December 28, 2015


Disneyland Closing "Significant Chunk" of Park to Prep 'Star Wars' Area

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Blasting off from the super-reinvigorated Star Wars brand, Disneyland is prepping its most ambitious expansion ever, a 14-acre "land" dedicated to the galaxy far, far away. (Disney World is doing the same thing.) In January 2016, the Anaheim, Calif. park will close "a significant chunk" of its rides, attractions and restaurants in preparation, the L.A. Times reports.

Star Wars–y things are already underway at Disneyland, though, in tandem with The Force Awakens. The Times writes:

"An underused area in the Innovations building of Tomorrowland has been converted into Star Wars Launch Bay, a hall where parkgoers can play Star Wars video games, buy merchandise and meet costumed characters from the movie franchise. The Galactic Grill eatery now sells treats inspired by Star Wars characters, such as a dessert dubbed Darth by Chocolate and the Cheese 3PO Burger."

The changes are part of a celebration called Season of the Force, which kicked off on Nov. 15 and doesn't have an end date. There's no opening date for the actual Star Wars land. Back in August, Disney—which acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion—said the expansion would center around two main attractions: one that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon, another that "puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle."