Spare no expense seems to be Disneys’ logic here. Disney thrilled us with a new exciting addition to their Star Wars theme park – the full sized AT-AT walkers. They were announced in 2015 during Disney’s D23 event, but now they are finally under construction!
When Disney bought the Star Wars franchise in 2012 for $4billion, we knew theme parks were inevitable. But still, this Disney attraction will give the Star Wars fan an experience of a lifetime. A new video from the parks’ blog revealed that the full sized AT-AT walkers will be part of not one, but two of the Mouse’s theme parks.
Saying that the fans al got in a tizzy is an understatement. Among the sounds and sites at the long expected Star Wars Land will be full-sized AT-AT walkers.
Star Wars Land promises a lot of fun
It seems like the attractions will be worth the wait. Star Wars-themed lands are under construction at Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida.
“We’re also creating two incredible new signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance,” the company said in a statement on its official theme park blog.
We already knew that things like exotic buildings, life-sized Millennium Falcon, and a real-life version of the alien-inhabited Mos Eisely Cantina are underway, but the latest reveal kind of topped them.
Ok, when you look at the video, you will think they look a lot like playground versions of the giant battle vehicles, but, the video also shows a version of what they will end up looking like, and that is what got us excited. Even though we honestly doubt they will be shooting guests, we still have a feeling they will be a lot of fun.
Why are we so excited?
Star Wars series is one of the most famous in the history of cinema. Ever since the first movie of the Original Trilogy came out in 1977 adventures of those people in a galaxy far far away, and their fight for freedom had our hearts and our minds in an iron grip. So now, whatever comes out as a part of that story – we will gulp it up. And well, AT-AT Walkers are something special.
They became iconic in their debut in the Original Trilogy in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, when these quadrupedal imperial war machines shown up during the Empire’s ground assault on the Rebel base on the snow-covered planet Hoth. Shortly after that, the vehicle became a favorite toy for children of the original Star Wars generation, with a Holly Grail status. These awesomely big and tall sinister contraptions still enjoy a mythologically popular status.
Soon enough, kids and those who were kids when amazing quadrupeds showed up, will be able to stand in awe in front of these machines and probably check out the interior, even though we doubt there will be Rebel Snowspeeders to trip them up with cables.
The Disney blog descriptions left a lot to our imaginations, but they have uncovered a lot as well “Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones, and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”
The Millenium Falcon attraction will allow people to take control over the all-time most famous spacecraft from fiction putting them into a customized interactive secret mission.
The 14-acre Star Wars Land attraction first broke ground in April 2016, as the largest ever single themed expansion at Disneyland, and it will manifest a binary theme. It was announced to represent two immersive lands that will transport guests to a planet never seen before, all the while droids and aliens will mingle with visitors. One of those lands will be a remote trading port and the other will be battle themed. The other one will reportedly immerse the patrons more into the thick of the blaster-fueled action.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed on a call with investors last month, that the Star Wars Land attraction will open in 2019, the same year as the final chapter in the current “Skywalker Saga”, “Star Wars: Episode IX” is set to hit theaters.