â€˜Star Warsâ€™ Coming To A Disney Park Near You!
Disney has announced it is creating a 14-acre space dedicated to â€œStar Warsâ€ in both its Orlando and Anaheim theme parks that will transport guests to an immersive new planet inhabited by humanoids, aliens and droids. The two new lands will be the largest single-themed park expansion ever for Disney Parks, it was announced by Bob Iger at D23 Expo.
Each store and restaurant will stay true to the â€œStar Warsâ€ anthology and there will be creatures roaming through the parks, all of them “In-Story” at all times. There will also be a lifesize Millennium Falcon as well as a Cantina — no word yet on if they will serve alcoholic elixirs, although it is a safe bet the Orlando location will as its “Hollywood Studios” park already serves booze.
Before Igerâ€™s announcement, Harrison Ford surprised fans and took the stage alongside his “The Force Awakens” costars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyongâ€™o and director J.J. Abrams.
â€œFollowing in the footsteps of George Lucas, the author of the early chapters of my story, Iâ€™m delighted to be here now with J.J. and this wonderful cast and with Disney which has supported this effort in a really extraordinary way and will continue to do so Iâ€™m sure. Itâ€™s great to be here with you because you make this whole thing happen. Thank you so much,â€ said Ford.
No specific date was announced, but it is expected that the new lands will open their gates before Episode IX hits theaters in 2019.