Here is What ‘Star Wars’ Land will Look Like, According to Disney’s Model at the D23 Expo
Are you itching to be Han Solo’s shipmate and hop aboard the Millennium Falcon? Or take part in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance?
The Walt Disney Co. lifted up the curtain Thursday night of the much-anticipated “Star Wars” land, unveiling a 50-foot-wide model showing the land and its attractions to the media and special guests on the eve of Friday’s kickoff of the D23 Expo, Disney’s three-day biennial fan convention at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The model shows what is under construction at Disneyland in Anaheim and at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Construction began in 2016 and should wrap up in 2019.
“This is the most ambitious land we’ve built to date,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Co. Parks and Resorts, who introduced the model.
At Disneyland, the “Star Wars” land will be the largest themed expansion in the park’s history and take up 14 acres on the northern edge. Disney officials describe the new land as on a planet “somewhere on the Outer Rim – on the edge of the Unknown Regions.”
Visitors will walk through a rocky terrain with lush vegetation and exotic buildings with earthen walls and domes and rock formations that look similar to the landscape and architecture in the “Star Wars” films.
Through the land, special lighting on a painted background changes the look from daylight to evening.
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