Star Wars amusement parks to be launched by Disney
Disney has announced plans to build an enormous Star Wars land marking the biggest expansion in the theme park's history.
It will consist of two 14-acre parks - one in California's Disneyland and the other in Florida's Disney World - with advanced sensor features to give visitors an 'immersive' experience.
In one, fans of the franchise will be able to board the Millennium Falcon to head up a 'secret mission'. In the other, visitors will be put in the middle of an 'epic' battle between the Resistance and the New Order - a war plucked from the soon-to-be-released Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
'I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,' Disney chairman Bob Iger told an audience at the firm's D23 Expo on Saturday. 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.'
Iger revealed everyone on site will be in character. 'You will have chance to run into droids and fantastic roaming beasts that Star Wars is known for,' Iger said.
'You'd expect to find a cantina, and there will be one,' he assured the 7,500-strong crowd, making a reference to the fictional bar in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on Tatooine.
The cantina is first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It is where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet Han Solo and Chewbacca.
A date has not been set for the opening of the new parks.
The announcement comes less than three years after George Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise to Disney for $4 billion.