Update (7:30 a.m.): Disney Parks has released hi-res versions of three of the concept illustrations unveiled Sunday. We've updated images where appropriate.
During an ABC special Sunday night celebrating the 60th anniversary of its first theme park, Disney unveiled new concept art of details for its "Star Wars Experience" theme lands, under construction at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
"Star Wars is, for lack of a better word, awesome," franchise veteran Harrison Ford said during the presentation. "I'm so blessed that I had an opportunity to be a part of it, to walk in these iconic locations, and soon you will be able to do that as well -- not in a galaxy far, far away, but in a place close to home."
Revealed in August at the D23 Expo, Disney’s plans for Star Wars call for 14-acre themed areas at its parks in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California. The initiative, which is expected to cost billions and take years to complete, is characterized as Disney’s “largest single-theme land expansion ever.”
The new concept art shown Sunday was accompanied by brief descriptions of what visitors can expect from "Star Wars Experience": a Millennium Falcon attraction in which you can "actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy" and fire its laser canons; another attraction in which guests a placed in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order "in a race against time"; an "otherworldly street market" where you'll be able to taste "the local delicacies"; an upscale dinner club; and a local cantina.
You can see video and more screencaps from the ABC special below. We'll update when Disney releases high-resolution concept art.
No opening dates have been announced.
(screencaps via Techinsider)