A lot Disney fans heard/read some of the exciting announcements from the D23 Expo on social media this weekend. Or maybe as a Star Wars fan, you felt a disturbance in the FORCE as everyone flipped their lid over the crazy news from Disney Parks. In case you missed it, I wanted to do a quick run down of some of the most exciting news about Disney Parks coming from the D23 Expo!
1. Star Wars Land
There’s been rumors of a possible Star Wars Land coming to either Disneyland or Disney Hollywood Studios and Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company confirmed it during the D23 Expo. Luckily for fans across the country, both parks will be getting the new Star Wars Land! “These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.” At 14 acres they will be Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever.
2. New Star Wars Experiences
No date has been released for the Star Wars Lands but both parks will experience new and updated Star Wars experiences starting later this year! Later this year, Star Tours will include new locations and characters form Star Wars: The Force Awakens. A new seasonal event, Season of the Force will debut early next year. It will include a reimagining of Space Mountain, guests will experience an X-wing Starfighter battle! The Jedi Training Academy will also be updated with new characters including a villain from Star Wars Rebels!! Maybe it will be the Inquisitor?? Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive experience will open in both parks later this year.
3. Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land is headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. It’s inspired by and modeled after the immersive experience of Cars Land in Disney California Adventure. Toy Story Land will shrink you to the size of toy as you explore Andy’s backyard. Attractions include a family-friendly Slinky-Dog roller coaster and a spinning Alien Saucers attraction that includes “The Claw”!
4. Soarin’ Update
Next year both Disney California Adventure and Epcot will feature an updated Soarin’ experience: Soarin’ Around The World.
I recommend following the Disney Parks Blog to stay up to date on all the latest developments!
All images courtesy of Disney.