Disney Unveils New Details About the Upcoming Star Wars ExperienceMatt Singer |
The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 was a big show. Idina Menzel sang “Let It Go.” Elton John sang a hit or two from The Lion King in the shadow of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. But for a particular kind of movie fan, the highlight of the night was an appearance by Harrison Ford (who, mercifully, did not sing) introducing what he called “The Star Wars Experience.” Those are the massive Star Wars worlds coming soon to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and the show featured some of the first looks at concept art and animation from the upcoming attractions.
If you missed the show, there’s an embed of the segment at the bottom of this post; Disney Parks Blog offered a few more details, and a little more concept art as well. Like this one about the arrival of the First Order to the area, when “visitors will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters.”
Not too much info on this image (though you’ll note the life-size X-wing fight right smack in the middle) other than to say that “Walt Disney Imagineering has joined forces with the imagination of Lucasfilm” to create this experience.
But this next image is the mother lode. It says visitors “will be able to step aboard the Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience.”
You have my attention, Disney. YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION. (The laser cannon chair better shift left and right and be super sketchy and rickety.)
Here’s a surprisingly cheerful Harrison Ford introducing the sneak peak, plus some very cool looking footage. There’s no official opening date for any of these attractions, but construction should be getting under way in the very near future.