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Disney unveils first photos and video of Star Wars park

Posted July 15

Disney just gave us all a first look into a galaxy from far, far away.

On Friday at the D23 Convention, Disney unveiled a video and photos that offer a glimpse of the upcoming Star Wars theme park, which includes “features from the Star Wars universe, most prominently the Millennium Falcon spacecraft seen in the earliest movies of the series,” according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Two specific areas of the park were already announced, though they don’t have official names. One includes the Millennium Falcon, and the other puts visitors in the battle between the First Order and the Resistance, which are both groups seen in the recent “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Scott Mallwitz, ‎executive creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, told The Orange County Register that visitors can act out different roles in this battle.

“As you move through the areas, you might be recruited to join one side or the other,” he said. “Are you a spy? Are you part of the Resistance or willing to join the First Order? It’s up to you. And your role inside of that will be defined by how you choose.”

As for the setting, Disney told the Orlando Sentinel these parks will be set on a planet not yet seen in the Star Wars universe.

The parks will open in 2019, according to the Sentinel.

The new land will also be one of the final stops before the Wild Space attraction, where people can visit with Star Wars characters in real life, Disney said in a blog post.

Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, said his team is excited to add some Star Wars flair to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks.

"To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” he said, according to the Sentinel. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”

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