It may have all been started by a mouse, but wookiees are taking over.
Disneyland’s 60th anniversary TV special on ABC featured music, movie clips and assorted magical moments. Then Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo, introduced some animated graphics that illustrated what’s to come at Disney’s new “Star Wars” theme park experience.
And there was happiness in the nerd nation.
The 14-acre projects at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios will be the largest park renovations in Disney history. Locally, the expansion will boost Orlando’s $60 billion tourism industry by adding jobs and becoming a must-see destination for generations of “Star Wars” fans.
The broad strokes of the project were put into slightly better perspective during Ford’s presentation, with graphics of the grand plan that included:
A ride car designed after the cockpit of the Millennium FalconA marketplace scene that resembles a galactic version of Diagon Alley’s Carkitt Market, complete with aliens and Stormtroopers wandering the streetsA Great Movie Ride-style audience car transporting guests through a star base manned by a garrison of First Order StormtroopersA cantina scene and a dinner club — because food and libations only enhance the immersive experience.
And because construction hasn’t officially started yet and we fans are already impatient to live out our geeky dreams, the Disney Parks Blog has announced some Star Wars goodness debuting at Hollywood Studios staring April 4 that will include:
A new stage show titled “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away” that, according to the Parks Blog, “Will play out iconic moments from the film saga on Center Stage (in front of the Chinese Theater), and will feature appearances from “Star Wars” characters like Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, Darth Vader and Darth Maul.”Multiple daily processions of First Order stormtroopers, lead by the chrome-plated Captain Phasma from “The Force Awakens,” beginning at Star Wars Launch Bay and ending at Center Stage.A new Star Wars fireworks show “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” that will combine fireworks, video projections and spotlight beams that will resemble giant lightsabers.
And don’t forget Disney’s next contribution to the “Star Wars” movie universe, ” Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” opens Dec 16. Yes, this year.