D23: Disney Reveals First Look Photos Of Star Wars Land Models

Posted July 16, 2017

During a preview night for D23 - the three-day long Disney convention, held bi-annually in Anaheim, California - Disney unveiled a big replica of what Star Wars Land will look like when it opens in both Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.

Disney's D23 Expo (DIS) kicked off on Friday, July 14, 2017 in California and Disney fans flocked to the Anaheim convention center for a magical three-day event for "Disnerds" of all ages.

Both the Disneyland and Disney World Star Wars Lands are planned to open in 2019. "All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be". As such, they've been releasing info on the upcoming Star Wars Land (to be built in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World) in piecemeal fashion, doling out morsels to keep us attentive. Star Wars Land will be the largest-ever single-themed expansion at the theme park, according to Disney. "Star Wars: Episode IX" is also expected to be released in summer 2019. Are you part of the Resistance or willing to join the First Order?

Alert all commands, Disney has lifted the veil and given us a sneak preview of what Star Wars Land will look like.

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So guests will actually get to pilot the Millennium Falcon, which has been a fantasy at some point for every Star Wars fan.

Finally, here's the official video of the whole model.

Star Wars might take place "in a galaxy far far away", but at least some if it is going to come a bit closer to home - in spectacular fashion. Bob Chapek, head of Disney's parks division, has promised "total immersion", including interaction with people in character and who knows what else. One will allow visitors to play guest-captain on the Millennium Falcon.

"The land's story will pull you in", said Disney Imagineering's executive creative director Scott Mallwitz.