The force has definitely been awakening at Disneyland this Spring as images were released today of the ground breaking ceremony for the new Star Wars land expansion in Anaheim.
Disney Parks released this unique footage of the 14 acre expansion which was made after buildings were leveled near the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree section of the park.
When information was initially released during the D23 convention last August, Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company said of the expansion: “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, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”
To make way for this new world, Disneyland will be closing 10 attractions and eateries including: Big Thunder Ranch, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo which will be closed permanently. Fantasmic, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirates Liar on Tom Sawyer Island, Disneyland Railroad, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are faced with temporary closures.
Walt Disney World Resort should should be hot on Disneyland’s coattails with a series of closures recently being made at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Premier Theater, Lights Motor Action and Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, Monster Inc Meet and Greet, and Studio Catering Company have all been closed to make room.
For now these areas look like nothing more than a shell of Disney days gone by or in Disneyland’s case a landscape more reminiscent of Jakku than Frontierland. Hopefully with construction now under way we’ll start to see some Star Wars magic in the weeks and months ahead.
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