Ever since Walt Disney acquired Lucas Film in 2012, many people have been wondering when Star Wars would be added to the Disney Theme Parks. The long wait may soon be over now that Disney is pushing ahead with its plans, starting with this first peek at what the theme park may look like. Even if Star Wars is a galaxy far, far away, but it’s going to get a lot closer to people in 2019 when Walt Disney Parks opens its new Star Wars Theme Park attractions in Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
During last weekend’s Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando, Florida, Lucas Film and Disney released a new video together with some concept art offering an early peek at what’s being planned for the massive expansion of Disney’s parks to accommodate the Star Wars universe. The media was accompanied by a brief description of the setting for the Star Wars attraction and how it will inform the story as it is slowly unfolded to the guests. According to the official Disney announcement during the event, the Star Wars attraction will be set on a planet located the Outer Rim, lying on the edge of the Unknown Regions.
A remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-light speed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has since been bypassed or ignored with the rise of hyperspace travel. Today, it has become home to those who prefer less attention, a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders, and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.
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Instead of setting the attraction on one of the known planets from the Star Wars universe, the Disney Park planners opted to create an entirely new narrative set in the franchise’s continuity, and set chronologically around the time of Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and this year’s Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Even so, guests can expect to see more than a few familiar elements from the films such as the Millennium Falcon, which is expected to be the focus of one particular attraction that will let guests fly the iconic ship into battle.
According to Scott Trowbridge, the team leader of the project, “It would be easy to think we could revisit some of our favorite places. But if we were to go to those places like Hoth, Tatooine, we know the stories that happened there, we know whose stories they are, and we know Disney is not in them yet. That’s not what we wanted to do. We’re also trying to capture a new generation that will grow up starting with Force Awakens since those who saw Episodes I to VI have already grown up.” One of the most ambitious expansions of the Disney parks to date, the Star Wars attraction has been in the works for years now, in fact, almost as soon as Lucas Film and the Star Wars properties were acquired in 2012. The Star Wars attractions are expected to officially open in 2019.