OC: Disneyland “Season of Force” announced for Star Wars release

Concept of meet and greet with Chewbacca at Disneyland Southern California Resort (courtesy)
Concept of meet and greet with Chewbacca at Disneyland Southern California Resort (courtesy)

The force is awakening more than a new movie, with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Dec. 2015.

Disneyland will launch an aggressive 4-D marketing campaign for the film sure to be the largest blockbuster in history. Starting Nov. 16, Favorite scenes from Star Wars films will be shown at the Tomorrowland Theater. There will also be special “Star Wars” themed food and beverages, merchandise and entertainment. Along with it, groundbreaking will happen in 2016 on the Star Wars-themed land.

To whom much is given…

In order to create the new Star Wars land, Disneyland will make use of the landscape north of Thunder Mountain, in Frontierland. This will include temporary closures and permanent closures, alike. Disneyland will temporarily close of the Rivers of America and the Disneyland Railroad.

All stations of the Disneyland Railroad and attractions along the Rivers of America, including “Fantasmic!” Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia, Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes will be temporarily closed at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10.

Big Thunder Ranch — including Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree — will close permanently at the end of the operating day on Jan. 10.

A series of “Star Wars” related-attractions will open at Disneyland beginning Nov. 16 in connection with the Dec. 18 release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” park officials announced this week.

What is being dubbed “Season of the Force” will begin Nov. 16 with the opening of the Star Wars Launch Bay and the addition of a scene on Star Tours– The Adventures Continue inspired by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Star Wars Launch Bay will give visitors chances to meet Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

It will also include themed galleries, the Dark Side Gallery, the Light Side Gallery, Preview Gallery and Starship Gallery with stormtrooper armor, Sith lightsabers, Rebel flight helmets and lightsabers once wielded by Jedi
Knights, props from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and starship models.

In December, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will introduce new characters and a new villain from the popular Disney XD series, “Star Wars Rebels.”

The Space Mountain ride will be dubbed Hyperspace Mountain for a limited time with riders joining an X-wing starfighter battle.

 

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