Yes, Disneyland is building a Star Wars theme park - or rather two, with sites on Disney’s Hollywood studios in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim sure to attract legions of fans of the originals along with young pups no doubt enamored by the upcoming JJ Abrams sequel The Force Awakens.
“We’re creating a jaw-dropping new world which represents our largest single theme land expansion ever,” said Walt Disney overlord and CEO Bob Igner, standing on stage at this weekend’s D23 Expo in front of the sort of frenzied crowd we’ve become accustom to seeing at Comic-Con style events. Not that we blame them for the giddy excitement…
After queuing up for a galaxy far, far away, entrants to the 14-acre park will not only be faced by inhabitants of those worlds - aliens, humanoids and droids - but also be able to taste some local cuisine. Presumably while the Cantina Band serenade you with their one hit wonder.
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.
And while this geek paradise may all be light-years – OK, so several years – away from becoming a reality, in 2016 Disneyland will be overhauling their famous Space Mountain rollercoaster to make way for the X-Wing Starfighter Battle.
We'll see you in the queue.