Star Wars Land Under Construction At Walt Disney World In Orlando And Disneyland In Anaheim

Star Wars Land, the upcoming theme park addition, is set to become the largest-ever single-themed land expansion at Disneyland. The 14-acre Star Wars attraction is currently under construction at both Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim. The construction began in April 2016, and it will take some years for the entire blueprint to be carved into reality.

Disney had a well-planned vision when the company paid $4 billion for the Star Wars franchise to George Lucas in 2012. According to the Weekender, the addition of the Star Wars Land to the existing Disneyland and Disney World properties will add a whole new dimension to the park’s entertainment that is sure to attract visitors to the land of Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo, and beyond.

According to the Guardian, an artist’s impression of the park reveals that the visitors will get to see a bustling port that is surrounded by towering spires of rock.

The architecture of the port is modeled on the Star Wars theme and will feature landing zones, markets, and buildings that Star Wars fans are familiar with. Additionally, visitors will be able to view the legendary Millennium Falcon that played a key role in some of the Rebel Alliance’s greatest victories. Enthusiasts will get the opportunity to ride the virtual reality version of the great spaceship commanded by Hans Solo.

According to Entertainment Weekly, visitors will also get to see Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, the starcraft that was destroyed by Kylo Ren and the dark forces outside the Jakku village in The Force Awakens.

The droid BB-8 is depicted as the X-Wing’s co-pilot in the imagery released by Disney. The entire setting seems to suggest that the theme park will be based on the modern era of Star Wars movies. However, fans will be able to witness the vintage Star Wars era after enjoying a partial glimpse of Princess Leia’s Tantive IV, which was the very first starship seen in the Star Wars series. Additionally, the park will feature Emperor Palpatine’s Imperial Shuttle, which was shown to be his favorite ride during the Return of the Jedi era.

The circular courtyard of the theme park will have a large beast of burden that closely resembles the Happabore; the wide, pig-like, water guzzling creature that featured in The Force Awakens. The carriage attached to its back indicates that visitors may even be able to enjoy a ride on its back.

According to The Guardian, Disney CEO Bob Iger promises that the new Disney theme park additions will be a great escape into the amazing world of Star Wars.

“These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet.”

Star Wars Land will also feature the popular droids to entertain the crowds. The movies in the Star Wars franchise showcased alien species and wild planets, but it turned out to be the droids who thrilled the audiences with their artificial intelligence. The droids have become so popular among Star Wars fans that Disney has decided to feature the droid character in its upcoming theme park lands.

In fact, Disney has already introduced a droid named Jake to roam and interact with different areas. It is still not clear whether Jake is remote-controlled or a complete automaton. According to Dork Side of the Force, there are speculations that the droid will be remote-controlled and localized to specific areas within the park because the concept of a completely autonomous droid is yet to become reality, and the remote-control signals are effective only within a specific range.

In that case, the droid would have to be equipped with a camera to enable its controller to track its location. Disney would find it expensive to introduce droids that can be maneuvered to cover the entire expanse of the park, so it is very unlikely that the new Star Wars Lands will feature a completely interactive droid that will roam around and interact with the visitors just like its human counterparts.

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