Disneyland's Star Wars-themed expansion is still a couple years away from making its debut, but fans of Disney and its vast trove of intellectual property got a sneak peek at the theme park's latest addition Thursday when the company unveiled a scale model of the new lands at its annual D23 expo in Anaheim.
The 50-foot-long model is the most detailed glimpse that Disney has provided of the secretive park expansion thus far.
Previous announcements about the two new Star Wars lands have revealed that both sections of the park will be set on a planet never seen in the movies, but the model shows that the new territory will include some familiar-looking features.
The bulbous, mushroom-shaped buildings and scrap metal aesthetic (very postmodern) is reminiscent of the set pieces seen in the original trilogy, as well as the more recent films released by Disney.
The Disney Parks blog describes the setting for the new lands as "a remote trading port," and fittingly, Han Solo's spaceship, the Millennium Falcon, is docked at the back of the model. It's not clear what the new rides will look like, but one promises to let visitors "take the controls" of the famous space vessel.
NEW: Star Wars Land model, coming 2019 to DIsneyland and Disney World. pic.twitter.com/Mjsse89te5— Star Wars Stuff (@starwarstuff) July 14, 2017
Most of all, the model shows that the 14-acre expansion will make good use of its allotted space, with plenty of open-air corridors to explore, a central courtyard with some nicely landscaped islands of vegetation, and intriguing buildings that will no doubt be filled with Disney-branded merchandise.
The park expansion is set to open in 2019.