Sunday night in celebration of the original Disneyland's 60th Anniversary, ABC aired a two-hour special mostly filled with covers of classic Disney songs, while sprinkling in interesting tidbits about the park itself. But the biggest thing to take from the special was the incredible rides and experiences Disney has in store for its theme parks. So, lets take a look at what's in store.
STAR WARS Land
The concept art for the in-development Star Wars Land has been making the rounds on the internet during the whole Force Awakens explosion, but this was one of the first times Disney was going to a major audience with its plans. Harrison Ford was on hand to introduce the video package detailing what was going to be in Star Wars Land. Please excuse the cell-phone quality.
So, the two officially announced rides are a Millennium Falcon simulator, which seems to be inside an actual life-sized Falcon (WHHHHAAAA?!) and a dark ride that looks like it takes place within Starkiller Base. The experience alone of walking into a Star Wars cantina hearing the all-too familiar Catina Band theme sounds like an absolute dream come true.
Disney is known for their immaculate attention to detail and with Star Wars as one of their biggest properties, it sounds like they're going all out with this new section of the park. Star Wars Land is going to be in both Disneyland California and Disney World in Florida.
Sadly for me, this one is on the other side of the world, but the new Disneyland in Shanghai still sounds absolutely incredible. Some holdovers from the American Disneyland such as the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride and Soarin' will soon be in Shanghai, but the imagineers are also planning some new incredible attractions which cannot be scene in the States.
The biggest reveal is without a doubt the insane-looking ride based on the Tron series. The attraction puts riders in the seat of the famed light cycle, where it looks like they could be racing against some form of evil foe.
Even the structure of the building itself is absolutely gorgeous. In addition there's a planned Pirates of the Caribbean ride exclusive to Shanghai. Riders are placed in boats that are said to go in a wide variety of directions, feeling like they are stuck right in the middle of a classic pirate battle.
Disney has somehow managed to become a larger juggernaut of pop culture than ever before. Their new rides and attractions look like they will further evolve the experience of living inside our favorite Disney/Star Wars movies!