Disney Parks to Open Star Wars Lands in California and Florida

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has unveiled details for several new lands and attractions -- including new and enhanced Star Wars experiences -- at its Florida and California theme parks. The two Star Wars lands, each 14 acres in size, will be built at Disneyland in Anaheim and at Disney's Hollywood Studios, part of Walt Disney World in Orlando. The Florida park will feature a Star Wars-themed weekend fireworks show, which will begin later this year; it is also adding an 11-acre area of rides built around the Toy Story movies. Next year, Disney's Animal Kingdom, also part of the Orlando complex, will launch several new attractions: Rivers of Light, an experience combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal images; nighttime "safaris"; and a new land, Pandora -- The World of Avatar, based on the film.

Details include:

Star Wars Enhancements and New Experiences
New Star Wars-themed attractions are coming to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.
• The Star Tours attractions will receive updates that will include new locations and characters from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
• The Star Wars Launch Bay will offer an interactive experience with special exhibits and behind-the-scenes views of the new film.
• Season of the Force will be a new seasonal event beginning early 2016 that will offer special entertainment, themed food locations and more.

Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios
• A new 11-acre land will put guests into the outdoors of Andy's backyard. Guests will think they have been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are surrounded by oversized toys and other objects.
• A family-friendly roller coaster on the back of Slinky Dog will zip guests through the toy-filled land.
• An attraction based on the little green aliens will take guests spinning on their own flying saucers while "The Claw" looms overhead.

After Dark at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Pandora - The World of Avatar
• New nighttime attractions and experiences will be available at the Animal Kingdom beginning in 2016, from live music to performances and more. Kilimanjaro Safaris, where guests travel through the African savanna, will offer nighttime tours starting next spring.