The Star Wars universe in Disney parks
Now that this film studio has purchased the rights to ‘Star Wars’, its parks could not be without a whole planet of attractions related to the main characters and settings of the legendary galactic saga. Disneyland parks will therefore also become a type of film set for the series.
The red Tunisian desert has little in common with the icy plains that surround the old train station in Finse, in Norway. This remote village between Oslo and Bergen played the part of the planet Hoth in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. The landscapes of the area, at several degrees below zero in winter, were perfect for the setting of one of the rebel bases.
The home of the ‘ewoks’ is very different. The redwood forests in Redwood National Park in California were the perfect location to recreate Endor, the lush planet in ‘The Return of the Jedi’. As a contrast to the lushness of this park, Death Valley can also be found in California and is one of the most arid deserts in the world. Several scenes in ‘The Phantom Menace’ were filmed in this 200km-long arid valley.