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Video: Take A 3D Look At The Upcoming Star Wars Attraction At Disneyland
The handlers at Disney know how to build up suspense. As such, they've been releasing info on the upcoming Star Wars Land (to be built in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World) in piecemeal fashion, doling out morsels to keep us attentive.
On Thursday, they did it again by releasing a video of a 50-foot wide, model-scale Star Wars Land that will serve as the blueprint for both the Anaheim and Orlando attractions. The camera swoops into this pint-sized world to give us a 3D look at what it might be (of course, John Williams' score is used for dramatic effect).
Here are more shots of the model, which is being presented at the D23 expo in Anaheim this weekend:
Oh, it's... beautiful. The @DisneyParks #StarWars-themed land model has been revealed at @DisneyD23. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/e94FcR0HSW— Star Wars (@starwars) July 14, 2017
What do we learn? Not much that's new. As noted at the Disney Parks Blog, there'll be two signature attractions: one that lets guests pilot the Millennium Falcon (you'll find it about 15 seconds into the video), and one that tosses you into a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.
The model (in accordance with past images we've received of the land) shows a rugged landscape that is replete with craggy rock formations and looming metal structures (there's a cantina in there somewhere, we're sure). The land is supposed to be modeled after a kind of trade port where intergalactic travelers of all stripes converge. “This is the most ambitious land we’ve built to date,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney’s parks division, said Thursday at the D23 Expo, according to Bloomberg.
The lands in Anaheim and Orlando, which are expected to cost $1 billion each, are slated to open in 2019.
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