Disney Reveals Opening Dates for Star Wars Attractions, Pandora

Concept drawing for Pandora-The World of Avatar from the Walt Disney Co.

The new Star Wars-themed attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will open in 2019, according to Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, who announced the news during the Walt Disney Co. first-quarter earnings call.

The two Star Wars entities are the largest-ever, single-themed land expansions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. At each location, guests will be transported to a "never-before-seen planet -- a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space." Other attractions revealed so far include a signature ride that lets guests take the controls of Hans Solo's ship, the Millennium Falcon.

Iger also announced that Pandora-The World of Avatar, created with Avatar filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment, will debut at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World on May 27. Pandora will feature the Na'vi River Journey, which will send riders through a bioluminescent rainforest. The journey ends with an encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of the fictional planet. Another ride, Avatar Flight of Passage, will offer guests the experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a banshee, the winged animal from the movie.