Today over on the Disneyland Blog, an update came out about Star Wars Land. It’s an exciting, perhaps biggest EPIC event to hit Disneyland since the creation of Disneyland.
I mean, let’s be honest. There’s been some big moments in the land of Disney. Much of it that has happened in the few months (like the opening of the Frozen show in Disney’s California Adventure and the Frozen ride in Disneyworld) since Frozen has been the biggest Disney animated film of all time. But Star Wars is bigger, MUCH bigger than even the Frozen empire.
So the fact that there is a whole land dedicated to ONE film series and story just confirms that it is huge.
As a result, we are all on the edges of our seats waiting for updates and critical information to creep out to ease our giddy anxiety.
Well, I want to first say that the information shared today from the Disneyland Blog is not A LOT more than we have received before, but another, perhaps more accurate, concept drawing of what is coming.
Here’s the updated concept picture shared today that is providing the inspriation for the actual creation of the Star Wars Land.
See what I mean?
At this point, there’s not a lot more. I was hoping to see an “ACTUAL PICTURE” today when I read the post for Disneyland. However, the concept picture does share some key things: (head to the Disneyland Blog for the full-size picture).
- You can see The Millennium Falcon ride area (top middle) which looks like it is going to be something truly “out of this world.” And this ride is promising to be an incredible adventure in which the rider will have complete control of their ship as they get to steer through space, fire laser cannons and get a real world experience.
- I believe that there will also be a second, truly epic ride to the left (on this picture) which might have something to do with the First Order that was introduced in the 2015 Star Wars film The Force Awakens in which riders will find themselves in a battle between Stromtroopers and Resistance Fighters. A theory brought together by mentions from the Disneyland blog and other Disney bloggers.
- The land is HUGE! Compared to the rest of the lands in Disneyland, this one appears like it will be the largest. That makes lots of room for walking, merchandising, eating and experiencing, even if there are only 2 major (or total) rides in this land. Thanks to MiceChat.com for the picture and concept theories (visit the post HERE for interactive before/after maps):
- There are also rumors of actual droids (like BB-8) that will be floating around. Who knows. Not sure if this is an actual official theory, or if it is being rumored because of the ground-breaking pictures Disneyland released with BB-8.
If you see the map of Disneyland as it was right before construction, you can see that they have quite a bit of land to work with. The area was a storage and backstage area but lots to work with now, including even more room for future expansions. That is HUGE amount of space compared to the rest of the lands in Disneyland.
Every time I see a map of the area outside of the actual park, I really am amazed at how much can be done in the future.
Well, now that I have shared those updates, I wanted to share some of my own pictures. At this point, it is quite difficult to catch a live peek from Disneyland. The fences are tall, there are not holes (that I found walking along the tall fence line trying to sneak a peek), but there were a couple of spots I could catch some views. Similar to how they built Cars Land, they don’t want any of the magic revealed. It was a HUGE preview once the back drop to Cars Land was built and visible, but nothing really before that was available and it continued to remain a secret until those walls came down.
In Frontierland, the NW corner of the area where the fence line is (basically at the exit of Thunder Mountain Railroad), you can stand on the benches and see over the fence. That’s where I got these pictures.
I saw the tractors and people walking around and clearing land and constructing. That’s the best non-ride view I could get within the park. There are okay views in Critter Country, especially in the upper level of the Hungry Bear Restaurant sitting area. A few very small holes are available, but don’t count on much there. 🙂
However, if you ride Thunder Mountain Railroad, you will have 2-3 seconds of a nice clear view of the construction as the ride crests to the top of the mountain before heading downward fast, but it was too fast for me to get a picture the two times I rode it attempting to! But the view is nice! So ride the ride and enjoy it (it’s one of my favorites and my Dad’s absolute favorite) and get a special treat too!
When is Star Wars Land opening?
That’s the question of the galaxy, now isn’t it!?! If the concept picture is any indication of what’s to come, it is going to be a long while. No dates of opening have been revealed yet, but I am hoping for an earlier 2018 date..but that’s a tight deadline considering that it would be just over 18 months. It’s probably going to be closer to a 24 month project – so late 2018 – early 2019 is our best guess at this point.
Now one thing that I would say is certain is that Disneyland with claim their rightful hottest So.Cal. Attraction status back. It was predicted that Universal Studios Hollywood would finally rival Disneyland as far as visitors and popularity with the opening of Harry Potter. It took 49 years for them to gain that status, but I can guarantee they will lose their equal position in a couple of years when Star Wars Land opens. There will be no contest then.
Are you excited for Star Wars Land? What are your thoughts on all of this?
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