion each.

Star Wars Land is an awesome way for Disney to increase their brand even more, while also creating something Star Wars fans will enjoy. So far, everything we have heard about Star Wars Land sounds amazing, and Disney has a dynamite track record as of late, and I’m sure they will knock our socks off. While you’re waiting to for Star Wars Land to open, you can catch Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a theater near you!

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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter, The Orlando Sentinel)

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