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With construction about to begin on the highly anticipated Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland, the company teases that one of the rides will be “unprecedented, in a way.”
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jon Snoddy of Walt Disney Imagineering said that’s because of the involvement of Industrial Light & Magic, the renowned visual-effects studio acquired by Disney as part of its purchase of Lucasfilm.
While Snoddy didn’t indicate which ride, Business Insider suggests it could be the previously announced attraction “that takes riders through a battle between the evil First Order and the heroic Resistance,” inspired by The Force Awakens.
Revealed in August at the D23 Expo, Disney’s plans for Star Wars call for 14-acre themed areas at its parks in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California. The initiative, which is expected to cost billions and take years to complete, is characterized as Disney’s “largest single-theme land expansion ever.”
The construction will result in the temporary closing of Rivers of America and Disneyland Railroad beginning Sunday, and the permanent closing of Big Thunder Ranch, including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree.
No opening dates have been announced.