Take A Look Inside Disney's Epic Star Wars Theme Park
Disney's acquisition of Star Wars has taken the brand from movie franchise to mega-conglomerate, so it was only inevitable that the next appropriate step would be the launch of a theme park.
Enter the Star Wars-themed expansion at California's Disneyland, which is currently under development and will be open to the public in just a few months. Better get those lightsabers out, Jedi junkies - the force is looking strong with this one.
Named Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the soon-to-open instalment is set to be one of the largest and most immersive parks that Disneyland-goers will ever experience.
Set on the remote planet of Batuu on a site spanning over 14 acres, visitors can build their own personalised droids, create custom-made lightsabers and meet some familiar faces from the newest Star Wars trilogy, including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren and fan-fave Chewbacca.
Guests are even given the chance to climb into the cockpit of Han Solo's legendary ship as part of one of the site's two main attractions, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
But it's the second ride, Rise of the Resistance, that's really got chins wagging. Set on a full-size starship, guests become part of the Resistance as they're captured by the First Order, before escaping a Star Destroyer in what is described as one of the most epic and elaborate rides in the history of Disneyland.
Anyone who grew up with dreams of becoming a Jedi knight, this ride is definitely the one for you.
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By the sounds of early press reviews, not one detail has gone to waste, the goal being to make you feel like it's a real place. You can even pick up a glass of the infamous Blue Milk while you're at it, as well as download a Star Wars function on the Play Disney Parks app to open up a range of new possibilities.
As reported by io9 writer Germain Lussier, who was one of the lucky ones to visit Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim, California before it opens, the park is nothing short of spectacular.
"As a Star Wars fan, did you ever dream you were captured by the bad guys and made a daring escape? You can do that here. Did you dream of flying the Millennium Falcon? You can do that here. Of building your own special lightsaber, or visiting a cantina, or making your own droid? You can do all of that and more," he wrote
"Black Spire Outpost on the planet of Batuu may be a remote spot in the Star Wars universe, but it's that universe we know and love, and it's going to make a lot of us very, very happy."
The new park is set to open at the California site in Summer, then at Disney World in Orlando in Autumn, just before the next instalment in the movie series, the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode IX.
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