The galaxy far, far away got a little bit closer Thursday night in Anaheim when the Walt Disney Co. provided the first-ever look at its upcoming "Star Wars"-themed attraction, or "Star Wars land", as it's being referred to by fans".
The model was revealed for the first time at D23 Expo, Disney's three-day, biennial fan convention in Anaheim. "As [with] any thriving spaceport, you're going to feel, smell, taste, touch what it feels like in a Star Wars environment", Scott Mallwitz, Walt Disney Engineering's executive creative director, told the Register of the park, which will encourage roleplaying. Representing the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each, the Star Wars-themed lands will open in 2019. The idea of the lands was announced two years ago at the 2015 D23 Expo.
You can check out the official video that Disney released along with new photos below. The presentation is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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Bob Capek, chairman of Disney's parks division, described the project as "the most ambitious land we've built to date" and with an estimated construction cost of $1 billion each, you can probably expect them to live up to their claim of offering "total immersion" in George Lucas' universe. Chapek said. "All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see truly epic these immersive new worlds will be".
There will be two signature attractions. Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we've never done before... to really engage all of the senses.
Other features will include a restaurant similar to the Mos Eisley Cantina, while visitors will be recruited for the Resistance or the First Order as they move through the land.