FLORIDA, U.S. - Disney has revealed details of planned attractions at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and at its Florida theme parks Walt Disney World, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Disney officials revealed at its fan exposition D23 in Anaheim that it is planning to add new attractions throughout its parks, including a new Marvel superhero expansion, at Disney California Adventure.
Rumors about this expansion has been ongoing for months, especially since the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride was revamped to Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.
The entertainment giant said that construction has been continuing for months on a new Star Wars land, but the name was first revealed at the expo: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
It said that at Disneyland, the $1-billion project will include two attractions, a ride that lets people fly the iconic spaceship - the Millennium Falcon and another that throws visitors in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.
Chairman of Disney’s parks and resorts, Bob Chapek hinted at the event that the 14-acre expansion will include interaction with various Star Wars characters, including Rex the droid, who may serve as a DJ in the land’s cantina.
Fans believe that the park would have to close several less-popular attractions in the nearby A Bug’s Land area and also expand into an adjacent parking lot.
The company has said that it also has plans for Disney California Adventure, Paradise Pier which will be converted to Pixar Pier next summer, to include characters from the movies made by Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of Disney.
Reports revealed that a Pixar parade and fireworks show is also expected and Cars Land will be remade this fall for Halloween.
For the Florida parks, he announced a new Mickey and Minnie Mouse-inspired ride at Hollywood Studios called Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad, using “2½ D” instead of 3D technology.”
Further, he said, a ride based on the movie “Ratatouille” will be built at Epcot, a ride based on the “Tron” movie and video game will be built at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and an overhead tram ride will be added to connect the parks in Florida.
Chapek reportedly said he hoped to have many of the projects finished in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.
Disney recently revealed glowing earnings reports and the plans to revamp comes after the company reported big profits from movies and theme parks.
In the quarter that ended April 1, the Walt Disney Co. reported an 11 percent jump in profit.