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Disney reveals new ‘Star Wars’ land concept art, details [Updated]

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Update (7:30 a.m.): Disney Parks has released hi-res versions of three of the concept illustrations unveiled Sunday. We’ve updated images where appropriate.


During an ABC special Sunday night celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first theme park, Disney unveiled new concept art of details for its “Star Wars Experience” theme lands, under construction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Star Wars is, for lack of a better word, awesome,” franchise veteran Harrison Ford said during the presentation. “I’m so blessed that I had an opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations, and soon you will be able to do that as well — not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home.”

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.”

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The new concept art shown Sunday was accompanied by brief descriptions of what visitors can expect from “Star Wars Experience“: a Millennium Falcon attraction in which you can “actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy” and fire its laser canons; another attraction in which guests a placed in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order “in a race against time”; an “otherworldly street market” where you’ll be able to taste “the local delicacies”; an upscale dinner club; and a local cantina.

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You can see video and more screencaps from the ABC special below. We’ll update when Disney releases high-resolution concept art.

No opening dates have been announced.

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(screencaps via Techinsider)

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very cool. But what about some Marvel based attractions?

Disney is not allowed to make Marvel based attractions in Florida. The rights to attractions are forever linked to Universal east of the Mississippi.

Disney Calf. have done some Iron Man and Thor meet and greets as will as mini museums. And I believe International Disney Parks, like China might be getting a Iron Man attraction.

I’m surprised Disney hasn’t looked into buying up a new plot of land west of the Mississippi, like in Texas, and opened a new, Marvel-dedicated park. Actually, they might be already, and just haven’t made it public.

Universal holds the theme park rights to Marvel characters east of the Mississippi only for so long as they keep using them, which is certainly for the foreseeable future, but not technically “forever”.

In Disneyland, Anaheim, you were able to visit Iron Man’s “Hall of Armor”, and personally meet Cap and Thor. (A lot of fun!)

During the Avengers Half Marathon held in and around Disneyland, there were photo opportunities with Cap, Thor, Hawkeye and Black Widow. The right to link the phrase “Iron Man” with races is not held by Marvel/Disney (some other body got in first, years ago), so the promotional material for the race mentioned “Tony Stark” instead.

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