Last month, ABC announced a new two-hour TV special entitled The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Disneyland. Along with celebrating the history of this iconic theme park, it was revealed that fans will get a glimpse into the future, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Harrison Ford offering a preview of the new Star Wars Land Experience theme park attractions. If you didn’t get a chance to watch this special on ABC earlier tonight, we have the Star Wars video right here, which shows off exciting conceot art.
Acclaimed actor Harrison Ford, who portrays Han Solo in the Star Wars film franchise, gives viewers an exclusive preview of Star Wars-themed lands being developed at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. These theme parks will be set to open later this year. Here’s a description of the exhibit as told by the video’s narrator.
“Imagine stepping aboard the Millennium Falcon and actually piloting the fastest ship in the galaxy, banking left, right, firing the laser cannons, you’re in complete control. Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order in a race against time. You’ve watched the saga, now enter these authentic locales with your every sense engaged. You’re meeting droids and aliens, entering otherworldly street markets, actually tasting the local delicacies, and going upscale at the planet’s best dinner club, or for the truly adventurous, heading down to the local cantina.”
The new and enhanced Star Wars experiences coming later this year to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland park in Anaheim. Each 14-acre land will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet with two signature attractions, including a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. Each attraction will feature new Star Wars enhancements and experiences. From a new Star Tours adventure to Star Wars Launch Bay, from a new Jedi Training Academy to “Season of the Force,” soon guests will be part of both new and enhanced experiences at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, giving guests a new adventure in the Star Wars galaxy. Star Wars Launch Bay is an interactive experience will take guests into the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with special exhibits and peeks behind-the-scenes, including opportunities to visit with new and favorite Star Wars characters, the Millennium Falcon, special merchandise and food offerings. Star Wars Launch Bay will be located in the Animation Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. Also at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay will share the space with the reimagined Super Hero HQ, featuring opportunities to meet and take photos with super heroes like Captain America and Thor, as well as experience the returning Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries.
Jedi Training Academy is a favorite of younger fans is reimagined with a new experience that includes new characters and a new villain to battle from the popular Disney XD series Star Wars Rebels. Season of the Force is a new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, which brings new experiences to both coasts. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, guests will explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment throughout the land, themed food locations and more. Guests also will be thrilled to climb aboard Hyperspace Mountain, a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will close out weekend nights with a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies. Take a look at this sneak preview below, and stay tuned for more on Star Wars Land.