Star Wars Build Begins

March 4, 2016

Construction will begin April on "Star Wars" land, the biggest expansion of Disneyland in decades, Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Robert Iger announced at the company's annual shareholders meeting, saying the attraction "will be great."

At the meeting in Chicago, Iger said groundbreaking for the 14-acre "Star Wars"-themed land will take place in April, adding that the area will feature two attractions, including a ride that lets visitors pilot the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship flown by Han Solo in the movies.

An identical "Star Wars" land is also set to be built in Disney's Hollywood Studios park in Orlando, Florida. Iger gave no completion date for either expansion.

Disney bought the rights to the Star Wars empire in 2012 from George Lucas for a reported $4 billion. Disney took over production of the newly rebooted film franchise and announced plans to build the galactic icon into its theme parks.

Source: LA Times; Disney