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Star Wars Lands Headed to Disney World, Disneyland

by Leap on August 15, 2015 14 Orlando

Big news today for you fans of the Force. Star Wars lands are headed to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Walt Disney Co. Chairman Bob Iger revealed the announcement during the annual D23 Expo in Anaheim. These would be the largest themed land the parks have ever created, at 14 acres each. At Disney World, Star Wars land will be at Disney's Hollywood Studios. According to the Orange County Register, it will be in the Big Thunder Ranch area at Disneyland Park with some expansion into a backstage location.

Star Wars Land Rendering for Disney World and Disneyland

Both Star Wars lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a trading port and "one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life," according to a Disney press release.

Star Wars Land Rendering for Disney World and Disneyland

Both lands will have two signature attractions. One will be a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. The other attraction will put fans at the helm of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret admission.

Also announced during D23 was a new Toy Story land for Disney's Hollywood Studios, an update on the Avatar-themed Pandora Land, an updated Soarin' and a new Jungle Cruise-themed restaurant for Magic Kingdom. What was not announced was the new name for Disney's Hollywood Studios, which Iger previously revealed will be coming to the park.

What's Inside Star Wars Land

Star Wars Land Rendering for Disney World and Disneyland

Here are more details about what is expected for Star Wars Land at Disney World and Disneyland.

  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue - A new adventure will be added to the existing ride, which already has more than 50 different outcomes and the ability to visit five separate planets. The new adventure will feature characters and locales from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Star Wars Land Rendering for Disney World and Disneyland

  • Star Wars Launch Bay - This area will include meet-and-greets with new and favorite Star Wars characters, a themed store and special food offerings. Guests will also get the chance to see sneak peaks behind the scenes of the new film and special exhibits. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, it will be located in the Animation Courtyard. At Disneyland Park, it will be located in Tomorrowland, where it will share space with the reimagined Super Hero HQ. In this space, guests will be able to meet and interact with Captain America, Thor and the returning Iron Man. Both of these experience will open later this year.
  • Jedi Training Academy - This interactive experience geared toward children ages 4 through 12 will be reimagined, with new characters and a new villain from Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels."
  • Season of the Force - This is a new seasonal event to begin in early 2016 at Disneyland Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park, guests will get to explore the Star Wars galaxy with special entertainment, food and more. Space Mountain will get a Star Wars-themed overlay called Hyperspace Mountain, wherein guests will be part of an X-wing Starfighter battle. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, there will be a new fireworks spectacular on weekends set to the Star Wars score.

As you might expect, Iger revealed just enough to whet the appetite. We expect more details and timetables will be revealed in coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you Star Wars fans will just have to wait. What are you most excited about? Let us know below!

Keep hopping!

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Jun 16, 2017 at 5:37 p.m. Laffo Says...

Will star wars Disney Hollywood studios be open by September 2019?

May 19, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. Edwin Medina Says...

I understand there is not a release date yet ,but will there be a date release for the new Star Wars park by the end of the year? It does say 2019. I'm hoping to hear something by the end of this year,because I plan on going next year with the family specifically for this attraction.

May 21, 2018 at 8:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Edwin!

It's tough to say - our guess is that we won't hear a confirmed opening date until early 2019.

Keep hopping!


Jun 16, 2017 at 3:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...


Disney has not released an opening date for Star Wars at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Hoppy Planning!


Mar 5, 2017 at 3:27 a.m. Chris Says...


Do you know if the new Star Wars park at Disneyland and the park at WDW will be identical?


Mar 6, 2017 at 6:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

Disney has not released details on the Star Wars-themed lands.

Keep Hopping!


Jan 3, 2017 at 7:01 p.m. Katy Says...

I'm a Darth Vader fan and am wondering if he will be at the new Star Wars Land. And could you let me know when the info becomes available pertaining to the opening of the Star Wars Land? It would be greatly appreciated.

Jan 3, 2017 at 1:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Katy,

We'll definitely be your source for Star Wars Land information once more details are released. May the force be with you!

Keep Hopping!


Oct 30, 2016 at 9:04 p.m. Denise Says...

Hi, we were at WDW in July 2016, already planning our next trip. We are hoping to go when all the new lands will be built? What's your best guess? Do you think by summer 2018 everything will be finished or is that wishful thinking?

Nov 3, 2016 at 2:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Denise,

We honestly can't say for sure.

Keep hopping!


Oct 5, 2016 at 4:24 p.m. Marisa Says...

We are visiting Disneyworld on January 20th, Star Wars park will be opened at that time?


Oct 11, 2016 at 12:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marisa,

No, it will not, although there are Star Wars activities in the park. Here are a few.

Keep hopping!


May 11, 2016 at 9:54 p.m. Martin Hauser Says...

Are there any tours for handicap people. I am 81 and have to use a wheelchair but would prefer to use one of the electric carts they are not too expensive. Can I use the electric vehicle for the Star Wars

May 20, 2016 at 10:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Martin,

There are definitely wheelchairs and motorized scooters for rent at the park. Most of the rides make accommodations for wheelchairs/motorized scooters, and all of the parades and shows are accessible! Check out our post on what accommodations Disney attractions make for the disabled/handicapped.

Keep hopping!


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