Disneyland is the self-proclaimed "Happiest Place on Earth," and if you're a kid who enjoys fun, an adult who enjoys fun, or really any creature that enjoys fun, it's hard to argue with that statement. There's always a way to make the happiest things even happier, though, especially when financial opportunities are in play.
So it makes perfect sense, then, that Disney is ramping two of its staple parks up to new heights with full-fledged Star Wars expansion sections at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney World near Orlando, Fla.
What's in this alleged "jaw-dropping new world," you ask?
Yes, a Millennium Falcon ride, for starters.
According to an announcement made at the D23 Expo on Aug. 15, park visitors will be able to fly in the famous Millennium Falcon, drink at a Mos Eisley-style cantina, and dive into an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The attractions at both parks will span 14-acres, which is apparently the biggest single-themed land expansion Disney's ever undertaken.
What characters will you be able to hang with at the parks?
Disney CEO Bob Iger said these Star Wars worlds will be staffed by droids, "fantastic roaming beasts" and other inhabitants of the Star Wars universe. Presumably they'll have actors dressed up as the iconic main characters in the films, too — a Han Solo here, a Luke Skywalker there and so on.
When is all this happening? Should you start camping out now?
There's no timetable for when these new attractions will be ready for the public, so unless you just want to live in a tent indefinitely anyway, probably not. The first film in the new Star Wars trilogy, The Force Awakens, is coming out in just a few months though — that should help the wait a bit.
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