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Posted: July 15, 2017

Star Wars-themed resort, park expansion revealed

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.  These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks)
Disney Parks
Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Disney Parks Ð Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced at D23 EXPO 2015 that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and DisneyÕs Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., creating DisneyÕs largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle. (Disney Parks)

By Jared Leone, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

An immersive “Star Wars”-themed resort as well as the name for the park’s expansion based on the epic science fiction movie franchise was revealed Saturday.

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“From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a ‘Star Wars’ story,” Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman said about the resort at the D23 Expo. “You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100 percent immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

The park is also expanding its “Star Wars”-themed worlds, calling it Galaxy’s Edges. The expansion focuses on two new rides, a battle between the Resistance and the First Order and one piloting the Millennium Falcon, which will allow guests to select their own adventures.

Galaxy's Edges will first open at Disneyland, in 2019, followed shortly after by Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. The opening for the resort has not been released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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