|PHOTO: Disney Star Wars-Themed Land Artist Concept. (photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)
Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger announced new details about the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands at Disneyland Resort (opening in June) and Disney World (late fall 2019).
According to Barrons.com, Iger revealed the new 14-acre Star Wars areas at both Disneyland and Disney World would feature open-air marketplaces designed to house characters, shops and intergalactic experiences.
Disney Imagineers traveled to Morocco and Turkey to develop ideas and concepts to make the shops and trading posts as authentically detailed as possible. In addition to using Star Wars movie sets, visitors will also be able to enjoy customizable droids that interact with the land.
Iger also showcased additional details about the Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run attraction. The ride will look and feel like the Millennium Falcon and seat six passengers, but it was the note that how guests fly the vessel will impact their time spent in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land that has travelers even more excited.
The concept is that how guests fly the space ship—whether exceptionally well or poorly—will impact how shopkeepers and citizens of Black Spire Outpost interact with them as they make their way throughout the park.
More details about Disney’s Rise of the Resistance attraction were also revealed, with droid-powered vehicles transporting visitors on a cinematic-like journey featuring encounters with Kylo Ren, AT-ATs and an army of Stormtroopers.
|PHOTO: An artist rendering of the new Star Wars Hotel at Walt Disney World Resort. (photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)
Fans have been patiently waiting to hear when Star Wars: Galaxy Edge at Disneyland is set to open and it looks like Disney CEO Bob Iger has let the secret out. He says a grand opening is scheduled for June.
Iger did a Q&A with Barron’s in which he said, “When Star Wars opens in Anaheim in June and in Florida later in the year, that’s adding capacity.”
“You’re adding 14 acres of land (each), more rides and more for people to do. It’s the biggest land we’ve ever built.”
Previous reports put Star Wars: Galaxy Edge to open at the Anaheim park in summer 2019, but according to Iger, it could be in the first month of summer.
Disneyland officials declined to comment on Iger’s quote and are holding steadfast to a “summer 2019” debut.
While the exact dates of the opening have not been released by the Disney CEO or any officials, Theme Park Insider editor and Southern California News Group theme park columnist Robert Niles is predicting June 21-23 as the grand opening date with soft opening previews on the weekends before those dates. His prediction is a result of Disneyland annual passholder blockout dates which changed from 2018 to 2019.
Though the Star Wars: Galaxy Edge date isn’t concrete, “June 2019” is a good start if you’re making plans to attend the grand opening, according to Disney’s CEO.
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|Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo via moophoto / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus)
The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland will receive a $300,000 overhaul starting in January and continuing through the spring.
According to the Orange County Register, the centerpiece of the California theme park will have its roof redone and the fiber-reinforced plastic on the turrets replaced. The project will begin on January 7.
To keep the Disneyland experience great for visitors, officials said they will decorate the scaffolding that would surround the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the coming months. The construction work will not change the castle significantly, but walkthroughs at the attraction will be closed starting January 17.
“Sleeping Beauty Castle is the heart of Disneyland Park and is simply being refreshed,” Walt Disney Imagineering art director Kim Irvine told OCRegister.com. “It will remain the same beloved icon it is today when the refurbishment is complete.”
Disneyland’s overhaul of Sleeping Beauty Castle is part of the theme park’s preparations ready for the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is currently scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.
In addition to the improvements to the castle, Disneyland is also working on other rides and attractions this winter, including the Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain and more.