Disneyland parks are known for having unique universes that you can immerse yourself in, but this new universe is being built on a bigger scale than ever before.
Star Wars Land is currently being built at Disneyland in Anaheim, here in California.
The LAist had a chance to get the scoop on what’s happening with the new project, and here’s what they said:
- As noted at Collider, the land will be an entirely new planet. The info is scant at the moment, but we do know that Disney “imagineers” constructed the planet out of scratch. Panelists at the Star Wars Celebration described the area as a “remote frontier outpost,” which means that you won’t only find Jedi and Stormtroopers, but also an unsavory crew of pirates and bounty hunters.
- We’d gotten word before that there’ll be a Millennium Falcon. So that’s nothing new. But now we get news that you’ll actually be able to pilot it with your friends. This means that the fate of the ship is in your hands. While we assume that there’ll be safeguards to prevent you from flying into an asteroid five seconds into your ride, the condition of the ship will largely depend on the skills (or lack thereof) of you and your crew.
- This leads us into one of the more interesting aspects of Star Wars Land: immersion and the consequences of your actions. As reported at The Verge, if you return the Millennium Falcon in bad shape, a character might give you some flack about how poorly you did (hey! it was our first time flying a smuggler’s starship!). Furthermore, that character may talk trash about you to the new band of pilots walking in. Also, falling in line with the idea of total immersion, Star Wars Land is expected to let you weave your own story. Want to be part of the Resistance? Or maybe a lame, poorly-paid bureaucrat in the First Order? Or maybe just a regular schmuck battling heartburn after eating a giant turkey leg? That’ll all be up to you, as you’ll get to pick the factions you want to join.
- You may be able to take part in an epic battle. At the Celebration, the audience were treated to a stunt workshop in which a woman fought off a number of stormtroopers. As noted at The Verge, the workshop presentation, combined with the fact that you can pick a faction, suggests that Star Wars Land may host epic battles in which you can participate. Scott Trowbridge, creative executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, said that park-goers could be thrown into the “the middle of an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
Take a look at at what Disney’s Imagineers had to say about the project.
Star Wars land is set to open in Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.