The Force is Strong in Orlando – At Least it Soon Will Be.
As we approach the end of the summer holidays and the onset of those autumn days focus, for many of us (of a certain age!) may well move away from thoughts of holidays to places warm and fun-like to, perhaps a galaxy far, far away.
The reason, of course, is because we are now very much entering the countdown to the much, much anticipated release, at Christmas, of the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise; JJ Abrams directed Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
And, with the franchise very much now under the careful eye of new owners, Walt Disney, the force, it seems, is preparing the awaken in quite big and spectacular way.
Speaking at the D23 Expo earlier in August, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO, Bon Iger, revealed some fairly ground-breaking expansion plans for both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Orlando based around the Star Wars Universe.
Star Wars Land will be a huge new addition to the theme parks and will undoubtedly be a major draw for the millions of fans of the saga – which will truly cross generations – from around the world.
The idea seems to be an attraction based around the premise of a newly created planet set within the Star Wars galaxy. This will allow guests the chance to immerse themselves into Star Wars lore, indulging in some iconic and familiar tropes as well as discovering new characters and themes in line with the expanded stories we can expect from the planned future films.
Already announced has been the concept of a Millennium Falcon themed ride – which is frankly, giddyinngly cool – as well as rides based around battles involving Stormtroopers and a chance to enjoy some time in the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Now, the proposed new Star Wars Land is still a few years away. To get this park right and up to the expectations of the die-hard fans Disney are going to take their time – so don’t go booking to see the park just yet!
However, in the meantime, Disney have announced that they will be expanding and improving the existing Star Wars attractions at the theme parks, in line with the release of Episode VII. This includes new additions to the Jedi Training School as well as further expansion of the Star Tours ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Disney themselves had to say about the new additions: