Disney World will break ground on Star Wars lands in 2016

Disney World will break ground on Star Wars lands in 2016

After much speculation, Disney have announced that construction will start on Star Wars lands at both Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, next year.

The groundbreaking dates were announced by Walt Disney Co. Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs at an investors conference Thursday.

"This will be I think perhaps the most immersive land we've ever built," Staggs said of the upcoming project. "We want people to feel like they've stepped into the world of Star Wars and so that's really sparked our imaginations and it's got people fired up."

Disney announced at last month's D23 conference that it will build a 14-acre Star Wars land and an 11-acre Toy Story area at Disney's Hollywood Studios — the largest overhaul ever within an existing Walt Disney World theme park. Experts say they expect it to take several years before Disney's Hollywood Studios' complicated and costly new expansion becomes reality. No price tag has been provided, although costs for expansion on both coasts is expected to be billions of dollars.

Disney's Hollywood Studios has suffered with a lack of coherent identity for years, struggling to engage visitors since the actual studios element was stopped production in the 1990's. Star Wars in particular is considered to be Disney's way to strike back at Universal Orlando's wildly successful Harry Potter lands. In addition to the expansion, Disney will give Hollywood Studios a new name but has not revealed it yet.

No opening date has been announced, but let's all hope they can borrow some of the magic that Universal Orlando have been using and speed things up a bit.