Countdown to 'Star Wars'

Disneyland adds ‘Star Wars’ elements

New Disneyland attractions tied to upcoming opening of “The Force Awakens.’
New Disneyland attractions tied to upcoming opening of “The Force Awakens.’ Disney

The Force is strong with the Disneyland Resort as “Star Wars Season of the Force” has debuted at the Southern California theme park. Along with celebrating the park’s 60th anniversary, visitors will be treated to special “Star Wars’ attractions that will be in place leading up to the opening of the future “Star Wars” themed land.

It’s all part of the countdown to “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens” that officially opens Dec. 18.

Among the elements entering this galaxy are Star Wars Launch Bay, an interactive space in the newly named Tomorrowland Expo Center; “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi,” an overview of the “Star Wars” saga; a new adventure in Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and the re-imagined attraction, Hyperspace Mountain.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” enhances the current show with new characters and a new villain. It opens Dec. 8.

“Star Wars” themed décor will celebrate iconic characters and moments from the films, and “Star Wars” inspired food and beverage will be available.

Star Wars Launch Bay is In the heart of Tomorrowland. You can meet “Star Wars” characters, play the latest “Star Wars” interactive video games, explore galleries full of treasured memorabilia and authentic replicas of large-scale “Star Wars” artifacts, step into a “Star Wars” themed cantina, and (of course) have access to “Star Wars” merchandise.

The Cantina is inspired by the unsavory “hives of scum and villainy” in the Star Wars galaxy, is a fun place to explore and take photos near elements of the cantina, such as a holochess game table.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1