ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Just before Christmas, the Force was very much awakened with the release of the latest Star Wars episode. If you're mad to not have seen it yet, here's the trailer:

Yet whilst the movie was causing some intergalactic commotion on the big screen, in a land not so far away, something else has also been stirring.

Three months ago, it was announced that Disneyland would be closing certain attractions and rides to make room for Star Wars Land and now, the reality of it is increasingly on the horizon.

Although we don't yet know when the new area will open, from January 10 and 11, 2016, the following attractions will be closed permanently: Big Thunder Ranch, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo, and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. Thankfully, the Big Thunder Railroad roller-coaster is being spared.

Big Thunder Railroad at Disneyland
Big Thunder Railroad at Disneyland

During the construction period for Star Wars Land, Disneyland Railroad, Tom Sawyer Island, and the three boat rides: Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes will be temporarily closed too.

Back in August, Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced that this was the park's biggest single-themed land expansion ever, adding:

"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."

What kind of attractions can we expect at Star Wars Land?

Bob Iger speaking about Star Wars Land
Bob Iger speaking about Star Wars Land

Well, despite much being unknown at present, fans should apparently be gearing up to look forward to take control in interactive customized missions on the best ship in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon.

The Millennium Flacon
The Millennium Flacon

In addition to this, Iger noted that the 14 acre expansion will also encompass a never-before-seen planet, as well as a remote trading port, in order to bring Star Wars characters to life. Ultimately, rest assured that:

"Nothing in the land will be out of character or stray from mythology. Every single thing will be in story.”

Not bad, right?

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