Disney announces two Star Wars-themed parks

After years of speculation, the Walt Disney Company officially announced that two Star Wars-themed lands will be built at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The announcement has been made by The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger at the D23 EXPO 2015 to the cheers of more than 7,500 excited fans.

Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever, at 14-acres each, allowing Star Wars fans to literally step into the stories from ‘a galaxy far, far away’ by transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

Star Wars-themed lands will let fans to step into stories from ‘galaxy far, far away’

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history [of cooperation] between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Bob Iger to the exhilarated audience, shortly before continuing: “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single-themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

The fans were then also shown some concept art depicting three rather impressive scenes from the two upcoming Star Wars-themed lands.

According to the Disney boss, these authentic lands will feature two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognisable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customised secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.