We have some incredible new details and updates regarding Star Wars Land in the Disney parks!
There are so many exciting things happening at both Disneyland and at Disney World Hollywood Studios.
First, let’s get the important news out of the way….When does it open!?!
Well, we know for certain now that the opening date is sometime in 2019. I know…the date announcements are kinda getting old. But the last we posted, it was sometime in late 2018 or 2019. So now we can narrow it down!
But, many have speculated and publicly rumored that it will be around Memorial Day 2019 so they can have a summer kickoff event. I think this is a real possibility and if they are spreading the news of 2019, they will likely want to make it happen before summer hits.
Now while you are waiting for the exact date or at least season/month, here’s some really cool things you will want to watch and know about the upcoming Star Wars Land.
First, this video was just released a few days ago giving further insight and details into the opening of Star Wars Land. Take a peek:
Here’s some ideas that really got all of us here at MousekeMoms excited:
Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, when introducing the idea about potential Star Wars Land said it would be an “ambitious project.” To date, it has become the most ambitious project by the Walt Disney Company.
Mr. Iger first announced this publically at the D23 Expo in August of 2015 by stating, “Occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens and droids … the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology.”
According to Chris Beatty – the Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering, “in the history of Walt Disney Imagineering, it (Star Wars Land) is on a scale that is unprecedented.”
The goal of the Star Wars Land is to be fully immersed in the world of Star Wars and by “living that amazing star wars experience – by seeing it, touching it, smelling it, and interacting with it.” – Scott Trowbridge, Creative Executive Walt Disney Imagineering
What we know is that this is the most epic project for the Walt Disney Company. We do not yet know the budget or cost, but I am sure we will find out as time goes on that will be the most costly project to date too.
There will be a Millennium Falcon ride, another simulation ride, a street market, restaurants, shops, and lots of aliens, droids, and characters (some familiar and some not) that will be interactive and realistic throughout the whole land for a full, authentic immersion of our land and the land of Star Wars.
As we draw closer, more and more details will emerge that will bring this land closer to life.
On our last visit to Disneyland, we had some great inside talks with cast members about Star Wars land. Here’s some things to know when you are in Disneyland before it opens in 2019.
The construction you can see from anywhere in the Disneyland Park is not really Star Wars Land. It is a fake rock wall that divides Disneyland from Star Wars Land. The wall is very high to cover the futuristic land from the rest of the ol’ classic Disneyland. Disneyland does a good job of making these authentic and realistic. It would not be realistic to be on the Rivers of America, Frontierland and surrounding areas to just look over yonder and see a futuristic land. It would cheapen the elements of all of the lands. So you really will not be able to see Star Wars land while you are inside Disneyland.
The train is returning and opening this summer along with Rivers of America. The train was closed to build a wall between Star Wars Land and the rest of the Disneyland. According to cast members, Star Wars Land will also not be visible from the train at any point because the wall will be blocking it. Again, a train running through a futuristic land would take away the authentic element. The train will pretty much be on the same track with a bit of the track redirected in an “S” shape around Critter Country to make way for the new land.
You can barely catch some small glimpses of Star Wars land at the top of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the top of Splash Mountain. At this point, we are not really sure what we are seeing, but it is not much.
Finally, if you want to catch the best and real glimpses of Star Wars Land construction, there are two spots. One for free and one with a stellar view that you can pay for…
- The free view is found on the corner of Disneyland Drive and Ball road. This quick little drive will give you a quick view, or find a place to park and walk over for some extended viewing periods. It’s pretty much a wide open view from eye-level.
- Head to the top of Mickey and Friends parking garage. Standing at the top of this parking lot, you can can a most unobstructed view of the Star Wars Land. It’s a great spot, but you may have to pay the $18 daily parking fee to get this view – so enjoy it.
Note that right now, it looks like a normal construction site. There isn’t anything much yet that is too Star Wars themed. Just building components and the land still being prepared. The wall between the rest of Disneyland and Star Wars land is nearly complete, but it looks like a natural rock wall.
There you have it! The latest updates out of Disneyland regarding Star Wars land!