New Star Wars Land Concept Art from Disneyland Anniversary Special


ABC aired a special celebrating the 60th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim California last night.  During the event, Harrison Ford presented a video showing off some of what’s coming to Disney’s theme parks in Orlando and Anaheim for their new Star Wars lands.


The video was short on details but there was some insight to be gleaned from the concept art that was shown.  First and foremost there look to be two new rides.  Whether Star Tours, the existing Star Wars themed ride found in both Disneyland and Disney Hollywood Studios, remains in the long term is still a matter of speculation, but there will definitely be two new rides.




The first attraction appears to be some sort of interactive simulation, where guests will man the various stations of the Millennium Falcon cockpit.  Whether it will be a pure motion simulator or the cockpit will actually move around in space is still unknown, as is the level of impact riders would have on the outcome of the ride through the interactive features.




The second attraction will apparently take guests into the middle of a battle between the First Order and Resistance forces.  This has long been rumored to be a trackless vehicle ride, which involves riders sitting in a vehicle that moves freely around a themed interior environment which may or may not include 3d video screens or physical sets and animatronic figures of some sort.




Finally, the rest of the concept art shows off 2 restaurants, a number of shopping opportunities, and some famous Star Wars vehicles likely to be used either for photo ops or walkthroughs.  At this point opening dates are just rumor and speculation, but those rumors indicate at least a couple of years before Star Wars land opens in Anaheim, with Orlando being behind that by another year or so.  Check Out SlashFilm for a complete set of concept images.





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23 thoughts on “New Star Wars Land Concept Art from Disneyland Anniversary Special

  • February 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    This looks amazing. I can’t wait… This is going to be an ultimate vacation.

  • February 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Some of this is pages lifted right out of The Art of The Force Awakens book

    • February 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I remember that last picture specifically, because it has that mermaid alien.

  • February 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This stuff looks fantastic. Totally fits into the Star Wars universe, and this kind of stuff is exactly one of my absolute favourite things about Star Wars. Civilian life in aesthetically awesome looking towns and cities, bounty hunters and smugglers and their underworld settlements, cantinas, and all the great creatures and species and… so much more.

  • February 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Well then, I guess I’ll keep renewing my annual pass.

    • February 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm


  • February 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    This concept art looks pretty cool and fits very well into the SW universe. Still, I wish they were just building some of the places we have seen in the movies and always wanted to go. I want to go to the Mos Eisley cantina! I want to walk on the Death Star! Obviously add things from the new trilogy, also.

    • February 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      Maybe they want this new park to tie into a novel/movie they have coming up. It seems to me like that’s the only real reason you wouldn’t make a Star Wars park with locations from the movies.

      • February 23, 2016 at 12:03 am

        I thought about that. But given the development cycles and the way things change as a movie is being made, I doubt seriously these are designs for a planet that is going to be in a movie coming out in 2017 or 2018.

      • February 24, 2016 at 2:45 am

        Originally they were going to use best of moments, but the Disney Corporation told them to go back and do something more original. Doing something new is much stronger these days especially when comparing to Harry Potter at Universal. Look at Cars Land, technically you’re not in the events of the film, you are visiting Radiator Springs on an off day for the characters (race day).

        • February 24, 2016 at 3:20 am

          I see. That sounds good, although I do find it ironic that Disney was concerned with originality 😉

    • February 23, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Thought it was odd as well that nothing really looks like a SW environment we’ve seen in past films, so perhaps we’l see some of these sets in future films?

  • February 22, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    The video has been pulled for some reason.

  • February 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

    A lot of this stuff looks like the “exotic city” described in detail at making Star, which was the concept for Takodana.

  • February 23, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Nice to know that we’ll get something before Orlando for once and Harrison is even moe awkward here than even I anticipated.

    • February 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Ikr, he definitely does NOT want to be there.

      • February 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

        Jay Sherman: “How do you sleep at night?”

        Rainer Wolfcastle: “On top of pile of money with many beautiful ladies”

        Well maybe more like lady and not so much beautiful.

  • February 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I don’t know how they are gonna do all this. It looks extremely detailed and realistic. That means they are gonna have workers dressed in costumes just walking around everywhere. This is awesome. I wanna work there!!

    • February 23, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      It might not end up looking quite like the concept art, but they’ll definitely have a ton of people in costume walking around. It’s going to be awesome. Seriously, this is something I have dreamed about for years!

  • February 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    If its half as good as Cars Land or New Orleans Square I’ll be happy. I have a good feeling especially about the California version.

  • February 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Why no video ? Nothing on you tube either. Bummer, looks great though.

    • February 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

      The vid got deleted.

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