It was only a matter of time before Star Wars mania leaked into the Disney theme parks, and today the Mouse unveiled more details about the upcoming attractions coming to both Disneyland and Disneyworld, including a preview of a new Star Tours sequence from The Force Awakens.
The new video offers a brief glimpse at a ride sequence based on scenes from J.J. Abrams’ movie, featuring the Millennium Falcon outrunning a TIE Fighter through ship wreckage. This will be part of Star Tours, the ride that almost never repeats itself because it mixes and matches a series of experiences. There are currently 54 possible combinations on Star Tours, and now scenes based on locations from The Force Awakens, like the one above, will be added to the assortment.
Check out the video below:
That will launch in Disneyland on Nov. 16 as part of a rebranding of parts of the park called Season of the Force, but it’s not all that Disney is adding. Space Mountain will be given a Star Wars makeover as well and will be temporarily renamed Hyperspace Mountain, which was announced at the D23 Expo this past year.
Yet another addition will take the form of a new theater experience called Star Wars: Path of the Jedi. Located at the Tomorrowland Theater, the attraction will “feature scenes from the complete Star Wars saga, also giving anyone new to the Star Wars galaxy an opportunity to get acquainted with the films,” according to Disney.
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It sounds like this will just be a theater playing clips from the six Star Wars films, but rumors persist that eventually clips from The Force Awakens will be shown here as well.
The last addition for November will be the Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive area dedicated to giving fans an up-close look at new props and merchandise from all six films plus The Force Awakens. There will also be attendants dressed as Darth Vader and Chewbacca.
However, these attractions won’t come to Disney’s Hollywood Studios until Dec. 1, so Californians will get the first taste of all these new experiences.
Meanwhile, Disney has one final addition that it’s withholding from both parks until early December. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is a revamped experience that will now incorporate characters from Star Wars Rebels, including Darth Vader and the Sith Inquisitor The Seventh Sister. The experience allows kids to dress up as Jedi and go on an interactive adventure that makes them feel like a Jedi Knight.
All of this is obviously just whetting fans’ appetites for the new Star Wars-themed land coming to both Disneyland and Disneyworld, which begins construction next year (and doesn’t yet have an official name). But there’s more bad news for Orlando residents: Because of construction, the park will not be putting on Star Wars Weekends next year. Sometimes, you can just have too much Star Wars.
Stay tuned for an up-close look at the new Star Wars attractions next week, when Dork Side will test them out and explain what they have to offer fans.