Disney has finally confirmed when we’ll be able to visit a galaxy far, far away.
Disney first announced Star Wars Land way back in August 2015. In fact, there will be two Star Wars Lands, both currently under construction — one at Orlando’s Hollywood Studios, and one at Anaheim’s Disneyland.
Concept art was released on a TV special around this time last year, but other than that, Disney has kept quiet about the hotly anticipated attraction — until today.
During a quarterly earnings conference call, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Star Wars Land is on target for a 2019 opening at both parks.
Iger said the attraction will be “occupied by many inhabitants; humanoids, aliens and droids… the attractions, the entertainment, everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the mythology.”
Details about the attraction are still being kept tightly under wraps, but a Disney Parks blog has teased a Millennium Falcon ride that will give guests “the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy”.
Iger also announced that Disney World’s Avatar-themed land, Pandora — The World of Avatar, will open at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park on 27 May 2017.
Iger said the Avatar-themed land will enable guests to encounter “awe-inspiring floating mountains and wander through a nighttime jungle of bio-luminescent plants that are alive with light and sound”.
Disney’s Avatar park will contain two main attractions — a Pirates of the Caribbean-like ride called Na’vi River Journey, which will feature the most life-life animatronics Disney has ever created, and a flying simulator called Avatar: Flight of Passage.
So there you have it — if you’re a Disney fanatic planning a US trip, it sounds like it’ll be worth waiting until 2019.