Harrison Ford will give viewers an exclusive preview of the Star Wars-themed lands in the works at Disneyland and Walt Disney World during ABC’s The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 special which is airing on ABC on February 21. The network promises new details will be revealed for the lands, which are now under construction in both Anaheim and Orlando parks. The special shoots Friday.
Details have been slow to emerge about the massive undertaking now that Disney has relaunched its Star Wars franchise with sequels and spinoffs. Ford of course returned as Han Solo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which as of Sunday was the No. 3-grossing movie of all time at the global box office with a take of $1.94 billion.
The flagship Disneyland park is making room by revamping 14 acres out of its 85 acres. The Anaheim park is closing 10 attractions or eateries, only some of which will return. The overall transformation will take a year or longer, so the park has already moved quickly to incorporate elements of Star Wars, with Space Mountain and Star Tours overhauled to include special effects from The Force Awakens among other things, and the shuffling of employees housed in offices just north of Big Thunder Ranch moved to a pair of office buildings a few blocks away.
Derek Hough is hosting the special, which already has announced Elton John, Josh Gad and Witney Carson as guests to celebrate Disneyland’s 60th anniversary.