The $1-billion project will include two attractions, a ride that lets guests fly the iconic spaceship the Millennium Falcon and another that throws visitors in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. This will include interaction with various Star Wars characters, including Rex the droid, who may serve as a DJ in the land’s cantina. Several spaceships, including an X-Wing Starfighter and a TIE Fighter, can be seen stationed in the park.
After Disney purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, the entertainment giant has increasingly incorporated Star Wars characters and scenes into the Disney theme parks. An expansion to include Marvel superhero characters at Disney California Adventure has been rumored for months. During its fan exposition D23 in Anaheim, Disney officials also announced a new Mickey and Minnie Mouse-inspired ride at Hollywood Studios called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad, using what Chapek called “2½ D” instead of 3D technology. A ride based on the movie “Ratatouille” will be built at Epcot, a ride based on the “Tron” movie and video game will be built at Walt Disney World in Orlando and an overhead tram ride will be added to connect the parks in Florida.