Disneyland’s 60th anniversary TV special is taking a detour to a galaxy far, far away.
Harrison Ford will be revealing a preview of the “Star Wars” lands coming to Disneyland (in Anaheim) and Walt Disney World Resorts (in Orlando, Fla.) next month on “The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,” ABC has announced.
The preview will feature new details of the “Star Wars"-themed lands in the amusement parks that were announced at Disney’s D23 Expo last August.
“The attractions, the entertainment — everything we create will be part of our storytelling. Nothing will be out of character or stray from the [‘Star Wars’] mythology,” Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger said in making the announcement.
However, other than mentioning that the “Star Wars"-themed lands would include one attraction that is a re-creation of the Millennium Falcon and another that will immerse attendees in a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, details have been sparse.
Regardless, as Disneyland aficionados are aware, construction of the new 14-acre “Star Wars” land is now underway, and attractions including Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue, Big Thunder Ranch petting zoo and Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree permanently closed earlier this month (while other attractions on the Rivers of America have been closed temporarily).
For now, fans have been treated to the ongoing Season of the Force makeover of Tomorrowland.
The TV special will also include a performance of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Disney’s “Fantasia” by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a performance by Elton John and a fireworks show. Derek Hough will serve as the master of ceremonies. Note, this is not the first “Star Wars” TV special Ford has been a part of -- in 1978, he reprised the role of Han Solo in the “The Star Wars Holiday Special,” a moment that has been forever burned into the memories of impressionable youths.
“The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" will air Feb. 21.