Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland and Disneyworld!

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At D23 Bog Iger just announced that they're going to be doing the largest expansions of the parks, all for Star Wars!
Its still pretty early to be speculating but they have shown some of the concept art.







Apparently there will be themed attractions, one specifically based off the millennium falcon, Cantina style eateries, stores, etc.

Being a huge Disney and Star Wars fan I'm extremely excited by this announcement. Anyone else in the same boat? Didn't see any details on when this project was projected to open but I'm hoping Disney will fast track this new development so it can open in the thick of the Star Wars excitement over the next years.
 
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This is very, very exciting news! They also announced Seasons of the Force, Star Wars Launch, and changes to Star Tours to include material from The Force Awakens. Star Tours Launch appears to be a little exhibit about the upcoming film, so that will probably be the first thing to open. I am going in late October, and I hope that it's open by then. As for the new lands, you can probably look to the timeline for the Avatar themed area of Animal Kingdom to get an idea of about how long it will take (2 to 3 years maybe?). It will be a long wait but I think there will be many good things along the way...
 
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I am so excited by this announcement as well. I can't wait to hear more of the details!!
 
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Love Disney, love Star Wars even more... double plus. Character dining with Star Wars characters would be the best. Blue milk, Jabba burger, Leia buns, Han hot dogs, Chewie chews... :) haha. And then to take pictures with the characters that would visit during the meals.
 
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ok, I think I may start planning our 2019 vacation now!!
btw, that FO troop transport w/ the black/red R5 would make a great 3.75"action figure set to complement the BAD line
 
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I can't wait for this. I am a passholder and live only 45 minutes away from Anaheim. So excited!
 
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I was planning to got his year, but when I heard about this I postponed it for 2019. of course I'll wait a few months after grand opening due to high crowds. I'm sure it will be even more crowded than before, but I imagine the grand opening will be packed like no one has ever seen before.
 
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Anyone else a bit disappointed that the new theme parks take place on an entirely new planet they made up just for the park? My dream has always been to visit OT places like Mos Eisley/the cantina, Jabba's Palace, wander the halls of the Death Star, the Emperor's Throne Room etc. I have no interest in visiting a new world never seen in any movie. Sure we'll be able to check out the Falcon, X-wings, Tie Fighters etc, but I want to explore the classic movie locations!
 
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Anyone else a bit disappointed that the new theme parks take place on an entirely new planet they made up just for the park? My dream has always been to visit OT places like Mos Eisley/the cantina, Jabba's Palace, wander the halls of the Death Star, the Emperor's Throne Room etc. I have no interest in visiting a new world never seen in any movie. Sure we'll be able to check out the Falcon, X-wings, Tie Fighters etc, but I want to explore the classic movie locations!

I was also hoping for a take on the classic trilogy as it's what made Star Wars a worldwide phenomenon, embedding itself into popular culture and giving way to everything else that has followed. I guess they wanted to be more inclusive and not have things based directly on any specific film, so they wouldn't look too bias. If given a chance to vote for what we wanted prior to the start of its construction, I certainly would have chosen some OT locations. But, it is what it is at this point. I still think it will be an awesome site despite not being OT-based, and a tremendous way to keep Star Wars alive for many years to come. I'll wait for the off season to come before going to visit it here in Florida. I'm sure for quite a while the crowds will be shoulder to shoulder trying to see it all.
 
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One way to look at it, is they DIDN'T model it after a specific Sequel planet. They didn't make Maz's Castle, or Starkiller base. or anything TLJ. That would have felt really dated, and specific by the time it came out. without being OT, I think it is the best case scenario.
 
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I'm fine not basing anything on Tatooine/Mos Eisly. I mean it really wouldn't be a main hub of galactic trade anyways, more like a pitstop for these looking to stay off the radar. But for most people, that is Star Wars. So what specific planet do you do? Even Coruscant is relatively newish, and not so well known as Endor or even Hoth. My most important attraction is going to be the Falcon, as long as it 1:1 scale and i can walk around in it. Then some kind of themed ride.
But for the adventure land aspect, some kind of Galactic Trader on an unknown world is fine, i guess. One can always visit those locales via CGI on the ride.
 
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I'm fine not basing anything on Tatooine/Mos Eisly. I mean it really wouldn't be a main hub of galactic trade anyways, more like a pitstop for these looking to stay off the radar. But for most people, that is Star Wars. So what specific planet do you do? Even Coruscant is relatively newish, and not so well known as Endor or even Hoth. My most important attraction is going to be the Falcon, as long as it 1:1 scale and i can walk around in it. Then some kind of themed ride.
But for the adventure land aspect, some kind of Galactic Trader on an unknown world is fine, i guess. One can always visit those locales via CGI on the ride.
I think the GCi comment is a good point too. They can update rides, attractions, content digitally to show familiar worlds without having to commit to something for years/decades.
 
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Anyone else a bit disappointed that the new theme parks take place on an entirely new planet they made up just for the park? My dream has always been to visit OT places like Mos Eisley/the cantina, Jabba's Palace, wander the halls of the Death Star, the Emperor's Throne Room etc. I have no interest in visiting a new world never seen in any movie. Sure we'll be able to check out the Falcon, X-wings, Tie Fighters etc, but I want to explore the classic movie locations!
i'm pissed that is just going to be one small section with only about 2 new rides and no room for an expansion.

They should make an entire 5th park based on Star Wars alone. But Disney is incredibly stupid when it comes to the parks these past 10 years.
 
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Well using Star Trek experience in Las Vegas as a good comparision, Which did have a lot of "things fans wanted to see" including the bridge, DS9 bar & a few other things, ultimatly you could not spend any time on the bridge & the bar was just a bar with slot machines. In the end it was fun for 2 hours but just a ST museum.

For Star Wars I would not expect to see any movie scenes without being on some kind of ride, so don't expect to spend a lot of time pilioting the MF. It will be fun but ultimatly a new planet in the Star Wars system is the way to go for design purposes as that allows the parks to design for the room that they have.
 
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i'm pissed that is just going to be one small section with only about 2 new rides and no room for an expansion.

They should make an entire 5th park based on Star Wars alone. But Disney is incredibly stupid when it comes to the parks these past 10 years.
I went from super excited about the announcement to puzzled by the choice of a "star wars" feel without the actual locations we've seen and then back to super excited. I agree that if they had a bunch of stuff based on the new trilogy I'd be super bummed. And some kids would be super bummed if they didn't see stuff from Disney's Star Wars. I'll likely look and see Tatooine influence here and Yavin influence there and a touch of Imperial goodness... while others will see Jedha or Jakku or Starkiller base.

Yes, it would be a lot of fun to walk in to the Cantina or explore the Yavin Hangar or Jabba's Palace or any number of OT locations... but I changed my mind when I heard it explained as "You having your own adventure in the Star Wars universe." Walking into a Space Port and being able to find droids and aliens and stormtroopers just sounds like my imagination exploded in this place. I never had a cantina to play with as a kid. I used a box and a playskool house and whatever else was lying around.

There are going to be a lot of 40 year old men walking around with tears in their eyes. I would have thought we'd see more rides as well, but rides are 2-4 minutes. I got a feeling this isn't going to be about rides for me. I'll be able to walk into my dreams.
 
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Well using Star Trek experience in Las Vegas as a good comparision, Which did have a lot of "things fans wanted to see" including the bridge, DS9 bar & a few other things, ultimatly you could not spend any time on the bridge & the bar was just a bar with slot machines. In the end it was fun for 2 hours but just a ST museum.
As a verr big Fan, I can tell you how excited I was to finally go there. After years of saving. Only to be slightly underwhelmed by the overall experience.
Granted, by the time I got there it was old news. And likely aged. lol
That said, I still had fun but agree. ^

I so hope that Star Wars Land is much more and I'm totally blown away. The cost being what it is with such a vacation, as opposed to simply going to Vegas.
 
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That's funny cos they're the same shape as their sugar-addict customers end up. Toxic cr@p.
 
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They are kind of nifty looking, but I don't drink Coke.

The Lighsabers look cool to me as well, as does a few other items there. It's gonna be very difficult to leave empty handed, might even have to check my bags on the trip home. lol
 
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Seeing the upcoming "galaxy's edge" booth
http://www.rebelscum.com/2019-Star-Wars-Celebration/Galaxys-Edge-Star-Wars-Celebration-Chicago-2019/

there is a bunch of cool stuff.

Love the female Twilek Jedi statue,the buildable sabers, lifesize Ithorian bust, or all the Sith artefacts like the bronze Sistros, Braata and the two other Sith statues (seen in Palpatines office in ROTS and Sideshow already made them in super ltd.numbers and now impossible to get..)

Brillant stuff, that sadly never will make it to europe, but still brillant...
 
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I'm most impressed with the realistic looking Dejarik statuettes and the creatures that look 3 3/4th scale compatible, like that Krykna/Knobby White Spider.

Lots of stuff that looks bloody expensive and I have a hard time picturing your average Disney visitor buying.

Those wooden posable retro looking figures are obviously retooled drawing puppets. Those hands are instantly recognizable. They, together with those tin vehicles, have a nice retro feel to them but don't fit the in-universe experience. They look like toys from the mid-20th century, not GFFA stuff. :/
 
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Anyone going opening week? Just got my reservation time email this morning but its likely messed up, says its for May 30
 
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Youre gonna have to tell us what it's like! Could you get fast passes for the rides?
 
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Nope no fastpasses during opening and for the foreseeable future. Also only the Millenium Falcon Smugglers Run ride will be open during "Phase 1". Rise of the Resistance is "Phase 2" but they haven't said when that will be.
 
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Got our reservation for June 10th, by booking a night at a Disney hotel. 8AM! It will be interesting to be able to be there as it opens in the morning. Read an article that Ogs's Cantina will be serving special Bloody Rancors (bloody mary) and a spiked coffee at 8am. Might have to do that first! My buddies and I were thinking that it might actually be LESS crowded (relatively) during this reservation period month as opposed to when it opens without a res. We'll see shortly. Looking forward to everyone's initial reactions.
 
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I heard people are limited to 4 hours in the park during the reservation period.
 
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I heard people are limited to 4 hours in the park during the reservation period.
YEP! 4 hour window. Mine's from 8am - noon. I have tried to piece together any info on the logistics, but it seems like Cast members ( and what sounded in one article, costumed troopers) will be asking people to leave. I think there may be a colored wrist band for your time slot.

The first "shift" should be good though, as there won't be any overlap at first.
 
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Yeah with all the rules/hoops for the grand Opening "test run", I'll be fine to wait it out a year while they work out the kinks. And hopefully less traffic by then. good luck for anyone attempting to visit during this mad season.
 
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There are Disneyland Cast Member previews starting tomorrow and next week where a Cast Member could sign up to go with one guest (family, friend, ie:general public). I hear there are no phones or pictures allowed though.
 
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Read an article on TheForce.net, that the custom built lightsabers are going to run you $199, but the experience seems interesting. That price point will phase out a lot of casual visitors from buying them.
 
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Read an article on TheForce.net, that the custom built lightsabers are going to run you $199, but the experience seems interesting. That price point will phase out a lot of casual visitors from buying them.
I think for the limited space/timeslots available to do the experience they will be pretty full for a long time, same with the $99 droids. Considering the princess boutique to have your 3-12 year old get hair/makeup/costume done is $199, having that kind of "experience gift shop" for older kids and adults is pretty cool.

I kind of like there are premium things to do that include a bit more than just buying something expensive.

I wonder though if they will develop a lower cost option, more toy like in the future. The bags they come in, a padded canvas tube bag (like pool cue bag?) are pretty cool though.
 
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Yeah...my family did the Harry Potter “soft opening”....never. Again. I’ll wait.

Yeah with all the rules/hoops for the grand Opening "test run", I'll be fine to wait it out a year while they work out the kinks. And hopefully less traffic by then. good luck for anyone attempting to visit during this mad season.
 
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the reservation period is essentially the "soft opening" They have been having cast member previews the past week that have been made to almost mimic what the reservation period is going to be like from what I have read. The Smugglers Run line has been anywhere from 10 - 40 minutes and the plan is supposed to be no more than 2 hours come time for actual guests. So far the busiest times have been the "overlap" periods, where one time slot ends and another begins.
 
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I think for the limited space/timeslots available to do the experience they will be pretty full for a long time, same with the $99 droids. Considering the princess boutique to have your 3-12 year old get hair/makeup/costume done is $199, having that kind of "experience gift shop" for older kids and adults is pretty cool.

I kind of like there are premium things to do that include a bit more than just buying something expensive.
I was having a debate about this: if you enter the line for the 'build your own lightsaber experience' are you obligated to buy it?
I read they can handle 14 customers at a time and when lines are long they won't be pleased when a majority says "no thanks" when their saber is built.
 
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I was having a debate about this: if you enter the line for the 'build your own lightsaber experience' are you obligated to buy it?
I read they can handle 14 customers at a time and when lines are long they won't be pleased when a majority says "no thanks" when their saber is built.
I didn't see the area where the building takes place, as I want planning on buying one, but outside there was a counter with cash registers, where people were looking up. I THINK you paid upfront, and got a timeslot to come back to build your saber. I believe I saw some sort of display drawer at those registers where you could see some (or all?) Of the parts and options available.

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I didn't see the area where the building takes place, as I want planning on buying one, but outside there was a counter with cash registers, where people were looking up. I THINK you paid upfront, and got a timeslot to come back to build your saber. I believe I saw some sort of display drawer at those registers where you could see some (or all?) Of the parts and options available.

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So it's different than the parks build a saber or build a Droid toys kiosks where you can just build without committing to buying.

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