Disneyland to temporarily close 14% of attractions to build 'Star Wars' land

If you’ve dreamed of piloting the Millennium Falcon, you are in for a treat once Disney completes construction on its new “Star Wars” land in California. However, a few staple attractions at the park will be closing—temporarily and permanently—to make room for the 14-acre spectacle.

In fact, 14 percent of the Anaheim park will close in January, according to the Los Angeles Times.



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Permanent Closures:

  • Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland
  • Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue
  • Big Thunder Ranch Petting Zoo
  • Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree

Temporary Closures:

  • Fantasmic
  • The Mark Twain Riverboat
  • The Sailing Ship Columbia
  • The Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • The Disneyland Railroad
  • The Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the “Star Wars” expansion to more than 7,500 fans back in August during the company’s annual D23 Expo. Both Disneyland in California and Disney World in Orlando, Florida, are slated to construct “Star Wars”-inspired lands, but neither have set official completion or opening dates as of yet.

The attraction closures in California come just months after the park hiked the price of annual passes, putting some prices above $1,000 for the first time.

Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise in 2012 for $4 billion is already paying off for the company. “The Force Awakens,” which was released on Dec. 18 has already surpassed $1 billion globally at the box office — faster than any film in history — and is slated to continue to break records throughout its run in theaters.

“They (Disney) are going to probably make, at the end of the day, on this first film alone worldwide, just box office in theaters, probably over $2 billion,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, told CNBC, adding that the “sky’s the limit right now” for Disney.