SNEAK PEEK: A first look at Star Wars Land, Disney's largest ever theme park attraction

Photo: Sarah Kimmorley

Disney will launch Star Wars Land in 2019.

The entertainment giant plans to expand two of its existing sites, Disneyland, LA and Walt Disney World, Florida, to fit the newest addition at each theme park.

The first land will debut at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, then at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Disney has named the land “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”.

Business Insider had an exclusive look at how it will be designed at a preview event as part of the 2017 D23 convention — Disney’s version of Comic Com.

It’s huge. In fact, at 14 acres each, they are the largest single-themed land expansion the company has ever completed.

“These lands are the most ambitious land that we have ever built at Walt Disney Imagineering,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “and that’s saying something if any of you have ever seen Pandora, the world of Avatar in Orlando”.

“All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

So, here it is. The model of the new land the company will build in two years time on display at the D23 convention in Anaheim this weekend.

Photo: Sarah Kimmorley

Here’s a closer look.

Photo: Sarah Kimmorley
Photo: Sarah Kimmorley
Photo: Sarah Kimmorley
Photo: Sarah Kimmorley
Photo: Sarah Kimmorley

Chapek later announced new details of the two attractions, including one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance where guests will feel like they are inside a hangar bay on a Star Destroyer.

Guests will also have the chance to fly the Millennium Falcon, where each guest is critical to the mission’s success.

Characters that guests will meet include BB-8, Chewbacca, Rex and Kylo Ren.

This post was updated on July 16 to reflect the updates revealed by Disney Bob Igar at the D23 Expo.

*The author traveled to Los Angeles as a guest of Disney.

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