Disney reveal first image of Star Wars theme parks

They’ve also revealed you’ll get to fly the Millennium Falcon

The Walt Disney Company has revealed an artist’s impression of the Star Wars theme parks that are being built at Disneyland in California and the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.

It was revealed last September that the areas will each be 14-acres in size, making them the largest single-themed park expansions in the company’s history. Construction work on the new attractions commenced in April, but an opening date is yet to be announced.

A press release posted to Disney Parks Blog says, “Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings.

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“Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”

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News of the Star Wars areas of Disney’s theme parks first broke last August. Speaking at the time, Disney CEO Bob Iger said: “These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet.”

Shortly after, the Walt Diney Company officially announced the attractions. Speaking about the project, Iger said: “I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars. We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever.

“These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

Disney bought Lucasfilm, which owned the Star Wars franchise, for $4.06 billion (£2.6 billion) in 2012, releasing Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015.

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