The new Star Wars Land parks at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL now have an opening date – or at least year. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed on the quarterly investor earnings call Tuesday that both versions of Star Wars Land will open in 2019.
The confirmation comes after a record year for Disney at the box office, and is one of several major expansions in the Parks and Resorts department. Parks and Resorts had a 6% increase in revenue and 13% increase in operating income in Fiscal Year 2017 Q1. They recently revamped their Disney cruise ships, opened Shanghai Disney Resort, and saw increase at both Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland, as well.
Before Star Wars land, Pandora: World of Avatar will open at Disney World this May, another focused area of growth for the parks.
Star Wars Land was announced during the D23 Expo in 2015, a 14 acre themed area that will transport fans to a galaxy far, far away. The lands will include cast members as aliens, interactive droids, a lifesize Millennium Falcon, alien-looking buildings and locales, and brand-new Star Wars rides.
“Our intent is to make it feel as if you’ve just walked into one of the movies,” Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge said of the parks. “Bringing Star Wars to life in the physical world gives us the opportunity to play with a whole bunch of things we’ve never done before, to really engage all of the senses.”
Star Wars fans will be able to spend a day in the world they love in 2019. That’s an odd year, so the Star Wars Celebration convention should be in the U.S. that year – can you imagine going to the con and the park in one trip?