Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disney's Star Wars land

 Attention Star Wars fans - Disney's progress on its two new themed lands is well under way, as a new incredible 360-degree sneak peek reveals.

 The two 14-acre parks - one in California's Disneyland and the other in Florida's Disney World - will be the company's biggest single-themed land expansion in its history, with advanced sensor features to give visitors an 'immersive' experience.
   The new digitally-enhanced image of the construction site in California features cameos from some of the franchise's characters, including Stormtroopers, X-wing fighters, walkers and even R2-D2 and BB-8. 
   Currently the construction site at Disneyland looks to be in its infant stages, with mounds of dirt and broken concrete on the ground. But the insider view on the Disney Parks Blog is sure to pique the interest of galactic fans.

   Workers are said to have demolished some 'backstage' buildings in preparation for the highly-anticipated addition, which is located near Disneyland's Big Thunder Jamboree, a spacious outdoor arena. 
   During the construction process, the popular park will be shutting 10 attractions and food outlets, both temporarily and permanently, according to the LA Times.

There will also be a similar expansion taking place in Florida at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

   According to the Disney Blog: 'In these all-new lands, guests will be transported to a never-before-seen planet inhabited by humanoids, droids and many others.' 
Although there have been few exact details released by Disney so far, officials have said guests can look forward to two central attractions.

   One includes boarding the Millennium Falcon to head up a 'secret mission' and the other will involve an 'epic' battle between the Resistance and the New Order - a war from the latest film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

   When announcing the news last August Disney chairman Bob Iger said: 'I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars.

  'We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever.

  'These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet.'
   Iger revealed the parks will depict a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port, and one of the last stops before wild space.
   Everyone on site will be in character.
  'You will have chance to run into droids and fantastic roaming beasts that Star Wars is known for,' Iger said.
'  You'd expect to find a cantina, and there will be one,' he assured the 7,500-strong crowd, making a reference to the fictional bar in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on Tatooine.'
   The cantina is first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It is where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet Han Solo and Chewbacca. 
   In addition to this there will be character meet-and-greet areas, shopping opportunities and appearances from beloved characters such Darth Vader, R2-D, C3PO and BB-8.

   A date has not been set for the opening of the new parks.

The announcement comes over three years after George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney for $4billion (£2.8billion). 

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