If you’ve ever looked at your surroundings and thought, “Well, this is all well and good, but I wish it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” or looked at your car and thought, “Well, there’s little if any chance that could handle the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs,” or just thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a Star Wars theme park,” you are in luck.
Two, count ‘em, TWO, Star Wars theme parks are being built at the moment, one in California and one in Florida. Both are part of their respective local Disney parks, Disneyland and Disneyworld, and both are set to transport visitors to the fictional planet of Batuu.
It’ll be summer 2019 before anyone gets to visit and feel like they truly inhabit the world of the biggest movie franchise in cinema history, but from the looks of this drone footage of the California site it’s all coming together pretty beautifully.
It’s safe to say that there’s a lot of excitement for this. This forum for theme park obsessives is slowly filling with pictures of the construction site taken from every possible angle.
They could go super weird with it, but it looks like they’re going for “big and exciting” instead, which is hard to fault logicwise.
Star Wars isn’t set on Earth, obviously - it’s a long time ago and in a galaxy far, far away. Wouldn’t it be weird if you went to the park and it turned out everything was at one-fifth scale because it turned out, even though it had never been explicitly mentioned in the films, everything in Star Wars was really small? They don’t seem to have done that, which probably makes commercial sense, so fair play.