Disney Reveals Stunning Full Look at Star Wars Land Park Expansion Ahead of D23 Expo

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We’ve been tracking the progress of Disney’s planned Star Wars Land park addition with no small sense of delight, and now they’ve finally dropped the first official look at the expansion as their D23 event looms and threatens to consume our entire weekend. We’re OK with that.

The look at the detailed model for the planned immersive Star Wars experience is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a Disney park, which is what had us so excited about it in the first place. It’s got plenty of the lived-in futuristic aesthetic that Star Wars is famous for—as well as some ships that nearly everyone probably recognizes—and that the current trilogy made a return to after the prequel trilogy took to some of the galaxy’s shinier locales.

The model shown in the video is on display this weekend at the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Disney’s own site for the event features some additional stills of the model, including some more looks at the Millennium Falcon, which features its current, roughly rectangular dish on top rather than the round version that got knocked off in Return of the Jedi, in case you were wondering about the time period for the park. (That only makes sense if Disney wants to tie it into the current movies, which they surely do.)

When the park eventually opens, guests will get to fulfill their dreams of climbing about the Falcon themselves, among other activities—including some never-before-seen lightsaber technology to let you fight like a Jedi, which has had people saying, “Lightsabers are real.” Guests of the D23 Expo this weekend will get to look at the model in person, as well as partake in all of Disney’s exciting announcements that they’ve got all to themselves before SDCC kicks off next week. With Star Wars and Marvel under their wing, it’s sure to be an exciting weekend.

Check out the full schedule of events to see when you might expect big announcements for your favorite franchises.

(via cnet, image: Disney)

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