New York Daily News

Hype awakens for Disney ‘Star’ ride

- BY ETHAN SACKS

STAR WARS fans felt a great disturbanc­e in the Force Sunday night, as if millions of parkgoers suddenly queued up in line.

Disney unveiled the first look at its new “Star Wars”-themed expansion during Sunday night’s “Disneyland 60” anniversar­y special on ABC.

Han Solo himself, actor Harrison Ford, introduced a segment that showed off concept art for the proposed rides and attraction­s coming to Disney’s U.S.-based theme parks in the next few years.

The expansions, which were originally announced at last summer’s D23 Expo, will occupy a whopping 14 acres at both Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

Among the rides already being touted is one that puts fans inside Solo’s iconic spaceship, The Millennium Fal- con,con and another that mines the plot of “Star Wars: the Force Awakens.”

“Imagine stepping aboard the Millennium Falcon and actually piloting the fastest ship in the galaxy, banking left, right, firing the laser cannons — you’re in complete control,” teased the narrator of the segment.segment

The “Star Wars” park addition will also include a relaunched Star Tours ride. Disney is making the most of its investment after having bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in cash and stock from creator George Lucas in 2012.

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Millennium Falcon thrills are in pipeline for Disneyland and Florida’s Hollywood Studios. DISNEY PARKS

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