A pair of new permits pulled for Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park area gives another peek at the latest work going on there.
The permits — notice of commencements filed with Orange County— are for the “core & shell” and “foundations and structural steel” for Disney’s “Project D,” which long has been believed to be the codename for the Star Wars land.
The permits signal the type of work construction crews are up to right now at the new expansion set to debut in 2019. This latest work is set to be completed in late September, according to the Sept. 26 expiration date on the permits.
Disney has been undergoing foundation and structural steel work on different parts of the land for quite some time, but the permit on erecting a shell hints that guests may begin to see vertical construction pop out over the top of the construction fencing.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. in Orlando is the general contractor and Culver City, Calif.-based Cuningham + Morris Architects is the architect. Check out the permit for a full list of the contractors.
The Star Wars expansion will revolutionize Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which welcomed more than 10.8 million guests in 2015. The theme park is the lowest-attended park of the four Walt Disney World parks in town, but it still tops both Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
Theme park investments keep Orlando’s tourist offerings fresh and encourage repeat visitation. Last year, the city welcomed more than 68 million visitors and the local tourism industry generated more than $60 billion in economic impact