With the announcement of Star Wars themed lands at the D23 Expo last month, Disneyland and Walt Disney World fans have been anxiously anticipating more information and possible starting dates for construction on both coasts. Disneyland’s social media team announced that Star Wars will take over the Big Thunder Ranch area of Disneyland (which will be closing permanently on January 10th), and the Disney Parks Blog announced that several attractions and areas of the park will be closed to begin construction on the Star Wars themed land. On January 10th 2016, the following attractions and experiences will be closed for over a year (as quoted on the comments section of the Disney Parks Blog):
- The Disneyland Railroad, and all of its stations
- Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
- Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
Based on this announcement, we can expect serious construction and limited options in the Frontierland, Rivers of America, and New Orleans Square areas. This may impact people’s experience of that area of the park, so it is suggested that you plan advance if you are visiting any time in 2016 and possibly into 2017. Although the temporary closures sound significant, we are very much looking forward to what Disney and the Imagineers do with Star Wars in the parks and are excited that construction will be starting soon! However, you don’t have to wait until after 2016 to enjoy Star Wars. Opening at Disneyland park on November 16 will be:
Star Wars Launch Bay
This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more. Here’s a look inside!
- Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences
- Explore the Dark and the Light in Themed Galleries
- Dark Side Gallery – Get a look at authentic pieces of stormtrooper armor as well as famous Sith lightsabers once wielded by masters of the dark side.
- Light Side Gallery – Explore a gallery filled with Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi Knights.
- Preview Gallery – See props from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Starship Gallery – Discover models of famous starships and their pilots from throughout the Star Warssaga.
- Join the Battle in the Star Wars Game Center – Play the latest games from the Star Wars galaxy, includingDisney Infinity 3.0 – featuring park-exclusive Toy Box levels.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This popular attraction will feature a new scene inspired by the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Hyperspace Mountain – Climb aboard a reimagined Space Mountain attraction, in which guests will join an X-wing starfighter battle.
- Revisit favorite scenes from classic Star Wars films at Tomorrowland Theater.
- Try new themed food.
Choose your side during Season of the Force, beginning November 16 at Disneyland. We are are excited about the upcoming experiences! What are you looking forward to?