‘Star Wars’ land to be interactive at Disneyland – Orange County Register

Concept art from Walt Disney Imagineering shows the concept look for “Star Wars” land at Disneyland. It includes the concept look for the rerouted Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America. (Courtesy, The Disneyland Resort)

The new Star Wars land opening at Disneyland in 2019 will be interactive as well as immerse visitors in an environment based on the movies.

At the recent Star Wars Celebration fan event in Orlando, Scott Trowbridge, a Disney Imagineer overseeing the project, said it would feature a way for interactive story elements to involve visitors throughout the land.

Trowbridge added that choices visitors make while piloting the Millennium Falcon ride could influence how Star Wars characters treat and react to the visitors while in the land.

During the presentation, it was revealed that the land will be a new “Star Wars” story, including the interactive approach to telling that story involving the rides, and the characters that live in the land. Its location in the Star Wars universe has been described as “Somewhere on the Outer Rim – on the edge of the Unknown Regions.”

He did not say how this would be done but, as described by Trowbridge and other Imagineers, it would involve some kind of technology.

In 2014, Disneyland made an attempt at interactive storytelling with the “Legends of Frontierland” experience at the park. It involved visitors being put on one of two teams: Team Frontierland or Team Rainbow Bridge.

Then visitors would interact with a variety of live performers playing characters such as “The Sheriff” or “Gambler” or other “Old West” characters. During the interactive “role-playing” process, visitors would complete a task then receive game money. If they amassed enough “wealth,” they could then bid on and “purchase” parcels of land in the area.

At the end of the day, one of the teams could, in the “Old West” vernacular, “own the town.”

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