Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Disney's Star Wars Land theme park now has an opening date

SW11.jpg

A long time ago in a boardroom far, far away (California), a 14-acre Star Wars theme park at Orlando Disney World was decided upon. We found out about such plans in 2015 and since then an arrival time has been harder to obtain than blueprints for the Death Star.

But now we have it: it’s coming in 2019, the same year as Star Wars Episode IX, the final part of the current ‘Skywalker Saga’ arc of the sci-fi series, with Disney CEO Bob Iger having this to say on the venture:

“Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.” 

We’ve only just been given the title for the second instalment of this current arc, The Last Jedi, due out this December, but clearly bosses at the Mouse House are keen to capitalise on the fandom and runaway success of the recent films.

1

No word as yet on how many wookies have been killed in construction

So what can we expect? Well apart from your sunburnt dad hugging the life out of a stormtrooper, quite a lot actually.

Entrants to the 14-acre park will not only be faced by inhabitants of those worlds - aliens, humanoids and droids - but will also be able to taste some local cuisine. Presumably while the Cantina Band serenade you with their one hit wonder.

1

It should provide fans with the most authentic Star Wars experience yet

At the heart of all this will be two fantastic signature attractions, one being a 3D adventure that puts you front and centre of a major battle between good and evil. The other will let you take the controls of the Millennium Falcon and pilot the craft on a customized mission, so expect to see grown men jostling children out of the way. 

To tide us over in the meantime we’ll have to keep reading fan theories and perfecting our lightsaber noises. Shhhvvuu. See? Uncanny.

Related

SW.jpg

This Star Wars VIII fan theory suggests who Benicio del Toro plays

Capture 1.JPG

Rogue One in 8-Bit is the Star Wars video game we all need

Kylo.jpg

The title of the new Star Wars film has been revealed

Comments

More

GI Joe is getting another reboot, but this time it's 'millennial'

Hasbro isn't saying what that means, but we're assuming the Joes will be drinking lattes while refusing to save for a house

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

The new film from the guy behind 'In Bruges' looks brilliant

Even the trailer's hilarious

by Gary Ogden
24 Mar 2017

Han Solo's real name isn't actually Han Solo, Disney reveal

Disney's president stuns the fandom with the news that everyone's favourite smuggler might not quite be who he says he is

by Tom Mendelsohn
24 Mar 2017

Cinema hands out sick bags to people watching new cannibal horror film

It's got an 88% Rotten Tomatoes rating, too

by Matt Tate
23 Mar 2017

Ryan Gosling has finally revealed why he was laughing at the Oscars

He had the best reaction of the night

by Gary Ogden
23 Mar 2017

Watch the first five minutes of Ghost In The Shell now

Looks pretty decent tbf

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

You can now search for movies on Sky Q by yelling at your remote

"Luke, I'm your mum!"

by Gary Ogden
22 Mar 2017

Ridley Scott wants to make another four movies after 'Alien: Covenant'

We could be staring down the barrel of ten Alien movies

by Tom Mendelsohn
21 Mar 2017

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' ditched a much more hopeful ending

What could have been for Jyn and Cassian

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

John Boyega and Mark Hamill are trolling Star Wars fans on Twitter

Daddy?

by Matt Tate
20 Mar 2017