During this year’s D23 Expo, Disney revealed huge plans for one of their newest and biggest acquisitions ever: Lucasfilm, and with it, Star Wars. These plans aim to recreate the experience of being in the Star Wars universe, with themed lands coming to both Disneyland and Disney World.
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens little more than a month away, marketing and promotional elements are at their peak right now, which means fans can still expect huge announcements until the movie comes out. In preparation for this big release, Disney has announced the debut of new Star Wars Experiences, opening December 1.
Starting next month, those visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have the opportunity to enjoy four experiences in the world of Star Wars, both from the classic saga and The Force Awakens, which include exhibits, sneak peeks, renewed tours, and special merchandise.
Star Wars Launch Bay, located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will take guests into the upcoming movie with special exhibits, behind-the-scenes peeks, special merchandise, and the chance to meet some of Star Wars most loved characters (you can encounter Chewbacca or even Darth Vader).
Star Tours – The Adventures Continues will feature a new adventure inspired by The Force Awakens, where you will go on a journey with the Millennium Falcon through the desert planet Jakku. As seen in the sneak peek video released by Disney (above), this ride is similar to what was shown in the teaser, with the Millennium Falcon flying over a desert.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi will be a nostalgia trip for most fans, featuring scenes from the complete Star Wars saga. Path of the Jedi will also help those not familiar with the saga to become better acquainted with this universe.
If you are traveling with younglings, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will be the perfect attraction for them. The re-imagined Jedi Training experience will take the younger ones to an ancient Jedi temple where they will face Darth Vader as well as Star Wars Rebels villain, Seventh Sister.
As for the Star Wars themed-lands, Disney shared they will start working on Disney’s Hollywood Studios 14-acre land next year. Bad news is that, with construction underway, Star Wars weekends will be discontinued.
But there’s nothing to fear; although Star Wars weekends have been sacrificed, fans will be getting bigger and better attractions instead, not to mention all the merchandise and the new trilogy, as well as the spinoffs, keeping one of the biggest fan bases out there quite satisfied.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th, 2015, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.