Disney offers glimpse of what Star Wars experience at Disneyland will look like

Harrison Ford introduced the segment on ABC's 'Disneyland 60' TV special

Clarisse Loughrey
Monday 22 February 2016 15:30

Disney has offered a first, real glimpse of the Star Wars land set to open at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney Resort in Orlando.

Forming part of ABC's televised special Disneyland 60, celebrating the park's landmark anniversary, the short segment was introduced by none other than Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Primarily revealed were a few key pieces of concept art for the lands, keeping specific rides a secret, yet teasing the area's general atmosphere.

Initially announced last August at Disney's D23 Expo, the Star Wars lands will mark the company's single biggest park expansion, currently primed for 14 acres each; bigger even than the planned Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The area will see guests enter a "never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life"; including the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon, step into the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, taste local delicacies, and visit a cantina. Check out the art below (via The Hollywood Reporter).

This isn't, of course, the first entrance of Star Wars onto Disneyland property. Motion simulator Star Tours has been a part of the park since 1987, landing a major upgrade back in 2011; with Star Wars recently taking over the entirety of Tomorrowland with its 'Seasons of the Force' event, which featured Space Mountain's themed-overlay Hyperspace Mountain.

Yet, splintering the highly successful franchise into its own area is the biggest possible weapon in Disney's arsenal when it comes to combatting the encroaching popularity of Universal Studios, currently in the midst of expanding their own Harry Potter-themed lands.

An opening date is yet to be set for the two new areas.

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