Here’s a sneak peek of what Disney’s Star Wars Land will look like
This weekend is Disney’s D23 expo, where the company often unveils the first glimpses into what it has in store for the years ahead.
Our own Editor-and-Disney-aficionado-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino is down in LA for the event’s early access press day, and they’ve just pulled back the curtain on a bunch of stuff that’ll appear in the Star Wars Land parks that are set to open at Disneyland and Disneyworld in 2019.
I expect we’ll see quite a bit more about Star Wars Land — and, hopefully, the tech that’ll power it — throughout the weekend, but here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve seen so so far.
Stormtrooper “guards” were stationed around the Star Wars area, properly decked out and ready to serve the Empire if anyone started looking with their hands instead of their eyes.
There was blue milk — a favorite beverage of rebels and Aunt Berus (R.I.P) everywhere
This is Star Wars Land
Here’s the miniature model showing what Disney is going for. We couldn’t get too close (higher quality photos are coming as soon as we get’em) just yet, but you can start to get a sense of what it’ll look like.
It looks like Disney is going to really use stones/rock facades to their advantage here in making the park feel like an entirely isolated, independent world — not just another chunk of the same theme park. If you’ve been in Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure or the Mysterious Island section of DisneySea in Japan, you know how good they’ve gotten at pulling this off.
A little closer
Check out the buildings! Disney has already said they’re building a “new planet” for Star Wars Land rather than trying to do something like bring Hoth to the middle of LA, but you can definitely see the Tatooine/Naboo influences here.
It’s like a gradient of a half dozen Star Wars planets, all blended together. Oh, and peep the Tie Fighter hiding behind the trees in the front there.
Note the smooth transition from style-to-style from area to area. Whereas that last section was sandy and gritty (like a desert planet), this one is a bit more lush and water-stained.