Bloomberg- Walt Disney Co. gave fans the first three-dimensional look at the new “Star Wars” lands it’s building in Florida and California, including its jagged mountains, metal-domed cantina and forest packed with scheming rebels. Disney unveiled the models at a preview to D23 Expo, a three-day, biennial fan event that begins Friday in Anaheim, California. “This is the most ambitious land we’ve built to date,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s parks division, said Thursday at the unveiling.
The world’s largest entertainment company announced the “Star Wars” plans at the expo two years ago. Costing about $1 billion each, they’ll feature a simulated ride on the Millennium Falcon spaceship and an attraction that puts guests in the middle of a battle between the evil First Order and the Resistance fighting them.
They’re expected to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando and the company’s original park, Disneyland, in Anaheim.
What is beauty? Some say it is in the eye of the beholder. Others say it is a symmetrical face. And a select few would say that it is a plot of land in central Florida that will trick you into thinking you have been sent to a galaxy far, far away. I asked Robbie Fox what his definition of beauty was and he said “a warm, sunny day on Naboo”. I played one millisecond of that video without my headphones in by mistake and Robbie popped up from his desk like a meerkat in heat. So yeah, that 26 second video is to Robbie what favorite 26 seconds of internet porn is to you.
And I’m pretty stoked too. Granted, I wish there were more than two attractions planned, but I guess when you break it down, portions of Disney aren’t jammed with rides and shit. You get a few rides, a burger joint with a themed name that tricks you into spending $25 for a burger and fries, a few kiosks slinging ice cream and turkey legs, some bathrooms, and maybe a spot to take pictures with characters. But if Mickey and crew is throwing a billy into that place, it can’t suck, right? It’s not like James Dolan is signing the checks. Making an entire land around Avatar like Disney did seems like much more of a Dolan move. Nonetheless, I am definitely looking forward to boondoggling my ass off in Disney in 2019 with my pal and fellow nerd Robbie.
And for anyone who missed the trailer for this upcoming masterpiece, check it out here: