Disneyland. Photo by John Schreiber.

Disneyland officials will give reporters a sneak peek at the park’s new “Star Wars”-themed attraction on Thursday.

But the Mouse wasn’t all smiles, as the preview came on the same day that the Los Angeles Times carried a front-page story detailing the increasing wait times plaguing park visitors lining up for top attractions.

“Average wait times at the Disneyland Resort have been on the rise over the last few years,despite efforts by the park to ease crowding by raising ticket prices on peak demand days and expanding a ride reservation system, among other changes,” the newspaper reported.

At the same time, the story said problems with long waits have been going on so long that Disneyland has become a “pioneer” in line mangement.

But park officials were trying to focus away from those concerns and on happier expectations Thursday, as a “detailed model” of the new Star Wars attraction will be unveiled by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek at the D23 Expo, which is an annual gathering of Disney fans at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The new themed areas are coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 2019.

One of the attractions includes a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a secret mission as well being plunged into a battle between the First Order and the Resistance, officials said.

–City News Service

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