‘Star Wars’ Festival With Rides, Shows, Exhibits to Come to Disneyland

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New lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will be based on a "Star Wars" planet, seen here in an artist's rendering. (Credit: Walt Disney Company)

Disneyland will begin its long and steady drumbeat leading up to the launch of the 14-acre Star Wars Land with a fan festival celebrating the classic and future films in the movie franchise.

The Season of the Force event will start Nov. 16 in Tomorrowland with a lineup of rides, shows, exhibits, specialty foods and character meet-and-greets.

Space Mountain will get a thematic overlay to become Hyperspace Mountain, where riders will witness an X-wing battle inside the indoor roller coaster. The Star Tours motion simulator will add a new scene from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” film that will be part of every ride along with two other scenes from the current attraction.

The Innoventions building will transform into the Star Wars Launch Bay with props and exhibits from the movies along with galleries dedicated to lightsabers, starships, stormtroopers and Jedi Knights. Kids of all ages can play “Star Wars” video games that have been set at the most challenging difficulty levels. Fans can take photos during meet-and-greets with Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

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