Welcome to your weekly source for news and images of the construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland. We have an update on those mysterious frames we saw last week and a little video from Disney that shows where it’s going. Let’s make the jump to hyperspace!
|Disney Confirms AT-AT’s In Star Wars Land
After we got the first photos of those curious metal frames last week (HERE) and speculated we could be seeing walkers patrolling Star Wars Land in Disneyland, the interwebs blew up with the news. And this week, Disney released a little video about the building.
And this is what the site looks like this week:
So the walkers won’t be outside roaming the park. They will be part of the Battle Escape ride as part of a hangar set in the attraction. Looks like a tight fit. We’ll have more in our weekly construction update. But first…
|News From The Outer Rim
Yoda in “The Last Jedi”?
Frank Oz was doing interviews at SXSW for Muppet Guys Talking: Secrets Behind the Show the Whole World Watched when he was asked if he had any involvement in The Last Jedi. Variety reported his response:
“I feel like I’m a prisoner at war here, and I can only give you my name, rank and serial number. To be true to the people who asked me, and they are kind of my family, I have to say I’ve been asked not to talk about it. I love Yoda. I would be happy to talk to you about it at the time they let me.”
Hmmm…What does that tell you?
Clone Wars Staying On Netflix
Contrary to earlier reports, Netflix is NOT removing “Star Wars: Clone Wars” as was previously announced on March 7. No word on why the decision was made, but I’m happy about it.
No 2018 Celebration
Star Wars Celebration has been a yearly event, but it seems that it’s taking a break next year. Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Celebration, but no location has been announced.
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|Star Wars Land Construction
While all eyes were on the AT-AT’s in Battle Escape, the area around the Rivers Of America is running full speed ahead to make the July 2017 re-opening of the River complex. Here’s our weekly recap of the construction of Star Wars Land.
Let’s start with an areal shot of Disneyland’s Star Wars Land from Nearmap.
MiceChat was the first to create a graphic which shows what the Star Wars area was like before, and what we expect the layout to look like when complete. This map was created prior to the beginning of construction and has been pretty accurate. Size and locations are approximate.
Tucked in behind the big Battle Escape building, we can peek at the framework for what looks to be a backstage building. Between there and Battle Escape is where the showbuilding for the Millennium Falcon ride is getting its foundation.
In the adjacent Northeastern section of Star Wars Land, a berm has been built to separate the atmosphere of Star Wars Land from the newly re-routed Disneyland Railroad.
The Southeastern area is where the Fantasmic backstage will be along side the entrance to Star Wars Land from Frontierland.
The Fantasmic backstage is inside this structure (below) that has been covered in dirt (presumably to be planted) and is now getting a rock façade leading from the Big Thunder Trail to the tunnel entrance to Star Wars Land.
On the Frontierland side of this area, looking from Big Thunder Mountain, we can see the first stage of the rockwork covering the metal in a new section.
The Disneyland Rail Road bridge over the pedestrian walkway has more detail paint to get the rust look.
And on the Big Thunder Trail, the concrete work is getting more detail paint as well.
The south section of Star Wars Land is where the Disneyland Railroad will pass on the outer wall in front of a waterfall into the Rivers of America and a walkway will go from Critter Country around the Hungry Bear Restaurant and into Star Wars Land.
Something interesting popped up this week. If you peek between the trees, you can see through to Tom Sawyer’s Island where a new cabin is being built. Is this a new version of the Burning Settlers Cabin?
Switching around to the park side, the rockwork for the waterfall is continuing.
Where the trail will go from the Hungry Bear Restaurant, under a bridge just before the waterfall and into Star Wars Land, workers are busily assembling the guardrails and doing detail paintwork along the trail.
And the track for the river ships is coming together.
The western portion of Star Wars Land is where the massive Battle Escape Attraction is taking shape.
Inside the north part of this building is where the newly assembled AT-AT Walkers will stand in a hangar inside the attraction. Whether that will be part of the que or the actual ride is unknown.
The middle section of this building is where a big excavation has taken this part of this building underground.
On the right side of the structure, the concrete circle that started underground is now going up.
And finally, along the perimeter of Star Wars Land where the tram route enters the park, a new gate and cast entrance is being constructed.
Now, having taken a tour of the current state of construction for Star Wars Land, here’s a look at how things are laid out in the new aerial photo. The blue line is the new path for the Disneyland Railroad. The orange lines are the three entrances to Star Wars Land: from Critter Country along the path going in next to the Hungry Bear Restaurant; from Frontierland at Big Thunder Mountain; and from Fantasyland.
That’s it for this week’s update. If you want to catch up on how far the construction has come so far, you can check out the archives of Star Wars Land News here.
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